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May 24, 2017

Maternal Mortality and Small Forces

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Lifetime Learning Sounds of Music Performance Series showcased works by Debussy and Brahms last Monday at Temple Shalom in West Newton, with violinist Edward Wu, hornist Peter Kronheimer, and pianist Noam Elkies bringing depth and polish to the two pieces.    [continued]

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Expiation and Organs

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“Hell and Reason” at Old West Church Boston on Sunday joined a timely and topical lecture by writer Laura Sewell Matter with a recital on the C. B. Fisk organ by Christa Rakich.    [continued]

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May 23, 2017

Last Conductor Tryout

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Sunday at All Saints Parish the Brookline SO was led by another MD candidate, and the results again were top-drawer.    [continued]

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May 22, 2017

Puccini’s Swallow Soars and Circles

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Boston Opera Collaborative’s thrifty “remixed” La Rondine, itself an operetta-style jam-up of Butterfly and Bohème plus something of La Marseillaise, concluded its run of nonstop swirling stage business at the Central Square Theater Sunday.    [continued]

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May 21, 2017

Chameleon Paints With Music

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Chameleon Arts Ensemble delivered a stirring, multi-faceted concert of works on the theme “from the painter’s hand” for its season closer on Saturday at First Church, Boston.    [continued]

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Mysterious Goings-On at N-1

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The budding musicians of Trio Notturno filled Room N-1 with Debussy and Tōru Takemitsu. The Trio also commissioned a work by Boston composer Andy Vores, who was on hand to introduce it.    [continued]

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May 19, 2017

Essential Demon Beckons

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You really need to see the Commonwealth Lyric Theater’s take on Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon when it repeats at the Majestic on Saturday.    [continued]

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Bohemian Girls Have Fun

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A new all-femme take on Puccini’s opera enlivens the Metrowest mounting which continues at the Mosesian Center through Sunday.    [continued]

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Gramercy Close Up

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Gramercy Trio tendered short and French at the Community Music Center of Boston. Saint-Saëns and Fauré trios gleamed with consequence in the cozy space of Allen Hall.    [continued]

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Eureka Finds It

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With underperformed, brand-new, and standard offerings, the new Eureka Ensemble got off to a fine start last Sunday at St. Paul’s Cathedral.    [continued]

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May 17, 2017

Back Bay Chorale: From Chaos to Bliss

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Filling the stage of Sanders Theater on Sunday, the Back Bay Chorale of some 118 singers, along with a 44-member orchestra, gave a rousing performance of Haydn’s much-loved masterpiece, The Creation.    [continued]

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May 16, 2017

Refugee Orchestra Project and the Artist as Activist

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Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya’s Refugee Orchestra Project will bring together hundreds of performers—instrumentalists and singers whose friends and families have fled to this country to escape violence and persecution—for a single, large-scale performance that loudly proclaims these individuals’ importance to our culture, at First Church, 11 Garden Street in Cambridge on Monday at 8PM. The benefit    [continued]

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May 15, 2017

Stars Singing in the Planetarium

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The Boston Choral Ensemble found itself in the Hayden Planetarium on May 11th singing “Cosmos,” a collection of mostly recent  (mostly) unaccompanied works on the subject of stars.    [continued]

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May 14, 2017

19-Year-Old Lu in Chopin to Prokofiev

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By the end of pianist Eric Lu’s Jordan Hall concert yesterday, little doubt remained as to his extraordinary facility, power, and lightning speed.    [continued]

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May 13, 2017

Fons et Origo with Cantata Singers

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Following a shared Sabbath meal of candlelight, bread and wine, the Cantata Singers treated us to a vast range of religious sentiment by means of beautifully interlinked Honegger and Wyner at Jordan Hall on Friday.    [continued]

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In Sight and Sound, E.T. Hits Home

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To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops accompanied the movie performing the score in its entirety last night (repeating this afternoon), with some additional material composed for live performance.    [continued]

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May 12, 2017

Anniversary Fanfare Before Organ Goes Silent

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Holy Cross Cathedral’s Hook & Hastings marked its 141st year on Sunday as four organists channeled Buxtehude to Krasinski.    [continued]

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May 9, 2017

Euro-Latin Confluence Flows

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Rumbarroco’s benefit in early May at Brookline’s United Parish seriously gratified by introducing the Baroque to Venezuela, and vice-versa.    [continued]

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May 8, 2017

Hamelin, and Dancing Rhinos!

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For the Boston Celebrity Series at Jordan Hall on Saturday night, pianist Marc-André Hamelin once again showered us with aristocratic and joyous musicmaking.    [continued]

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Felicitous Mendelssohn Rarities Delivered

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On an amber alert night of flash-flood warnings, an intrepid audience trekked to Sanders Theater to hear the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus join forces with period-instrument orchestra Grand Harmonie for two under-performed but fine choral works of Felix Mendelssohn.    [continued]

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BSCP Bewildering and Beautiful

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The Boston Symphony Chamber Players’ offering at Jordan Hall Sunday encompassed a bewildering variety in approach and style; only the final movement of the closing piece roused the somewhat sleepy audience.    [continued]

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May 6, 2017

Panting, Pining and Fireworks from Handel

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Friday night’s vicious wet gale fanned the Avenue of the Arts glade, pelting patrons arriving for Handel+Haydn’s transparent traversal of Handel’s Semele. Enthusiasts of the form should consider attending Sunday afternoon’s reprise.    [continued]

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May 5, 2017

BSO’s Masterfully Muted Closer

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The orchestra ended its season with a sell-out (reprises remain for this afternoon and Saturday night) featuring Mahler 4, Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 4 and Shostakovich’s Lear.    [continued]

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May 4, 2017

Cassard & Dessay, De-Lovely

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Thanks to the Celebrity Series of Boston, Jordan Hall resounded on Saturday with the dynamic duo of Natalie Dessay, soprano, and Philippe Cassard, piano in “Portraits de femmes.” Showcasing women in song from German and French traditions, this was a stellar soirée.    [continued]

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May 3, 2017

Duo Maresienne Reveals and Transports

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On Sunday, April 30th, Somerville Museum’s “Early Music Afternoons with Duo Maresienne, included offerings of newly found and published pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries.    [continued]

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