Spring break

By WILL SPITZ  |  March 9, 2006

Yuri Temirkanov, the music director of another BSO (the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in two Russian works — the Prelude to Mussorgsky’s opera Khovanshchinaand and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with Joshua Bell — plus Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. That’s tonight and Saturday at 8 pm and tomorrow at 1:30 pm | Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave, Boston | $28-$108 | 888.266.1200, and see www.bso.org for the remainder of the BSO season.


The Bulgarian-based touring opera company Teatro Lirico d’Europa — a Boston fave for the past five years — presents Mozart’s popular Die Zauberflöte|The Magic Flute in the original German with English supertitles. A fanciful story that’ll entertain kiddies and grown-ups alike, it’s at the Cutler Majestic Theatre through the weekend | 219 Tremont St, Boston | $30-$85 | 617.824.8000.

Boston Lyric Opera presents Verdi’s best-known and best-loved opera, La traviata (“the lost woman” — based on the Alexandre Dumas play that’s also the source of Greta Garbo’s Camille), through April 11 at the Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St, Boston | $33-$166 | 800.447.7400.


Given the collective number of other bands the members of Frank Smith are in — the Lot Six, Eyes like Knives, the Sharking, Beat Awfuls, among others — it’s amazing that they have time to work on any new material, let alone release a full-length every year, as they’ve done since 2004’s Burn This House Down (Lonesome). The Hub’s alt-country answer to Broken Social Scene celebrate the release of their excellent, banjo-heavy new Red on White (Big Snow/Dirty Thirty) at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston | 617.734.4502.


The only battle of the bands we know of that reputable groups can enter without getting made fun of, the “Annual WBCN Rock ’n’ Roll Rumble”, kicks off its 28th year. Our favorites of the 24 combatants include the Campaign for Real-Time, Appomattox, Eyes like Knives, Tiger Saw, the Sharking, Random Acts of Violence, and the Rudds | Middle East, 472-480 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 617.864.EAST.


The buzzed-about South London band Art Brut took their name from the term coined by French Pop artist Jean Dubuffet meaning outsider art, but frontman Eddie Argos and his mates make music that’s as insider as you can get: self-conscious meta-music, rock about rock. “It’s not irony and it’s not rock and roll,” Argos deadpans on “We Formed a Band,” the opening track on Brut’s album debut, Bang Bang Rock & Roll (Banana/Fierce Panda). Don’t believe him. They play downstairs at the Middle East, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 617.864.EAST.


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