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February 21, 2018

Revolutionary Music: Commemorating Du Bois

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Three years after the Civil War, the African-American polymath William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, traveled widely for his education, earned Harvard’s first doctorate awarded to a black person, and went on to become a great and important (and tireless) educator, writer, sociologist, activist and advocate for human rights, notably black    [continued]

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February 19, 2018

Zander Takes a Measure of Tchaikovsky 4

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Something fresh and intriguing this way comes with Boston Philharmonic’s subscription concerts Thursday through Sunday. In anticipation the concert of Mussorgsky’s ‘Khovanshchina’ Prelude, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Alexander Korsantia, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Music Director Benjamin Zander opines on his recent discoveries: In every recording of the Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony, come to    [continued]

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February 18, 2018

Three Takes on Orpheus and Oedipus Complexes

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The Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music under the direction of Ryan Turner will present “Metamorphoses: Orpheus in Oedipus” featuring Matthew Aucoin’s The Orphic Moment, John Harbison’s Symphony No. 5 and Igor Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with the Harvard Glee Club at Sanders Theater on Friday February 23rd. On the 1ooth anniversary of the American premiere of Stravinsky’s Rex, the Harvard Glee Club will reprise its role    [continued]

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February 16, 2018

Rzewski Makes the Political Personal

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Dog bites man is famously not news, and violinist and pianist playing Beethoven and Bartok sonatas isn’t either, but a brand-new work from Frederic Rzewski, not only co-commissioned by the Celebrity Series of Boston but tuned politically to the present—that’s news. For the Celebrity Debut Series at Longy’s Pickman Hall at 8pm on Wednesday March 7,    [continued]

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February 5, 2018

Two Orchestras and One World

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At a gala at the Boston Public Library Monday night, leadership of the Boston Symphony Orchestra declared “Leipzig Week” underway. Lectures and performances throughout the week mark a new partnership between the BSO and the Gewandhausochester Leipzig (GHO), a major German orchestra hailing from the city once home to J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, and others.    [continued]

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February 2, 2018

Hearing Leipzig in Symphony Hall

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Our BMInt colleague David Griesinger has agreed to preview a short lecture on the acoustics of Boston Symphony Hall that he will deliver during a free public symposium at the Boston Public Library Tuesday February 7th from 6 to 7 pm, part of a celebration of the collaboration between the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the    [continued]

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January 29, 2018

Leipzigers To Partner with BSO Volk

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The announcement in September 2015 that Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons would also become the 21st Kapellmeister of the 275-year-old Leipzig Gewandhausorchester included the news of a “…strategic alliance [that] will allow Andris to consolidate the core of his European work in a place that shares a musical heritage with the BSO.” The    [continued]

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January 27, 2018

E Duo Unum

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Quite au courant, the story depicts an individual navigating a gender transition. Two singers, one male, one female, portray “Hannah Before” and “Hannah After,” both remaining onstage from start to finish. Boston Opera Collaborative’s production (running through Sunday) of Laura Kaminsky’s As One, to a libretto by Kimberly Reed and Mark Campbell opened Thursday night    [continued]

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January 24, 2018

Odyssey Opera Celebrates Sorcerer-Saint

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A 17-year-old peasant girl heard voices of Mary and God urging her to liberate the city of Orléans at the close of the Hundred Years’ War. The occupying English forces, being decidedly unamused, induced the Roman Catholic Inquisition to burn her at the stake for her heresy—in particular, for wearing pants. Since then, the eventually sainted    [continued]

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January 16, 2018

Events of 1905 Resound Theatrically

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Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 epic photoplay The Battleship Potemkin not only advanced the nascent silent cinema art, but also served as a successful agitprop vehicle for the Bolsheviks. The opportunity to see its world shattering depiction of maggots, mutiny, and the infamous baby carriage ride down the Odessa Steps on a big screen with a live    [continued]

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January 14, 2018

Celebrating 40 Years of Democratic Musicmaking

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The inmates of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra have been running the institution since its emergence in 1978. On January 21st, “one of the only self-governing chamber orchestras in the nation” [not to neglect the conductorless string orchestra A Far Cry], celebrates its 40th season. Music Director Emerita Gisèle Ben-Dor​ (New York Philharmonic, London Symphony),    [continued]

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January 13, 2018

Yuko Hayashi Remembered

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Yuko Hayashi, international concert artist and professor of organ at New England Conservatory, Boston, died of natural causes on January 7, 2018 under hospice care at The Residence at Salem Woods, Salem NH.  She was 88. Yuko Hayashi was born in Hiratsuka, Japan on November 2, 1929. For more than 40 years she was professor    [continued]

