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Review: Mozart's Sister

When first seen in René Féret's speculative story about the older sibling of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Maria Anna "Nannerl" is pissing in the snow.
Wolfgang's understudy sister fights for the limelight
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011
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Review: A composer’s jealousy drives Amadeus at NHTP

Early in his youth, an Italian named Antonio Salieri (the outstanding Blair Hundertmark) knelt in church, looked up, and saw a certain God: "An old, candle-smoked God with a mulberry robe, staring out at the world with a dealer's eyes."
Sacred bargain
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 21, 2011
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Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010
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Second sight

May in Boston has always been Storybook Ballet Month, as Boston Ballet finished off its season with Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty or Don Quixote , something classical and highbrow and reassuring. That, after all, is what Boston audiences want, right?
Boston Ballet reprises Jirí Kylián’s Black & White
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2010
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Sparring with the Ultimate

There’s never been a more brilliant exemplar of the ballet art than George Balanchine.
Boston Ballet in The Four Temperaments, Apollo, and Theme and Variations
By MARICA B. SIEGEL  |  May 14, 2010
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Blythe spirit

Leaving the Cutler Majestic after the opening night of Opera Boston’s latest Offenbach, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein , you could see the smiling faces of an audience that had had a good time.
Opera Boston’s Offenbach, Thomas Quasthoff, the BSO, Boston Baroque, and BU’s Sondheim
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 14, 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
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Review: Kick-Ass

It’s the greatest introduction of a movie character in at least 10 years, the moment when Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) makes the scene.
It’s Chloë Grace Moretz who kicks ass
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 16, 2010
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Bach beat

Composers John Harbison and Peter Lieberson are big presences this spring.
Lions and lambs
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 12, 2010
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Interview: Hilary Hahn

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

Boston Lyric Opera's debut Opera Annex production was so good in so many ways, it's painful that one bad idea just about sank it.
BLO's The Turn of the S crew, Levine's Carter and Simon Boccanegra, Teatro Lirico, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, and more
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 12, 2010


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Squiggles and lines

The eponymous directors of Alonzo King Lines Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Group both came from backgrounds in modern dance with sprinklings of other styles, and they both subsequently invented movement vocabularies to serve their choreographic idea
Alonzo King at the ICA, Mark Morris at the Opera House
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 05, 2010
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Lighting history

On January 1, 1903, Isabella Stewart Gardner invited 300 guests to a private concert by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the opening of her new museum on the Fenway. After performances of Bach, Mozart, and Schumann, the mirrored door
The Gardner Museum takes a chance on the new
By GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2010
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Stopping time

BSO music director James Levine has returned to Symphony Hall for the first time since October, when back surgery put him out of commission.
The BSO, Peter Maxwell Davies, BCMS, BMOP, Mark Morris, and Christian Tetzlaff
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 05, 2010

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At January 24, Merrill Auditorium
Music Seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 29, 2010
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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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52 ways to leave 2009

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. Sure, the end of this decade may not have the same kind of new-millennium pressure riding on it as the last one, b
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 01, 2010
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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
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2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009
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Review: Nine

It doesn't get much farther from human experience than this: an adaptation of a Broadway production adapting a film ( 8-1/2 ) about a filmmaker who imagines making a film.
Rob Marshall continues his assault on good taste
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 25, 2009


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2009: The year in Classical

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

As a play, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus has more than its share of theatrical muscle.
 Elemental Theatre’s masterful Amadeus
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2009

Glenn Beck's Mormon ties

Thank you for carefully illustrating the intellectual dishonesty of the right wing’s number-one glory boy.
Letters to the Boston editor, October 30, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 30, 2009
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In the swim

My head’s swimming.
Guerilla Opera, von Stade’s farewell, the BSO, Handel and Haydn, the BPO, and that Tosca
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 16, 2009
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Requiem detexted

Mozart's Requiem is one of the most controversial works in the classical repertory. Mozart had completed only parts of it and sketched other parts when he died, unexpectedly at age 35, in 1791. His death ignited immediate speculation and myth.
Nicole Pierce at the Armory
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 02, 2009


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Smaller, bigger, better

Is Boston in the midst of a ballet boom? You could certainly believe that if you attended Boston Ballet’s fourth annual season-opening gala last Saturday.
Boston Ballet’s fourth ‘Night of Stars’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 25, 2009
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Review: Bright Star

"Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art." That's the first line of a sonnet that John Keats did or did not write for Fanny Brawne, who was in either case the love of his brief life.
Jane Campion does Keats — sort of
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 25, 2009
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Leon Kirchner, 1919–2009

Craggy, tender, passionate, witty, rough-edged, lyrical, uncompromising, Leon Kirchner's music, so like the man himself, made an indelible impression. Even in his recent appearance at a 90th-birthday tribute concert at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
In Memoriam
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 23, 2009
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Terpsichore's delight

There's no end to variety to the fall's dance season, from a Boston Ballet classic to Hawaiian hula and "extreme action" acrobatics.
A season of foot (and body) work
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 18, 2009