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Bell and Lehninger at the BSO

The young Brazilian conductor Marcelo Lehninger has been one of the brighter lights among recent Boston Symphony Orchestra assistant conductors, and it's good to report that his appointment has been renewed for a (rare) third year.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 12, 2012
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Felder’s Maestro; Orphans’ Mary Poppers

Hershey Felder's Maestro: Leonard Bernstein (presented by ArtsEmerson on the Paramount Mainstage through May 20) begins with black-and-white footage of its subject lecturing vigorously on Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
High flying
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 11, 2012
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Photos: Huntington Theatre Company's Candide

This production of Leonard Bernstein's ambitious satirical operetta is three hours of fun with bite.
At Boston University Theatre through October 16
By HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY  |  September 30, 2011
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Fall Theater Preview: Fall on Boston boards

Fall came early to Boston boards this year, bringing with it "Summertime."
Stage worthies
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 16, 2011
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Feeding frenzy

The media rain on James Levine's parade, plus Boston Midsummer Opera
The media rain on James Levine's parade, plus Boston Midsummer Opera
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 07, 2010
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Choosing teams

Remember how not too long ago, people were celebrating the United States’ entrance into a “post-racial” era?
West Side Story’s powerful reminder of peril
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 28, 2010


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52 ways to leave 2009

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. Sure, the end of this decade may not have the same kind of new-millennium pressure riding on it as the last one, b
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 01, 2010
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Swing, etc.

The music may suffer plenty of economic slings and arrows these days, but it's still full of thrills galore. As usual, it's looking outside of its orthodoxy for invigorating ideas. Here are titles you truly need.
10 must-hear jazz discs
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 01, 2010

Play by play: August 14, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 14, 2009

Play by Play: August 7, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 07, 2009

Play by play: July 31, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 31, 2009


Play by play: July 24, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 24, 2009

Play by play: July 17, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 17, 2009

Still feeling pretty

It's hard to not be charmed by a production of West Side Story that doesn't get in the way of its heartfelt, bittersweet romance. The current production by Center Stage, in West Kingston through July 26, not only lets the youthful idealism pour throu
Timeless romance in West Side Story  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 17, 2009

Play by play: July 10, 2009

This week in Boston theater
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 10, 2009

Play by Play: July 3, 2009

This week in Boston theater
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 03, 2009


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Resurrections

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
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 19, 2009

Yaddo and MacDowell: Works in Progress

This article originally appeared in the July 18, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Alone again, artistically: A glimpse of what it’s like to be present at the creation
By D.C. DENISON  |  July 24, 2008
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Killing grounds

Chekhov wrote to a friend while composing The Seagull , first of his Big Four, that he was writing a “comedy with three female parts, six male parts, four acts, a landscape (a view of the lake), much talk about literature, and five tons of love.”
The Seagull flies at the Publick; Company One knocks off Assassins
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 15, 2008
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The marriage of Heaven and Hell

It’s been a joy to see James Levine back on the Symphony Hall podium, with his admirable combination of vitality and sensitivity.
Levine’s Schubert and Bolcom, Boston Baroque’s King Arthur, Jan Curtis
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 07, 2008
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The best on the boards

There have been a few muggings on the rialto this year.
Theatre: 2007 in review
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 17, 2007


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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
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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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 26, 2007
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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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 14, 2007
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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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 08, 2007
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Lorca without Lorca

Is it possible for a work of art to seem both completely sincere in its intentions and at the same time counterfeit and manipulative?
Opera Boston’s Ainadamar, plus Ida Haendel, the BSO, and West Side Story
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 30, 2007


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Sea foam

In Rough Crossing , British playwright Tom Stoppard demonstrates that even in the manufacture of abject silliness he’s smarter than anyone else.
Rough Crossing, plus West Side Story and Herringbone in the Berkshires
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 27, 2007

Finding inspiration

The newly formed Portland Chamber Orchestra will perform in Gorham, showcasing chamber music ranging from the Baroque period to the 20th century.
Small spaces, big chamber music
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  May 02, 2007
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Tales from the ’hood

From the beat of the first hand-slapped tambourine, you know who you’re listening to.
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By JON GARELICK  |  March 20, 2007
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Monuments and miniatures

Harvard University’s Music Department and the Office for the Arts celebrated Leonard Bernstein’s work last weekend with “Boston to Broadway,” a festive symposium surrounded by exhibitions and concerts.
Bernstein at Harvard; Central Square weekend
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 17, 2006