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Aug 182014
 
Fuse Concert Review: Monadnock Music's Season Finale -- The Stuff of Inspiration

Things are going well with Monadnock Music: before Saturday’s concert kicked off, managing director Christopher Sink announced that the festival had cleared its financial debts as it heads into next year’s 50th anniversary season.

Aug 172014
 
Fuse Music Review: An Exhilarating Performance of "Candide" at Tanglewood

It occurred to me that, given the variety of the Metropolitan Opera’s current problems, maybe General Manager Peter Gelb should consider putting this best of all possible Candides on his menu.

Jul 222014
 
Fuse Concert Review: Violinist Joshua Bell and Conductor-Designate Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood

To judge from the BSO’s responsive playing and the audience’s enthusiastic responses, director-designate Andris Nelsons can’t do much wrong these days. Of course, a decade ago, neither could James Levine.

Jul 142014
 
Fuse Concert Review: Opening Night at the Monadnock Festival, Peterborough Town House

The emphasis of Monadnock’s coming concerts is, quite happily, American music by composers with strong ties to New England. It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate place to hear such fare or a better group of musicians to play it.

Jul 092014
 
Fuse CD Reviews: Mozart’s “Haydn” Quartets and James Gaffigan conducts Dvorak (Harmonia mundi), plus James Brawn plays Beethoven (MSR Classics)

Cuarteto Casals brings out Mozart’s playfulness, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester delivers a solid Dvorak’s Sixth, and James Brawn continues to brilliantly play Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

Jun 302014
 
Fuse Concert Review: The Boston Choral Ensemble's "Cosmic Journey" -- An Out-of-This-World Experience

What I’ll remember most is how the BCE’s various choral pieces seemed custom-made for the Hayden Planetarium’s celestial projections, and how, for an hour, the so-called real world faded away.