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  • Chris Botti at Tanglewood

    Three Ring Circus

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 25th, 2016

    When he plays it straight Chris Botti is among the elite trumpet players of his generation. There is no question of his musicianship. But at times his performance at Tanglewood was way to Vegas. It seemed more Wayne Newton than Miles Davis. This jarred with hearing a superb rhythm section which was cut loose only occasionally.

  • Madama Butterfly at Hubbard Hall

    Saying Goodbye to Hubbard Hall Opera Theater's Founding Artistic Director

    Cosi fan tutte
    By: Chris Buchanan - Jul 26th, 2016

    Artistic Director of Hubbard Hall Opera Theater, Alix Jones, talks to us about how small-scale opera started at Hubbard Hall, why is succeeded, and where it might go next.

  • Mozart Celebrated in New York

    Festival Fifty Years Young

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 26th, 2016

    The Mostly Mozart Festival is fifty years young. To celebrate the occasion, Lincoln Center put on The Illuminated Heart at David Geffen Hall. Singers were the A list of opera. It was like degustation at Sur Mesure. Like the All Star game, you wondered if another operatic music event could be going on anywhere. Seems like everyone who was anyone was on stage.

  • Sound Worlds of So at Lincoln Center

    Phasing from Reich to Lang to Dessner

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 30th, 2016

    In the 19th century, no one musically-inclined would have imagined percussion as the central arbiter of musical taste two centuries later. Yet today no one could live without percussion and the So Percussion Quartet makes the case for striking objects of every imaginable variety, including flower pots and tea cups.

  • Chick Corea Trio at Tanglewood

    Final Gig of 75th Birthday Tour

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 01st, 2016

    Now in his 75th year pianist Chick Corea with a trio of jazz masters- bass player, Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade- visited Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. It was amoing the best of the many times we have heard him perform.

  • Beethoven's Fidelio at Caramoor

    Elza Van Den Heever Shows What the Voice Can Do

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 31st, 2016

    Fidelio is a political opera, but not politics rooted in biography, which John Adams and Philip Glass have undertaken. Here is an ordinary political prisoner, starving to death for his principles. Edward Snowden might be the model for the role today if the big guys could catch him.

  • Let the Good Times Roll

    Summer Fun in Charleston

    By: Sandy Katz - Aug 02nd, 2016

    For fabulous summer fun Let the Good Times Roll at Charleston's Music Hall.

  • Fresh Grass Festival at Mass MoCa

    Three Days of Bluegrass Music

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 03rd, 2016

    Mass MoCA is home to the renowned Fresh Grass music festival. Over 50 bands will play on the grounds of the museum, during this three day event. It takes place from September 16th to 18th. Rosanne Cash and Ricky Scaggs are a few of the headliners.

  • MASS MoCA Fall Schedule

    Program Through December

    By: MoCA - Aug 03rd, 2016

    MASS MoCA heads into the fall with the 6th annual FreshGrass Festival on September 16-18, a rollicking weekend largely devoted to artists in roots and acoustic bluegrass music — and powers through until December when Dinosaur Jr. takes the stage in a night of power-grunge. In between, swoon for Benjamin Clementine in the Hunter and Eisa Davis up in the Club — and witness what might be one of the most powerful, poignant, and political works we have ever exhibited.

  • Tanglewood On Parade

    Four Conductors, One Big Night.

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 04th, 2016

    Tanglewood On Parade is the yearly event that brings families and friends together for the day. Traveling musicians, clowns and musical activities lead up to the finale, the '1812 Overture', fireworks and canons being fired.

  • 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.

  • Leon Botstein Makes the Case for Mascagni

    Iris Beautifully Sung at Bard Summer Festival

    By: Susan Hall and Djurdjija Vucinic - Jul 25th, 2016

    Leon Botstein, music impresario of the first order, declared that if Mascagni’s opera Iris was good enough for Toscanini, it was good enough for him. Many of us feel that if it’s good enough for Botstein, it’s good enough for us. The music is gorgeous. Botstein hears Wagner. We heard Puccini. The descending fifth leap from Tosca started many a phrase. Yet it was Mascagni that preceded Puccini.

