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Elliott Carter: 1908-2012

What artist was ever blessed with a longer creative life than Elliott Carter, who died in his New York apartment on Monday, November 5, just a month short of his 104th birthday?
In Memoriam
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 09, 2012
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Interview: The radicalization of Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz's writer's block is almost as legendary as her wit.

By JON GARELICK  |  October 05, 2012
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Anne-Sophie Mutter, Susan Davenny Wyner, and Courtney Lewis

The season-opening concerts I've been going to have made me think about two kinds of musicians: those whose performances become transparent, who allow the listener into the heart of the music; and those for whom their own abilities — technical marvels —
Popularity contest
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 07, 2011

The Week in Geek, May 2-9: Finish finals fast, or: a week without college students anywhere in sight


Happpy Star Wars Day!Trust a college town like Boston to dial back the geekiness during finals week. Let's all pour some beer out for our...
By Alec Ernest  |  May 02, 2011
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Il Giardino Armonico

In their dark suits, they could have been Milanese bankers, except for the brightly colored ties (each different), puddling trousers, and full spectrum of hairstyles.
Venice Rising
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 25, 2011
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The David Wax Museum and Tierney Sutton bridge tradition with the here and now

"Is that the jawbone of an ass?", I ask Suz Slezak in the lobby of the Paradise, giving the question my best Biblical inflection. She'd been playing the strange percussion instrument with her band the David Wax Museum in their opening set for the Caroli
Border crossings
By JON GARELICK  |  February 04, 2011


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Review: Christmas Revels 2010

This Christmas Revels has the real spirit.
Holy ghosts
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 24, 2010
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Society's demands

Esperanza Spalding wants to prepare her listeners for something different with her new Chamber Music Society (Heads Up). She made that clear at Sanders Theatre Saturday night.
Esperanza Spalding | Sanders Theatre | October 2, 2010
By JON GARELICK  |  October 08, 2010
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Esperanza and Kenny

Spalding's chamber music; Werner's elegy
Spalding's chamber music; Werner's elegy
By JON GARELICK  |  October 01, 2010

Weird Science: the Ig Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony 2010


The Ig Noble Awards Ceremony, Prize for Public Health 2009 Tonight, September 30th, at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre, the purveyors of parody at Improbable Research regale the...
By Michael Goetzman  |  September 30, 2010
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Fall Classical Preview: The power of music

Here’s my Top 10 list, in chronological order, of some of the season’s most appealing and important classical music events: symphonies, chamber music, operas.
 And, we hope, the good health of James Levine
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 17, 2010


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Fall Jazz Preview: Blindfold test

A search for this fall’s must-see jazz revealed a lot of overlapping personnel — Jim Hobbs, Allan Chase, Joe Morris, Taylor Ho Bynum. Hey, you wanted to know what’s good , right?
 Trying new flavors in the new season
By JON GARELICK  |  September 17, 2010
Crooked Still at the Sanders Theatre

Crooked Still at the Sanders Theatre


Crooked Still have been dusting off traditional bluegrass music for young audiences ever since they formed in Boston in 2001. Back then, they were gathering...
By webteam  |  May 19, 2010
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Review: Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI

"You are here to kneel/Where prayer has been valid.” “Here” for T.S. Eliot was a church in Huntingdonshire, but it’s hard to imagine a place where prayer has been more valid than Jerusalem, or a place where more people have died for their faith.
“Jerusalem: The City of the Two Peaces,” live At Sanders Theatre, May 5, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2010
Brian Stokes Mitchell at Sanders Theatre

Brian Stokes Mitchell at Sanders Theatre


After swooning over Michael Maniaci last night, you can do the same for Tony-winning baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell when he brings (we hope — his...
By webteam  |  May 05, 2010
Jordi Savall and Co. at the Sanders Theatre

Jordi Savall and Co. at the Sanders Theatre


  LA Times/Rolling Stone/Spin critic Steve Hochman called it the album of the year — maybe the decade. Okay, hands up everyone who guessed he...
By webteam  |  April 28, 2010


