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I loves you, Porgy

So shoot me, Porgy purists. To my mind, the retooling of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess for American Repertory Theater is compelling enough to push past quibbles.
The A.R.T. streamlines a classic
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 02, 2011
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Review: Festival Ballet celebrates Balanchine

There is a long list of reasons why George Balanchine is regarded as the greatest and most influential choreographer of the 20th century.
By George
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 05, 2010
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Brian Wilson | Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

George and Ira Gershwin's music may have been the pop music of its day, but — like much of the Great American Songbook — it was more sophisticated than most of the pop of the '50s and '60s.
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By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 20, 2010
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Rufus Wainwright | All Days Are Night: Songs For Lulu

Songs for Lulu features Wainwright alone at his piano — where, on previous records, the Canadian songwriter has mostly been as part of sprawling pop ensembles.
Decca (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  April 23, 2010
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Gershwin done right

Crazy for You , the 1992 homage to the Gershwin brothers' 1930 musical Girl Crazy , is rockin' the rafters at Theatre By the Sea (through July 11). Building inspectors are going to have to check out the Matunuck summer barn theater for damage after e
Crazy For You's delightful musical mayhem
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 26, 2009
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Springer vs. Nero!

Two opera productions overlapping at the Calderwood Pavilion exploit exploitation.
Monteverdi's Poppea opens the Boston Early Music Festival, plus the Cantata Singers, the Discovery Ensemble, and Barbara Cook at the Pops
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 12, 2009


Crossword: ''Hard body''


Seven parts of one
By MATT JONES  |  April 23, 2008
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Unembarrassed riches

Some weeks Boston has such musical riches, one wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Dutoit and Elder at the BSO, Collage’s Berio, Boston Conservatory’s Turn of the Screw, and Kurt Weill at the Gardner and the MFA
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 21, 2008
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Mais oui!

“Ici on parle français” was the watchword at the BSO’s 2007 “Opening Night at Symphony” last evening.
Opening Night at the BSO
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 10, 2007
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Counting Sheep

Lyrical, contemplative, with a clear disdain for mainstream Hollywood, the African-American filmmaker Charles Burnett has cobbled out an unorthodox career.
Charles Burnett at the MFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 05, 2007
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Stormy weather

The BSO has been having terrible luck hanging on to its star soloists.
BSO cancellations, plus the Camerata, Jonathan Biss, Emmanuel Music, and more
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 28, 2007


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Masters share wisdom

Lest I forget those who like their Phoenix es hot off the press — Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer will be giving a master class.
Christine Brewer + DaPonte String Quartet invite you to learn
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  January 31, 2007
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Flirting with Beethoven

It is said that Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) “got around.” Even today, the old dog arouses the interests of performers and seduces listeners.
The seductive German is everywhere
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  December 27, 2006

High Numbers

This article originally appeared in the March 19, 1993 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Elliott Carter at 85, Pavarotti at Boston Garden, plus Russell Sherman and the Boston Philharmonic
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 16, 2006
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Marketplace and temple

At times, this ‘American’ program, led by the BSO’s first American music director, bordered on being a Pops concert.
The BSO’s opening night; Marcus Thompson and the Jupiter String Quartet
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 03, 2006
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Opera, opera, opera

Every performance at Santa Fe was packed, and few subscribers left unhappy.
At Santa Fe and Tanglewood and in New York
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 15, 2006


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Heaven can wait

If Monsieur Chopin were to find itself in Tony contention, the score would do better than the book.
Monsieur Chopin at ART, Candy and Dorothy at Wellfleet
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 27, 2006
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Crossword: 'It Makes No Sense'

7 Down: "In ___" (Nirvana album, five letters)
Five things you'd better keep straight.
By MATT JONES  |  January 25, 2006