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Guerrero Conducts Brahms

Saturday at 8pm, Giancarlo Guerrero conducts Dvorak's Serenade for Winds and Brahms' Serenade No. 2, and Yefim Bronfman plays Liszt's 2nd Piano Concerto.

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Nemanja Radulovic: Bach
Deutsche Grammophon

The Serbian violinist pays homage to the Bach family of composers, accompanied by his own orchestral family.

On the latest episode of The Answered Question, Harry Christophers, the Artistic Director of Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, talks about H+H's season opening program that includes Bach's Magnificat, and Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero describes the experience of leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.


Tanglewood 2017

Nov 17, 2016
Stu Rosner / BSO

The Boston Symphony Orchestra announced the schedule for the 2017 Tanglewood season, in which Music Director Andris Nelsons leads 10 concerts over several weeks that begin and end the season, and Artistic Partner Thomas Adès conducts his own music with both the BSO and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

Portrait by E.G. Hausmann / Wikimedia Commons

Last month, I threw down a challenge, one that, for those who embrace it, will result in extraordinary concert experiences... and maybe a surprise gift . Now it's time to cowboy up for round 2. Are you up for it?

Jules Eskin
BSO Archives

When Jules Eskin passed away on November 15, the Boston Symphony Orchestra lost much more than its Principal Cellist. He was a rare character who made an indelible impression.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Seal
Wikimedia Commons

When was the first toll collected on the Mass Pike? Which famous comedian was born in your hometown? Which Celtics coach will be immortalized in the Celtics' new practice facility? All these Commonwealth trivia questions and more, answered in this week's trivia recap.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1GD-qlhm2E Ennio Morricone is as about close as a film composer can come to being a household name — and, at age 88, he's still going strong. This year, he was signed to a new record label and has now released a new recording, Morricone 60 , named for the number of years he's been in the business. Morricone, who composed the memorable soundtracks for Sergio Leone's classic 1966 spaghetti western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Quentin Tarantino's 2015...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9oGPI-MxX8 I've written about Gustav Mahler and his monumental symphonic achievements before , but right now I'm not sure there has ever been a more fitting symphony for our time than Mahler's Symphony No. 6. Today, as we have become immune to shock, where nothing seems too extreme and where hyperbole rules, Mahler and his Sixth Symphony seem to fit right in. Mahler was a man of excess, spectacle, illusion and indulgence. Most likely a narcissist, he was also...

Jazz great Wynton Marsalis , a virtuoso trumpet player and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, has written — wait for it — a violin concerto. As the daughter of the late virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg , I was intrigued and wanted to know more. So I spent an hour with Marsalis — and the violinist he wrote his concerto with and for. (More on that later.) At 55, Marsalis has spent a lifetime exploring the roots of American music. True, he admits, he has never played the violin, but he adds that...

Do you believe in ghosts? The age-old question pops up this time of year when Halloween looms — the answer for opera composers seems to be a resounding "yes." Many of them, from Mozart to Corigliano , have given ghosts a few choice moments on stage. Operatic apparitions arrive suddenly in the middle of the night, crash dinner parties or do their ghostly duty simply by playing tricks on the minds of the living. While adding a palpable chill to opera, they may also tell us a little something...

What are you doing for the next 10 days? That's how long it would take, without sleep, to listen to the new Mozart edition. The mammoth set, which some are touting as the biggest box set ever, claims to hold every note of Mozart's music and then some. Released to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the Austrian composer's death, the box is dubbed Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition. Inside the 22-pound box are 240 hours of music (on 200 CDs, 30 of which feature alternate performances), two...