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Frank Martin's Love Potion at Boston Lyric Opera

Rarity Was Intended

By: David Bonetti - 11/22/2014
Rarity Was IntendedThe BLO's off-site Annex series has proven over the past six years to be its most successful effort. Martin's work tackles a big subject - the fatal love of Tristan and Isolde - but with small forces. The BLO demonstrated that it can be a compelling evening in the theater.

San Francisco Symphony's Michael Tilson Thomas

Adams, Prokofiev, Ravel Swoop and Soar

By: Susan Hall - 11/21/2014
Adams, Prokofiev, Ravel Swoop and SoarThis program had wonderful sound links one piece to the other. Texture, color and sounds were similar although their composers were separated by centuries.

Tom Reney's 30 Years as WFCR Jazz DJ

NEPR Endowment for Continued Jazz Programming

By: Edward J. Bride - 11/20/2014
NEPR  Endowment for Continued Jazz ProgrammingJazz à la Mode has been a staple of WFCR-FM’s offerings –and Tom Reney its only host-- since the station’s inception of jazz programming in 1984. The NPR affiliate, which operates under the aegis of New England Public Radio, recently relocated from the environs of Reney’s alma mater, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, to become part of the downtown Springfield scene.

Tanglewood 2015

Let the Games Begin

By: BSO - 11/13/2014
Let the Games BeginHere is the run down on the 2015 Tanglewood Season. Clip and save.

Joyce DiDonato at Carnegie Hall

Venice is Evoked

By: Susan Hall - 11/05/2014
Venice is EvokedVenice was evoked at Carnegie Hall, by the light, shimmering touch of pianist David Zobel accompanying the great American soprano Joyce Di Donato. Channeling Vivaldi, Rossini, Faure, Head and Hahn, this dynamic duo created an unforgettable evening.

Peter Sellars Artist of the Year

Musical America Names a Genius

By: Susan Hall - 11/04/2014
Musical America Names a GeniusThe idea for "The Death of Kllinghoffer: came from Sellars. He directed the St. Matthew Passion" with the Berlin Philharmonic. At Santa Fe where he has directed he roams the grounds hugging everyone. A warm, brilliant man. He deserves all of his awards.

Revisiting San Francisco Opera

Tosca and Partenope Evoke Vivid Memories

By: David Bonetti - 11/01/2014
Tosca and Partenope Evoke Vivid MemoriesThe two operas I saw on consecutive nights at the San Francisco Opera, Puccini's "Tosca" - one of the genre's true hits - and Handel's "Partenope," a rarity - show that the company has the ambition to represent the full range of the operatic repertory, often featuring major vocal and directorial stars.

The Death of Klinghoffer Arrives at the Met

John Adams' Controversial Opera is Smashing

By: Susan Hall - 10/25/2014
John Adams' Controversial Opera is SmashingMonths of protesting, picketing and angry letters in the opinion pages of newspapers heralded the first Metropolitan Opera production of John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer. The production is first rate. The drama compelling. Sets, lighting, singing, the chorus, all top fight. Since the first production of the opera in 1991 there have been no protests, until some citizens of New York rose up this year.

Abdullah Ibrahim/Dollar Brand at Carnegie

Soulful Marabi of South Africa Lofts in New York

By: Susan Hall - 10/19/2014
Soulful Marabi of South Africa Lofts in New YorkIbrahim has lived through it all. Apartheid and the liberation. He has always performed music of his beloved country, with Miriam Makeba and others. At Carnegie, in repose, he came to terms with the violent, disruptive past of South Africa in peaaceful contemplation.

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