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March 16, 2018

Brewing the Electro-Classical Music of David Ibbett


We’ve witnessed Beethoven’s Fifth amongst hops bags and experienced solemn solo celloing in the shadows of giant fermentation tanks; at various times, Aeronaut Brewery, Short Path Distillery, and  Slumbrew have all presented what could be called concert music. Next week we expect to run a feature on Boston Opera Collaborative’s April run of La Bohème    [continued]

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March 3, 2018

Papa Bach Reborn Again at FLC


The music of Johann Sebastian Bach, born on March 21, 1685, unquestionably stands at the high-water mark of the Lutheran musical tradition [or any other tradition for that matter]. Every year on a Saturday near Bach’s birthday, The First Lutheran Church of Boston celebrates this musical giant and his myriad contributions to music, both sacred and secular,    [continued]

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March 2, 2018

Mindful Jorja Fleezanis (Concert Cancelled)


“Searing intensity” characterizes the playing of Indiana University music professor and Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Jorja Fleezanis according to BMInt in 2011; anyone who witnessed her ordering NEC masterclass students to walk around rhythmically as they played might modulate that description down a step to effective-for-young-artists intensity. The String Masters Series at BoCo-Berklee’s    [continued]


February 27, 2018

Long Soul’s Journey into Spanish Mysticism


The third and final candidate for the directorship of Boston Cecilia, George Case conducts the chorus in the Boston premiere of Kile Smith’s Canticle, on Sunday March 11th at 3pm at All Saints in Brookline. The work is based on the English translation of the Spiritual Canticle of St. John of the Cross, the 16th-century Spanish    [continued]

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February 26, 2018

Temporary Digs Beckon


Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms Society’s conductor Steven Lipsitt has occasionally been known to compose. Ten years ago, he celebrated his 10th season leading the Boston Classical Orchestra, by doing that very thing. Breaking a 30-year drought, his Terzettino/Terzettone, a trio-concertino or sinfonia concertante for English horn, bass clarinet, and contrabassoon runs through seven variations on    [continued]

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February 21, 2018

Revolutionary Music: Commemorating Du Bois


Three years after the Civil War, the African-American polymath William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, traveled widely for his education, earned Harvard’s first doctorate awarded to a black person, and went on to become a great and important (and tireless) educator, writer, sociologist, activist and advocate for human rights, notably black    [continued]

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February 19, 2018

Zander Takes a Measure of Tchaikovsky 4


Something fresh and intriguing this way comes with Boston Philharmonic’s subscription concerts Thursday through Sunday. In anticipation the concert of Mussorgsky’s ‘Khovanshchina’ Prelude, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Alexander Korsantia, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Music Director Benjamin Zander opines on his recent discoveries: In every recording of the Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony, come to    [continued]


February 18, 2018

Three Takes on Orpheus and Oedipus Complexes


The Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music under the direction of Ryan Turner will present “Metamorphoses: Orpheus in Oedipus” featuring Matthew Aucoin’s The Orphic Moment, John Harbison’s Symphony No. 5 and Igor Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with the Harvard Glee Club at Sanders Theater on Friday February 23rd. On the 1ooth anniversary of the American premiere of Stravinsky’s Rex, the Harvard Glee Club will reprise its role    [continued]

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February 16, 2018

Rzewski Makes the Political Personal


Dog bites man is famously not news, and violinist and pianist playing Beethoven and Bartok sonatas isn’t either, but a brand-new work from Frederic Rzewski, not only co-commissioned by the Celebrity Series of Boston but tuned politically to the present—that’s news. For the Celebrity Debut Series at Longy’s Pickman Hall at 8pm on Wednesday March 7,    [continued]

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February 5, 2018

Two Orchestras and One World


At a gala at the Boston Public Library Monday night, leadership of the Boston Symphony Orchestra declared “Leipzig Week” underway. Lectures and performances throughout the week mark a new partnership between the BSO and the Gewandhausochester Leipzig (GHO), a major German orchestra hailing from the city once home to J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, and others.    [continued]

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February 2, 2018

Hearing Leipzig in Symphony Hall


Our BMInt colleague David Griesinger has agreed to preview a short lecture on the acoustics of Boston Symphony Hall that he will deliver during a free public symposium at the Boston Public Library Tuesday February 7th from 6 to 7 pm, part of a celebration of the collaboration between the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the    [continued]

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January 29, 2018

Leipzigers To Partner with BSO Volk


The announcement in September 2015 that Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons would also become the 21st Kapellmeister of the 275-year-old Leipzig Gewandhausorchester included the news of a “…strategic alliance [that] will allow Andris to consolidate the core of his European work in a place that shares a musical heritage with the BSO.” The    [continued]

