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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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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Ma-a-a-a-a-gnificent

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The resonant air came alive Saturday with the sound of Bach at First Church Cambridge as the Spectrum Singers counterpointed away with 16th-note ha-ha-has galore, including, in one long run, 120 iterations—just for the basses.    [continued]

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Baltic/Slavic BSO Beginnings and Endings

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The ever-popular Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, with the remarkable 18-year-old Swedish soloist Daniel Lozakovich, formed the centerpiece of this weekend’s concerts from Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall Thursday.  The three shorter pieces included  “My River runs to thee . . . ,”   Galina Gigorjeva’s 1999 Na iskhod (“On Leaving”) and Shostakovich’s single-movement Symphony No. 2 (To October).    [continued]

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Love in the Time of Peril

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Executive Order 10450, condemning “sexual perversion,” which purged an estimated  1,200 federal employees accused of homosexual activity from the government in what is now known as the “lavender scare,” formed the backdrop  of Gregory Spears’s Fellow Travelers. I attended the Boston debut yesterday. BLO’s run continues through Sunday and the Paramount Center.    [continued]

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