Camerata’s Glorious Open Fifths

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Boston Camerata’s An American Christmas 2020 served as a balm and a comfort this week because it captured a unique and infrequently heard repertoire in a historical space of visual and auditory beauty. It functioned both as a replacement for a concert, and as a formal record of a many-years-long performance tradition.    [continued]

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205-Year-Old Presenter Makes Virtual of Necessity

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Something of a misbegetting resulted from shoehorning an abridgment of Handel’s Messiah into an aspiringly slick chimeric Covideo to fill a 55-minute public TV slot. Expert singing and playing jousted for screen time with a sometimes inane travelogue of Boston. The H+H – WGBH production runs free for the next couple of months on YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook.    [continued]

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Concluding Thoughts on America’s Promise

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The third concert of this streaming BSO season, and the concluding radian of its somewhat disappointing narrative arc on America’s Promise, proffered music by Copland, Tower, Barber, and Adu-Gilmore to illustrate the thematic “optimism and openness as well as resilience and self-reflection.” Marcelo Lehninger carried the baton on December 3rd.    [continued]

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Britten, Part One

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The first segment of Emmanuel Music’s Britten Chamber Festival sensitively streamed some of composer’s lesser-known, small-scale vocal and instrumental music. The second and third installments of this festival follow this weekend. All three parts will stream HERE for the next 60 days.    [continued]

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Pre-Cried Joy

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Returning to the virtual stage for “The Shape of Joy,” the Criers put their usual exuberance to good use.    [continued]

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Radius Solos

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With solo pieces for oboe, violin, and piano in compressed time-space, Radius recently livestreamed the out-of-the-ordinary by giving ear to a lesser known contemporary composer cluster.    [continued]

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Walker, Romero, and Assad Join Britten

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A be-masked and be-distanced NEC Philharmonia (string orchestra) under guest conductor Christopher Wilkins livestreamed a lively and poised recital of 20th– and 21st– century pieces.      [continued]

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DreamStreaming From Guerrilla

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Guerrilla Opera has embraced online programming this season with a series of “Covid experiments.” As the final event of the Boston New Music Festival, “Dreamwalker, a month-long audio-visual production, combines a group of these experiments in a veritable feast of drama, film, and music.    [continued]

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Twenty-five Souls Hear Quartets

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Jamaica Plain Chambermusic welcomed a small but mighty audience to the Church of the Advent on the flat of Beacon Hill on an autumnal Friday night for a currently rare occurrence: in-person chamber music    [continued]

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Distanced Dido

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Boston Camerata brings us a virtual confection via Vimeo: Purcell’s Dido and Æneas: An Opera for Distanced Lovers as part of its #SheToo season focused on women in opera. The show, which opened Friday, runs online through November 29th HERE.    [continued]

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Legacy and Hope Characterize Gala

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Thanks to excellent filmography and sound quality, the Terezin Music Foundation’s annual gala once again shared an important message in the context of a concert which melded works written by Holocaust victim-composers with pieces written before and after. A call went out for Elijah the Prophet and “We Shall Overcome” came as a reply.    [continued]

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New England Phil Without the Phil

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Instead of broadcasting prerecorded videos or a livestream to open its Covid season, the New England Philharmonic invited Philadelphia-based composer TJ Cole’s for a Zoom discussion and music explication.    [continued]

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Glittering Goldberg

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Fourteen Emmanuel Music players under Ryan Turner transmitted Bernard Labadie’s arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on October 24th. The welcome online feast will remain available on YouTube.    [continued]

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Lifetime Livestreams Again

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Violinist Robyn Bollinger and cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer broadcast “Alone Together: Celebrating Musical Community in Isolation” on October 19th from A Far Cry’s Jamaica Plain, covering a range of genres in nine compositions including the Four Duettos of J. S. Bach,    [continued]

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Prisoner Opera Locked in Laptops

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Promenade Opera Project’s video-chat Fidelio is the kind of event I hope we will all look back on in a year with indulgent smiles, remembering the effort needed to make any kind of performance exist in these times.    [continued]

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