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Some gifts you open and are all excited about, but then you find, a few weeks or months later, that you have forgotten you even got it — and you've never used it.
Gifts for the entire year
| December 07, 2012
Admirable Nelsons; plus, Mark Morris
At a top ticket price of $2500 (including a gourmet dinner), the gala concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood grossed a cool $1.42 million.
A leading contender excels at Tanglewood
| July 20, 2012
BMOP and Mark Morris
As the Globe 's Jeremy Eichler pointed out in his review of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's season-ending concert — called "Apollo's Fire" — referring to the program note by the BSO's Assistant Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger, th
| June 01, 2012
BLO’s Barber of Seville; plus Eschenbach leads the BSO, Boston Baroque’s Mozart, and the Yiddish songs of Lazar Weiner
In his program note for the Boston Lyric Opera production of Rossini's effervescent The Barber of Seville (Shubert Theatre, through March 18), music director David Angus asks us to listen extra carefully to this irresistible score, however familiar it
Cutting it close
| March 16, 2012
A toothsome classical concert season
This past winter, gossip seems to have risen to the surface of our musical life like the foam on chicken soup.
| March 02, 2012
A Far Cry rocks harder than your favorite band. But can they save classical music from itself?
Night falls in Jamaica Plain. The drunks are flicking cigarettes on the sidewalk outside the Jeanie Johnston pub; on the corner, Santería devotees are buying candles at the Botanica San Miguel. And in between, in a leased storefront, 17 classical musici
A young person's guide to the orchestra
| February 24, 2012
Emmanuel Music's B-minor Mass; Lexington Symphony's Debussy and Holst
Johann Sebastian Bach wasn't the first composer to recycle previous material, but he might have been the first to put together his own greatest-hits album.
| September 30, 2011
The top 10 jazz events in town this fall
As usual, there's too much to choose from. Here are some highlights.
Starting with the Beantown Jazz Festival, ensembles large and small mix it up
| September 16, 2011
Jordi Savall and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
"The Celtic Viol" — the title of the Boston Early Music Festival concert Catalan gambist Jordi Savall gave yesterday evening at Jordan Hall — looks like an oxymoron, since Irish and Scottish music is almost by definition traditional and popular and the v
| June 17, 2011
At the heart of the cover-band craze that's recently swept Portland is a very simple concept: musicians getting paid.
88 keys, 2 songwriters, 1 grand plan
| May 06, 2011
A modest epic tale
What beautiful voices and music in this event. Steven Jobe’s Joan of Arc: An Opera In Three Acts is at once ambitious and quite modest, but vocally and musically it remains a pleasure throughout its three brief acts at the Blackstone River Theater in Cum
Steven Jobe’s haunting Joan of Arc
| May 21, 2010
The good old days
As if it weren’t enough that the venerable Paramount Theatre on Washington Street was open for the first time since 1976, the Celebrity Series of Boston brought in as the initial act to play the new 600-seat mainstage Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester.
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, live at the Paramount Theatre, March 6, 2010
| March 12, 2010
Yôjirô Takita's film won the Best Foreign Language Oscar this year, and for good reason.
Deliberate, detailed, and delicate
| June 19, 2009
The Fully Celebrated | Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones
After two albums with cornettist Taylor Ho Bynum, and now dropping "Orchestra" from their name, this venerable Boston avant-garde street band are again a trio — and they're still a virtuoso ensemble.
AUM Fidelity (2009)
| May 22, 2009
The making of the Roots-versus-Antibalas Sound Clash
We're not previewing the Red Bull Sound Clash just because the buzz-beverage overlords supply Phoenix headquarters with enough voltage to paralyze a petting zoo.
How ?uest got his groove back
| January 20, 2009
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