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Richard Dyer

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Let's rock

WGBH radio has ended its 58-year tradition of live Friday-afternoon BSO broadcasts, and it doesn't seem that public outcry is going to change that.
The BSO, the Cantata Singers, Discovery Ensemble, and BCMS
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 22, 2010
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From Mozart to milonga

We Bostonians may swathe ourselves in sweaters and lock our doors against the blustery weather, but once the music begins, dance performances can help us shake off the shivers — and often transport us to more temperate climes.
All kindsa dance hits the stage
By DEBRA CASH  |  January 01, 2010
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Phenomenal!

Living for a century is still a milestone; for a great and still-productive artist to do so is virtually unheard of.
Elliott Carter turns 100
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 10, 2008
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Epic undertaking

The act four sequence of quintet, septet, and love duet is non-stop musical orgasm.
Berlioz’s Les Troyens at the BSO; Opera Boston attempts Verdi’s Ernani
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 07, 2008
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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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Rise and fall

With its production of the Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Opera Boston consolidates its position as this city’s most exciting opera company.
Opera Boston does Mahagonny; the BSO and the Boston Philharmonic do Sibelius
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 13, 2007


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Cornucopia

The year 2007 didn’t begin on the highest note.
The BSO, the Cantata Singers, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Celebrity Series
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 23, 2007
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Dancing across the city

The ICA’s Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, with its sprung wood dance floor and wrap-around windows framing the harbor, is positioned to become Boston dance’s most significant venue.
Between the opening of the new ICA and Bank of America's de-funding of Celebrity Series, will Boston be a city on the move or on the make in 2007?
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 27, 2006
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Winter harvest

"I don’t want to be here,” soprano Susan Larson lamented in her moving eulogy to her old friend and colleague Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.  
Emmanuel’s memorial to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; Angelika Kirchschlager at Jordan Hall; Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and El Niño at the BSO
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 12, 2006
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Ralph Hamilton

My lovable, impossible friend of more than 30 years, the artist Ralph Hamilton, died on February 19, of complications from diabetes. He was only 59. It’s a very sad loss. He was one of Boston’s most original and searching painters and had been doing some
1946–2006
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 09, 2006
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Globe-al anxiety

There were more lumps of coal than holiday cheer at 135 Morrissey Boulevard this Christmas season.
The Boston Globe is going through its biggest shake-up in 30 years. What will it mean for the paper, the editor, the remaining staff, and the city itself?
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  January 14, 2006