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Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 18, 2010
"Singing for the Planet"

"Singing for the Planet"


Three masters of divergent styles convene for “Singing for the Planet”: pan-American singer/songwriter Mili Bermejo (with bassist Dan Greenspan and pianist Doug Johnson), adventurous jazz...
By webteam  |  June 09, 2010
Russell Sherman at Emmanuel Church

Russell Sherman at Emmanuel Church


Celebrated local pianist Russell Sherman continues to explore the relationship between Haydn and Schoenberg in a program of four sonatas (Hob.XVI: 42, 34, 50, and...
By webteam  |  April 21, 2010
"Boston Bach Birthday 325"

"Boston Bach Birthday 325"


Emmanuel Music’s “Boston Bach Birthday 325” will offer Bach programming all day, but the highlight, at Emmanuel Church at 7 pm, will be a discussion...
By webteam  |  March 17, 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
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's Christmas Concert

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's Christmas Concert


The magnificent Aardvark Jazz Orchestra plays its 37th annual Christmas concert, this year performing the "Gloria" from Mary Lou Williams's Mass (first heard at Emmanuel...
By webteam  |  December 17, 2009


Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra

Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra


As a prelude to a Sunday residency beginning next month at Johnny D's, the always provocative 19-piece Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra plays a one-off at...
By Jason OBryan  |  November 17, 2009
Emmanuel Music conducted Harbison: "Haydn and Schoenberg: Fathers of Invention"

Emmanuel Music conducted Harbison: "Haydn and Schoenberg: Fathers of Invention"


Emmanuel Music's "Haydn and Schoenberg: Fathers of Invention" series kicks off with John Harbison leading the ensemble in an "Inventing Genesis" program: Schoenberg's Prelude to...
By Jason OBryan  |  November 11, 2009
Emmanuel Music: St. Matthew Passion

Emmanuel Music: St. Matthew Passion


 John Harbison leads Emmanuel Music in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (it’s that time of year), wi...
By Shaula Clark  |  April 01, 2009

VIA VENETO: VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA


Information is a little scarce as to what GIORGIO PARONUZZI and the VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA have p...
By Shaula Clark  |  January 14, 2009

MERRY GENTLEMEN (AND WOMEN): AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA


Boston’s venerable avant big band, the AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA, presents its 36th annual (whew!) Ch...
By Shaula Clark  |  December 10, 2008


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Close readings

The JCA has been at it since 1985, a collective of musicians who are primarily composers rather than players, in need of an outlet to hear their pieces.
Darrell Katz and the JCA, Ben Ratliff, Jeff Turton
By JON GARELICK  |  November 18, 2008
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Darrell Katz/Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra | The Same Thing

Boston's Jazz Composers Alliance is fearless about subject matter — this, after all, is the organization that gave us The Death of Simone Weil as an "improvisational cantata."
Cadence (2008)
By JON GARELICK  |  November 11, 2008
PIANO GOD II: RUSSELL SHERMAN

PIANO GOD II: RUSSELL SHERMAN


 One of the all-time most influential pianists in Boston, RUSSELL SHERMAN, plays two of the gr...
By Shaula Clark  |  October 23, 2008
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‘A miracle!’

“Deep, tough, devout — and in church! It’s a miracle!”
Emmanuel’s memorial for Craig Smith, plus Russell Sherman’s Bach, the Royal Concertgebouw, and Handel’s Semele
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 05, 2008