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January 7, 2018

Steeling the ISGM for Things To Come

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To chamber music aficionados, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Sunday Afternoon Concert Series is the closest thing Bostonians can get to Wigmore Hall. Essential to Mrs. Gardner from the beginning of her long and generous reign, these events have continued for over 100 years as the founder would have wanted them—idiosyncratically.  As soon as her    [continued]

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January 4, 2018

Power of Tower

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To honor the trailblazing American composer Joan Tower, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) will champion five of her orchestral works Friday evening February 9th, 8pm at Jordan Hall. The program of nation’s premier orchestra dedicated to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music celebrates, in collaboration with NEC, bassoonist Adrian Morejon and flutist Carol    [continued]

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December 18, 2017

Recalling the Passing Musical Year

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Among the BMInt staff, many writers have intact memories. Within that subset, several have submitted lists of their favorite CDs and concerts of the last season. We thank them for their reflections. Some have chosen to nominate concerts they have reviewed while others have chosen from concerts which they merely attended. Another wants to plump    [continued]

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December 12, 2017

AMOC Inaugurates a Festival

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Friday night marks the beginning of  American Modern Opera Company’s (AMOC) first festival, Run AMOC!, which will “redefine opera through its new model of interdisciplinary collaboration.” Held entirely in Harvard Square neighborhood from December 15th-18th, Run AMOC! partners with the American Repertory Theater to throw out the old standards of opera performance and attempts to    [continued]

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December 9, 2017

Nobel Committee Honors Amy Beach

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In Amy Beach’s richly eventful 150th-anniversary year, another notable honor will very soon take place, during the Nobel Prize awards. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Joana Carneiro, will be performing second movement, Alla Siciliana of Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony in E Minor, Op. 32 (Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications’ revised edition) for the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony on    [continued]

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December 5, 2017

Holiday Opera CD Suggestions

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This past year an unusually large number of fascinating and rarely performed operas have been released, mostly for the first time ever, on CD. With the holiday season in view, BMInt has asked me to share some of my delighted discoveries from this flood of new arrivals, as well as my (rather lengthy and detailed!) reviews of    [continued]

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November 16, 2017

Tanglewood Is Icumen in

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The coming Tanglewood season is full of the usual suspects, regulars, and warhorses, but more than anything else it is organized around the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. The number of performances, events, and celebrations for Lenny is large, and if the abundance seems overemphasized, we should remember that Bernstein gave his heart and soul    [continued]

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November 15, 2017

Concerto To Crown Celebration

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Amy Beach’s monumental Piano Concerto shows her at the height of her powers as both composer and pianist. This weekend  Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra will perform it with Randall Hodgkinson soloist and Neal Hampton conducting, at Houghton Chapel Wellesley on Saturday at 7:30 and at Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis on Sunday at 7:00.  Forty-five minutes before each    [continued]

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November 13, 2017

Shiffman Begins Imprint on Rockport

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Barry Shiffman makes his Rockport debut as artistic director/performer next Sunday, when he take to the stage with the Ying Quartet and Zuill Bailey for a juicy program ending with Brahms’s String Sextet No. 2, one of the more engagingly chewy works in the chamber repertory. I’ve never heard a bad performance, and with the    [continued]

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November 10, 2017

Beach Breaks Through in 1892

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The Grand Mass in E-flat Major, Op. 5,  put Amy Beach on the map, “among the foremost rank of American composers,” as one critic wrote after the premiere of the 1890 work, by the Handel and Haydn Society two years later. So why has it not entered the repertoire? That Beach was American and female    [continued]

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November 9, 2017

Singing for Nearly a Millennium

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Thomanerchor (St. Thomas Choir) Leipzig was established in 1212—over 800 years ago—and centuries after its founding was led by J.S. Bach, from 1723 until his death, in 1750. During those years they premiered numerous works by the master. A major institution in Germany, the choir operates its own school just a stone’s throw from the    [continued]

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November 8, 2017

BU School of Music in the Ascension

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The distinguished British conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey became Boston University Director of Orchestral Activities in September, several months after the retirement of David Hoose, who led the program from 1987 to 2015. Readers can evaluate the wisdom of the appointment on November 13th at 8:00 at Symphony Hall, when Tovey leads the BU Symphony Orchestra in    [continued]

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November 2, 2017

Taking a Knee in 1918

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Neil Swidey’s report in the on-line Boston Globe Magazine [HERE] recognizing the centenary of the persecution and imprisonment of Dr. Karl Muck, peerless music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra between 1906 and 1918, is thorough and rich in detail, making for fascinating as well as discouraging reading; it’s by far the best treatment of    [continued]

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