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Chantoozies: Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, and Christine Ebersole

"Before this pre-game show ends," mezzo-soprano Susan Graham announced on Super Bowl Sunday, near the end of her joint Celebrity Series recital with fellow Metropolitan Opera diva, soprano Renée Fleming, "I guarantee we have sung every note live ."

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 15, 2013
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Phrygian not frigid: Classical concerts to come

Here are some of the dozens of classical-music events this winter I'm especially looking forward to (or most curious about).

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 21, 2012
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Bill T. Jones alumni shine at the ICA

During the Q&A that followed last weekend's "Summer Reunion" of former dancers from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Jones — unable to attend — was represented on stage by a large bouquet of white roses. (Zane, who died in 1988, was probab
Summer Reunion
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 22, 2011
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Heaven!

Martin Pearlman's edition of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beate Vergine, with inserted antiphons to suggest an actual service, remains a masterpiece of historical research and inspired guesswork.
The BSO and Boston Baroque at their best
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 26, 2010
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String vacation

With the Portland Symphony's elimination of its popular, but debt-inducing, Independence Pops concert series, Portlanders will have to travel a little farther to satisfy their classical-music appetites this summer. But it will be well worth the mileage
Soundtrack for summer in Maine
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  July 10, 2009
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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


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Diva-gations

Last week's Boston Symphony concert was a snaggle of contradictions. British guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth was substituting for the exciting but erratic Russian maestro Yuri Termirkanov, who'd cancelled all his American appearances.
Mark Wigglesworth conducts the BSO; Renée Fleming returns to Symphony Hall
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 24, 2009
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Mad love

The destructive power of jealousy makes a good subject for opera.
John Harbison's Winter's Tale, Dvorák's Rusalka, Hans Graf with the BSO, Mark Morris's music
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 24, 2009
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Contertizing

Boston Lyric Opera follows up Dvorák’s moonstruck Rusalka, with Christopher Schaldebrand in the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the BSO and much more.
From Don Giovanni’s hell to Haydn’s Creation
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 17, 2009
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Arts and culture go begging

The Portland Symphony is in trouble. The unresolved dominant-seventh chord — a $2 million loss over the past eight years, and a possible shortfall of $220,000 this year alone — would be a setback for any company. But for the symphony, this is more than
The Portland Symphony Orchestra loses some signature events.
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 11, 2009
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The show goes on

Soprano Renée Fleming visits the PSO
Soprano Renée Fleming visits the PSO
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  February 11, 2009


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Finding a voice

Closer inspection, however, shows a choreographer making a series of perplexing musical choices that don’t always serve him well.
Battleworks at the ICA
By DEBRA CASH  |  February 29, 2008
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Hot and cold

James Levine’s second French program this season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was more compelling than the one with which he began the season.
More French music plus Osvaldo Golijov at the BSO; Sarasa’s warm tribute to Craig Smith
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 11, 2007
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Social settings

Seán Curran’s dance looks like a formal exposition of movement, but after a while you begin to imagine webs of social interactions, relationships, and hidden histories.
Seán Curran at the Tsai Center
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 30, 2007
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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
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In Search of Mozart

Phil Grabsky had Amadeus squarely in his sights when he set out to make this documentary celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Looking in all the usual places
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 02, 2007


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Contact!

Music lovers had a tough decision to make last Saturday between two great operas that are rarely performed here.
Emmanuel Music’s Alcina , André Previn at the BSO, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 24, 2007
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But not simpler

James Levine’s last program of the BSO season was an odd assortment.
James Levine and Christoph von Dohnányi at the BSO, Tod Machover at the ICA, Karita Mattila
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 17, 2007
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From Berlioz to Bayadère

The czy ambiance at Symphony Hall made the announcement of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2007–2008 season seem like a family chat with James Levine.
The BSO and Boston Ballet announce 2007–2008
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 03, 2007
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Marketplace and temple

At times, this ‘American’ program, led by the BSO’s first American music director, bordered on being a Pops concert.
The BSO’s opening night; Marcus Thompson and the Jupiter String Quartet
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 03, 2006
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From Knoxville to Swan Lake and back

As our most prestigious classical-music institution, the Boston Symphony Orchestra ought to be every year’s headliner, and once again, under the adventuresome direction of James Levine, it is.
A chock-full season of classical music
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 13, 2006


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Stardust memories

“To become immortal, and then die.”
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By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 17, 2006
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Sweet tooth

I hope the estate of Leonard Bernstein is collecting royalties for The Little Prince . Rachel Portman’s unremittingly sweet and relentlessly lilting score for this children’s opera based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous story borrows heavily from Be
  Boston Lyric Opera imports The Little Prince , the BSO premieres Yehudi Wyner’s piano concerto, and Renée Fleming
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 19, 2006
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Don’t shoot the piano players

Twenty years ago, Fred Hersch was known as a talented young jazz pianist and teacher at New England Conservatory.
Fred Hersch, Ran Blake, and Charles Gayle take solos
By JON GARELICK  |  March 23, 2006