Quartet Fills Hearts and Hall

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The illustrious Borromeo String Quartet, a frequent visitor to the Maverick, exceeded our high expectations in “Haydn’s Legacy.” With almost every seat occupied, Sunday’s concert opened with Haydn’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74, No. 1. From the grand, almost orchestral gestures of the first movement through the grace and sparkle of the inner    [continued]

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Invocation, Passion, Resurrection, and Adoration

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Ensemble Altera ‘s “The Lamb’s Journey” depicted the Christ narrative from childhood through the crucifixion and resurrection on Saturday night at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge. On the basis of what I heard, the 23-voice chorus is  succeeding in its mission of “creating thoughtful, engaging, and relevant programs in a wide range of idioms, from medieval to modern.”    [continued]

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Pianist Challenges Himself and Three Colleagues

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Sahun Sam Hong soloed for the first half of his Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts concert at NEC’s Williams Hall last night before inviting three colleagues to join him for the world premiere of his piano-quartet transcription of Schumann’s Carnaval to close.    [continued]

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Taking the A Train to Woodstock

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The Harlem Quartet returned to the Maverick Concert Hall last Sunday with “The Survivors: Haydn, Ellington, and William Grant Still.Flautist Brandon Patrick George and pianist Terrence Wilson joined in for two chamber arrangements of symphonies by Joseph Haydn.    [continued]

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6296 Words To Commemorate FCM

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Before her resignation after 25 years of superb leadership of the Tanglewood Music Center, Ellen Highstein put together this year’s six contemporary music concerts with co-curators: soprano Tony Arnold, pianist Stephen Drury, composer George Lewis, and cellist Astrid Schween.    [continued]

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Distinguished Club’s Private Arrangements

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Arnold Schoenberg and his colleagues produced chamber-ensemble versions of well-known orchestral masterpieces, some of which we heard in very-well received performances at Shalin Liu on Friday night.    [continued]

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Another Conductor Debuts with BSO

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Earl Lee, the Korean-born Canadian conductor, appointed Boston Symphony assistant conductor in 2021, made his BSO and Tanglewood debut on Saturday evening, anchoring the program with Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony and offering relative novelties in the first half.    [continued]

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BLO Excels in French Shakespeare

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BLO mounted an outstanding production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette under a cool and cloudy sky at the Boston Common last night. Second and final show begins Saturday at 8:00    [continued]

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Fireworks, Yes; Cannons, No

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Tanglewood on Parade had no cannons, yet by the time the Wednesday, August 2nd parade had gone by, we had seen and heard Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with fireworks.    [continued]

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Romancing the Catskills

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The Horszowski Trio did not disappoint at the Maverick on Sunday. The threesome erected two tent poles of the Romantic chamber music repertoire, Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49, with positively orchestral tones.    [continued]

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Lively and Accessible New Music

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Tanglewood Music Center fellows and faculty brought Saturday evening’s evening’s contemporary music to life in an engaging and accessible fashion, drawing audience members inside Ozawa Hall from the beautiful lawn.    [continued]

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Takács Adds Bandoneon Colors

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Bandoneon and melodica specialist Julien Labro joined the highly regarded Takács Quartet in Ozawa Hall Wednesday. In addition to works for the full quintet, Labro dispatched three solos and the Takács offered the Ravel String Quartet.    [continued]

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