Jane Goodall and Richard Wrangham chat at the Sanders Theatre

Jane Goodall and Richard Wrangham chat at the Sanders Theatre


In half a century at her Gombe National Park center in Tanzania, Jane Goodall has discovered much about our cute and cuddly but also wild...
By webteam  |  April 28, 2010
Courtney Lewis and Discovery Ensemble at Sanders Theatre

Courtney Lewis and Discovery Ensemble at Sanders Theatre


“Breaking the Mold: Music of Three Iconoclasts” is the title of this afternoon’s outing from Courtney Lewis and Discovery Ensemble, and with Haydn’s Symphony No....
By webteam  |  April 07, 2010

In brief: Joanna Newsom at the Sanders Theatre


Joanna Newsom, "Emily," live at Town Hall in New York, March 18.Joanna Newsom tunes her own harp.I found this fascinating for some reason. Shouldn't someone...
By Ryan Stewart  |  March 19, 2010
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Pluck and determination

People have always thought that Joanna Newsom was indulgent. At first, it was about her voice — the kind of nasal yelp that usually keeps a performer from getting on stage at all. Then, on her second album, it was about her vocabulary and her instrumen
Joanna Newsom's masterful Have One On Me
By RICHARD BECK  |  March 12, 2010
Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra at Sanders Theatre

Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra at Sanders Theatre


No symphony benefits from the stereo seating of the first and second violins like Gustav Mahler's love-and-death-drenched Ninth - for one thing, there's a passage...
By webteam  |  February 24, 2010


Omara Portuondo at Sanders Theatre

Omara Portuondo at Sanders Theatre


More than a decade after she helped create an international sensation in both the film and the album of Buena Vista Social Club - and...
By webteam  |  February 24, 2010
So close! Joanna Newsom's new one leaks just days before its release

So close! Joanna Newsom's new one leaks just days before its release


"Have one on me," indeed, it would seem.Drag City almost pulled it off.Joanna Newsom's widely-anticipated new album, Have One On Me, is scheduled to be...
By Ryan Stewart  |  February 19, 2010
"Masters of Persian Music" at Sanders Theatre

"Masters of Persian Music" at Sanders Theatre


Composer and tar (plucked lute) player Hossein Alizadeh may well be the most important figure in contemporary Persian music. Tonight, World Music brings him to...
By webteam  |  February 17, 2010
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Choir power

The Romantic notion of artistic merit is that one must plumb the depths of despair to emerge with great work — and that the finest triumphs are often born of the direst misery.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo raise their voices
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 05, 2010
Brad Mehldau at Sanders Theatre

Brad Mehldau at Sanders Theatre


The extraordinary pianist Brad Mehldau usually tours with his superb trio, but currently he’s in the midst of a short solo tour. Mehldau loves to...
By webteam  |  February 03, 2010


Sequentia at Sanders Theatre

Sequentia at Sanders Theatre


You love the Nibelungenlied but can’t hack Wagner? The Boston Early Music Festival has just the ticket: Benjamin Bagby’s esteemed Sequentia ensemble in The Rheingold...
By webteam  |  January 27, 2010
Bossa Nova Singer Luciana Souza

Bossa Nova Singer Luciana Souza


The exciting "new bossa nova" singer Luciana Souza - who covers James Taylor and Joni Mitchell as well as a broad range of Brazilian classics...
By Ian Sands  |  January 20, 2010
The Discovery Ensemble Conducted By Courtney Lewis

The Discovery Ensemble Conducted By Courtney Lewis


Another don't-miss event on Lloyd Schwartz's winter-classical-preview list pops up this afternoon, as the young musicians of the Discovery Ensemble under Courtney Lewis bring Bach's...
By Ian Sands  |  January 13, 2010
Folksinger Greg Brown With Bo Ramsey

Folksinger Greg Brown With Bo Ramsey


You might not have heard of Greg Brown, but we'll bet you know one of his tunes. He's been covered by a long list of...
By Ian Sands  |  January 06, 2010