RCMF Weimar Nightcap

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For those hankering after a relaxing nightcap and a time capsule experience, RCMF offered a second Saturday evening concert, “Weimar Cabaret,” which offered exuberant performances from Blake Pouliot, Cristina Zavalloni, and Stephen Prutsman.    [continued]

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Collegial Mix at RCMF

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The Rockport Chamber Music Festival opened its 48th season, dubbed “Source and Inspiration,” joining American Jazz standards with European reactions to the quintessentially American idiom. On Friday night at the Shalin Lu Center, some things worked phenomenally, some missed the mark.    [continued]

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ACRONYM Enchants Again

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The 12-piece string ensemble made its Boston Early Music Festival début Wednesday in Emmanuel Church, spanning works by Antonio Bertali, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Samuel Capricornus, Giovanni Valentini, and other eccentric gems from the mid-late 17th century.    [continued]

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BEMF Orlando Magnifico

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Boston Early Music Festival’s magical production of Agostino Steffani’s Orlando generoso continues on June 12th and 14th at 7 pm and June 16th at 3:30 pm at the Cutler Emerson Majestic Theater. Absolutely not to be missed!    [continued]

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Opera from Once-Silent Lips

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Seven Berklee College composers each scored a “reel” of the 90-year old silent masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, and then conducted their sections with the Berklee orchestra, passing the baton relay-style while the film screened uninterrupted at the Cabot Cinema in Beverly last night.    [continued]

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Historical-Piano Pilgrimage Worthwhile

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“Teach us about listening” and “if you have one of these wretched noisemaking things, turn it off, ”declared the eager impresario in introducing the Kurganov-Finehouse Historical Piano Concert. The duo performed French music on a piano by Erard from 1877 Paris and a 2013 violin patterned after a 1732 Antonio Guarnieri example by luthier Andrew Ryan.    [continued]

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Beggar Romped

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Emmanuel Music staged Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera Saturday and Sunday at Longy under conductor Ryan Turner and with Nathan Troup’s clever direction and staging.    [continued]

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Musical Valedictions

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Chameleon’s Deborah Boldin characterized the group’s last concert of the season as “in the twilight air, swan songs and farewells,” examining the passage of time through the lens[es] of 5 master composers.”    [continued]

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Bravo to BCMS for Big Drama

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Boston Chamber Music Society offered up masterful performances of rarely heard works by Ravel, Loeffler, and Chausson on Sunday evening in Sanders Theater.    [continued]

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Jameson Singers Mounts Valedictory Concert

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Brahms’s beloved German Requiem served as conductor Jameson Marvin’s Schwanengesang with his eponymous ensemble on Friday at Jordan Hall. Marvin founded The Jameson Singers in 2010 after concluding his distinguished 32-year tenure as Harvard University’s Director of Choral Activities.    [continued]

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BPYO Rewards Grateful Community

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Who could have imagined that Benjamin Zander would be co-conducting on the Sanders Theater stage yesterday with a jazz-dancing, scatting Doppelgänger? But the success the players and soloists achieved as they adventured forth under Zander’s lofty standard surprised no one.    [continued]

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Duo Exceeds High Expectations

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Violinist Soovin Kim and pianist Gloria Chien, both well-known to Boston audiences as soloists and chamber musicians, played a thoughtfully conceived program with passion and a passionate attention to detail at Jordan Hall Saturday night with many distinguished NEC faculty in attendance.    [continued]

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