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February 16, 2018

BSO’s French Roots Show

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Highlighting a musical belle époque, the BSO’s plenteousness of Debussy and Ravel featured pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and conductor Jacques Lacombe on Thursday.    [continued]

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February 14, 2018

Birthday Tribute to Legendary Composer

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An 80th birthday tribute to Joan Tower at New England Conservatory’s Brown Hall involved the NEC Trombone Quartet, the NEC Percussion Ensemble, and  Borromeo String Quartet; all helped celebrate Tower’s chamber music, with the added dollop of a premiere of a new percussion solo.    [continued]

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Hong Xu Shines

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With little ceremony, and a noticeable lack of attitude, the Chinese pianist Hong Xu delivered Mozart’s and Liszt’s goods to most satisfying effect in the BU School of Music Concert Hall Monday.    [continued]

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H + H + Brahms??

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The Gardner featured eight members of Handel and Haydn Society Sunday in two major works one doesn’t associate with this group: Brahms’s Horn Trio and his Sextet in G Major.    [continued]

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February 13, 2018

Assads And Avital Astonish

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Sparks flew Saturday night as brilliant Brazilian brother guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad partnered with Israeli mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital in a spectacular concert sponsored by Boston Celebrity Series at Jordan Hall.    [continued]

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February 12, 2018

GWO and BSO Musicians Tangle

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“Leipzig Week in Boston” wrapped Sunday with the Gewandhaus Quartett and the Boston Orchestra Chamber Players (and guests) in a joint performance. Sonic sensations abounded.    [continued]

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NEC’s Magical Flute

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Deftly endowed with details of singing, playing and design, the Conservatory’s production of the Mozart masterwork showed a freshness within convention that other companies should note. Continues Monday and Tuesday at the Cutler Majestic.    [continued]

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February 10, 2018

Chadwick’s Tabasco Shakes Up New Orleans

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On the last weekend of January, at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, the New Orleans Opera mounted George W. Chadwick’s “burlesque opera” Tabasco for the first time since its original productions in 1894. Our far-flung author, an expert on the composer, tells a large story about the opera’s history and reviews the current revival.    [continued]

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BMOP Honors Joan Tower

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Offering five titles by one of the few women composers an orchestral concertgoer might recognize, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project did its part to banish compositional gender inequality.    [continued]

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February 9, 2018

BSO Salutes Leipzig

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Last night the BSO featured three composers associated with Leipzig, Schumann Mendelssohn and Bach, as well as a commission, also chosen to mark the new collaborative spirit between the BSO and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.    [continued]

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NEC Quartet Struts

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The quartet in residence in New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Training Program gave indications of emotional and musical nous at various highpoints in its official annual Jordan Hall recital Thursday night.    [continued]

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February 8, 2018

Darkness Has Its Uses

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BU Opera Institute’s effective Albert Herring depicts with quite some serious comic flair how late-Victorian life can life mirror our own. The production continues its run Friday and Saturday at the Paramount.    [continued]

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February 7, 2018

Archaic Deities at the Gardner

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The Curtis-based Zorá String Quartet brought related Mendelssohn and Beethoven standards to new life during its Boston debut in Calderwood Hall  on Sunday afternoon.    [continued]

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February 6, 2018

Getting a Head Start on Leipzig Week

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Emmanuel Music’s Felix Mendelssohn/Hugo Wolf Chamber Series coincided on Sunday with the opening of Leipzig Week in Boston and fell the day after Mendelssohn’s 209th birthday.    [continued]

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Rule Breakers and Rule Makers

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Chameleon Arts Ensemble core members Robyn Bollinger, violin; and Elizabeth Schumann, piano, and Artistic Director Deborah Boldin, imagined some fine Close Up programming at Old South Church Sunday.    [continued]

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February 5, 2018

Cantata Singers Burst Academic Chamber

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The classy, capacious, and comfy American Academy for Arts and Sciences hosted the Cantata Singers Chamber Series Friday in mostly little-known but intensely engaging vocal music from South America and Spain.    [continued]

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The Viola Steps Out at Tufts

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Violist Scott Woolweaver and pianist Janice Weber brought “Across the Sapphire Sea: British Viola Music at the Turn of the 20th Century” to the Distler Performance Hall on the Tufts University Campus on Friday with romance and finesse.    [continued]

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February 4, 2018

Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theater Works

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Efstratios Minakakis lead a mixture of area professionals and New England Conservatory students in Alea III’s eclectic Thursday night of response works and soundscapes.    [continued]

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February 2, 2018

BSO Makes Much of Mozart and Shostakovich

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Both works in the BSO paring of Mozart’s K.361 Serenade for 13 Instruments (later know as Gran Partita) with Shostakovich’s song-cycle Symphony No. 14  employed modest forces, but Kristine Opolais and Ukrainian bass Alexander Tsymbalyuk added some star power Thursday night.    [continued]

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February 1, 2018

Suitably Irreverent Bat Echolocates at Agassiz

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In Harvard College Opera’s undergraduate take on Die Fledermaus at Agassiz Theater, the requisite “feather-brained levity” certainly obtained on Wednesday. The run continues through Sunday.    [continued]

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January 31, 2018

Janice Weber High on Vivace

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Time, tempos, ambition, and acoustics conspired to thwart the veteran Boston Conservatory pianist Tuesday night.    [continued]

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January 30, 2018

Pi-Hsien Chen’s Modernist Romances

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The pianist showed penchant and prowess in 20th– and 21st-century repertory Saturday evening at Jordan Hall.    [continued]

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January 29, 2018

H+H+Christophers Synched Haydn, Enlightened

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The Handel and Haydn Society’s Sunday Symphony Hall outing with Harry Christophers offered thriving real-time, real-space illustrations of Haydn’s symphonic evolution, and Mozart’s ever-familiar Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola with Aisslinn Nosky and Max Mandel resounded.    [continued]

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A Far Cry in the Groove

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Guardians of the Groove kicked off 2018 for A Far Cry’s residency at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Sunday with works by Lully, Sufjan Stevens and Dvořák.    [continued]

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January 28, 2018

Denk and Jackiw Generate Ivesian Buzz

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Boston Celebrity Series featured a most unusual recital at Jordan Hall Friday, consisting of all four violin sonatas by Charles Ives. Hudson Shad came along to explicate the underlying hymns.    [continued]

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