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  • Anton Rubinstein's The Demon

    Esotreric Opera Exhumed by Boston's Russian Emigres

    By: David Bonetti - May 22nd, 2017

    Anton Rubinstein was a powerful cultural figure in 19th century St. Petersburg, but his music, especially his operas, have fallen out of the repertory. Commonwealth Lyric Theater, which specializes in underrepresented Russian and Slavic opera has brought Rubinstein's masterpiece, the opera fantastique, "The Demon" to Boston audiences.

  • Angels in America Opera

    Composer Péter Eötvös Creates a Work for the Ages

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 15th, 2017

    Composer Péter Eötvös took a monumental American work, Angels in America, and abstracted its spirit as an opera for the ages. Hallucinatory and death-directed, the opera version mixes spoken and played note language to convey both the anguish and rage of the victims of AIDS.

  • LoftOpera at the Muse in Brooklyn

    Pergolesi's Beloved Stabat Mater

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 18th, 2017

    LoftOpera is committed to bringing opera to new, young audiences in welcoming performances which can be greeted with joy by both the artists and the audience. Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, one of the world's most beloved musical settings of a 13th century Christian poem, was actualized in a Brooklyn warehouse. The audience was moved and entranced.

  • A Night with Janis Joplin

    On Stage in San Francisco

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 18th, 2017

    The spirit of the boozing and boisterous rocker is vibrantly on stage at American Conservatory Theatre in An Evening with Janis Joplin. In an incarnation by Kacee Clanton the blues rock belter from Port Arthur, Texas is back where it all started during the flower power hippie era of sweet and wild San Francisco. The touring company of the Broadway musical is playing to packed houses.

  • Alan Gilbert Leads Concerts in the Parks

    Exits in Fireworks

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Jun 19th, 2017

    Alan Gilbert gave his final New York concerts as music director of the New York Philharmonic this week, leading the annual Concerts in the Parks series in four boroughs. Wednesday's concert on the Great Lawn of Central Park was blessed with magnificent weather: clear skies and 80 degrees. Perfect.

  • The Four Voices At Tanglewood

    Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls

    Photo by Hilary Scott
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 21st, 2017

    Joan Baez led the Four Voices to a packed house at their final concert tour stop at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. The four women serenaded the audience for two plus hours on a beautiful spring evening.

  • Million Dollar Quartet at BTG

    A Fantastic Night of Epic Rock 'n' Roll

    By: Maria Reveley - Jun 21st, 2017

    Million Dollar Quartet is based on a true story of a rare event - the coming together in one studio of four rock 'n' roll legends: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Set on December 4, 1956, at Sun Records in Memphis, It was a night to remember for all rock n' roll fans!

  • On Site Opera Premiers Milhaud

    Guilty Mother at The Garage

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 23rd, 2017

    Kenneth Cole has created a huge space for events, gatherings, parties, and yes, operas. Located far west in Mid Manhattan, On Site Opera chose it for their American premier production of Darius Milhaud's The Guilty Mother.

  • OperaRox Concludes NY Opera Fest

    New Works at National Opera Center

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 25th, 2017

    OperaRox, a passionate and persuasive group that is promoting new compositions for the human voice, presented the final program in the New York Opera Fest 2017. Clearly this is not the last word for opera.

  • The Four Voices at Tanglewood

    Joan Baez Headlines Women Singers

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 16th, 2017

    The end of a ten city tour is the great stage at Tanglewood. On June 17th, this tour of women's voices fills the air for the last night of their tour on the beautiful grounds in Lenox, Massachusetts.

  • Friday Night Concert Series

    Music in Bennington

    The Sonicals
    By: Chris Buchanan - Jun 14th, 2017

    The Bennington Center for the Arts, in collaboration with Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp, will be offering a diverse and exciting five-week Friday night concert series from June 23rd to July 21.

  • Alan Gilbert Exits in a Blaze of Glory

    Departs New York Philharmonic

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Jun 11th, 2017

    When it comes to the exit of Alan Gilbert from the post of Music Director after only eight years, the New York Philharmonic has put on its bravest face. This week’s season-ending series of concerts, (promoted as “A Concert for Unity”) have featured starry opening acts for America’s oldest orchestra.

  • Rock Star Gregg Allman

    Band in Boston

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 28th, 2017

    With their 1969 debut album the Allman Brothers, based in Macon, Georgia, launched the unique genre of Southern rock. On tour they were an immediate hit as an opening act at the Boston Tea Party. They were invited back for a later gig. The band opted to hang out rather than travel to home and back. They melded into the then emerging Boston music scene. Legendary lead guitarist, Duane Allman, died at 24 in I971. Now Gregg, the lead vocalist and keyboard player, has passed at 69 following several years of failing health.

