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June 25, 2017

Musical Intelligence in Antebellum Boston:

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After having participated recently in a scholarly gathering on 19th-century journalism, your publisher takes great pleasure in sharing with readers three papers and a response that summon the era of the Intelligencer’s unwitting antecedents. The presence of thoughtful essays on these pages echoes the intentions of John Sullivan Dwight, whose Journal of Music inspired this    [continued]

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June 17, 2017

High Cs at Twenty Paces

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Newton becomes Nürnberg for a night as Meistersingers duel for artistic gold rings (Niebelungen beware). An audience of Hans Sachs manqués attempting to tilt the decibel meter for their favorites at Newton Highlands Congregational Church (and again at Mechanics Hall in Worcester) will witness contests of glass-shattering and wallpaper-stripping from a cohort of Russian and    [continued]

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June 13, 2017

Noli to Opera Company: Mount Me

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Why stage the totally obscure Noli Me Tangere in the Strand Theater of Dorchester in these days of dramatically truncated arts funding with opera companies folding almost every month? For me, opera, albeit expensive, remains essential, particularly when some compelling lyric theater is forthcoming.  The co-producers, Opera Brittenica of Boston and KGB Productions of Chicago have very    [continued]

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June 11, 2017

BPYO Previews South American Tour

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About a month ago the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra decided to add an extra concert that unfortunately has flown under the usual concert listing radar. Anyone at Sanders Theater on Monday at 8:00 will find the orchestra giving itself a send-off gala to demonstrate its touring wares before impressing the capitals of Peru, Argentina and    [continued]

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June 9, 2017

Terra Incognita and Firma: Ayreheart and Kings

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At every biennial Boston Early Music Festival, new groups join the roster of the familiar and popular regulars. This year, Ayreheart debuts with Renaissance music from the British Isles. The ensemble of four was born out of Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane’s desire to feature his instrument, to “write new music for the lute, the most    [continued]

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June 6, 2017

Domesticating Dangerous Dances

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Sarabands, chaconas, and tangos will resound Thursday, June 15th at Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University, as Aston Magna’s 45th Season gets underway. Featured artist Hector del Curto, bandoneon, will join Aston Magna musicians with music by Arañes, Bach, Bertali, Merula, Purcell, Corelli and Rodriquez. Artistic director Daniel Steppner’s interesting  essay follows. What do Bach’s Chaconne    [continued]

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June 5, 2017

Carrying Couperin to China

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BMInt’s far-flung correspondent Mark Kroll recently returned from China, where he gave concerts, lecture-recitals and classes in Beijing and Shanghai. He enlarges about the music he shared with new Chinese friends and colleagues, and what he learned from them. Chinese appreciation of the harpsichord and its history and literature is just beginning. I was therefore    [continued]

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May 28, 2017

Poseurs Beware: Patience Rings Fresh and True

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Odyssey Opera’s fully staged production of Patience; or Bunthorne’s Bride at the Boston University Theater completes the company’s vision of Oscar Wilde’s aesthetic. Conducted by Gil Rose, the show features Aaron Engebreth as Reginald Bunthorne, Sara Heaton as Patience, Paul Max Tipton as Archibald Grosvenor, and Janna Baty as Lady Jane. Tickets are available HERE    [continued]

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May 24, 2017

Island Musical Mentality

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Following an opening night gala by Renaissance Men, Boston’s acclaimed male vocal chamber ensemble on June 2nd, at 7:30 in the Village Church, the Nahant Music Festival has inked three concerts and associated masterclasses during the subsequent 7 days and nights. The complete schedule is here. Artistic director/baritone Don Wilkinson, a Boston fixture for 30+ years,    [continued]

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May 22, 2017

Sharpening La Rondine

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Reworking or remixing opera classics constitutes one of the hot current trends in American opera circles. Such transformations require more than a matter of rushing tempos and trimming dead space: in most operas, this requires significant rearrangements to the score and changes to the libretto, with choruses, duets, and even arias on the cutting room floor. These    [continued]

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May 7, 2017

A French-American Nexus at Le Lab

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In the May 19th conclusion of ECCE Ensembles’ two-year residency at Kendell Square’s Le Laboratoire, cross-cultural influence and dialogues will permeate. Ecce has already explored French composers Jean-Baptiste Barriére and Frank Bedrossian, as well as the excitingly imaginative opera by ECCE’s own John Aylward. Rather than simply contrasting the somewhat disjunct ideals of American and    [continued]

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April 17, 2017

CLT Conjures Majestic Demon

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Three weeks from now Commonwealth Lyric Theater mounts, they tell us, the nearly 150-year-late Boston premiere of The Demon, the 1871 Russian operatic masterpiece telling of the immortal Demon falling in love with a mortal beauty in the mountains of Georgia. The Demon will tread the Cutler Majestic Theater boards on May 18th and 20th. Artistic    [continued]

