Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.
Two new recordings and one much-welcome re-release contain first-rate performances of Haydn’s 1798 “Lord Nelson” Mass, Dello Joio’s opera about Joan of Arc, and Virgil Thomson’s astonishing musical portraits of Alice B. Toklas, Picasso, and others.
A Grimm, but not grim, opera about a Fisherman, his Wife, their Cat, and a wish-granting Flounder.
Odyssey Opera revels in the glittering wit and touching moments of this full-length chamber opera by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, better known for his Hollywood film scores and some wonderful guitar pieces.
Arnold Rosner’s writing in each act is strongly contrapuntal, metrically unpredictable, and idiomatically scored. The music is marked by constantly shifting colors, a strong sense of rhythm, and a healthy dose of lyricism.
I’ve compiled a list of twelve concerts (or concert series) that I think will stand among the future season’s highlights.
There’s so much going on in the area that’s good that it’s a challenge to go wrong.
A line-up of concerts, performances, and recordings that, as 2017 draws to its close, I can’t, for one reason or many, shake from my memory.
Saturday’s performance ranked among Odyssey Opera’s finest and most artistically satisfying undertakings.
Some institutions’ offerings aren’t as challenging as they could be, but there’s a healthy balance between the familiar and new.