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January 27, 2018

E Duo Unum


Quite au courant, the story depicts an individual navigating a gender transition. Two singers, one male, one female, portray “Hannah Before” and “Hannah After,” both remaining onstage from start to finish. Boston Opera Collaborative’s production (running through Sunday) of Laura Kaminsky’s As One, to a libretto by Kimberly Reed and Mark Campbell opened Thursday night    [continued]

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January 24, 2018

Odyssey Opera Celebrates Sorcerer-Saint


A 17-year-old peasant girl heard voices of Mary and God urging her to liberate the city of Orléans at the close of the Hundred Years’ War. The occupying English forces, being decidedly unamused, induced the Roman Catholic Inquisition to burn her at the stake for her heresy—in particular, for wearing pants. Since then, the eventually sainted    [continued]

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January 16, 2018

Events of 1905 Resound Theatrically


Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 epic photoplay The Battleship Potemkin not only advanced the nascent silent cinema art, but also served as a successful agitprop vehicle for the Bolsheviks. The opportunity to see its world shattering depiction of maggots, mutiny, and the infamous baby carriage ride down the Odessa Steps on a big screen with a live    [continued]


January 14, 2018

Celebrating 40 Years of Democratic Musicmaking


The inmates of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra have been running the institution since its emergence in 1978. On January 21st, “one of the only self-governing chamber orchestras in the nation” [not to neglect the conductorless string orchestra A Far Cry], celebrates its 40th season. Music Director Emerita Gisèle Ben-Dor​ (New York Philharmonic, London Symphony),    [continued]

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January 13, 2018

Yuko Hayashi Remembered


Yuko Hayashi, international concert artist and professor of organ at New England Conservatory, Boston, died of natural causes on January 7, 2018 under hospice care at The Residence at Salem Woods, Salem NH.  She was 88. Yuko Hayashi was born in Hiratsuka, Japan on November 2, 1929. For more than 40 years she was professor    [continued]


January 7, 2018

Steeling the ISGM for Things To Come


To chamber music aficionados, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Sunday Afternoon Concert Series is the closest thing Bostonians can get to Wigmore Hall. Essential to Mrs. Gardner from the beginning of her long and generous reign, these events have continued for over 100 years as the founder would have wanted them—idiosyncratically.  As soon as her    [continued]

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January 4, 2018

Power of Tower


To honor the trailblazing American composer Joan Tower, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) will champion five of her orchestral works Friday evening February 9th, 8pm at Jordan Hall. The program of nation’s premier orchestra dedicated to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music celebrates, in collaboration with NEC, bassoonist Adrian Morejon and flutist Carol    [continued]

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December 18, 2017

Recalling the Passing Musical Year


Among the BMInt staff, many writers have intact memories. Within that subset, several have submitted lists of their favorite CDs and concerts of the last season. We thank them for their reflections. Some have chosen to nominate concerts they have reviewed while others have chosen from concerts which they merely attended. Another wants to plump    [continued]

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December 12, 2017

AMOC Inaugurates a Festival


Friday night marks the beginning of  American Modern Opera Company’s (AMOC) first festival, Run AMOC!, which will “redefine opera through its new model of interdisciplinary collaboration.” Held entirely in Harvard Square neighborhood from December 15th-18th, Run AMOC! partners with the American Repertory Theater to throw out the old standards of opera performance and attempts to    [continued]

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December 9, 2017

Nobel Committee Honors Amy Beach


In Amy Beach’s richly eventful 150th-anniversary year, another notable honor will very soon take place, during the Nobel Prize awards. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Joana Carneiro, will be performing second movement, Alla Siciliana of Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony in E Minor, Op. 32 (Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications’ revised edition) for the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony on    [continued]

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December 5, 2017

Holiday Opera CD Suggestions


This past year an unusually large number of fascinating and rarely performed operas have been released, mostly for the first time ever, on CD. With the holiday season in view, BMInt has asked me to share some of my delighted discoveries from this flood of new arrivals, as well as my (rather lengthy and detailed!) reviews of    [continued]


November 16, 2017

Tanglewood Is Icumen in


The coming Tanglewood season is full of the usual suspects, regulars, and warhorses, but more than anything else it is organized around the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. The number of performances, events, and celebrations for Lenny is large, and if the abundance seems overemphasized, we should remember that Bernstein gave his heart and soul    [continued]


November 15, 2017

Concerto To Crown Celebration


Amy Beach’s monumental Piano Concerto shows her at the height of her powers as both composer and pianist. This weekend  Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra will perform it with Randall Hodgkinson soloist and Neal Hampton conducting, at Houghton Chapel Wellesley on Saturday at 7:30 and at Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis on Sunday at 7:00.  Forty-five minutes before each    [continued]

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