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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conversations

Mitsuko Uchida and Muti Lead the Dialogue

By: Susan Hall - 03/23/2014
Mitsuko Uchida and Muti Lead the DialogueThe mighty Riccardo Muti conducted. The powerful and yet delicate Mitsuko Uchida was piano soloist. An extraordinary oboist, Eugene Izotov, led us through Schubert's Great 9th Symphony. Such pleasure in sharing musical greatness in the Symphony Center in Chicago.

Nadine Sierra Triumphs with Boston Lyric

Verdi Masterpiece Stylishly but Traditionally Staged

By: David Bonetti - 03/19/2014
Verdi Masterpiece Stylishly but Traditionally Staged One of the Boston Lyric Opera's most successful recent productions, "Rigoletto" is an unabashed melodrama but its dramatic truths are relevant to a day when the powerful and corrupt can get their way no matter what.

La Clemenza di Tito at the Lyric Opera

Mozart Triumphs in the Human Voice

By: Susan Hall - 03/18/2014
Mozart Triumphs in the Human VoiceLa Clemenza di Tito is full of glorious Mozart arias and recitatives, and an occasional duet. It is an odd opera, which does not have a developing story arc, but rather presents one emotionally-telling vignette after another: thwarted love, political trickery, treachery and betrayal, noble friendships and a hero’s stance. The singing is classic Mozart in this Lyric Opera production.

Fresh Grass Set for September 19-21

Lineup for Mass Moca Event.

By: MoCA - 03/18/2014
Lineup for Mass Moca Event.Fresh Grass returns to Mass MoCA from September 19 to 21. This year's lineup is the deepest yet, including The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Railroad Earth, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn,Sam Bush, The Infamous Stringdusters, David Grisman Sextet, The Gibson Brothers, Alison Brown, Valerie June, Aoife O'Donovan, Rodney Crowell, Sam Amidon, Liam Ó Manolaí, Michael Cleveland,Claire Lynch,Darol Anger, Martha Redbone Roots Project, and more to be announced later in the spring. Last year's FreshGrass Award recipient, Cricket Tell the Weather, will take the stage for a full set.

Gonzo Chronicles: Roger Lifeset Three

J. Geils, Modern Lovers, Springsteen, The Cars, Boston, Aerosmith

By: Charles Giuliano - 03/15/2014
J. Geils, Modern Lovers, Springsteen, The Cars, Boston, AerosmithIn the lively 1970s a lot of bands broke out of Boston: J Geils, The Cars, Modern Lovers. Real Paper rock critic Jon Landau discovered and then managed Bruce Springsteen. Promo Man Roger's Lifeset's Warner Brothers partner, Charlie McKenzie, and colleague, Paul Ahern, signed Boston to Epic Records. Filthy rich McKenzie, as we discuss with Lifeset, lived the life of the Great Gatsby and died just as tragically.

Gonzo Chronicles: Roger Lifeset Two

Captain Beefheart Wanted a Lobster

By: Charles Giuliano and Roger Lifeset - 03/15/2014
Captain Beefheart Wanted a LobsterDon van Vliet, known by the stage name of Captain Beefheart, was an eccentric genius of rock and roll. His double album Trout Mask Replica is considered a masterpiece. Most of his albums didn't sell well and he bounced around labels. Roger Lifeset connected me with Beefheart when he was promoting Spotlight Kid for Warner Brothers. Once Don got his hooks in me he wouldn't let go.

Gonzo Chronicles: Promo Man Roger Lifeset

How Alice Cooper Trashed My Cambridge Apartment

By: Charles Giuliano and Roger Lifeset - 03/14/2014
How Alice Cooper Trashed My Cambridge ApartmentOn a balmy January night some 300 to 400 rockers crashed, trashed and smashed my basement Harvard Square apartment during an "Intimate VIP" party following an Alice Cooper concert. It was instigated by Warner Brothers promo man and ubermensch, Roger Lifeset. As part one in the ongoing Gonzo Chronicles we discuss the utter madness of the Boston rock scene.

Natalie Dessay Sings French at Jordan Hall

Opera Diva Featured Elegant Songs of Love

By: David Bonetti - 03/13/2014
Opera Diva Featured Elegant Songs of LoveNatalie Dessay has been one of the most electrifying singer/actresses on the opera stage for nearly 30 years. Now, she is focusing her career on pop songs and the classic song literature. Dessay assembled a primarily French program with enough German songs to give the evening some weight.

An Incandescent Salome at BSO

Andris Nelsons Knows His Way Around Opera

By: David Bonetti - 03/11/2014
 Andris Nelsons Knows His Way Around OperaA top-tier cast tears the top off Symphony Hall in Richard Strauss's decadent take on the dysfunctional family with a religious prophet thrown in for good measure. The orchestra is enormous: 32 violins, a dozen violas, ten cellos, eight double basses and it seemed like every woodwind and brass player in the greater Boston area. And that doesn’t even account for the harps, tambourine, xylophone, harmonium, gong, kettledrum, timpani, castanet, triangle, glockenspiel and celesta. Andris Nelsons, the BSO director designate, kept them all in control.

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