  • Kevin Puts Opera Preview at The Crypt

    Daniela Mack and Joseph Gaines Sing An Invitation

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 01st, 2017

    A preview of the Crypt Session was live streamed a 3pm on the afternoon of the concert, and immediately got 100,000 hits. Not only is the venue and the food and wine delicious in the series mounted by Unison Media, but tickets are hot as Hades.

  • Boston Early Music Festival June 11-18

    Festival Theme is Carnival After Campra

    By: David Bonetti - Jun 03rd, 2017

    Campra's "Le Carnaval de Venise" sets the theme, but the weeklong festival ranges far and wide, from Mexico to Germany to Rome, Florence as well as Venice. Pergolesi's "La serva padrona"will feature local favorite Amanda Forsythe, and the BEMF orchestra will play Handel's "La Resurrezione." Something for everyone - everyone who loves early music that is.

  • Glory Denied on an Aircraft Carrier

    Opera Upper West Presents Tom Cipullo's Opera

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 03rd, 2017

    We are on the Hudson River on an aircraft carrier that was used in VIetnam. This is the setting of Tom CIpullo's wrenchingly beautiful opera, Glory Denied, which is performed below deck in the old bunk area by Opera Upper West. The setting almost matches the intensity of this opera.

  • The Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

    Esa Pekka Salonen Conducts

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 04th, 2017

    The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is perhaps the best orchestra now playing in New York. Because they have listened to singers for so long, they have a built in lyricism which it tops with superb musicianship. Under the baton of Esa Pekka Salonen and enhanced by the acoustics of Carnegie Hall, the orchestra made a big impact with Schumann and Mahler.

  • Alan Gilbert's Valedictory Das Rheingold

    Maestro Exits Over the Raindow

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Jun 07th, 2017

    The evening belonged to Mr. Gilbert, whose taut command of this orchestra over such a long and contiguous work reminded New Yorkers that his departure at the end of this season will be a terrible loss indeed.

  • Gregg Kallor and the Attacca Quartet

    Sheen Center Offers a Classical Music Series

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 06th, 2017

    In the heart of Noho, the Sheen Center has become a hot venue for new music performed by consummate artists. Gregg Kallor premiered a Quintet honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Met Orchestra Concludes Carnegie Hall Season

    How Many Ways Can You Make Songs

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 08th, 2017

    It must be fun for the talented Met Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen to stretch its opera boundaries. From an early Mahler piece, once integrated into the First Symphony, to support of the dazzling Christian Tetzlaff and the quiet lullabies for children sung by Anna Sofie von Otter, the orchestra sang.

  • Boston Early Music Festival in Venice

    19th Biennial Festival's Two Operas and 18 Concerts

    By: David Bonetti - Jun 25th, 2017

    The early music world comes to Boston every two years for the BEMF. This year its centerpiece opera was Andre Campra's "Le Carnaval de Venise," an opera-ballet, in its American premiere. It also reprised a hilarious pair of intermezzi, one of them the popular "La serva padrona," by Giovanni Pergolesi and Handel's Roman period oratorio "La Resurrezione." A good time was had by all.

  • Francisco Nunez and Young Concert Singers

    Bringing La Systema to Carnegie Hall

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 27th, 2017

    Building new audiences can be natural if you can get young people to sing, prepare them for concert performance and invite their families to attend. Francisco Nunes, the composer and conductor, does this with his Young People's Choir. They were joined by like groups from other cities to perform music created for them. The evening was a smash hit.

  • Evoking Ella Fitzgerald

    Tanglewood Celebrates 100th Birthday

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 11th, 2017

    Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was among yhe foremost jazz singers of her generation. In Ozawa Hall a centennial celebration was organized by arranger, Lee Musiker in collaboration with classical singers Stephanie Blythe and Dawn Upshaw. Together they are mentoring vocal fellows who comprised most of the program.

  • Jazz in the Berkshires

    Celebrating Four Centennials

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 11th, 2017

    In our coverage of the Ella Fitzgerald at Tanglewood we commented on the decline of jazz programming. While Tanglewood has cut back drastically, Ed Bride, the director of Jazz Pittsfield in a letter reminded me other programming with centennials this year for Ella, Buddy Rich, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie.

  • William S. Burroughs Naked Lunch with Live Score

    When Typewriters Talk

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Jul 13th, 2017

    Naked Lunch is never going to be a mainstream film, but the opportunity to peer into the twisty subconscious of the creative mind and the keen brilliance of a jazzman the caliber of Ornette Coleman was a perfect coming together of two seemingly opposed forces. And no Interzone insectoid typewriter would argue with that.

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