Susan Miron

Classical Music Review: Finally Joining the Cult of Tomsic

April 17, 2011
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The audience went wild; Chopin’s Ballades do that to people. Cheering broke out after Dubravka Tomsic played the second ballade, and by the fourth, which starts out quietly like a lullaby and builds up to an all-out, rhapsodic, virtuosic tour de force, the entire audience seemed smitten. Dubravka Tomsic. Presented by the Celebrity Series at…

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Book Review: A Fascinating Meditation on Jewish Maps of Time

April 14, 2011
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“Palaces of Time” is a exquisitely illustrated, elegantly written account of the history of Jewish calendars in early modern Europe, as well as a meditation on what they represented — profound reflections of the Jewish experience as it passed through time.

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Classical Music Review: The Rock Stars of Renaissance Vocal Music

April 4, 2011
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The Tallis Scholars are a beloved Boston fixture, thanks to their relationship with the Boston Early Music Festival, which will have them back on June 17th for their twenty-second annual appearance.

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Classical Music Feature: D’Anna Fortunato and The Music of Our Time

March 30, 2011
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One of the most interesting concerts of the season occurs on April 5th at NEC’s Jordan Hall in Boston, MA. The wonderful mezzo soprano D’Anna Fortunato will perform, with a stellar group of musicians, vocal chamber music of the twentieth century in honor of Gunther Schuller’s 85th birthday.

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Classical Music Review: The Mastery of Guitarist John Williams

March 27, 2011
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Once he managed to get his recalcitrant instrument in tune, guitarist John Williams played each piece with great mastery. One might not remember the names of the composers or even what each composition sounded like, but no one will forget the sheet beauty of his guitar playing

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Classical Music Review: The Astounding Tenor Matthew Polenzani

March 26, 2011
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The world of tenors has expanded exponentially, it would seem, since the days when Luciano Pavoratti and Placido Domingo dominated the big tenor roles and the attention of the media and opera-loving public. Domingo, astonishingly, is still singing brilliantly, conducting, and running an opera company, but recently there have been a good half dozen excellent youngish tenors singing at the Met, including the fabulously gifted lyric tenor Matthew Polenzani.

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Music Review: Masterworks Chorale’s Inspiring Tribute to Music Director Allen Lannom

March 12, 2011
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The Masterworks Chorale sang better than I had ever heard them; perhaps they felt the sense of occasion—this was a piece that meant a great deal to Mr. Lannom, whose thoughts on the composition were featured in the program booklet. By Susan Miron Antonin Dvorák’s “Stabat Mater,” Op. 58, is a classic example of a…

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Visual Arts Review: Edward Gorey @ the Boston Athenaeum

March 3, 2011
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No one is safe in the world of Edward Gorey: “From Number Nine, Penwiper Mews, There is really abominable news:/ They’ve discovered a head/ In the box for the bread, / But nobody seems to know whose.” Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey (1925–2000) will be at the Boston Athenaeum (10 1/2 Beacon St.…

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Classical Music Review: A Killer “Cardillac”

March 1, 2011
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Many musicians know Paul Hindemith (1895–1963) as a somewhat dry composer who wrote a few operas as well as sonatas for every instrument and some half dozen for viola (he played both violin and viola extremely well). But real Hindemith has a cutting lyrical gift, much of  it is on display in his kinky opera…

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Classical Music Sampler: March 2011

February 28, 2011
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March highlights include the American premiere of Boston Camerata’s homage to mystics of the Middle ages, innovative programming from the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, and appearances by heavyweights pianist Evgeny Kissin, paying homage to birthday boy Franz Liszt, and guitarist John Williams. By Susan Miron Wednesday Concert Series, held each Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. —  6:30 p.m.…

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