• Two Women at the San Francisco Opera

    Anna Caterina Antonacci, a Singing Sophia Loren in Marco Tutino Opera

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 01st, 2015

    San Francisco Opera commissioned this work by an Italian composer Marco Tutino and puts on a terrific production. The set brilliantly reveals small human activities as an insert in the larger world picture. Often two dramas are taking place against the background of war. The beautiful score of Marco Tutino suits the story and provides ample opportunities to display the talents of the principals.

  • Wilco and Real Estate Open Solid Sound Festival

    Mass MoCA Be There or Be Square

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Jun 25th, 2015

    Wilco and thirty other bands invade Mass MoCA this weekend

  • Tanglewood This Week

    Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Huey Lewis, Mark Morris and More

    Mark Morris   June 25th & 26th
    By: Philip S. Kampe and Maria Reveley - Jun 24th, 2015

    For under $100 you can purchase lawn tickets and see four popular artists at Tanglewood.

  • Season Finale: Schubert and Beethoven Trios

    Year-End Wrap up at the Rosen Salon

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 21st, 2015

    Music salons at Joseph and Christina Rosen's are a treat. Over the course of a season, you can hear up and coming pianists, singers, and contemporary composers. The warhorses of music sound fresh and inviting. Only one of the pleasures of an evening is hearing Joe Rosen perform on the clarinet.

  • Gilbert Conducts Joan of Arc at the Stake

    Marion Cotilliard Simply Magnificent as Joan

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 13th, 2015

    The North American continent does not have military heroines. A 17th century Mexican nun, Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana, was censored for her apostatic writings, but never picked up a sword. Without queens and saints, we have struggled into modern times. For comfort when France was challenged, as it often has been in history, the country looks to its patron saint, Joan of Arc, who helped end the Hundred Years War before she was burned at the stake. The New York Philharmonic reminded us of her trials in the ineffably moving composition of Paul Claudel and Arthur Honegger.

  • Monteverdi Trilogy Heads to the Berkshires

    Early Music Festival Travels to Great Barrington

    By: David Bonetti - Jun 18th, 2015

    Every two years the Boston Early Music Festival schedules a week of concerts and operas that make Boston the world capital of early music. This year's focus was on Claudio Monteverdi, the first great opera composer. All three of his surviving operas were given stylish productions and featured some of the best singers of early music in the world. Taken from Greek myth and ancient Roman history, the stories resonate with the lives we live today.

  • Joan of Arc, Patron Saint of France by Marion Cotilliard

    Honegger, Claudel and Alan Gilbert Join Forces

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 09th, 2015

    On June 10, 2015, Alan Gilbert will present Honegger's most famous composition, Joan or Arc at the stake. Modestly, Honegger said he only followed the inspiration of his librettist Paul Claudel. Their collaboration was inspired. Gilbert discussed the dramatic oratorio with Come de Bellescize, the stage director, and Pierre Vallet, who assisted Seiji Ozawa with his production of the oratorio.

  • Wilco Returns to Mass MoCA

    Solid Sound Festival June 26-28

    By: Wilco - Mar 04th, 2015

    The Solid Sound 2015 lineup features Tweedy (which features Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer), Mac DeMarco, Real Estate, Parquet Courts, Shabazz Palaces, Richard Thompson Trio, King Sunny Ade and His African Beats, Taj Mahal, Cibo Matto, Jessica Pratt, Luluc, William Tyler, Bill Frisell, The Autumn Defense, NRBQ, Stained Radiance (Nels Cline + Norton Wisdom), Glenn Kotche and Jeffrey Zeigler, and many others.

  • The Monteverdi Trilogy at Boston Early Music Festival

    Biennial festival puts on more concerts than you could possibly attend.

    By: David Bonetti - Jun 02nd, 2015

    Since its founding in 1981, the Boston Early Music Festival has become one of the leading cultural organizations in Boston, a city not lacking in them. Its biennial festival draws performing groups and audiences from all over the globe. Its focus is on a historically informed Baroque opera - this year it is doing three! All three of Monteverdi's surviving operas in one week. What bliss.

  • Carnegie is Busting Out All Over

    The Iconic Hall Has Brought Music to Every Corner of New York

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 01st, 2015

    Throughout the five boroughs of New York, Carnegie Hall has presented live music to audiences of every age nd every hue. Community colleges, town halls, libraries and churches have opened their doors to music makers. Catching up at the seaason's end we heard Julia Bullock and Renate Rohling at St. Michael's Church in Manhattan and the Whistling Wolvves in the extraorinarily inviting Weill Music Room in Carnegie's new wing.

  • Keith Lockhart Celebrates 20 Years with Pops

    With Bernadette Peters at Tanglewood July 5

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 15th, 2015

    After one of the worst winters on record yet again Spring means six glorious weeks of the Boston Pops. We participated in the gala opening night launch of Keith Lockhart's 20th season. His guest was Broadway star Bernadette Peters. It provided a preview of their appearance together at Tanglewood on July 5.

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra 2015-16

    Under Conductor Andris Nelsons

    By: BSO - Apr 03rd, 2015

    BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in thirteen extraordinarily wide-ranging programs in the 2015-16 BSO season.

