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The goggles-and-corset crowd invades the watch city

Broken clocks are getting hard to find in this part of the country. At least that's what a Santa Claus archetype who introduced himself as Professor William Whatley told me, shortly after the clouds exploded.
Steam power
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 13, 2011

Interview: Charles Ross, One-Man Star Wars Trilogy

Bostonians! Power up your light sabers, because this Monday, actor Charles Ross is bringing his One-Man Star Wars Trilogy to the Coolidge Corner Theater for...
By Michael Goetzman  |  November 11, 2010

Rockport rules

Pianist David Deveau, celebrating his 15th year as director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival (now Rockport Music) and the opening of the elegant, $20 million Shalin Liu Performance Center on Main Street, said that the sound in the new hall, at the
A new beginning for the music festival
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 18, 2010

Dream on

Some lovers of religious music consider Heinrich Schütz even greater than Bach, who was born 13 years after Schütz’s death.
Heinrich Schütz’s swan song; the Pops’ 125th-anniversary commission
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 28, 2010

In memoriam: Star Wars artist Don Ivan Punchatz

With just an hour to go before laser beams start shooting out of the TD Garden's ceiling in time to "The Imperial March" at tonight's...
By Shaula Clark  |  November 14, 2009

In the swim

My head’s swimming.
Guerilla Opera, von Stade’s farewell, the BSO, Handel and Haydn, the BPO, and that Tosca
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 16, 2009


The roar of the crowd

I wasn’t there, but the opening-night dissatisfaction with the Met’s new Tosca was widely reported.
‘Opening Night at Symphony,’ Russell Sherman, the Discovery Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, and the Bostonians
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 02, 2009

Eno Moebius Roedelius | Cluster and Eno/After the Heat

Krautrock pioneers proved much more simpático musical partners than either the fractious Roxy Music or the British classical avant-garde milieu that thought of Eno as an untrained fanboy.
Bureau B (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 25, 2009
“Film Night at Tanglewood” with John Williams + Boston Pops Orchestra + Frank Langella

“Film Night at Tanglewood” with John Williams + Boston Pops Orchestra + Frank Langella

Looking for some lighter fare after last night’s Mozart and Mahler? That would be “Film Night at Tanglewood,” with John Williams leading the Boston Pops...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 15, 2009
Film Night with John Williams

Film Night with John Williams

“Film Night with John Williams” is a Boston Pops staple; what’s newsworthy here is that Williams will also be conducting the world premiere of his...
By Shaula Clark  |  May 20, 2009

Here comes the bride

It's been a long time since Bostonians had the chance to see the most popular Czech opera, Bedrich Smetana's The Bartered Bride , but Opera Boston followed its electrifying run of Shostakovich's The Nose with this tuneful folk opera and gave it a swe
Opera Boston's Smetana, the BSO's Berlioz, and Dawn Upshaw
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 08, 2009


Gui Boratto | Take My Breath Away

Gui Boratto's 2007 debut, Chromophobia , was a pop crossover because of its string of 2 am dance anthems.
Kompakt (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  March 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'
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 27, 2009

Block party

Somehow I missed out on the whole Lego video-game universe.
Indiana Jones goes Lego
By AARON SOLOMON  |  June 24, 2008

Corporate welfare state

In 2006, state lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to give away millions of tax dollars a year for decades to some of Maine’s biggest corporations.
A little change in the tax law with big consequences
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 20, 2008

Broadway's Best at Pops

This DVD represents some of the best of public broadcasting and a bit of the worst.
WGBH Boston Video
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 10, 2007


Everybody’s Irish

On the heels of Saint Patrick’s Day, it’s fitting to blather about the Irish.
Quebecois ensemble Le Vent du Nord join PSO
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  March 21, 2007

Fest or famine?

Women filmmakers dominate this year’s festival, and an unflinching honesty marks their movies.
This year’s Boston Film Festival has a woman’s touch
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2006

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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I tried to find the answers to two questions: why did the Legislature pass LD 141, and why did Hillary Lister chain herself to the railing of the House gallery on April 11?
Welcome to Maine, the way toxic waste emissions should be
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 10, 2006

Flaming out

Elvis Costello’s My Flame Burns Blue (Deutsche Grammophon) disappoints me. I don’t mean critically as much as personally.
Has Elvis Costello become Yes?
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 21, 2006