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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 ."
| February 15, 2013
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).
| December 21, 2012
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
| July 22, 2011
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
| February 26, 2010
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
| July 10, 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
| May 08, 2009
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
| April 24, 2009
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
| March 24, 2009
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
| March 17, 2009
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.
| February 11, 2009
The show goes on
Soprano Renée Fleming visits the PSO
Soprano Renée Fleming visits the PSO
| February 11, 2009
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
| February 29, 2008
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
| December 11, 2007
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
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| October 30, 2007
There’s more to Boston’s classical music scene than the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The BSO goes traveling, and Berlin comes to Boston
| September 12, 2007
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
| May 02, 2007
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
| April 24, 2007
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
| April 17, 2007
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
| April 03, 2007
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
| October 03, 2006
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
| September 13, 2006
“To become immortal, and then die.”
Willie Nelson gets to know Cindy Walker
| May 17, 2006
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
| April 19, 2006
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
| March 23, 2006
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