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Review: Jonathan McPhee & the Longwood Symphony Orchestra at Jordan Hall
Jonathan McPhee is a hard man to keep up with.
Where's the audience?
| December 17, 2010
Review: James Levine with the Met and the BSO
Sighs of relief at Symphony Hall, from patrons and management alike: James Levine, music director of both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera, had completed a doubleheader.
Plus Mark Morris and Boston Baroque
| October 22, 2010
James Levine: He's back!
Boston and New York have at least one thing in common. Both have missed James Levine, music director of two of the world's most renowned classical-music institutions.
The conductor returns to the Boston Symphony Orchestra (and the Met)
| October 08, 2010
Michael Tilson Thomas — music director of the San Francisco Symphony and former assistant, associate, and principal guest conductor of the BSO — was once considered a likely BSO music director.
Michael Tilson Thomas leads Tanglewood's opening night
| July 16, 2010
From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
| June 18, 2010
Composers John Harbison and Peter Lieberson are big presences this spring.
Lions and lambs
| March 12, 2010
Martin Pearlman's edition of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beate Vergine, with inserted antiphons to suggest an actual service, remains a masterpiece of historical research and inspired guesswork.
The BSO and Boston Baroque at their best
| February 26, 2010
Back in pre-history (1964), a brilliant young Brit, a cellist (student of Benjamin Britten) and conductor, came to town and shook up the local classical-music scene.
The BPO celebrates its 30th, and the Cantata Singers continue their Britten year
| March 19, 2009
Year in Dance: Reusable histories & durable trends
Conservation is a good thing in these times, and some of the most interesting performances drew on the uses of history — personal history, performance history, and even some inventions that sought to overturn history.
No startling breakthroughs, but that's okay
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| December 22, 2008
Friday I watched more musicians than even Gustav Mahler used to ask for assemble on stage at Symphony Hall to perform the 10 minutes of Pierre Boulez’s Notations I-IV .
Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI, Sanders Theatre, October 25, 2008
| October 29, 2008
Russian, Spanish, American . . .
What everyone is looking forward to this fall is the return to the podium of Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine.
Music in all accents comes to the concert halls
| September 08, 2008
Where the chips fell
Dance history reverberated across Boston during the past few weeks, affirming that how we live now owes a lot to how we’ve chosen to remember — and forget.
Marjorie Morgan, Karl Cronin, Lucinda Childs, and Boston Ballet
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| May 28, 2008
Mastering the masterpieces
It’s not exactly a trip down Memory Lane, but this weekend Boston Ballet is revisiting some pieces and choreographers it hasn’t performed in the Mikko Nissinen era.
Boston Ballet takes on Balanchine, Tudor, and Tharp
| May 21, 2008
Quartet for a very long time
Any opportunity to see Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major performed by musicians of this caliber should always be taken.
Catch the PSQ before they head out on tour
| February 27, 2008
Hail and farewell
The season’s most eagerly awaited (and, with its $187 top ticket price, most expensive) classical concert was not a disappointment.
The Berlin Philharmonic’s Mahler, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and the BSO’s Smetana
| November 27, 2007
Not quite eternal
When what’s arguably the world’s best symphony orchestra expectations run high.
Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde
| November 26, 2007
Voice of authority
German baritone Thomas Quasthoff has overcome adversity (his mother took Thalidomide) to become the outstanding German lieder singer of his generation.
Thomas Quasthoff holds forth
| November 14, 2007
The people's choice?
Gustavo Dudamel, in case you hadn’t heard, is the 26-year-old Venezuelan conductor who’s going to save classical music.
Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
| November 08, 2007
There’s more to Boston’s classical music scene than the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The BSO goes traveling, and Berlin comes to Boston
| September 12, 2007
From Berlioz to Bayadère
The czy ambiance at Symphony Hall made the announcement of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2007–2008 season seem like a family chat with James Levine.
The BSO and Boston Ballet announce 2007–2008
| April 03, 2007
The BSO has been having terrible luck hanging on to its star soloists.
BSO cancellations, plus the Camerata, Jonathan Biss, Emmanuel Music, and more
| March 28, 2007
Making small bigger
Chamber music originated in the 17th and 18th centuries for nobles and aristocrats, written by personal house composers.
Upsizing the Portland Chamber Music Festival
| February 28, 2007
Dreaming and remembrance
Two momentous revivals in town showed us how big the category of classical ballet really is.
Boston Ballet’s Midsummer, Boston Conservatory’s Dark Elegies
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| February 21, 2007
People who love the arts are fond of saying that art changes our lives. Slideshow: The New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra visits Venezuela and Brazil
The New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra visits Venezuela and Brazil
| December 15, 2006
The string vibrato developed as an orchestral sonority only in the 20th century. Does that mean that your favorite performances of everyone from Bach to Berg don’t really sound the way the composer intended?
Roger Norrington cleans up classical music
| March 14, 2006
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