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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
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 07, 2012
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Winsor Music, Schubertiade, BSO guest conductors, and the Handel and Haydn Society’s St. Matthew Passion

As the BSO season continues without a music director, each new conducting debutante (according to Webster's, usually refers to a woman) raises the larger question of who Boston's next major music director will be.
Thinking big
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 06, 2012
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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
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 16, 2012
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Snow Patrol | Fallen Empires

Word on the street had Snow Patrol looking to change up the big anthem sound for their sixth release.
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By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 13, 2012
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The sound of tyranny

There are musicians, and then there are polymath musicians. How to tell the difference?
System of a Down's Serj Tankian soundtracks the A.R.T.'s production of Prometheus Bound
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 18, 2011
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Fenway Park goes classical

"Free, friends, and Fenway Franks — all F's!" the young woman answered when I asked why she was at the very first symphonic concert at Fenway Park. "I've got one more F for you," she told me during the intermission.
A new landmark for the Landmarks Orchestra
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 16, 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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Jonathan McPhee and The Longwood Symphony Orchestra

Jonathan McPhee and The Longwood Symphony Orchestra at Jordan Hall on May 1, 2010
 Northern Lights
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2010
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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
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 23, 2010
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What's new

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
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 26, 2010
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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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 12, 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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Snakebite

"I can no longer stand to let this travesty continue," sings a character in Madame White Snake , the new opera based on an ancient Chinese legend co-commissioned by Opera Boston, which has just presented its world premiere. I'm afraid I shared the senti
Opera Boston presents the world premiere of Madame White Snake; plus the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Boston Philharmonic
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 05, 2010
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Interview: Max Raabe

"It was so crazy in the '20s, in the Weimar Republic. Everything was so open-minded and wide, and that is why I love that period so much."
Killer cabaret: bringing Berlin to Boston
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 05, 2010
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Heaven!

Martin Pearlman's edition of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beate Vergine, with inserted antiphons to suggest an actual service, remains a masterpiece of historical research and inspired guesswork.
The BSO and Boston Baroque at their best
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 26, 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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Wanting more

After its triumphant traversal of the complete Béla Bartók string quartets at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Borromeo Quartet was back for a free 20th- and 21st-century program at Jordan Hall, leading off with an accomplished recent piece by t
The Borromeo and Emerson String Quartets, Dohnányi with the BSO, and Yiddish operetta at Harvard
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 11, 2009