  • Reich Reverberates at Lincoln Center

    Ensemble Signal and Jack Quartet Capture the Spirit

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 20th, 2016

    In his 80th birthday year, Reich is being celebrated by Tilson Thomas in San Francisco and in a train station outside London in September. He is in New York now with multiple concerts as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. We are fortunate indeed for this native New Yorker.

  • Drumming by Steve Reich

    So Percussion at Lincoln Center

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 17th, 2016

    Bathed in blue light, the stage could be anywhere, in the heart of Africa or New York CIty. Steve Reich, one of the titans of modern music, captured mainstream attention with Drumming. Now everyone loves the iconic piece. Lincoln Center offers it and other works of Reich in their summer festival.

  • Bounce, the Basketball Opera

    Live Basketball, Live Singers, Infectious Drama

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 26th, 2016

    Artists committed to the continuing attraction of opera as a form that draws an audience are experimenting. A workshop of Bounce, an opera conceived by Grete Holby and her Ardea Arts in conjunction with the University of Kentucky, is performed in a park in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. With dribbles as drumming and heros like Flight and Future, the future of opera itself is secured.

  • New York City Opera's Boffo Return

    Catán's Florencia Brilliantly Produced

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 27th, 2016

    Florencia en el Amazonas is exactly the kind of opera and production New York City Opera should mount. Now producing in a suitably-sized house, the revived opera company has mounted a wonderfully satisfying opera.

  • Garrison Keillor's Big Night

    Final Tanglewood Event and Broadcast

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 30th, 2016

    After 17 seasons at Tanglewood, Garrison Keillor retires from 'Prairie Home Companion.'

  • Mavis Staples Rocked While Dylan Rolled

    Unique Tanglewood Appearance

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 05th, 2016

    Bob Dylan brought his current act, the 'Never Ending Tour' to Tanglewood. His opening act was Mavis Staples, formally one of the Staples Singers.

  • James Taylor at Tanglewood

    His 25th Appearance.

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 06th, 2016

    Since 1974, James Taylor, known as 'JT' performed some 25 times at Tanglewood. He is obviously the most revered popular artist performer to grace the grounds of this historic music center.

  • Tanglewood Opens 2016 Season

    Jacques Lacombe Conducts with Soloist Joshua Bell

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 09th, 2016

    After three weeks of pop concerts drawing an audience of some 100,000 opening night of official Tanglewood 2016 seemed more like mid season.

  • Seth MacFarlane Man Of All Seasons

    Enjoying the Humor

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 13th, 2016

    Seth MacFarlane is known for his several tv projects, including the 14th year of the syndicated program, Funny Guy, as well as his skill in writing the movie, 'Ted.' What we didn't know was that he is a professionally trained singer, who could have had a second career if the first didn't work out.

  • Qian Yi Transforming in Paradise Interrupted

    Lincoln Center Festival Opens

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 14th, 2016

    Composer Huang Ruo talks about dimensionalism. You don't have to understand what the term means to get totally caught up in new dimensions in his opera Paradise Interrupted which opens the Lincoln Center Festival. Ruo's music, and Jennifer Ma's libretto based on the Biblical story of the Garden of Eden are enmeshed in The Peony Pavilion, a truncated version of the 16th century Chinese Opera. The original lasted 22 hours and has been performed by Qian Yi, a force of nature who weaves the song of the central character in the new opera.

  • The Knights Serenade Tanglewood

    The Times They Are A-Changin

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

    The Knights, a Brooklyn based chamber music band, play music from numerous genres and somehow unite the opposing styles into a wonderful evening of entertainment. From Hadyn to Dylan, with a little Schubert thrown in for good measure, The Knights journey begins.

  • Kanze Noh's Inaugural at Lincoln Center

    Traditional Japanese Theater Intrigues

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 16th, 2016

    Even if you don't know the conventions of Noh Theater, developed over 600 years in Japan, there is great pleasure in its performance. The Kanze Noh troupe sports players whose descent can be traced back 22 generations. Deep emotions are generated by performances of dramas from this rich history.

  • 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.

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