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Boston Ballet's 'Balanchine/Robbins'

After the frenetic gutbusting of its Elo Experience and "Bella Figura" programs, Boston Ballet is closing out its 2010–2011 season with a breath of classical fresh air — or so it would seem.  
Mind games
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 20, 2011

Review: Jonathan McPhee & the Longwood Symphony Orchestra at Jordan Hall

Jonathan McPhee is a hard man to keep up with.
Where's the audience?
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 17, 2010

Review: Longwood Symphony Orchestra's opening night

Jordan Hall, October 2, 2010
Jordan Hall, October 2, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 08, 2010

Theme and variations

George Balanchine was famous for “non-story” ballets, but when you put three of his works — the usual number to fill up an evening — together, you always get some kind of narrative.
Boston Ballet’s ‘Ultimate Balanchine’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 2010

Jonathan McPhee and The Longwood Symphony Orchestra

Jonathan McPhee and The Longwood Symphony Orchestra at Jordan Hall on May 1, 2010
 Northern Lights
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2010

Happy returns

George Balanchine didn’t go in for productions of the old classic ballets.
Boston Ballet’s Coppélia , Alvin Ailey at the Wang
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 23, 2010


Here’s looking at you

Set in the usual small village — this one in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe — Coppélia might look like just another pleasant 19th-century ballet about a boy, a girl, and another girl. But appearances can be deceiving — and that’s theme of
Boston Ballet sees into the heart of Coppélia
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2010

Is it magic yet?

When you've seen every Boston Ballet Nutcracker for the past 20-odd years, and reviewed most of them, it can get a little hard to locate the magic. Then again, when you survey other Nutcracker s around the world you appreciate that there's no place l
Boston Ballet's Nutcracker
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 04, 2009

No place like home

The first thing audiences see when the curtain goes up on Boston Ballet's Giselle is our heroine's charming Rhineland-village home, a rustic abode that in Peter Farmer's set is framed by birches, a symbol of fidelity.
Boston Ballet's Giselle fits right in
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 09, 2009

Smaller, bigger, better

Is Boston in the midst of a ballet boom? You could certainly believe that if you attended Boston Ballet’s fourth annual season-opening gala last Saturday.
Boston Ballet’s fourth ‘Night of Stars’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 25, 2009

Setting the Wang on fire

Boston Ballet's 'Ballets Russes'
Boston Ballet's 'Ballets Russes'
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 22, 2009


The real deal

Nineteenth-century ballets are not all alike. But Boston Ballet's Sleeping Beauty is the real McCoy.
Boston Ballet's Sleeping Beauty
By BY MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 01, 2009

Vertical energy

The word “concerto” comes from the Italian for “to bring into agreement,” and it’s not always as easy as soloists and symphony orchestras make it seem.
Irina Muresanu gave an emotionally compelling performance, even if her view of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto didn’t always jibe with conductor Jonathan McPhee’s.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 14, 2008

Suburban Mozart that swings

It’s a tribute to the quality of Boston’s classical-music scene that a suburban orchestra like the Lexington Symphony is capable of a performance to attract the attention of those who live closer to Symphony Hall.  
Lexington Symphony at Cary Hall, Lexington, MA, September 13, 2008
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 03, 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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 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


At long last love?

Boston Ballet has been playing the Romeo and Juliet dating game for almost 25 years now.
Boston Ballet hitches up with John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 20, 2008

AIDS day for the people

Introducing the Longwood Symphony Orchestra’s unusual World AIDS Day program.
Longwood Symphony at Jordan Hall, December 1, 2007
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 04, 2007

Dark victory

It’s a good pairing: together, Serenade and La Sylphide write an essay on doomed love
Boston Ballet in Serenade and La Sylphide
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 31, 2007

How it's done

The problem with the Ninth is that it gets played like a monument.
Jonathan McPhee and the Longwood Symphony perform Beethoven's Ninth
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 10, 2007

What’s in a phrase?

There are lots of references to heaven in Bach’s Passions and cantatas, but one of his most heavenly pieces has no words at all.
The Cantata Singers’ season finale; Leon Fleisher and the Emerson String Quartet
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 22, 2007


Tragic tropes and anti-tropes

The only question to ask about a new Romeo and Juliet, besides “Why?”, is “Why New York City Ballet?”
NYCB's Romeo , Boston Ballet's Giselle
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 18, 2007

Love after death

At 166 years old and sporting miles of white tulle, Giselle can look pretty moldy.
Boston Ballet redeems Giselle
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 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

Water and air

Bred in the city that Peter the Great built on a marsh to be Russia’s window onto Europe, the Kirov Ballet is equal parts water, air, and Euclid.
The Kirov’s Swan Lake  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 17, 2006

Second thoughts

When Yeats wrote, “How can we know the dancer from the dance?”, he probably wasn’t thinking of the effect different casts can have on the performance of a ballet.
Boston Ballet’s Carmen , round two
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 25, 2006