Darkness Sensationally Decried

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Friday night’s concert in Jordan Hall continued A Far Cry’s astonishing run, this time in partnership with the fabulous soprano Sonja Dutoit Tengblad and burnished bass-baritone Dashon Burton in Takemitsu’s Requiem along with Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony.    [continued]

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BAE Delivers Character and Presence

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Boston Artists Ensemble’s performances of the last two Mozart string quintets in Salem’s Hamilton Hall on Friday delivered the goods, while placing character and presence ahead of intonation and polish. The concert repeated Sunday on Brookline.    [continued]

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Seasonal Stars Come Out for Celebrity Series

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Friday night a crowded Jordan Hall witnessed the Boston debut of Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello, together with his sister, Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano. While he headlined, her star shone equally for the Celebrity Series of Boston.    [continued]

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Gloriously Rocking Chameleon

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Chameleon Arts Ensemble’s “Slow Dreams of Eternity” at First Church of Boston on Sunday well and truly justified my agony of finding a place to park in the Back Bay.    [continued]

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Glorifying and Ruing Martyrdom

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Tom Cipullo’s operatic theater piece Glory Denied portrays the martyrdom of the longest-suffering American Vietnam PoW. Saturday night’s student production of this God and country and broken marriage saga found ardent supporters at BoCo Berklee’s East Coast orchestral premiere.    [continued]

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Plummy Polyphony

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Tallis Scholars returned to St. Paul Church in Cambridge Friday for the Boston Early Music Festival with devotional texts that have endured through centuries of Catholic worship.    [continued]

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H + H + Six Brandenburgs

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The oldest continuously performing arts organization in America scored another first on Thursday night by presenting the six Brandenburg  Concerti of Bach as the first concert at Klarman Hall at the Harvard Business School.    [continued]

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HIP with Heart: A Messiah that Scats

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Conductor Masaaki Suzuki 鈴木 雅明, trained in improvisation and infused with a reported Calvinist bent, delivered a refreshing slant on H + H’s hallowed Messiah tradition. The early-instrument contingent, chorus, and remarkable soloists covered themselves in glory at Symphony Hall Sunday.    [continued]

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“La storia di Orfeo”

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Boston Early Music Festival’s virtuoso chamber ensemble treated us to a delectable evening of 17th-century-opera selections based on the Orfeo legend. The performance I heard Friday at Jordan Hall will repeat on Sunday at 3:00.    [continued]

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Baritone Instrument Speaks and Sings

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In “The Voice of the Cello,” cellist Joseph Gotoff and pianist SangYoung Kim explored Romantic and late-Romantic tropes and impressions from vocal and vocalise transcriptions at St. John’s Episcopal Church for a moment of respite and warmth on Sunday.    [continued]

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Jackiw and BPYO Cure Warhorseitis

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Stefan Jackiw joined Benjamin Zander and the BPYO for HIP Mendelssohn before the orchestra responded like true believers to Zander’s interpretation of Mahler’s First.    [continued]

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