Hershey Felder’s performance as Leonard Bernstein not only reconnects us with one of America’s great musical geniuses: it is also a reminder that boundaries sometimes stifle our conception of how much artists can accomplish.
Boston Baroque and conductor Martin Pearlman scored another triumph with their semi-staged original version of Gluck’s revolutionary creation, an opera that, to its detriment, has often been revised for performance.
What is a Judicial Review? It is a fresh approach to creating a conversational, critical space about the arts and culture. This is our seventh session, this time a discussion about the Boston University School of Fine Arts production of Francis Poulenc’s opera Dialogues of the Carmelites, which raises issues about faith and resistance.
Discovery Ensemble occupies a rare space in two major respects: programming demanding works and executing them with spirit, enthusiasm, and inspired music making.
What lies in the future for the critically praised organization? Music director Courtney Lewis has plans that will keep him with the Discovery Ensemble for some time.
Recently, Bostonians were privileged to witness Kotoji Bando and his troupe in a lavish display of disciplined dance, song, and instrumental music.
Several adjectives apply to Coro Allegro’s approach to music: elegance, finesse, and refinement among them.
The singers were in the mood, in a manner of speaking, and although they seemed quite still in posture, their voices generated an inner dance filled with delightful variations as they advanced through eighteen verses of varying tempo and emotions.
There is much to commend all participants. The work itself is challenging and asks nothing more than a fully committed heart. This quality was present in abundance.
All the works were done with balance, appropriate embellishments in the vocal solo and instrumental parts, and with the energy necessary to bring this music into the twenty-first century.