Reviews

September 27, 2016

BSO Opens with Lang Lang and Russians

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Intoxicating sounds came from the BSO and Lang Lang under Music Director Andris Nelsons as the orchestra opened its 136th season with an all-Russian extravaganza.     [continued]

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The Power and Promise of Sa Chen

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A mixed bag of puzzle and treat lay in store with pianist Sa Chen’s performance Saturday night at Jordan Hall in a Foundation for Chinese Performance Arts presentation.     [continued]

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September 26, 2016

BAE Introduces Important New Weir Work

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BAE’s considerable ensemble experience resulted in a concert on Sunday St. Paul’s Church in Brookline overflowing with poetry.     [continued]

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Guerilla’s Modern “Morality Play” Triumphs

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The chamber opera Loose, Wet, Perforated, “A morality play in four ordeals,” with libretto and music by Nicholas Vines, came to the Zack Box Theater over the weekend in Guerilla Opera Company’s wild and woolly production.     [continued]

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September 25, 2016

BLO, Bieito Take Boston by the Horns

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Calixto Bieito’s production of Carmen for Boston Lyric Opera’s Friday at the Boston Opera House proved challenging, flawed but coherent, dramatically effective and often exciting. Repeats September 25th, 30th and October 2nd.      [continued]

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September 24, 2016

Bringers of Jollity and Transparency

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Theatrical Sebastian mingled with Heinrich’s deeper realms last night in Symphony Hall, as the compleat pros at Handel and Haydn opened their season. Repeats Sunday at 3:00   [continued]

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September 20, 2016

A Musical Universe in a Single Violin

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Miriam Fried’s three hours of playing at Jordan Hall Sunday revealed sublime mastery of six of the most difficult works in the solo violin repertoire.    [continued]

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September 19, 2016

Trio Invigorates Natick

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The Neave Trio offered a totally fresh concert of little-known Arthur Foote, Leonard Bernstein, and Erich Korngold at the Center for Arts in Natick Sunday.     [continued]

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Dinosaur Delivered on New Music Expectations

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“Quiver, Pound, Recharge!” opened the Annex’s 42nd season on Sunday at The Rockwell in Davis Square.     [continued]

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September 18, 2016

Pacifica Savors Gestation

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In its third and final Gardner concert devoted to pairing Mozart and Britten, Pacifica String Quartet this Sunday exploited the subtle connection between the dramas of giving birth, and dying.     [continued]

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Gil Rose Powers Dvořák’s Grand Opera

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Dvořák’s Dimitrij rewarded out attention with a rich orchestral score, a fine libretto, and extraordinary singing at Jordan Hall Friday through the efforts of Odyssey Opera under Gil Rose.     [continued]

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September 15, 2016

Huntington Gives Sondheim Color and Light

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Huntington Theater Company’s must-see Sunday in the Park with George runs through October 16th .     [continued]

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September 14, 2016

A Far Cry Ascending

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Sunday at the Gardner A Far Cry offered penetrating viewpoints on Haydn, Reich, Vaughan Williams, and Kip Jones.     [continued]

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September 13, 2016

Third Outing Augurs Well for BB&B

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The Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Society of Boston began its 2016-17 season and its third performance ever on Sunday at Boston’s Faneuil Hall under Steven Lipsitt. Violinist In Mo Yang soloed impressively.     [continued]

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September 12, 2016

Trilogy Thrills, Madame White Snake Still Shines

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The “Ouroboros Trilogy” of librettist Cerise Jacobs, comprising Scott Wheeler’s Naga, Madame White Snake by Zhou Long, and Paola Prestini’s Gilgamesh, proved binge-worthy at the Cutler Majestic Saturday.     [continued]

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Maverick Farewell

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The Pacifica Quartet returned to Maverick Concerts yesterday with some powerful playing in a wonderful conclusion to the festival’s season.     [continued]

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September 6, 2016

Duo in Unbalancing Act at Maverick

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Pianists Andrew Russo and Frederic Chiu duetted and soloed for a generally satisfying concert at Maverick last Saturday.     [continued]

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September 2, 2016

OLO Ends for 2016

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College of Wooster OH (August 5th)— Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun and Jerome Kern’s Have a Heart along with the symposium “Taking Light Opera Seriously” concluded the annual festivities for Ohio Light Opera.     [continued]

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August 30, 2016

Pittsfield Butterfly Warrants Attention

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Berkshire Opera Festival offered a damned good Puccini production in a beautifully restored 750-seat theater in Pittsfield on Saturday.      [continued]

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August 28, 2016

Follow This Butterfly

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Berkshire Opera Festival brought an estimable Butterfly to the Colonial Theater, Pittsfield: continuing on August 30th and September 2nd.    [continued]

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Pianist Goes Berserk, Blasts Violin

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An often inaudible violinist Lara St. John and dominating pianist Matt Herskowitz promoted their new CD “Shiksa,” at Maverick Concerts on Saturday.     [continued]

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August 27, 2016

Friday Night Special

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On a rare classical Friday night at the Maverick, the St. Lawrence Quartet lived in with us as old friends.     [continued]

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August 25, 2016

Electric Eclecticism in Maine

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The Portland Chamber Music Festival wrapped up for this year on Saturday with its usual pleasantly eclectic blend of old and new.     [continued]

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August 22, 2016

Celeste Nelsons, Opolais, Verdi, BSO, et alia

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Under the sure hand of Andris Nelsons, the BSO demonstrated its operatic potential with the first two acts of Aida in the Tanglewood Shed on Saturday.    [continued]

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Portlandiana Rewards Again

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The third of the four concerts of the Portland Chamber Music Festival got going Thursday  with Vivaldi before works of David Ludwig and Franck occupied the stage.     [continued]

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