Oct 312009
Classical Music Review: Chiara String Quartet

By Caldwell Titcomb Four youngish players, trained at the Juilliard School of Music, constituted themselves as the Chiara String Quartet. For several years they have held artist residency at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They have received a number of awards [...]

Oct 312009
Coming Attractions: Culture Vulture’s November Picks

By Helen Epstein 1) Nov 2: This Monday’s free concert at Jordan Hall celebrates Eastern European composers and players. The unusual musical line-up includes the Haydn Piano Trio in E minor, the Boston premiere of Kati Agócs’s “Awakening Galatea,” Bacewicz’s [...]

Oct 302009
Coming Attractions in Classical Music: November 2009

By Caldwell Titcomb Nov 1: Dinosaur Annex celebrates the 80th birthday of composer Yehudi Wyner with two of his works, plus music by David Liptak, Stefan Hakenberg & others. Wyner will himself perform. Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon Street, Boston, at [...]

Oct 152009
Culture Vulture: Back to Laramie: Moises Kaufman’s Epilogue and Judy Shepard’s Memoir

By Helen Epstein I saw “The Laramie Project Epilogue” at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, one of a reported 150 venues around the world where staged readings took place this week, the eleventh anniversary of what has become [...]

Oct 152009
Film Review: “A Serious Man” Has Serious Thoughts

Reviewed by Justin Marble For all of their acclaim, the Coen brothers have never been considered “personal” filmmakers. Technically talented, stylish, and humorous, sure, but in describing the Coens’ filmography, even their attempts at “mature” pieces deal in fantasy elements. [...]

Oct 152009
Short Fuse: Homage to a Champagne Communist

When discussing Friedrich Engels’s lament for lobster salad, Tristram Hunt dubs him “the original champagne communist,” but his biography is far from a damning portrayal. Marx’s General: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels by Tristram Hunt. Henry Holt & Company, [...]