• Paavo Jarvis Conducts Mostly Mozart

    Pied Piper Martin Fröst Soars on Clarinet

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 06th, 2016

    At Lincoln Center Paavo Järvi conducted the Mostly Mozart Orchestra softly yet he carried a big baton, from La Sidone which Arvo Part composed for the opening of the Olympics in Turin Italy. We are reminded that this year’s Olympics opened on the very day of this concert.

  • "The Ouroboros Trilogy" at ArtsEmerson

    Three Operas on Ancient Myths by Brookline Librettist

    By: David Bonetti - Sep 12th, 2016

    Cerise Lim Jacobs had a dream: to create three operas incorporating myths from the ancient world, using the Ouroboros, the snake that consumes its own tail in order to be reborn, as a recurring motif. The three works were produced together and they turned out to be engaging, even moving, with music that didn't pander to the audience while also not leaving it out. We'd love to hear it, at least "Madame White Snake" again.

  • Fresh Grass Festival's Friday Line-Up

    Weekend Festival At Mass MoCA

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Sep 16th, 2016

    The three day Fresh Grass Festival kicks off tonight at MASS MoCA with an outstanding line-up.

  • '62 Center at Williams Announces Its Program

    Launching Twelth Season

    By: Williams - Sep 16th, 2016

    The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance unveiled its twelfth season of diverse and challenging theatre and dance programming for the Williams College community and beyond.

  • Fresh Grass Festival: Day Two Line Up

    Lots Of Music At Mass MoCA

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 17th, 2016

    The first day of the Fresh Grass Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts, was very lively with the appearance of several major blue grass bands. Day two is a full day of music, a day that will bring together many of the great performers from the industry.

  • Roger Nierenberg Teaches Listening

    Kodaly, Britten, Wagner and Ravel at DeMenna Center

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 20th, 2016

    The conundrum of declining symphony audiences is being addressed with all sorts of efforts. The Roger Nierenberg proposal, mixing the audience in and with the orchestra, is a bold and helpful approach.

  • Opera Philadelphia's Spiritually Lush Mazzoli

    Exciting New Wave in Opera

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 26th, 2016

    Opera Philadelphia is leading the way in America, as it presents adventuresome new operas by contemporary composers exploring subjects of interest. Breaking the Waves is the most ambitious in its complex subject matter. The director, composer and librettist have joined forces to present a wrenching work which is very much embedded in opera tradition, but stretches the form musically and dramatically.

  • Metropolitan Opera's Controversial Opening

    Cast in Trenchcoats Shine in Tristan and Isolde

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 27th, 2016

    Never has the disconnect between glorious singing and a production been so clear. To put Tristan and Isolde in trenchcoats isn't even a starter in a Wagner opera. Stuart Skelton, Nina Stemme, Rene Pape, Ekaterina Gubanova and Evgeny Nitikin are all superb in their roles. It is an insult to put such world class singers on this set. Do not be tempted by the HD. Listen on the radio where you can enjoy the opera's glories.

  • Calixto Bieito's "Carmen" at the BLO

    Controversial Production Lives Up to Expectations

    By: David Bonetti - Sep 29th, 2016

    Calixto Bieito restores the sexuality long-missing to "Carmen" - but it is the guys, the half-naked soldiers in Spain's North Africa outpost, who are hot. His Carmen is a cool existentialist, half in love with easeful death. Her murder by a spurned lover on an empty stage outside the bullring could have been staged by Samuel Beckett. This is a controversial production for the expanded Boston Lyric Opera.

  • On Site Opera with Argento and Berlioz

    Stanford White's Harmonie Club Ballroom is the Setting

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 02nd, 2016

    While huge opera houses are the dinosaurs of the 21st century, smaller venues for the presentation of the original multi-media art form are thriving. Opera is alive and well in every nook and corner of the world. Even in grand ballrooms of exclusive Manhattan Clubs like the Harmonie.

  • October Sky at Old Globe

    Musical is Outasight

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 03rd, 2016

    “October Sky” is an uplifting, feel-good type of musical that boasts 19 songs with such numbers as “Look to the Stars”, “We’re Gonna Build a Rocket”, “Stars Shine Down”, “The Man I Met”, and “The Last Kiss Goodbye”, the latter number being especially poignant as sung by the miners’ wives and girlfriends.

  • Andris Nelsons Delivers a Sublime "Der Rosenkavalier"

    Renee Fleming Sings Her Most Sympathetic Role with Susan Graham

    By: David Bonetti - Oct 03rd, 2016

    Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier" is a model of passionate communication via music. The story of the Marschallin who hands over her young lover Octavian to a girl his own age drips with fin-de-siecle melancholy. The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Richard Strauss’s beloved comedy “Der Rosenkavalier” was as close to perfection as I have heard.

