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March 18, 2017

For This Crowd, Crossing Over Not Forbidding


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 […]

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March 14, 2017

Another All-Day Bach Bash


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 […]


March 11, 2017

Some Things Wilde


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 […]


March 9, 2017

Women Composers in Stellar Lineup


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 […]


March 7, 2017

Heron Singers Master Machaut


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 […]

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March 5, 2017

Speak, Memory, or Wassup With Jeremy?


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 […]

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March 4, 2017

Yes, We Have No Propellers


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 […]

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March 1, 2017

Orchestras Without Borders


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 […]

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February 24, 2017

Explicating Biber’s Mysteries


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 […]

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February 20, 2017

Gubaidulina Honored by BSO and NEC


The grippingly intense, expressive and often spiritual music of the Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina (b.1931) has led many “to hail her as the truest successor to Shostakovich” (Ted Libbey). For almost 30 years Gubaidulina has had a close relationship with the BSO, but next week will be a special one for her in town. On […]

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February 19, 2017

Billings, Swan, et al. Between New Covers?


With the help of our readers, an impressive anthology of “shape-note” choral music of America from 1770 to 1860—with some pieces in the same style dating to as recently as 2008— could be published. American Harmony, the brainchild of Nym Cooke, a leading American authority on early choral music, is to be published by David […]

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February 12, 2017

Local Band Makes Good: BSO Grammy Repeat


Considering his upbringing in a formerly brutalized small country that only recently had come into liberalization and independence, it’s not surprising that Latvian conductor Andris Nelson has deep responsiveness to a collectively remembered dark past. For the second year in a row, the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons has garnered the Best Orchestral Performance Grammy […]

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February 6, 2017

First Nico Muhly Festival, at BoCo Berklee


Starting Tuesday and continuing through the weekend, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee will hold its annual New Music Festival: The Music of Nico Muhly, February 7–12, with Kunkemueller artist-in-residence Muhly on campus for the duration. He begins his residency at the Conservatory today, February 6; it ends Saturday, on the date of the 150th anniversary of the institution. […]

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February 2, 2017

A New Leader for TFC


The BSO has announced the appointment of James Burton as conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and also the new role of BSO choral director. Burton will be only the second leader of TFC, founded in 1970. The appointment of the British-born choral conductor takes effect immediately, in conjunction with this week’s Andris Nelsons-led BSO […]

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January 26, 2017

BSO To Paint Light


The Boston Symphony Orchestra subscription concerts running February 9 – 11 bring the popular local women’s vocal ensemble  Lorelei to the Symphony Hall stage alongside noted countertenor Bejun Mehta for the Boston premiere of George Benjamin’s orchestral song cycle Dream of the Song, a BSO co-commission for the Tanglewood Music Center’s 75th Anniversary Season in […]

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Respected Chorus Plans Benefit


Boston’s Back Bay Chorale, a 120-member auditioned chorus led since 2004 by Music Director Scott Allen Jarrett, draws experienced singers from the metropolitan area. Even in a city especially blessed by a great number and variety of singing ensembles, the Chorale has an enviable reputation among nonprofessional choruses for its high-quality performances, imaginative programming, commitment […]

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January 23, 2017

Art, Music, and Performance To Mix in Calderwood Cube


The “exploratory and innovative” cantata, Sound from the Bench, will play the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on February 2nd as a part of the lively STIR! Performance Series. Beth Morrison Projects have attracted positive attention from BMInt writers on a couple of past occasions. Laura Stansfield Prichard opined positively [here] in 2015 and Stephen Ledbetter […]

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January 16, 2017

Saying “I Do” and “Yes We Can” to Le Nozze


The Harvard College Opera Society, formerly the Dunster House Opera Society, began 25 years as the University’s premier undergraduate company. HCO now presents one full-length opera each February with an entirely-undergraduate cast and production team. This year’s Le Nozze di Figaro features over 50 students from Harvard College, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and the […]

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January 12, 2017

Eighteen Far Flyers Flocking


In the expectant room a quiet composer, 18 musicians with 18 individual parts. The musicians count to 4 together, a silent “measure for nothing.” That’s the last gesture we’ll make together for most of the first movement of the new work we’re rehearsing for our concert at Jordan Hall on Friday One by one, we […]

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January 11, 2017

Juditha Triumphans(es) at Longy


Think of Antonio Vivaldi, and the brilliant violinist and prolific composer of sonatas and concertos for violin and other solo instruments most likely comes to mind. Yet Vivaldi was also an important composer of vocal music: some 21 operas, over three dozen secular cantatas, and a substantial number of sacred works have survived. While serving […]

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January 6, 2017

STEPs Small and Large


A few days before the next political chapter of our polarized era officially begins, we will be honoring Martin Luther King Jr., the assassinated civil rights pioneer and man of peace, on the 88th anniversary of his birth. As part of the Monday, January 16th observance, Project STEP, the string training and education program founded […]

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January 2, 2017

Collaborators Hold Mirror to Schumann and Argento


Turning the expression of a conventional song cycle graphic supports suspension of disbelief for some and suppresses it for others able to fantasize richly. Some pieces exist to burst genres—a ballet of the Matthew Passion and an opera of Mendelssohn’s Elijah come instantly to mind. An April outing had mezzo Susan Graham bring heightened intensity […]

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December 29, 2016

BSO Leads: Steppin’ Out in ’17


The most self-effacing team-member orchestral musicians still like to shine once in a while, so select Boston Symphony players will be featured as soloists in a wide-ranging concerto program led by assistant conductor Ken-David Masur January 5-7. The selections, Baroque to modern, feature concertos by Vivaldi, Krommer, Schumann, Jolivet, and Rota. To ring in the […]

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December 21, 2016

Yehudi Wyner Celebrated, Fittingly


The content of some “modern” music is just as human as what is thought of as “classical,” composer Yehudi Wyner explained to the audience at the concert featuring his music at the Boston Athenæum on Monday evening. His explanatory remarks were well taken; although there were a number of active composers, music critics and announcers, […]


December 13, 2016

Retrospectively Ours


In early 2008, a bon vivant classical impresario, a veteran journalist, and a renowned musicologist-pianist began to free-associate about the decline of classical music print journalism. A few months later, I hit the “publish” button for the Boston Musical Intelligencer. An entirely volunteer undertaking, we’ve had no business plan or dedicated revenue stream beyond the […]

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