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Review: Longwood Symphony Orchestra's opening night

Jordan Hall, October 2, 2010
Jordan Hall, October 2, 2010
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 07, 2010


Fall Classical Preview: The power of music

 And, we hope, the good health of James Levine
Here’s my Top 10 list, in chronological order, of some of the season’s most appealing and important classical music events: symphonies, chamber music, operas.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 14, 2010


Feeding frenzy

The media rain on James Levine's parade, plus Boston Midsummer Opera
The media rain on James Levine's parade, plus Boston Midsummer Opera
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 03, 2010


Mighty Mahler

Michael Tilson Thomas leads Tanglewood's opening night
Michael Tilson Thomas — music director of the San Francisco Symphony and former assistant, associate, and principal guest conductor of the BSO — was once considered a likely BSO music director.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 13, 2010


Photos: Landmarks Orchestra's Fenway Park concert

Landmarks Orchestra at Fenway Park | July 7, 2010
Charles Ansbacher and his Landmarks Orchestra take free classical to the ballpark
By: SCOTT M. LACEY  |  July 09, 2010


Fenway Park goes classical

A new landmark for the Landmarks Orchestra
"Free, friends, and Fenway Franks — all F's!" the young woman answered when I asked why she was at the very first symphonic concert at Fenway Park. "I've got one more F for you," she told me during the intermission.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 09, 2010


Rockport rules

A new beginning for the music festival
Pianist David Deveau, celebrating his 15th year as director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival (now Rockport Music) and the opening of the elegant, $20 million Shalin Liu Performance Center on Main Street, said that the sound in the new hall, at the rehearsal he'd heard that afternoon of the original chamber version of Wagner's Siegfried Idyll , had moved him to tears.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  June 15, 2010


Dream on

Heinrich Schütz’s swan song; the Pops’ 125th-anniversary commission
Some lovers of religious music consider Heinrich Schütz even greater than Bach, who was born 13 years after Schütz’s death.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 27, 2010


Living the dream

De Niro Pops Off Dept.
Movie stars aren’t the usual Symphony Hall crowd, but last week, two dark-suited ushers swung open the doors of the Hatch Room and out poured Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, and Cherry Jones.
By: LLOYD SCWARTZ  |  May 26, 2010


Blythe spirit

Opera Boston’s Offenbach, Thomas Quasthoff, the BSO, Boston Baroque, and BU’s Sondheim
Leaving the Cutler Majestic after the opening night of Opera Boston’s latest Offenbach, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein , you could see the smiling faces of an audience that had had a good time.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 17, 2010


Jonathan McPhee and The Longwood Symphony Orchestra

 Northern Lights
Jonathan McPhee and The Longwood Symphony Orchestra at Jordan Hall on May 1, 2010
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 06, 2010


Review: Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI

“Jerusalem: The City of the Two Peaces,” live At Sanders Theatre, May 5, 2010
"You are here to kneel/Where prayer has been valid.” “Here” for T.S. Eliot was a church in Huntingdonshire, but it’s hard to imagine a place where prayer has been more valid than Jerusalem, or a place where more people have died for their faith.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 06, 2010


Photos: BLO's Idomeneo at the Shubert

The BLO performs Idomeneo at the Shubert | April 23-May 4, 2010
The BLO performs Idomeneo at the Shubert | April 23-May 4, 2010
By: CHARLES ERICKSON  |  April 28, 2010


Ye gods!

BLO’s Idomeneo, BU’s Susannah, Garfein’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Zander’s Stravinsky, and Pollini’s Chopin
Much beautiful music turns up in the 18th-century operatic form that’s probably most alien to a modern audience.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 28, 2010


All you need is love

Marylou Speaker Churchill memorial, Emmanuel Music’s Haydn/Schoenberg, and more
Outpourings of love have been flooding the Boston musical scene.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 21, 2010


Stuff at night

The BSO without Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, the Cantata Singers, American Classics, the Zerounian Ensemble
This week’s health headlines also included the announcement from the Boston Symphony Orchestra that music director James Levine has been sidelined again, from the “excruciating pain” he’s been suffering since his surgery for a herniated disc.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 29, 2010


What's new

BMOP, and the Christian Wolff festival
The timely highlight of Gil Rose’s latest BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project) concert, “Strings Attached,” was a new/old piece (2004, revised 2009) for two string orchestras by Scott Wheeler now called Crazy Weather — the new title taken from a John Ashbery poem that begins, “It’s this crazy weather we’ve been having.”
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 23, 2010


Thinking outside the Woodbox

Fiddler on the Rise Dept.
As Daniel Bernard Roumain was growing up in Margate, a small city in southeast Florida with a large Haitian population, he felt playing the violin was "a calling."
By: MATT TEMPESTA  |  March 17, 2010


Welsh rarebit

Boston Lyric Opera's imported Ariadne
Boston Lyric Opera hasn't had much success lately with either its home-grown or its second-hand products, but its latest import — the Welsh National Opera's 2004 production of Ariadne auf Naxos, Richard Strauss's third collaboration with Hugo von Hofmannsthal, his favorite librettist — is a charmer.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 16, 2010


Interview: Hilary Hahn

No strings
"Just because I play classical music doesn't mean I am classical music."
By: JON GARELICK  |  March 11, 2010


Bach beat

Lions and lambs
Composers John Harbison and Peter Lieberson are big presences this spring.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 08, 2010

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