  • Boston Lyric Opera

    Announces 2015-2016 Season

    By: BLO - Mar 13th, 2015

    With a distinct French flavor, spiced by influences from New Wave films to student revolutionaries, Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) announces its productions for the 2015/2016 Season, the company’s 39th. The four operas – Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, Philip Glass’ In the Penal Colony, Jules Massenet’s Werther and Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow – comprise all-new BLO productions of both popular classics and works not seen often in Boston.

  • Tanglewood 2015

    Let the Games Begin

    By: BSO - Nov 13th, 2014

    Here is the run down on the 2015 Tanglewood Season. Clip and save.

  • New Hampshire Music Festival

    Progrtam from July 7 to August 6

    By: NHMF - Apr 09th, 2015

    The New Hampshire Music Festival (NHMF) has announced its 2015 summer season to be held from July 7 through August 6 in Plymouth and the surrounding communities of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. With a theme of “American Landscapes,” the festival’s 63rd season will explore and celebrate American music and the great outdoors.

  • BSO Announces 2014- 2015 Season

    Welcomes Andris Nelsons

    By: BSO - Mar 06th, 2014

    The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season shines a welcoming spotlight on Andris Nelsons as he makes hihighly anticipated debut as BSO Music Director, leading performances that feature an eclectic offering of music and an impressive lineup of guest artists, and presenting programs that illuminate touchstone moments in his life as a musician, from his youngest days as a child in Riga, to his present-day stature as one of the world’s most sought-after conductors. When Mr. Nelsons takes on the title of BSO Music Director in September 2014, at age 35, he will be the youngest conductor to hold that title with the orchestra in over 100 years. The fifteenth music director since the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s founding in 1881, Mr. Nelsons is also the first Latvian-born conductor to assume the post.

  • Petrenko to Berlin Philharmonic

    Boston Breathes a Sigh of Relief

    Petrenko Takes Berlin
    By: Susan Hall - Jun 22nd, 2015

    Andris Nelsons' name has whirled in the air around Berlin. He succeeded Sir Simon Rattle at Birmingham and it is Rattle who is stepping down in Berlin. Nelsons was a natural choice. The orchestra made its announcement today: Kirill Petrenko is their man. Recently he has triumphed at the Munich Opera where we heard his wonderful Lulu.

  • Sheryl Crow Rocks Tanglewood

    If It Makes You Happy

    By: Philip S. Kampe & Maria Reveley - Jun 22nd, 2015

    The Tanglewood 2015 season opened with Sheryl Crow backed by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.

  • Bizet's Carmen in Sunset Park Brooklyn

    Indominatable Regina Opera Scores Again

    By: Susan Hall - May 23rd, 2015

    With four hundred seats cushioned in plush red velvet to match the red velvet curtain donning a stage almost as tall as the Metropolitan opera's, the Regina Opera Company plays to a packed house full of the much-to-be envied millenials, their children, their parents. Everyone enjoyed great opera.

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

    Wizard Nézet-Séguin Conducts

    By: Susan Hall - May 15th, 2015

    Music as diverse as Nico Muhly, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff all sprang up from the Philadelphia Orchestra in rich dynamic and tonal swoops as the conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, drew forth resplendent sounds and shapes. From the beating of a woodblock to a celestial harp, Nézet-Séguin dances as he conducts and his body movements, which are smooth rather than exaggerated, convey to both the musicians and the audience the breath of the phrasing.

  • Gerald Finley: Master and Devil

    Teaching the Art of Generosity

    By: Susan Hall - May 12th, 2015

    Gerald Finley is showing young singers a moment, steering them, helping them build their unique gifts as he conducts a Master Class at Juilliard. He emphasizes intimacy as the connection between the singer in full, his personality and spirit released out to the world in song. Finley took time off from his thrilling performance as Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress at the Met.

  • The Road of Promise by the Collegiate Chorale

    Ted Sperling Conducts a Kurt Weill Blockbuster

    Anthony Dean Griffey
    By: Susan Hall - May 07th, 2015

    Kurt Weill had had theatrical success with Three Penny Opera and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny when he was approached by Max Reinhardt to compose music for a pageant highlighting the plight of Jewish people in Germany and throughout the world. The Collegiate Chorale presented an oratorio based on the pageant.

  • Duncan Rock Rocks BLO's

    Libertine Gets his Come-upance in Mozart Classic

    By: David Bonetti - May 04th, 2015

    The Boston Lyric Opera's production was stylish and emphasized the opera's comedy over its more serious elements. It featured young singers, the hunky Duncan Rock as the Don and a fiery Jennifer Johnson Cano as Donna Elvira.

  • Mozart's Magic Flute Set in a Masonic Symbol

    Night and Sunlight Battle at the Manhattan School of Music

    By: Susan Hall - May 02nd, 2015

    The symbol of the Free Masons frames the set of the Manhattan School of Music production. A circular insert reveals the interior dramas of the opera: the imprisonment of Pamina, journeys through the forest, the home of the Queen of the Night. An effective transition from sun to moon locates us in the various worlds of the opera.

  • Susanna Phillips Shines as Agrippina

    Boston Baroque Does Popular Handel Opera

    By: David Bonetti - May 01st, 2015

    Based on the most dysfunctional family in ancient Rome, "Agrippina" shows title character's drive to crown her son Nero, Emperor. This witty production features brilliant singing by an excellent cast.

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