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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Brahms Zooms From a Livingroom


Lifetime Learning’s livestreamed concert of October 19th featured violinist pianist Daniel Kurganov and Constantine Finehouse with two of the three Brahms sonatas for that combination.    [continued]

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Dawn Breaks


A Far Cry rose above the calamitous times Saturday night with creativity, grace and a gift for conviviality, delivering a riveting and deeply satisfying soirée concertante prerecorded in Pickman Hall. “Dawn Breaks” is available for purchase HERE.



An Attraction for BCMS Regulars


“BCMS@Home” leaves me in a conundrum. The ensemble’s recently produced 73-minute video and hour of archival audio from 2017 and 2019, albeit familiar and comforting, join a crowded marketplace of recordings.    [continued]

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Glimpsing the Beyond in Beethoven


Garrick Ohlsson offered one of Beethoven’s shortest and one of his longest sonatas, the Op. 78 and the monumental Hammerklavier, Op. 106, from the Caroline H. Hume Hall at San Francisco Conservatory on behalf of Tanglewood Online.    [continued]

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She’s the First


Boston Landmarks Orchestra under conductor Christopher Wilkins celebrated the centennial of the 19th Amendment last night with music composed by women. The narration, soloists, and prerecorded clips made for a lively online outing.    [continued]

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