Ten Thousand Joyfully Adore Thee: H+H


The 207-year-old Handel and Haydn Society, in its 2,536th performance, placed Beethoven’s 197-year-old ninth symphony before 10,000 souls. The message: We’re back and we want to share the joy.    [continued]

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Amernet String Quartet Scores Extra Points


Though the Amernet String Quartet showed up for the Maverick Concert in Woodstock on August 22nd informally outfitted, their attitude towards concertizing was in no way casual.    [continued]

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Rakitina Shines With BSO


Two Russian woman—a conductor and a composer—and a French pianist joined the Boston Symphony Saturday for a thoroughly satisfying concert in the Shed.    [continued]

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Lockhart and Williams Share Pops Movie Night


Friday’s Pops Movie Night at Tanglewood under John Williams and Keith Lockhart mixed familiar music with imagery from much-loved films as well as bringing out some worthy discoveries. Romance, the dark side, and adventure were musiced with appropriate gusto as the images swept us away.    [continued]

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Still a Long Way from Normal


After an improvisatory first half medley of connected short pieces, the dreadlocked pianist Awadagin Pratt delivered a most gratifying account of the Liszt Sonata to a grateful Maverick on Sunday.    [continued]

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Harmony Plunges Into the Ives of Summer


How does the oldest summer singer training program in the country respond to a pandemic? When you’re the Seagle Festival — a 106-year-old program in scenic Schoon Lake, New York — the answer is “very cautiously” in terms of safety, and “very audaciously” in terms of programming. And so it is that, last night, the Seagle Festival opened a sold-out world premiere — and live — performance of Harmony, an opera about the groundbreaking American composer Charles Ives. Read former BMInt writer Basil Considine’s Twin Cities Arts Reader account HERE.    [continued]

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Workshop or Performance Festival?


A Hawaiian’s ukulele rendering of the Japanese folk song Sakura stood out as the lone highlight of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop Online Performance Festival streaming Friday night and beyond from the New England Conservatory of Music.    [continued]

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Canellakis Triumphs at BSO Conducting Debut


An afternoon to gladden the heart of a Tanglewood administrator, waxed sunny and dry on the Sun’s day (a welcome change from previous weeks); the program consisted largely of Tchaikovsky (a proven audience favorite), and the soloist was Yo-Yo Ma (still more proven as an audience favorite). But in addition to these elements, which by    [continued]

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TMCO Introduces Rare to Familiar


Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra’s Monday, August 2nd concert comprised William Grant Still’s Darker America, Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 3.    [continued]

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Viano’s Live Modeling at Shalin Liu


The youthful foursome arrived at Shalin Liu Performance Center Saturday with its homemade name, its recent victory in the Banff International Competition, and its status as Ensemble-in-Residence at Curtis Institute of Music. Through an expertly mentored artistry Viano tamed Dvořák and American works.    [continued]

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Super Quartet with Piano Postlude


Formed by Juilliard students in 2008, and active ever since, the wonderful Tesla Quartet finally made its Maverick Concerts yesterday, 13 years later. Management should waste no time reengaging them.    [continued]

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Huzzahs for Landmarks’ Return


Amen, to BLmO’s return to public view on the Esplanade Thursday evening. Their long-anticipated reemergence was delayed 24 hours by a strong, wet wind. Four more Wednesday concerts are on order if the rain gods cooperate.    [continued]

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The Elegance of Lu in Liu


The multi-prize-winner Eric Lu has truly come into his own. Style, consistency, poise, technical command and personal vision pervaded his Friday concert at Shalin Liu.    [continued]

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