BAE Appealed to Devoted Following

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Boston Artists Ensemble, the brainchild of cellist and artistic director Jonathan Miller, opened its season at St. Paul’s Church in Brookline Sunday with Mozart, Beethoven, and Janáček;  John Ferillo, the featured player in Mozart’s charming Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F, K. 370 lent the event a special appeal.    [continued]

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Jorge Sosa and Cerise Jacobs Dream

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The timely, poignant, and artistically satisfying I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dream, which premiered on Friday at the Emerson Paramount, allows some of Boston’s best up-and-coming female voices explore dislocation and transformation in America. The run continues Saturday and Sunday.    [continued]

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Frei singer’s Orchestra mit Frei schützen

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Peter Freisinger recruited an international cast of DMAs, graduate students, and experienced professionals from all over the world for his 12th-annual chamber orchestra fest at Old South Church. Sunday’s bill of fare came from an Italian and two Poles.    [continued]

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No Bad Luck for Local Saxophone Quartet

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The Jamaica Plain Saxophone Quartet took the stage at MIT’s Killian Hall last Friday, launching the its AfterDark series with contemporary classical pieces tied to Boston.    [continued]

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Borromeo Captivates with Felix and Fanny

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Concluding its two-year cycle of the complete Mendelssohn String Quartets in Calderwood Hall, the foursome ebulliently displayed not only the virtuosity of its individual players but also ensemble playing of rare sensitivity. The concert will repeat on Sunday at 1:30 pm.    [continued]

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The American Female Century

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The Semiosis Quartet took its “American Century” program of works by female composers to the Leslie Lindsey Chapel of Emmanuel Church on Friday evening after having offered it in Cambridge the night before.    [continued]

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Haitink Closes in Style

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Bernard Haitink began the farewell tour of his 65-year career on Friday with the Wiener Philharmoniker, and pianist Emmanuel Ax at the closing concert of the 99th Salzburger Festspiele. Trachten- and Dirndl-clad music lovers filled the Großes Festspielhaus.    [continued]

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Semiosis Challenged All Around

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Boston’s Semiosis Quartet challenged themselves and their audience with “An American Century” Thursday evening at New School of Music in Cambridge.    [continued]

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Non-Pacific Quartet

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I wouldn’t dare to evaluate the Pacifica Quartet’s performance of Elliot Carter’s String Quartet No. 2 at the Maverick on Sunday, but the foursome stimulated my cogitations on Mendelssohn and thrilled me in a Razumovsky.    [continued]

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Brahms Casts His Irresistible Spell

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Mercury Orchestra’s Brahmsfest at Jordan Hall Saturday allowed Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts concerto competition winner Zhiye Lin to show off his chops in the first concerto. Channing Yu also led a fine traversal of the second symphony.    [continued]

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Boston Ballet at the Pillow

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The Boston Ballet closed the 2019 Summer Season at Jacob’s Pillow this weekend with riveting performances of works by Leonid Yakobson, four selections from William Forsythe and Jorma Elo’s dance  paired with live renditions of Bach’s first and second cello suites    [continued]

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Dusk and Dawn in the Shed

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Conductor Yu-An Chang made an auspicious BSO debut at the Shed Friday with works by two teenage composers, Mendelssohn and Schubert, framing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with Conrad Tao.    [continued]

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Ji Yong Kim Takes Charge

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Ji Yong Kim closed the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts summer music series Thursday night at NEC with powerfully projected Beethoven and Schumann.    [continued]

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