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  • James Taylor's Fireworks At Tanglewood

    Packed House Cheers Bonnie Raitt

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 07th, 2017

    18,500 guests visit Tanglewood on July 4th to pay their yearly homage to the Berkshires' best known musician, James Taylor. Bonnie Raitt joined him during the holiday celebration.

  • Anton Rubinstein's The Demon

    Esotreric Opera Exhumed by Boston's Russian Emigres

    By: David Bonetti - May 22nd, 2017

    Anton Rubinstein was a powerful cultural figure in 19th century St. Petersburg, but his music, especially his operas, have fallen out of the repertory. Commonwealth Lyric Theater, which specializes in underrepresented Russian and Slavic opera has brought Rubinstein's masterpiece, the opera fantastique, "The Demon" to Boston audiences.

  • Rock Star Gregg Allman

    Band in Boston

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 28th, 2017

    With their 1969 debut album the Allman Brothers, based in Macon, Georgia, launched the unique genre of Southern rock. On tour they were an immediate hit as an opening act at the Boston Tea Party. They were invited back for a later gig. The band opted to hang out rather than travel to home and back. They melded into the then emerging Boston music scene. Legendary lead guitarist, Duane Allman, died at 24 in I971. Now Gregg, the lead vocalist and keyboard player, has passed at 69 following several years of failing health.

  • Kevin Puts Opera Preview at The Crypt

    Daniela Mack and Joseph Gaines Sing An Invitation

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 01st, 2017

    A preview of the Crypt Session was live streamed a 3pm on the afternoon of the concert, and immediately got 100,000 hits. Not only is the venue and the food and wine delicious in the series mounted by Unison Media, but tickets are hot as Hades.

  • Boston Early Music Festival June 11-18

    Festival Theme is Carnival After Campra

    By: David Bonetti - Jun 03rd, 2017

    Campra's "Le Carnaval de Venise" sets the theme, but the weeklong festival ranges far and wide, from Mexico to Germany to Rome, Florence as well as Venice. Pergolesi's "La serva padrona"will feature local favorite Amanda Forsythe, and the BEMF orchestra will play Handel's "La Resurrezione." Something for everyone - everyone who loves early music that is.

  • Glory Denied on an Aircraft Carrier

    Opera Upper West Presents Tom Cipullo's Opera

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 03rd, 2017

    We are on the Hudson River on an aircraft carrier that was used in VIetnam. This is the setting of Tom CIpullo's wrenchingly beautiful opera, Glory Denied, which is performed below deck in the old bunk area by Opera Upper West. The setting almost matches the intensity of this opera.

  • The Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

    Esa Pekka Salonen Conducts

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 04th, 2017

    The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is perhaps the best orchestra now playing in New York. Because they have listened to singers for so long, they have a built in lyricism which it tops with superb musicianship. Under the baton of Esa Pekka Salonen and enhanced by the acoustics of Carnegie Hall, the orchestra made a big impact with Schumann and Mahler.

  • Alan Gilbert's Valedictory Das Rheingold

    Maestro Exits Over the Raindow

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Jun 07th, 2017

    The evening belonged to Mr. Gilbert, whose taut command of this orchestra over such a long and contiguous work reminded New Yorkers that his departure at the end of this season will be a terrible loss indeed.

  • Gregg Kallor and the Attacca Quartet

    Sheen Center Offers a Classical Music Series

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 06th, 2017

    In the heart of Noho, the Sheen Center has become a hot venue for new music performed by consummate artists. Gregg Kallor premiered a Quintet honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Philip Glass at the Miller Theater

    Pop up Concert Features Michael Riesman

    By: Susan Hall - May 16th, 2017

    Michael Riesman and Ensemble Signal celebrate Philip Glass as you drink wine on the stage of the Miller Theater and enjoy music up close and personal. Glass' ritualistic beats and his emerging structures were hypnotic.

  • E.T Enchants at New York Philharmonic

    Spielberg Classic Set to Music

    By: Arlene Judith Klotzko - May 16th, 2017

    Delighting fans of all ages a packed New York Philharmonic conducted the music of John Williams during a screening of the Stephen Spielberg film "E.T." A screening of the belived film accompanied by the Boston Pops will be presented at Tanglewood this summer.

  • Babes in Toyland by MasterVoices

    Kelli O'Hara and Bill Irwin Headline Superb Cast

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 29th, 2017

    Babes in Toyland debuted over a century ago. It has been reprised in many film and TV versions. Now we have it as it started out, as one of the first American musical comedies, a genre in which this country specializes. MasterVoices concocted a delicious concert version at Carnegie Hall.

  • Three Generations Curated by Steve Reich

    Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly st Carnegie Hall

    By: Djurdjija Vucinic - Apr 28th, 2017

    The fourth and last concert of the Three Generations series that took place in Zankel Hall was dedicated to the third generation: composers Nico Muhly and Bryce Dessner. Steve Reich who orchestrated this event, highlighted the composers who contributed to "changing the direction of concert music", as the subtitle further implies and actually unites them under the "same roof".

