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Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music: Part II
Oliver ("Olly") Knussen, who recently turned 60, has been a previous co-director of the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music (FCM) and in other years an active participant (in 2008, for example, he came to the rescue of the centennial tribute to El
| August 17, 2012
Yo-Yo Ma at the BSO, Gidon Kremer at Longy, Ilya Kaler with the Boston Philharmonic
For a moment, it seemed as if the Boston Symphony Orchestra was back in its full ripeness.
| October 21, 2011
The BSO opens its summer home without Levine, but with Mark Morris & Yo-Yo Ma
It was especially sad that Levine, who cancelled his entire Tanglewood season and then resigned as BSO music director as of September (he just underwent another major surgery on his spine), couldn't lead this particular program.
| July 15, 2011
Preview: Love and Robots in Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera
A third of the way through the opera Death and the Powers: the Robots' Opera , the leading man becomes a machine.
In Tod Machover's new opera, Death and the Powers , high technology meets high anxiety
| March 18, 2011
I've given up trying every crème brûlée or fried calamari in the Boston metro area; that would be akin to taking on the labors of Hercules.
A coming-out party for Turkish food in Boston
| March 18, 2011
Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at Tanglewood
Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma celebrates a decade of Tanglewood collaborations with the Silk Road Ensemble in a program inspired by the ensemble's diversity. Together, Ma...
| August 04, 2010
Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble at the Zeiterion Theatre
Photo: STEPHEN DANELIAN One of the beauties of Yo-Yo Ma's investigations into the music of Asia and Europe is the breadth of players that participate...
| August 03, 2010
Pianist David Deveau, celebrating his 15th year as director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival (now Rockport Music) and the opening of the elegant, $20 million Shalin Liu Performance Center on Main Street, said that the sound in the new hall, at the
A new beginning for the music festival
| June 18, 2010
All you need is love
Outpourings of love have been flooding the Boston musical scene.
Marylou Speaker Churchill memorial, Emmanuel Music’s Haydn/Schoenberg, and more
| April 23, 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
| April 02, 2010
The timely highlight of Gil Rose’s latest BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project) concert, “Strings Attached,” was a new/old piece (2004, revised 2009) for two string orchestras by Scott Wheeler now called Crazy Weather — the new title taken from a John
BMOP, and the Christian Wolff festival
| March 26, 2010
Composers John Harbison and Peter Lieberson are big presences this spring.
Lions and lambs
| March 12, 2010
From deli to concert hall
If you're a young (or youngish) music fan looking to become a little bit more engaged with classical music, there is truly no better time than right now, particularly if you'll find yourself in Portland this weekend.
Crossing, and expanding, boundaries with Brooklyn Rider
| February 26, 2010
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
| January 22, 2010
Review: Emanuel Ax at Jordan Hall
I don't want to imply that everybody who's anybody was at Jordan Hall Friday night to hear pianist Emanuel Ax's Celebrity Series recital — but that was Yo-Yo Ma sitting two rows in front of me.
Emanuel Ax, live at Jordan Hall on January 8, 2010
| January 15, 2010
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
| September 23, 2009
After a relatively quiet summer, I saw Boston Midsummer Opera's Cosí fan tutte at BU's Tsai Center. Then I raced out to Tanglewood for a Mark Morris program accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, a BSO matinee with Ma, and all six concerts in the annua
Mark Morris, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood, Mozart in Boston, Meyerbeer at Bard
| August 21, 2009
Making a musical connection
In 1998, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma envisioned connecting artists and audiences around the world by focusing on the cultures along the historic 4000-mile Silk Road trade route.
| March 04, 2009
Arts and culture go begging
The Portland Symphony is in trouble. The unresolved dominant-seventh chord — a $2 million loss over the past eight years, and a possible shortfall of $220,000 this year alone — would be a setback for any company. But for the symphony, this is more than
The Portland Symphony Orchestra loses some signature events.
| February 11, 2009
Lift every voice!
Opera is the big word for 2009.
Classical goodies for 2009
| December 30, 2008
Ashes of Time Redux
Ashes ’ sumptuous tapestry depicts intersecting tales in a mediæval China teeming with 20th-century angst.
Sumptuous, angsty swordplay drama
| October 21, 2008
Boston was a world-music stronghold even before the “world music” genre existed.
The international and roots-music scene heats up
| September 08, 2008
Whither Joyce Kulhawik?
Veteran arts-and-entertainment anchor Joyce Kulhawik is the last of her kind, at the station and in Boston.
Boston TV kills A&E coverage
| April 09, 2008
Hot and cold
James Levine’s second French program this season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was more compelling than the one with which he began the season.
More French music plus Osvaldo Golijov at the BSO; Sarasa’s warm tribute to Craig Smith
| December 11, 2007
Morrissey was playing his first Boston show in three years, and erotic revelation was at hand.
Morrissey, Bank of America Pavilion, June 26, 2007
| July 02, 2007
From Berlioz to Bayadère
The czy ambiance at Symphony Hall made the announcement of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2007–2008 season seem like a family chat with James Levine.
The BSO and Boston Ballet announce 2007–2008
| April 03, 2007
Erwartung . . .
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA music director James Levine will be back in February to continue his survey of Beethoven and Schoenberg with Metropolitan Opera diva Deborah Voigt in Beethoven’s “Ah! perfido” and Schoenberg’s Erwartung (“Awaiting”), along w
Classical goodies for 2007
| December 28, 2006
People who love the arts are fond of saying that art changes our lives. Slideshow: The New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra visits Venezuela and Brazil
The New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra visits Venezuela and Brazil
| December 15, 2006
The old thrill at the original Oishii restaurant in Chestnut Hill was to grab one of about nine seats and watch Ting San, a Nobu-level master and innovator, make unusual sushi for you.
High prices, worthy rewards
| October 18, 2006
Making it new
The avant-garde ain’t what it used to be.
Ballet mécanique in Washington, the Callithumpians’ Xenakis, Mark Morris in New York and Boston, Yo-Yo Ma at the BSO, Harbison’s But Mary Stood
| March 21, 2006
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