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Decca/Andrew Eccles

Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, with Renée Fleming

Saturday at 7pm, Fleming sings the role of the Marschallin, Susan Graham is Octavian, and Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Strauss's lyric meditation on the graceful passage of time, both personal and cultural.
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This Week's CD of the Week

Erato/Warner Classics

The young guitarist performs pieces by Spanish and Argentine composers, showcasing both his musical heritage and the full sonic spectrum of the guitar.

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When I was growing up, my younger sister would spend every car trip begging my mom to change the radio station from KUSC – our local classical station in Southern California – to something a little more modern, with thumping beats and a chorus she could sing along to. In her eyes, it was like there were two different worlds of music – the good stuff, and the boring stuff (in my mind, those categories were swapped). She almost had me convinced, too: how could I possibly reconcile my Bruch violin concerto or my Mozart symphony with the drums and the synthesizers on the radio?

Music on Mars

Sep 22, 2016

“Good Morning, Starshine. The Earth says “hello.” You twinkle above us, we twinkle below...”  Those are the opening lyrics to a song from the musical, "Hair."  Would that be the song you’d want to take with you to Mars? Or maybe….  "Mars, the Bringer of War” from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets?”

Photo of Renée Fleming by Andrew Eccles and Decca ; of Aaron Sheehan by Kevin Day; of Jennifer Johnson Cano by Liza Voll; of Ryan Turner courtesy of the artist

Here is a look at some of the juicy operatic events coming to Boston in the coming weeks and months.  

The daily trivia question airs every weekday at 5:30pm. If you missed any of this week's questions of answers, here's a recap!

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American composer Julia Wolfe has won one of the biggest windfalls in the arts world. She is one of this year's MacArthur Fellows, recipients of the so-called "genius grants" given to a wide range of talented figures from the arts, humanities, sciences and social services. The 2016 class of fellows was announced early Thursday morning.

When you think of an orchestra, you're probably picturing refined woodwoods, brass, and strings. But one ensemble I recently met is made up mostly of kids who play instruments made out of literal trash. This is the Recycled Orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay, and their group is the subject of a new documentary film.

Interested in Steve Jobs, Georgia O'Keefe or Alice in Wonderland? They are all explored in new music in the upcoming American concert season.

Tracing The People's Republic Of Beethoven

Aug 25, 2016

Imagine you're a teenager in Beijing in the 1960s and '70s, during the Cultural Revolution. Everything that's deemed Western and bourgeois is banned — so listening to a 78 rpm recording of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, powerfully transformative as it might be, is off limits.

Many stylistic winds blow through the repertoire of The Westerlies. The unconventional brass quartet from New York (Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler, trumpets; Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch, trombones) embraces jazz, classical, new music and dance — and in this case, puts a new spin on an old British ballad.