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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.

Gotham Chamber Opera Floats Martinu

Double Bill Absurd and Delicious

By: Susan Hall - 10/17/2014
Double Bill Absurd and DeliciousSome say that Martinu is an acquired taste. Gotham Chamber Opera made the case for acquiring. A spirited, songful pair of one act operas graced the Gerald Lynch stage and young singers full of talent and lyricism filled the hall.

Monteverdi Madrigals Examine Pains and Joys of Love

Boston Early Music Festival Gets in Gear for Monteverdi Festval

By: David Bonetti - 10/15/2014
Boston Early Music Festival Gets in Gear for Monteverdi FestvalYoung Chamber Vocal Ensemble finds the contrasts in madrigals written 350 years ago that are still relevant today in a thrilling concert at Jordan Hall

La Traviatia at Boston Lyric Opera

Effective but Uaffecting Production

By: David Bonetti - 10/13/2014
Effective but Uaffecting ProductionBoth Anya Matanovic and Michael Wade Lee, who make their debuts as Violetta and Alfredo, keep it cool, unable to express the passion in their roles. Boston Lyric Opera presents La Traviata

Simon Rattle at Carnegie Hall

Conducts Berlin Philharmonic

By: Susan Hall - 10/03/2014
Conducts Berlin PhilharmonicThe texture and tones of the orchestra have been honed over decades and by various music directors. Rattle respects composers and his instrumentalists who interpret them. He works in broad strokes and lets performers do their detail work. An harmonious approach.

Fresh Grass Festival 2015

Mark Your Calendar for September 18th-20th,

By: Philip Kampe - 10/02/2014
Mark Your Calendar for September 18th-20th,Only 350 days until Fresh Grass 2015. For this year's festival every nook and cranny at the museum was filled with true to the bone bluegrass musicians playing what they are best at, their unique, yet, traditional version of bluegrass music mixed with Celtic, Cajun and whatever style of music that achieved their goal.

Andris Nelsons at the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Inaugural Concert as Music Director

By: David Bonetti - 09/30/2014
Inaugural Concert as Music DirectorWhat made the inaugural concert f Andris Nelson's as the BSO's music director especially celebratory for some – that would include me – were the vocal soloists. The German Jonas Kaufmann, young and handsome in a dark, slightly exotic manner, is the hottest tenor in the world at the moment, and he was making his Boston premiere in this concert. (For those who care about such matters, he has cut off his tousled, romantic locks.)

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival

Lineup for Events Oct. 10-19

By: Ed Bride - 09/29/2014
Lineup for Events Oct. 10-19The festival kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 9, with Jazz About Town, with sponsored and affiliated events that span the long Columbus Day weekend and including a "jazz craw,” when venues present Berkshires’ established performers in casual settings.

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