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Dancing the night away

The cat is back; the clock is back; the fire is back.
Festival Ballet’s heartfelt Cinderella
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2010

Stuff at night

This week’s health headlines also included the announcement from the Boston Symphony Orchestra that music director James Levine has been sidelined again, from the “excruciating pain” he’s been suffering since his surgery for a herniated disc.
The BSO without Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, the Cantata Singers, American Classics, the Zarounian Ensemble
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 02, 2010

Interview: Hilary Hahn

"Just because I play classical music doesn't mean I am classical music."
No strings
By JON GARELICK  |  March 12, 2010

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

John Harbison plus 10

Classical music in Boston is so rich, having to pick 10 special events for this winter preview is more like one-tenth of the performances I'm actually looking forward to.
Picking from a packed concert schedule
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 01, 2010

2009: The year in Classical

This was a queasy year for classical music.
Beating the quease
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 25, 2009

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

Dancing in a new direction

The 100th birthday of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes prompted the expected centennial tributes in Boston: a "Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1909–1929: Twenty Years That Changed the World of Art" symposium and exhibition at Harvard University in April, and
Notes from 'Ballets Russes 2009'
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 29, 2009

Setting the Wang on fire

Boston Ballet's 'Ballets Russes'
Boston Ballet's 'Ballets Russes'
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 22, 2009

A little history

Two of Boston's most admired and honored composers (both Pulitzer winners) have just celebrated landmark birthdays: Yehudi Wyner his 80th and John Harbison his 70th.
Yehudi Wyner and John Harbison, Susanna Mälkki with the BSO, Natalia Gutman with the BPO, and BLO's Don Giovanni
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 01, 2009

Home cooking

If the name "National Philharmonic of Russia" puts you in mind of some provincial Slavic ensemble making the American rounds, you're not alone.
The National Philharmonic of Russia at Symphony Hall
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 01, 2009


Loved these but not those

Of the great international orchestras, perhaps the one that's most unfairly overlooked is the London Symphony Orchestra. Yet a handful of the very greatest orchestral performances I've ever heard have been with the LSO.
Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Murray Perahia, Ian Bostridge
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 10, 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
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 17, 2009

Lift every voice!

Opera is the big word for 2009.
Classical goodies for 2009
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 30, 2008

Sex and food and Abraham Lincoln

We put out a call to our contributors to suggest appropriate holiday gift books and what do we get back?
Gift books for every (perverse) taste
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 02, 2008

Intimate moves

What began as a way to give audiences a closer look at its dancers and choreographers an opportunity to showcase new work has become an integral part of Festival Ballet Providence’s season: the “Up CLOSE, on HOPE” series.
Festival Ballet’s “Up CLOSE, on HOPE”
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 05, 2008


Wising up

Sergei Prokofiev’s two classical ballets invariably find Boston Ballet playing the dating game.
James Kudelka’s Cinderella at Boston Ballet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2008

Elegy of Life. Rostropovich. Visnevskaya

Sokurov makes his position clear: these are true Russian patriots.
A great and lasting love story
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 13, 2008

Modern romantics

Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare is less of a statement than a supposition: what if we did it a different way?
Mark Morris’s Romeo & Juliet ; Lar Lubovitch at the Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 08, 2008

Orpheus in the afterworld

Tomsic’s last Boston recital was four years ago. We can’t afford to be without her this long.

Harbison and Mahler at the BSO, and the return of Dubravka Tomsic

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 22, 2008

Unembarrassed riches

Some weeks Boston has such musical riches, one wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Dutoit and Elder at the BSO, Collage’s Berio, Boston Conservatory’s Turn of the Screw, and Kurt Weill at the Gardner and the MFA
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 21, 2008


At long last love?

Boston Ballet has been playing the Romeo and Juliet dating game for almost 25 years now.
Boston Ballet hitches up with John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 20, 2008

Twinkle, twinkle

For some 15 years now, Boston Ballet has danced like a major international ballet company, and Mikko Nissinen wants to be sure everybody’s aware of that.
Boston Ballet’s ‘Night of Stars’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 31, 2008


Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a dizzy dance of a drama, meandering mystifyingly between May Eve and Midsummer Eve under a moon that goes from new to full swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow.
Boston Ballet illumines George Balanchine’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 24, 2008

Prodigal daughter

When pianist Anastasia Antonacos walks into the coffee shop for our interview, it is clear even without a piano in the room why she has been so successful.
The future of classical music is here
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  January 23, 2008

Dancing in the year of the Rat

If you’re hot for Victoria’s Secret ads and addicted to Dancing with the Stars, Tango Fire will be right up your alley.
Flamenco, funk, and Boston Ballet hit the boards
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 26, 2007



Trust Festival Ballet Providence to put a new spin on Cinderella, Sergei Prokofiev’s classic ballet.
Festival Ballet’s fresh take on Cinderella
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2007

Taking flight

Rhode Island’s dance scene has spawned and nurtured quite a few New York- and Boston-based artists.
A full slate of classics, new works, and seasonal treats
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2007

Postmodern cabaret

The Spiegeltent at Bard College fits into two big trucks and can be raised in a couple of days by a crew of workers.
Susan Marshall and Doug Varone at Bard
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 10, 2007

Tragic tropes and anti-tropes

The only question to ask about a new Romeo and Juliet, besides “Why?”, is “Why New York City Ballet?”
NYCB's Romeo , Boston Ballet's Giselle
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 18, 2007