Camerata’s Glorious Open Fifths


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


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]


Concluding Thoughts on America’s Promise


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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