What Czech Animals Can Teach Humans

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The Boston University Opera Institute-Glimmerglass co-production of Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen at the Emerson-Cutler Majestic Theater impressed this writer as the most consistently satisfying opera he has seen this season.    [continued]

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MAH: Intellectual and Expressive 

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Marc-André Hamelin, one of the finest pianists anywhere, radiated cool relaxation and complete passion Sunday at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport.    [continued]

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BPO Couples Early-20th-Century Masters

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Ives’s Third Symphony and Mahler’s Fifth made up Friday’s Symphony Hall bill in what Boston Philharmonic Orchestra founder and conductor Benjamin Zander suggested might be the first time the two pieces have appeared on the same program.    [continued]

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Marvelous Machaut

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To present the essence of Remede de Fortune in a single evening was a real tour de force for Blue Heron’s singers and the musicians of Les Délices at First Church Cambridge on Friday.    [continued]

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Attacca Ardent at the Gardner

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Making its Gardner debut, the Attacca Quartet electrified the house with verve and sensitivity this Easter Sunday. “Heiliger Dankgesang,” indeed.    [continued]

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BMOP Celebrates Harbison

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On Sunday afternoon, April 7, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and its conductor Gil Rose gave the last concert of its 2018-19 season, a celebration of the 80th birthday of John Harbison with featured soloists, soprano Dawn Upshaw and violist Marcus Thompson. Ed. Note: We have another review of this concert HERE.    [continued]

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A New Vision with Juventas

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Juventas New Music Ensemble’s “Voices of America” showcased new from young immigrant composers with authority and charm at First Church on Saturday.    [continued]

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Zander & BPYO Ask What Love Tells Us

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There was no want of love in Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra playing, or in the interpretations of BPYO founder and conductor Benjamin Zander Sunday afternoon at Symphony Hall.    [continued]

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Julian Milkis’s Missive to Listen

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In his program of music from the 18th through 20th centuries for the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, the star clarinetist bound us in his spell at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline on Sunday.    [continued]

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Some Scorcher at Symphony

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BSO Associate Conductor Ken-David Masur stepped in Thursday night for an injured Gustavo Dudamel. The closer, Antonio Estévez’s emblematic Cantata Criolla was a scorcher.    [continued]

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Camerata Ascends the City on the Hill

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American music composed and performed in in these parts from the 17th century into the early 19th resounded Friday night at the First Church in Cambridge. Six well-matched voices led by mezzo Anne Azéma and three instrumentalists participated.      [continued]

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BEMF Stuns in Handel

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In a display of singular flair and expertise, concertmaster Robert Mealy and harpsichordist Avi Stein led the BEMF orchestra of period instruments, soprano Amanda Forsythe and baritone Jesse Blumberg in a stunning performance of Handel’s Apollo e Dafne at the First Church in Cambridge, Congregational Saturday.    [continued]

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