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Gifts for the entire year
Some gifts you open and are all excited about, but then you find, a few weeks or months later, that you have forgotten you even got it — and you've never used it.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 05, 2012

Admirable Nelsons; plus, Mark Morris

A leading contender excels at Tanglewood  
At a top ticket price of $2500 (including a gourmet dinner), the gala concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood grossed a cool $1.42 million.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 18, 2012

BMOP and Mark Morris

Classical classics
As the Globe 's Jeremy Eichler pointed out in his review of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's season-ending concert — called "Apollo's Fire" — referring to the program note by the BSO's Assistant Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger, the term "classical music" has become so all-inclusive that it doesn't have much at all to do with ancient "classical" art.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 31, 2012

BLO’s Barber of Seville; plus Eschenbach leads the BSO, Boston Baroque’s Mozart, and the Yiddish songs of Lazar Weiner

Cutting it close
In his program note for the Boston Lyric Opera production of Rossini's effervescent The Barber of Seville (Shubert Theatre, through March 18), music director David Angus asks us to listen extra carefully to this irresistible score, however familiar it may be.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 13, 2012

A toothsome classical concert season

Getting serious
This past winter, gossip seems to have risen to the surface of our musical life like the foam on chicken soup.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 28, 2012

A Far Cry rocks harder than your favorite band. But can they save classical music from itself?

A young person's guide to the orchestra
Night falls in Jamaica Plain. The drunks are flicking cigarettes on the sidewalk outside the Jeanie Johnston pub; on the corner, Santería devotees are buying candles at the Botanica San Miguel. And in between, in a leased storefront, 17 classical musicians are losing their fucking minds to Haydn.
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 23, 2012

Emmanuel Music's B-minor Mass; Lexington Symphony's Debussy and Holst

Celestial voices
Johann Sebastian Bach wasn't the first composer to recycle previous material, but he might have been the first to put together his own greatest-hits album.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 03, 2011

The top 10 jazz events in town this fall

Starting with the Beantown Jazz Festival, ensembles large and small mix it up
As usual, there's too much to choose from. Here are some highlights.
By JON GARELICK  |  September 14, 2011
Jordi Savall and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra list

Jordi Savall and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra

Living traditions
"The Celtic Viol" — the title of the Boston Early Music Festival concert Catalan gambist Jordi Savall gave yesterday evening at Jordan Hall — looks like an oxymoron, since Irish and Scottish music is almost by definition traditional and popular and the viol is associated with "serious" early classical music.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 17, 2011

Moving out

88 keys, 2 songwriters, 1 grand plan
At the heart of the cover-band craze that's recently swept Portland is a very simple concept: musicians getting paid.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 04, 2011

A modest epic tale

Steven Jobe’s haunting Joan of Arc
What beautiful voices and music in this event. Steven Jobe’s Joan of Arc: An Opera In Three Acts is at once ambitious and quite modest, but vocally and musically it remains a pleasure throughout its three brief acts at the Blackstone River Theater in Cumberland (through May 23).
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 19, 2010

The good old days

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, live at the Paramount Theatre, March 6, 2010
As if it weren’t enough that the venerable Paramount Theatre on Washington Street was open for the first time since 1976, the Celebrity Series of Boston brought in as the initial act to play the new 600-seat mainstage Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 11, 2010

Review: Departures

Deliberate, detailed, and delicate
Yôjirô Takita's film won the Best Foreign Language Oscar this year, and for good reason.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 16, 2009

The Fully Celebrated | Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones

AUM Fidelity (2009)
After two albums with cornettist Taylor Ho Bynum, and now dropping "Orchestra" from their name, this venerable Boston avant-garde street band are again a trio — and they're still a virtuoso ensemble.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 18, 2009

The making of the Roots-versus-Antibalas Sound Clash

How ?uest got his groove back
We're not previewing the Red Bull Sound Clash just because the buzz-beverage overlords supply Phoenix headquarters with enough voltage to paralyze a petting zoo.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2009

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