  • Sunday in the Park Stunning at Huntington

    Sondheim and Seurat Bring Out the Best in Each Other

    By: Mark Favermann - Oct 06th, 2016

    Stephen Sondheim’s stunning masterpiece centers on enigmatic painter Georges Seurat and his obssession with “the art of making art.” Certainly, one of the most acclaimed musicals ever, this Pulitzer Prize winner features a glorious score, with the songs “Finishing the Hat,” “Putting it Together,” and “Move On,” and is directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois who did a superb job with last year's A Little Night Music.

  • Simon Bolivar Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

    Gustavo Dudamel Sets the Hall A-Buzz

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 08th, 2016

    Gustavo Dudalmel went from the street to El Sistema with a music program for poor kids in Venezuela. Over time, the role of music in society has become ever more important and consuming for him. He mission is comparable only to Riccardo Muti's.

  • Ryan Thorn and Andrew Sun at Carnegie Hall

    Marilyn Horne Makes the Case for Song

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 09th, 2016

    How fortunate we are to have class Ambassadors for the new crop of musical talent. Both Ryan Thorn, baritone, and Andrew Sun, pianist, have participated at Marilyn Horne's Santa Barbara school and in its competition. Horne stepped to the front of the altar at a church on the upper West Side of Manhattan and made the case for the importance of Song, from Solomon to Richard Rogers.

  • Sir Simon Rattle and Mahler at Carnegie Hall

    The Philadelphia In Magnificent Form

    By: Susan Hall and Djurdjija Vucinic - Oct 12th, 2016

    Sir Simon Rattle, the great conductor of the Berliner Philharmonika, joined forces with an A list orchestra, the Philadelphia, to perform Gustav Mahler's Sixth Symphony. In an interview Rattle says, Mahler "was my road to Damascus moment. This is something that has lived with me all my life. And it is something that will never stop being a challenge and a discovery."

  • Brahms' Human Requiem

    White Lights Festival

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 16th, 2016

    Can listeners experience music as their own, an inside experience enjoyed by performers? Yes, in the extraordinary productioin conceived by Jochen Sanig and brought to life by the Rundfunkchor Berlin under Simon Halsey assisted by Nicolas Fink. The setting was Synod House at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Brahms' Requiem was the experience.

  • New York City Opera Opens in the Rose Theatre

    Aleko and Pagliacci Double Bill

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 12th, 2016

    Michael Capusso has breathed new life into the New York City Opera and honors its mission and traditions as well. The fall season opened with a double bill: Aleko by Serge Rachmaninoff and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.

  • Hershey Felder's Maestro

    Leonard Bernstein's Tanglewood and So Much More

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 11th, 2016

    After an early triumphant conducting performance, the press crowded into the green room to speak to the young Maestro. They then turned to his father Sam and asked," Why did you block your son’s early career in music,?" To which Sam replied "How did I know he was Leonard Bernstein?"

  • Fresh Grass Festival Is Now!

    Best Bluegrass Festival In The Northeast

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 11th, 2016

    Once a year, the Fresh Grass Festival takes over the grounds of the Mass MoCA art museum in North Adams, Massachusetts. This year's festival features the best bluegrass musicians from all over the world. Fresh Grass takes place from Friday, September 16th through Sunday, September 18th.

  • Sllk Road Ensemble at Tanglewood

    Celebrating World Music

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 08th, 2016

    Eighteen years ago Cellist Yo Yo Ma and a core of global musicians formed Silk Road Ensemble. Yet again their appearance was a musical treat and highlight of the Tanglewood season.

  • Film Night With John Williams

    Star Wars Revisited

    'Star Wars'
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 15th, 2016

    John Williams returned to the stage at Tanglewood for 'Film Night', an evening where his scores, especially, 'Star Wars' gets flight from this renowned 84 year old iconic composer/conductor.

  • Inon Barnatan Plays A Little Night Music

    Candlelit Suites at Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 14th, 2016

    Inon Barnatan is a premier pianist who is game to offer music in different venues. From Washington Irving High School to Poisson Rouge and every pocket of the Lincoln Center campus, he has engaged audiences in his art with a brilliant humility that stuns. His creation of a Baroque Suite with short dance pieces from Bach to Barber was a magical moment in the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse.

  • Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret

    With Meow Meow and Australian Chamber Orchestra

    Barry Humphries and Meow Meow
    By: Maria Reveley - Aug 15th, 2016

    Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret focuses on the degenerate (according to the Nazis) music of Berlin's Weimar Republic of the 1920s-30s. Humphries presents and performs this music with the talented international cabaret performer, Meow Meow, and with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, led by its artistic director and violinist, Richard Tognetti. Together, these talents delivered a wonderfully done, touching and mesmerizing performance at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall in Lenox, MA last night.

  • Broadway Bounty Hunter Stars Annie Golden

    Barrington Stage Debuts Hit Musical by Joe Iconis

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 20th, 2016

    Annie Golden broke out with Hair in 1979. As she sings in a sure to be standard the actress is a "Woman of a Certain Age." She plays herself in a world premiere of Broadway Bounty Hunters by Joe Iconis at Barrington Stage Company. This is a fun musical that you will want to see at least twice. They just don't make them like this anymore.

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