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Phrygian not frigid: Classical concerts to come
Here are some of the dozens of classical-music events this winter I'm especially looking forward to (or most curious about).
| December 21, 2012
Emmanuel Music, NEC's Offenbach, Primary Source, Lunatics at Large, plus guest conductors at the Handel and Haydn Society and the BSO, and Benjamin Zander with the Boston Philharmonic
What an amazing array of music we've had lately.
| March 02, 2012
Composers John Harbison and Peter Lieberson are big presences this spring.
Lions and lambs
| March 12, 2010
John Harbison plus 10
Classical music in Boston is so rich, having to pick 10 special events for this winter preview is more like one-tenth of the performances I'm actually looking forward to.
Picking from a packed concert schedule
| January 01, 2010
In the swim
My head’s swimming.
Guerilla Opera, von Stade’s farewell, the BSO, Handel and Haydn, the BPO, and that Tosca
| October 16, 2009
Baroque and beyond
Ten-best lists usually come at the end of the season, but this year the Phoenix has asked its critics to provide a calendar of 10 events that, at least on paper, might wind up on an end-of-season Top 10. Boston, in case you didn't know it, is a great
Betting on the best this fall
| September 18, 2009
Play by Play: March 27, 2009
A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
| March 24, 2009
Boston Lyric Opera follows up Dvorák’s moonstruck Rusalka, with Christopher Schaldebrand in the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the BSO and much more.
From Don Giovanni’s hell to Haydn’s Creation
| March 17, 2009
For the first time since James Levine became music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this acclaimed Verdi specialist conducted the BSO in a Verdi opera.
James Levine brings us Verdi's Simon Boccanegra ; plus Christian Tetzlaff and Leif Ove Andsnes
| February 03, 2009
Anniversaries and other occasions
Anniversaries, however fabricated, can still be useful. This year commemorates the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn, the 150th birthday of Victor Herbert (both recently celebrated with intensive "orgies" on WHRB), the 200th anniversary of Haydn's dea
Masur's Mendelssohn, Orfeos from Norrington and Levine, the Discovery Ensemble, and the Inauguration 'performance'
| January 27, 2009
Lift every voice!
Opera is the big word for 2009.
Classical goodies for 2009
| December 30, 2008
Over (and under) the top
With only one rehearsal, 31-year-old BSO Assistant Conductor Julian Kuerti confronted a challenging two-and-a-half-hour program of not-quite-standard 19th- and 20th-century repertoire.
Musical chairs at the BSO, the Pacifica at Longy, the Boston Philharmonic's three B's, and the Cecilia's Bach B-minor Mass
| November 24, 2008
Old and new
There was hardly a concert I was more eager to hear than the Celebrity Series of Boston’s celebration of pianist Leon Fleisher’s 80th birthday.
Leon Fleisher at 80, Harry Christophers with the Handel and Haydn Society, André Previn and James Levine at the BSO
| October 16, 2008
If the St. John Passion is Bach’s equivalent of lesser Shakespeare, the St. Matthew Passion is Bach’s King Lear.
Bernard Haitink and the BSO; Dominique Labelle with the Handel and Haydn Society
| April 02, 2008
No trouble with Harry
Even the concluding Réjouissance movement stomped, a four-on-the-floor Irish reel.
Handel and Haydn's 'Fireworks' at Symphony Hall, January 25, 2008
| January 29, 2008
Classical music in 2008 Boston did not get off to a brilliant start.
The BSO, Handel and Haydn, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Cantata Singers, David Daniels, and Teatro Lirico d’Europa’s Tosca
| January 23, 2008
Looking at the photographs now, it’s hard to believe it ever existed.
Boston was once a breeding ground for movie big-wigs. Now, Emerson College tries to preserve its ghosts.
| May 30, 2007
No stuffed shirts, please
“Winter, winter, spring, and winter.”
Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten, Symphony Hall, April 15, 2007
| April 26, 2007
Chinese-born director Chen Shi-Zheng is the latest in a line of original opera directors (Sarah Caldwell, Peter Sellars) who’ve developed a Boston following.
Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Richard Conrad, Dolores Ziegler, and John Ferrillo
| September 26, 2006
The best of what's to come in March, April & May
| March 09, 2006
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Celebrity Series, Emmanuel Music, Boston Early Music Festival, and more.
Winter concert preview: classical goodies in 2006
| January 14, 2006
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