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The Top 10 Classical Music Stories of 2010

The good, the not-so-good, and the departed
The good, the not-so-good, and the departed
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 24, 2010

Old haunts

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that Blithe Spirit , that cocktail shaker full of dry martini and ectoplasmic mayhem, will amuse. Playwright Noël Coward diagnosed his own gift as a talent to do just that.
Blithe Spirit at the Lyric; Hot Mikado at New Rep; August: Osage County at the Colonial
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 14, 2010


As fans of the film are aware, that precipitous crag atop which the castle of Young Frankenstein sits is a Catskill. But in The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein (at the Opera House through May 2), the mountain is shrouded less in 1930s-horro
Young Frankenstein at the Opera House; The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead in Lowell
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 30, 2010

All you need is love

Outpourings of love have been flooding the Boston musical scene.
Marylou Speaker Churchill memorial, Emmanuel Music’s Haydn/Schoenberg, and more
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 23, 2010

Stuff at night

This week’s health headlines also included the announcement from the Boston Symphony Orchestra that music director James Levine has been sidelined again, from the “excruciating pain” he’s been suffering since his surgery for a herniated disc.
The BSO without Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, the Cantata Singers, American Classics, the Zarounian Ensemble
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 02, 2010

Bach beat

Composers John Harbison and Peter Lieberson are big presences this spring.
Lions and lambs
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 12, 2010


Interview: Max Raabe

"It was so crazy in the '20s, in the Weimar Republic. Everything was so open-minded and wide, and that is why I love that period so much."
Killer cabaret: bringing Berlin to Boston
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 05, 2010

Steampunk and Lima Beans

The hook for Darcy James Argue's Secret Society — who come to the Regattabar Thursday the 25th — is that they're a "steampunk big band."
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and the Bert Seager Trio
By JON GARELICK  |  February 12, 2010

Still Wonderful

It's a risky gamble, creating a stage version of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life .
Center Stage interprets Capra’s Life
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 18, 2009

Annie variations

The Bang Group's performance at Concord Academy Thursday night wrapped the audience in rings of intimacy and surprise. Choreographer/director David Parker, acting as MC, paid loving tribute to Summer Stages Dance, where he and the company have appeared
David Parker at Summer Stages
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 31, 2009

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


Monika H. Band | Disguised As Umbrellas, We Slept

Monika’s taste for leaping vocal lines likewise pushes the art-rock envelope.  
Self-released (2008)
By JON GARELICK  |  October 28, 2008

Sarah, get your AK-47

Ever since John McCain selected Sarah Palin to be his running mate, she has been the focus of the campaign.
The Alaska governor is dominating the election as we head into the fall — Why that is bad news for the Obama campaign
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 17, 2008

Walking the line

Duke Robillard comes out Swingin’.
Duke Robillard comes out Swingin’
By BOB GULLA  |  May 28, 2008

No bull

There was nothing campy or kitschy about Herb Alpert’s local appearance this week, and in a way that’s a shame.
Herb Alpert at Scullers
By BRETT MILANO  |  May 19, 2008

Pas de divorce

It’s been a roller-coaster six weeks at Boston Ballet.
Opera House captures Boston Ballet’s heart
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 02, 2008


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

Cold remedies

One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 07, 2008

From ma’am, with love

Nilaja Sun could have caved to expectation.
No Child . . .  at the ART, plus This Wonderful Life and White Christmas
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 09, 2007


For much of his life, no one played Thelonious Monk pieces except Thelonious Monk.
Julius Hemphill at the Gardner, Cyrus Plays Elvis
By JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2007

Stage worthies

The roar of the greasepaint precedes that of the autumn wind this year.
Fall on the Boston boards
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 12, 2007


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