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May 24, 2015

Eight Women Give Us Shelter

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Lorelei Ensemble’s program at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel Friday pondered all that shelter entails. The remarkable eight-voice women’s vocal group offered two world premieres among eight pieces from 2 sets of medieval manuscripts.     [continued]

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May 23, 2015

Brits Provide Frivolity and Serious Fun

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Walton’s The Bear and Sullivan’s The Zoo delighted the audience at the BU Theater on Friday night in continuation of Odyssey Opera’s “British invasion.” Repeats Sunday at 3:00 pm.    [continued]

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Half a Youth Concert at Jordan Hall

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At the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony’s Thursday concert I was only able to hear Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor with the young and promising Mari Nagahara. The NEC website had the start-time wrong, so, I missed the entire first half.     [continued]

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May 18, 2015

Blowing It Up and Going for Broke

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The season closer for the Boston Chamber Music Society on Sunday evening at Sanders raised the roof and rocked the house.     [continued]

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The British Have Come: Sir John in Love

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Under conductor Gil Rose, Odyssey Opera’s production of  Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Falstaff opera Sir John in Love brought musical and theatrical delight to the BU Theater on Sunday. Repeat performances on Wednesday and Saturday.     [continued]

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Brash Baroque and Nostalgic Contemporary

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Sunday’s Coro Allegro concert at the Church of the Covenant spanned 300 years with two works: Handel’s Dixit Dominus , and Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum. A disappointing orchestra marred the choral prowess.     [continued]

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CMSLC’s Garden Party at Gardner

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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s offbeat program on Sunday afternoon was the perfect vehicle for a swanky garden party of the imagination hosted by the Escher String quartet with pianist Alessio Bax and guitarist Jason Vieaux.     [continued]

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Chameleon Finds Phrases

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The Chameleon Arts Ensemble gave another characteristic mix of new, old and major works Saturday at the First Church of Boston; it was intellectually engaging, if impossible to summarize.     [continued]

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May 15, 2015

Commonwealth Cossacks Beyond the Charles

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Turkish soldiers, Cossacks, diverse singers, players, and dancers supplied great delight in the Commonwealth Lyric Theater staging of Cossack Beyond the Danube by Semyon Hulak-Artemovsky last night at Newton Centre’s First Baptist Church     [continued]

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Guerilla Opera Premieres Pedr Solis

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Last night at the MFA, Guerilla Opera premièred  Pedr Solis, a chamber opera with libretto by Paul Schick and music by Per Bloland in a space that did little to support the challenging work. Continues at Boston Conservatory’s Zack Box May 15th – 17th  & 21st – 23rd.     [continued]

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May 14, 2015

Strong Personalities and Formidable Techniques

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The Equilibrium Concert Series presented pianists Karl Larson and Andy Costello in a double-bill of new and unfamiliar work Tuesday in the Lilypad Gallery in Inman Square, a modified storefront concert space.    [continued]

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May 12, 2015

Uchida Dispatches Her Finest from Vermont

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As part of the Sunday Concert Series at the Gardner, Musicians from Marlboro captivated with classics by Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart.     [continued]

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May 11, 2015

Gorgeous Singing in a Harem

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Under its excellent Artistic Director Ryan Turner, Emmanuel Music performed Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglioin concert with an extraordinary cast on Saturday night at the namesake church.     [continued]

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Stephen Hough, Master Impressionist

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Friday night saw Stephen Hough at the keyboard in Jordan Hall. Summoned by the Celebrity Series of Boston, he led a tour of impressionism by Debussy and Chopin with mastery, insight, and passion.     [continued]

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Back Bay Chorale’s Spiritual Offering

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One-hundred-twenty-five voices strong, Back Bay Chorale flooded St. Paul’s Church Cambridge on Saturday with Christian utterance including Maurice Duruflé’s greatly transporting Requiem.   [continued]

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May 8, 2015

Whitman Settings Mark Civil War

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The Harvard Radcliffe Chorus and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project offered a short program of two choral works to texts by Walt Whitman on May 3rd at Sanders Theater.     [continued]

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May 6, 2015

“Music in Motion” Sometimes Misses

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Brookline Village Puppets joined Juventas New Music Ensemble at Club Oberon earlier tonight for a hit and miss “Music in Motion.”     [continued]

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May 5, 2015

Harvard Commemorates

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The “Battle Hymns” concert at Sanders Theater presented by the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium along with the Boston Children’s Chorus and the Harvard Dance Project on Saturday was part of Harvard’s Civil War Project, as was “Drum Taps” on Thursday.   [continued]

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May 4, 2015

Joseph Smith Remembered at Fredericks’

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Stephen Porter strode briskly out to the 1877 Blüthner grand and swung straight into a finely nuanced, rhythmically straightforward reading of two of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces as a memorial to the late Joseph Smith.     [continued]

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Ah, Cappella non Clausura

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The season closer of Cappella Clausura, last Saturday at Emmanuel Church, spanned almost a millennium while keeping its focus chiefly on the nature of God.     [continued]

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May 3, 2015

Eloquence and Brutalism at the Gardner

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Miriam Fried and strings students from Ravinia’s Steans Institute performed a well-planned concert covering three eras of chamber music at Calderwood Hall on Sunday with interestingly mixed results.     [continued]

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Radius Still Reaching After 16 Seasons

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Radius Ensemble offered a solid Longy crowd a somewhat less familiar work of Robert Schumann and up-and-coming Gabriela Lena Frank’s newest, while fearsome chromaticism from Sofia Gubaidalina countered chaste triads of Arvo Pärt.     [continued]

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Don Giovanni Lite Delights Theater Crowd

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Fatal punishment came to The Rake on the Shubert Theater’s stage Friday night in a jolly production by Boston Lyric Opera.     [continued]

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Great English Opera Heard at Harvard

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Handel’s Athalia, generally considered to be the first great English Oratorio, was revived at Harvard’s Memorial Church under the vivid direction of Edward Elwyn Jones on Friday.    [continued]

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May 2, 2015

H&H Creation a Revelation

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“H&H Creation a Revelation” for a title, and this for a blurb: The 133rd time is a charm as Harry Christophers leads a taut and powerful reading of Haydn’s masterpiece at Symphony Hall.   Repeats Sunday at 3:00       [continued]

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