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One night, one jazz trifecta

True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010

Cooking with steam

While most of us find the clang and bang of old radiators an annoying aspect of living in an old building, composer Travis Ramsey thought they sounded like music.
Radiator music warms up local orchestra
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 26, 2010

Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009

A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 18, 2009

Rhythm in light

Lynne Drexler's artistic path can not have been an easy one.
A Lynne Drexler retrospective at the PMA
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 14, 2009

Quiz-bowl kids

Andrew Watkins is having faulty-buzzer issues.
Harvard rebuilds its team and answers some hard questions
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 08, 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


Opening pitch

The most moving moment of this year’s Boston Symphony Orchestra opening gala came before the concert started — the standing ovation for James Levine, who looked rested and recuperated after his kidney surgery this summer, an operation that forced him to
James Levine’s gala and Brahms, Russell Sherman’s Liszt, the Bostonians’ Kurt Weill
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 01, 2008

New beginnings

Step into any classical music rehearsal space right now and you can almost taste the excitement.
Classical music comes alive this fall
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  September 10, 2008

Russian revel?

The Russians are coming!
Looking ahead to Ballets Russes 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2008

Movie music

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
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 23, 2008

Baritone bliss?

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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 11, 2007


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

World music

There’s more to Boston’s classical music scene than the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The BSO goes traveling, and Berlin comes to Boston
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 12, 2007


Vice like the magazine or Vice like Miami?
† | Vice
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  August 20, 2007

Crossword: ''Encyclopedic knowledge''

What you might find on the spine
By MATT JONES  |  August 01, 2007

Painting Maine compositions

A gallery of sound is upon us.
Three homegrown premieres this week
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  May 18, 2007


Oh Susanna

Music director Stephen Lord conducts a Figaro that clocks in close to three and a half hours but so engaging, few people will be checking their watches.
Ailyn Pérez shines in BLO’s Figaro; so does Gabriela Montero with the Boston Philharmonic
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 01, 2007

Odds and endings

The classical-music season is winding up without winding down.
Russell Sherman, the Cantata Singers’ Belshazzar , and Dmitri Hvorostovsky  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 16, 2006

Carried away

I’ve heard a lot of music in the past couple of weeks — concerts by two major symphony orchestras, with two major young violinists, a hot new-music group, and two opera productions.
Frederic Rzewski, eighth blackbird, Yan Pascal Tortelier & the London Philharmonic, Emmanuel Krivine & the BSO, BLO’s La traviata, Teatro Lirico’s magical Flute
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 04, 2006

Opera’s great loss

When the curtain went up at Boston’s Back Bay Theatre for the American premiere of Arnold Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron , in November 1966, two figures were standing back to back in a spotlight on a small disc.
Sarah Caldwell, 1924–2006
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 29, 2006

Spring break

Spring rules
The best of what's to come in March, April & May
By WILL SPITZ  |  March 09, 2006