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From Jurowski to Gatsby: 10 top-notch spring events hosted at Boston's premier classical-music venues

Last year, Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski's BSO debut with Shostakovich's daunting Fourth Symphony was Boston's most thrilling orchestral concert in a long time.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 01, 2013
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Vladimir Jurowski sets the BSO on fire

Vladimir Jurowski has bigger and better credentials than most of the contenders for the next BSO directorship. Did he strike sparks?

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 19, 2012
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Review: 'The Harry Partch Legacy' and the BSO season openers

At Symphony Hall, with its legendary warm and natural acoustics, the amplification created a distorted, directionless sound for the singers of Porgy and Bess .

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 05, 2012

The Week in Geek! 3.28 - 4.4: Geeks get slammed and artsy, but not fooled


This week we wonder: will Duncan Jones' Source Code be as good as Moon?If last week's festivities took a toll on your fragile human body,...
By Alec Ernest  |  March 28, 2011

The Week in Geek, March 7-14: Heavy Metal, PAX frenzy, and the gothpocalypse


My forecast: high chance of coolness all week in the MIT area, with a lull Wednesday and Thursday to get ready for an action-packed weekend...
By Alec Ernest  |  March 07, 2011

UPDATED: James Levine steps down as music director of Boston Symphony Orchestra


The Phoenix has learned that James Levine will step down as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra tonight.UPDATED: 3:32 PM: The BSO has issued...
By Sean Kerrigan  |  March 02, 2011


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Anthony Bourdain hits the road again

The things that come out of Anthony Bourdain’s mouth are frequently as bold as the things that go in.  
Mouthing off
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  February 25, 2011
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Oedipus schmoedipus

One of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's most famous concerts was one that didn't take place. Nearly 30 years ago, the BSO announced Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex , to be staged by Peter Sellars, with Vanessa Redgrave narrating.
Operas at the BSO, plus the Cantata Singers, the BYSO's Macbeth, and Christine Brewer
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 21, 2011
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Sing, sing, sing!

For opera lovers, the offerings last fall were at best a little thin. But this winter, it seems, everyone's doin' it.
Opera is this winter's warmer
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 31, 2010
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The Top 10 Classical Music Stories of 2010

The good, the not-so-good, and the departed
The good, the not-so-good, and the departed
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 24, 2010
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Review: Jonathan McPhee & the Longwood Symphony Orchestra at Jordan Hall

Jonathan McPhee is a hard man to keep up with.
Where's the audience?
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 17, 2010


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Lucy's Ethiopian Café

While there’s no foolproof formula for judging a budget-priced restaurant by its cover, I have identified some promising markers.
Heartwarming Habesha food and drink in a cozy neighborhood setting
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 19, 2010
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Review: James Levine with the Met and the BSO

Sighs of relief at Symphony Hall, from patrons and management alike: James Levine, music director of both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera, had completed a doubleheader.
Plus Mark Morris and Boston Baroque
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 22, 2010
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James Levine: He's back!

Boston and New York have at least one thing in common. Both have missed James Levine, music director of two of the world's most renowned classical-music institutions.
The conductor returns to the Boston Symphony Orchestra (and the Met)
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 08, 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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Before the concert at Symphony Hall

You smell that?
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  August 27, 2010


CANCELLED - João Gilberto at Symphony Hall

CANCELLED - João Gilberto at Symphony Hall


CANCELLED - Brazilians, jazz fans, bossa nova fans, and guitarists trying to figure out how the hell he does it - they'll all be clamoring...
By webteam  |  June 22, 2010
A thoroughly modern maestro

A thoroughly modern maestro


"I'm not your mom's classical violinist." Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) has a point. Sure, even the most mild-mannered mother occasionally has her "hip" moments -...
By Scott Kearnan  |  June 14, 2010
Arlo Guthrie joins Keith Lockart and the Boston Pops

Arlo Guthrie joins Keith Lockart and the Boston Pops


Arlo Guthrie is — yikes! — almost 63 years old. Well, it has been 43 years since Woody Guthrie’s kid hit the spotlight with “Alice’s Restaurant...
By webteam  |  June 09, 2010
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Living the dream

Movie stars aren’t the usual Symphony Hall crowd, but last week, two dark-suited ushers swung open the doors of the Hatch Room and out poured Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, and Cherry Jones.
De Niro Pops Off Dept.
By LLOYD SCWARTZ  |  May 28, 2010
Dave Brubeck with the Boston Pops

Dave Brubeck with the Boston Pops


The Boston Pops bring in jazz icon Dave Brubeck to celebrate "the 50th anniversary of the chart-topping ‘Take Five.' " Which came out in 1959, but...
By webteam  |  May 26, 2010


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Photos: Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, and more with the Boston Pops

The Pops pays tribute to John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy by combining quotes from their speeches with original text and video, accompanied by a dramatic orchestral and choral score.
The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers , Symphony Hall, until June 20
By BOSTON POPS  |  May 21, 2010
The Boston Pops present "The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers"

The Boston Pops present "The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers"


The Boston Pops' ongoing 125th-anniversary celebration continues with the premiere of The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers, a multimedia piece commissioned...
By webteam  |  May 12, 2010
May 4 | Boston Pops Season opens with Idina Menzel

May 4 | Boston Pops Season opens with Idina Menzel


She's no Bostonian, but Tony-winning singer/actress Idina Menzel has Wicked in her vocabulary after originating the role of Elphaba, Wicked Witch of the West, in...
By Scott Kearnan  |  May 03, 2010
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Ye gods!

Much beautiful music turns up in the 18th-century operatic form that’s probably most alien to a modern audience.
BLO’s Idomeneo, BU’s Susannah, Garfein’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Zander’s Stravinsky, and Pollini’s Chopin
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 30, 2010
Boston Pops 125th Anniversary with Keith Lockhart

Boston Pops 125th Anniversary with Keith Lockhart


Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops celebrate the orchestra’s 125th anniversary with a program showcasing the Pops’ past, present, and future that’ll include works by Arthur...
By webteam  |  April 28, 2010


Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society perform Bach

Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society perform Bach


One more entry in a crowded classical weekend: Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society in a Bach program to include Brandenburg Concerto No....
By webteam  |  April 28, 2010
Bernard Haitink + Emanuel Ax close out the BSO season

Bernard Haitink + Emanuel Ax close out the BSO season


Crossing the Pond just a step ahead of all that volcanic ash, guest conductor Bernard Haitink closes out the Boston Symphony Orchestra season with two...
By webteam  |  April 28, 2010
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Review: Sonny Rollins at Symphony Hall

The lines were around the block for will-call and walk-up ticket purchases at Symphony Hall Sunday night — causing the show to start a half hour after its advertised curtain time. The place was nearly full, the mood celebratory. All good to see in a dow
Sonny Rollins, live at Symphony Hall, April 18, 2010
By JON GARELICK  |  April 23, 2010
Maurizio Pollini celebrates Chopin's 200th birthday at Symphony Hall

Maurizio Pollini celebrates Chopin's 200th birthday at Symphony Hall


Tough call here. The Celebrity Series has Milan superstar Maurizio Pollini playing Chopin — Fantaisie in F minor, the four Opus 30 mazurkas, Piano Sonata...
By webteam  |  April 21, 2010