  • Di Donato in Handel at Carnegie Hall

    Harry Bickett Conducts The English Concert

    By: Susan Hall - May 01st, 2017

    After his patron King George I died, Handel made a big comeback with three operas. Ariodante is the last and glorious. Set in Scotland, it is important to understand that, like the state of Texas in the US, women get killed if they are unfaithful. The culprit here is exonerated. The music and the singing triumph over all.

  • Joshua Roman Performs at The Crypt

    Cellist Beams Us Up with Mystery and Spirituality

    By: Susan Hall - May 04th, 2017

    Joshua Roman approaches his cello as a friend and collaborator. The Crypt Sessions invite audiences to be friends and collaborative listeners and to meet and greet on the terrace of the Church of the Intercession as the sun sets. Over delicious foods by Ward 8 and wine selected by Magnum Opus, you find out why your fellow Crypt listeners have come.

  • Marriage of Figaro at Boston Lyric Opera

    Young Cast Delivers

    By: David Bonetti - May 06th, 2017

    As the final opera in its 40th anniversary season, the BLO ended on an exuberant note. The Mozart classic was transposed from the 18th century Vienna suburbs to a villa in 1950s Italy, allowing a range of chic retro fashions to take stage center. But the young singers, all in fine voice, did not let the costumes upstage them. This might not have been a profound "Figaro," but it was fun, which might be just what Mozart and da Ponte wanted.

  • Met Opera Ends Season with a Bang

    Alagna Sings Cyrano

    By: Susan Hall - May 11th, 2017

    Opera is a form of many pieces. When the set, production, singing and orchestra work together, opera makes its own case. Cyrano de Bergerac realizes the seemingly Sisyphean task beautifully.

  • On Site Opera Presents Mozart

    The Secret Garden

    By: Susan Hall - May 13th, 2017

    On Site Opera is committed to producing in a place that echoes the theme or setting of an opera. The enchanting West Side Community Garden provided the set for an early Mozart opera. The cast was superb, picking tulips, dashing through flowerbeds, all for the seeming purpose of finding love. Where better to look and listen than a garden?

  • Lady Bird and Fireworks at Hunter Opera

    21st Century Musical Takes

    By: Susan Hall - May 13th, 2017

    Lady Bird Johnson is now known for her signature role in the beatification of America, but as her husband prepared for his 1964 Presidential campaign, in which he crushed Barry Goldwater, he enlisted the aid of his wife, a Southerner, in wooing voters in the South. Vernacular music enhances the Lady Bird opera and also Fireworks by Kitty Brazelton, in which we see our present through the eyes of the future.

  • Met Orchestra Concludes Carnegie Hall Season

    How Many Ways Can You Make Songs

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 08th, 2017

    It must be fun for the talented Met Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen to stretch its opera boundaries. From an early Mahler piece, once integrated into the First Symphony, to support of the dazzling Christian Tetzlaff and the quiet lullabies for children sung by Anna Sofie von Otter, the orchestra sang.

  • Alan Gilbert Exits in a Blaze of Glory

    Departs New York Philharmonic

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Jun 11th, 2017

    When it comes to the exit of Alan Gilbert from the post of Music Director after only eight years, the New York Philharmonic has put on its bravest face. This week’s season-ending series of concerts, (promoted as “A Concert for Unity”) have featured starry opening acts for America’s oldest orchestra.

  • Boston Early Music Festival in Venice

    19th Biennial Festival's Two Operas and 18 Concerts

    By: David Bonetti - Jun 25th, 2017

    The early music world comes to Boston every two years for the BEMF. This year its centerpiece opera was Andre Campra's "Le Carnaval de Venise," an opera-ballet, in its American premiere. It also reprised a hilarious pair of intermezzi, one of them the popular "La serva padrona," by Giovanni Pergolesi and Handel's Roman period oratorio "La Resurrezione." A good time was had by all.

  • Francisco Nunez and Young Concert Singers

    Bringing La Systema to Carnegie Hall

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 27th, 2017

    Building new audiences can be natural if you can get young people to sing, prepare them for concert performance and invite their families to attend. Francisco Nunes, the composer and conductor, does this with his Young People's Choir. They were joined by like groups from other cities to perform music created for them. The evening was a smash hit.

  • Wilco Headlines Solid Sound Festival

    Fifth Mega Event Sold Out at MoCA

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 30th, 2017

    Wilco headlined the fifth Solid Sound festival, a sell out, at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. The band played for two evenings and Jeff tweedy returned on Sunday to play with his son, Spencer, and special friends of the band.

  • Ragtime at Barrington Stage Company

    Timely Revival of Issues Based Musical

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 30th, 2017

    Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield has a reputation for mounting an annual blockbuster revival of a vintage musical. It also has an an agenda to present message plays that inspire and inform audiences. In the era of Trump Barrington is presenting Ragtime which seemingly conflates the mandates for entertainment and education. It results in a long evening top heavy with big ideas, multiple characters and confusing subplots.

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