Ecstacy/Enstasy at New School

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Sonic Liberation Players appeared at the New School of Music in Cambridge Saturday evening in “Ecstasy/Enstasy.” On SLP’s minds were “climate emergency” and those experiences arising from the opposite of ecstasy. The coinage “enstacy” has us thinking about meditative states and that is where SLP remained for the hour.    [continued]

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Casual Music From Zukerman and the BSO

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Mozart and Haydn well-suited the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s “Casual Friday” series, where audiences can read interactive program notes on their cell phones during the performance and gather for a bar reception following the short and intermission-less show.    [continued]

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Bezuidenhout Leads and Plays

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The well-known fortepianist led H + H from the keyboard in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, Mozart’s A Major Rondo, K.385, and Symphony No. 36, K.425, along with the H + H premiere of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Symphony in C Major at Jordan Hall on Friday.    [continued]

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Boundless Guitar

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Matt Palmer’s guitar swept through  First Lutheran Church of Boston like a mighty rushing wind during his February 8th appearance for the Boston Classical Guitar Society. artist series. Aside from the Bach Chaconne, he focused primarily on offerings by living composers.    [continued]

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Glories of the Harp Trio

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Chameleon Up Close Concert at Mary Norton Hall at Old South Church) found Chameleon’s intrepid leader and flutist Deborah Boldin, the esteemed violist Scott Woolweaver, and the marvelous harpist Franziska Huhn in great form.    [continued]

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A BRAI and FCC Soirée

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Parisians Debussy, Poulenc, Berlioz and newer comer Jean-Pierre Armanet sounded by way of pianist Paulius Pancekauskas, clarinetist Milos Bjelica, and soprano Laura McHugh at Ballets Russe Arts Initiatives’ festive “Paris via Boston” at the French Cultural Center Friday.    [continued]

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BMOP/Odyssey Debuts Rosner Rarity

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The Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera gave the world premiere performance of The Chronicle of Nine by the late Arnold Rosner at Jordan Hall on Saturday. If it achieved less than a complete success, we can still thank Gil Rose and those who worked with him, for bringing forth an intriguing and totally unknown opera.    [continued]

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Janissary & Melting: One Heart With 4 Hands

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Lucas and Arthur Jussen are extending the once-popular 19th-century domestic duet genre into a highly rewarding 21st-century package, both musically and theatrically. The young Dutch sibs can’t help that they look angelic; their faces and entire stage manner conveyed immersion and heavenly inspiration at the Gardner on Sunday.    [continued]

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Criers Restore Neglected Gems

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For offbeat Hindemith, a full-length chamber piece by an obscure Swiss composer, and a string quartet by someone who became famous only when he stopped writing string quartets, A Far Cry drew a full house to St. John’s in JP Saturday night.    [continued]

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Lin Spans Bach’s World

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The amazing Joseph Lin honored the 300th-anniversary of J. S. Bach’s six sonatas and partitas for violin solo by playing them all in a single evening’s span with but a 20-minute intermission at Jordan Hall on Friday; he delivered with superb taste and crystalline musicality    [continued]

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Bronfman and BSO Mount Chefs-d’œuvre

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Continuing with his miniature homecoming of sorts, Andris Nelsons joined with global star Yefim Bronfman in an endarkened Mozart C Minor Piano Concerto last night. The BSO also tackled orchestral treasures of Bartók and Ravel, all entries well-loved by Symphony Hall audiences.    [continued]

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