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Paul Lewis in Boston

Even in a city like Boston with so many stars in its musical firmament, concerts in which great musicians triumphantly tackle the very greatest literature is still rare.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 16, 2013


New York to Boston: Alan Gilbert returns to the BSO

The BSO's first concert of 2013 featured one of its best guest conductors, but not one likely to be available for its music directorship.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 16, 2013


Phrygian not frigid: Classical concerts to come

Here are some of the dozens of classical-music events this winter I'm especially looking forward to (or most curious about).
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 21, 2012


Heat and Light: Classical concerts of 2012

Boston has too much music on the highest level for one listener to hear everything.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 17, 2012


The BSO’s conductor roulette

The last few BSO concerts of the season have had their pleasures and raised some questions, especially about who might be the next BSO music director, one of Boston's — indeed, one of the country's —major cultural positions.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 07, 2012


New kids: The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, plus BEMF’s Orfeo and the Takács Quartet

There's a shiny new band in town, conductor Benjamin Zander's Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, a 117-member ensemble consisting of New England players from 12 to 21. The inaugural concert nearly sold out Symphony Hall for an auspicious debut.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 27, 2012


Adès returns

Last year's most satisfying Boston Symphony concert was led by the 41-year-old British composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès, who combined music from his marvel-filled opera, The Tempest (2004), with other works inspired by Shakespeare's late romance.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 21, 2012


BVAS Opera Gala

One of the more delightful evenings I've spent recently was at a benefit concert on November 11 for the Boston Vocal Arts Studio at the Center Makor, in the Temple Bnai Moshe in Brighton.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 19, 2012


Michael Tippett's Midsummer madness; plus the BPO with Stefan Jackiw

The first American production of any of Michael Tippett's five operas was Sarah Caldwell's The Ice Break for the Opera Company of Boston in 1979.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 15, 2012


Elliott Carter: 1908-2012

In Memoriam
What artist was ever blessed with a longer creative life than Elliott Carter, who died in his New York apartment on Monday, November 5, just a month short of his 104th birthday?
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 08, 2012


Tippett's Midsummer Marriage in concert

One of the great disappointments created by last year's mid-season demise of Opera Boston was that Boston wouldn't get its first viewing of Sir Michael Tippett's 1955 The Midsummer Marriage.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 07, 2012


Boston Lyric Opera's Madama Butterfly

"Were you bored?" I overheard a woman walking up the aisle say to her companion. "No," he answered, "I loved it." "Are you sure?" she replied.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 07, 2012


Dutoit at the BSO, plus the Pacifica Quartet

Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit, a visitor to the Boston Symphony for more than three decades, was back for two of his three guest appearances this season (he'll return in January).
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 02, 2012


Boston Baroque’s Partenope, plus Discovery Ensemble

Martin Pearlman's Boston Baroque, "America's First Period-Instrument Orchestra," kicked off its new season at Jordan Hall with what is probably the first Boston performance of a work from the height of Handel's career.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 25, 2012


Vladimir Jurowski sets the BSO on fire

Vladimir Jurowski has bigger and better credentials than most of the contenders for the next BSO directorship. Did he strike sparks?
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 18, 2012


Bell and Lehninger at the BSO

The young Brazilian conductor Marcelo Lehninger has been one of the brighter lights among recent Boston Symphony Orchestra assistant conductors, and it's good to report that his appointment has been renewed for a (rare) third year.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 12, 2012


Boston Musica Viva's ''Breakthroughs''

Richard Pittman's Boston Musica Viva's delightful season-opening program at the Tsai Center on September 28 included world premieres by three composers who weren't born yet when BMV began 44 years ago.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 09, 2012


Review: 'The Harry Partch Legacy' and the BSO season openers

At Symphony Hall, with its legendary warm and natural acoustics, the amplification created a distorted, directionless sound for the singers of Porgy and Bess .
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 03, 2012


Intermezzo's 'Diva Monologues'

John Whittlesey's feisty little Intermezzo chamber opera series has just entered its 10th season.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 25, 2012

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Autumn's classical events

Adès time
The Boston Symphony Orchestra still has no music director, and has suffered for that absence.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 19, 2012
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