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April 13, 2017

‘Soir des Femmes’ Bigger and Better

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Nine months ago I reported on an enterprising group of young musicians who performed scenes from operas by historic female composers. However, the venue had only an electric piano, not what the enterprise deserved. So now Charlotte McKechnie and her “Soir” is back, and the Brookline Public Library Hunneman Hall venue has a Steinway baby    [continued]

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April 12, 2017

Crying With Teeth

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Getting ready for our Celebrity Series concert tomorrow at Sanders, I’m standing with a violist and a singer to my left, a cellist to my right, and another singer just behind us. Across the stage, the 18 musicians of A Far Cry and the 8 singers of Roomful of Teeth have interspersed themselves into a    [continued]

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Rockport Festival in Fine Fettle

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Violinist Joshua Bell opens the 36th Rockport Chamber Music Festival on a June 2nd benefit-tribute to one of the nation’s most successful and beloved presenters. Artistic Director David Deveau, who has led the organization for the last 22 years, presides this season in his signature avuncular style for the last time. On his watch, a regional    [continued]

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March 30, 2017

BSO Subscription Series Announced

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Next year’s Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Season contains a few real surprises. Once again there is a tendency toward the theater, the most radical choice being the complete Act II of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Definitely a good choice, and preceded by the lovely Siegfried Idyll for chamber ensemble. Grieg’s familiar Peer Gynt music shares    [continued]

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March 18, 2017

For This Crowd, Crossing Over Not Forbidding

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Who or what brings the colorful players of the Forbidden City Chamber orchestra to Jordan Hall in company with the Borromeo String Quartet and one of our favorite pianists for crossover program inspired by mostly Eastern European composers? Cathy Chan, the quietly essential director of the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts comes to mind first    [continued]

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March 14, 2017

Another All-Day Bach Bash

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In celebration of another birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, the First Lutheran Church of Boston hosts the ninth annual Boston Bach Birthday on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Presented jointly by First Lutheran and the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Boston Bach Birthday 332 will feature organists, instrumentalists, vocalists, and one renowned researcher    [continued]

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March 11, 2017

Some Things Wilde

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Odyssey Opera’s “Wilde Opera Nights 2017” opens with the comedic masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, set by one of the 20th-century’s master film composers, Mario Castelnuevo-Tedesco. The famous romp comes to life in full staging with music that pokes as much fun at the opera world as Oscar Wilde does at Victorian society. The three-act chamber    [continued]

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March 9, 2017

Women Composers in Stellar Lineup

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The Second Annual Alfredo and Dimitra Diluzio Concert will be presented by the Women and Music Mix of the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center on Sunday March 12, at 3pm in the Slosberg Music Auditorium News about International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month seems to be everywhere—except Boston’s classical music scene. If you want    [continued]

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March 7, 2017

Heron Singers Master Machaut

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Boston’s Blue Heron singers and the Cleveland-based early music instrumental ensemble Les Délices will be reviving Guillaume de Machaut’s Remede de Fortune (A Remedy for Fortune) in a multimedia extravaganza encompassing narration, music, and projected images. A cleric schooled in both Latin and French, poet, musician, and composer Machaut served as secretary and companion to    [continued]

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March 5, 2017

Speak, Memory, or Wassup With Jeremy?

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While the numbers of all those with vital memories of World War II are waning, music survives the passage of time. Next Tuesday afternoon at Radcliffe’s Knafel Center, Boston Globe chief classical music critic Jeremy Eichler, on leave as a fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, will be speaking on music and the    [continued]

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March 4, 2017

Yes, We Have No Propellers

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Celebrating another revival of a certain amazing musical confection for three xylophones, four bass drums, tam-tam, two pianists, seven electric bells, a siren, three airplane propellers and sixteen synchronized player pianos, Tufts professor and George Antheil specialist Paul Lehrman will be mounting a two-day celebration of the film scores of the musical “Bad Boy” from his    [continued]

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March 1, 2017

Orchestras Without Borders

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The announcement in September 2015 that Andris Nelsons would become the 21st Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra beginning in its 2017-’18 season gave us all a bit of a shock, inasmuch as the maestro had only just assumed his full responsibilities as Boston Symphony Orchestra artistic director the year before. The BSO was quick    [continued]

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February 24, 2017

Explicating Biber’s Mysteries

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Baroque violinist Christina Day Martinson has been studying the Mystery Sonatas of Heinrich Biber (1644-1704) for more than a decade. Beginning with a lecture-recital in 2003 that topped off her Master of Music in Historical Performance studies at Boston University, she has delved repeatedly into the multiple mysteries of Biber’s sonatas and their extraordinary scordatura    [continued]

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