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Julian Bullitt

Handel's "Messiah" with Boston Baroque

Sunday night at 7, WCRB is In Concert with Boston Baroque, presenting Handel's "Messiah."
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Bach: The French Suites
Deutsche Grammophon

Murray Perahia joins the renowned Deutsche Grammophon record label, embarking on a set of works formative to his decorated career.

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Tanglewood 2017

Nov 17, 2016
Tanglewood
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. 

Bach
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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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.)

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.

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.

In a season of relentless shouting, the best antidote might be singing. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato's new album with conductor Maxim Emelyanychev and the ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro, In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music, uses Baroque arias to explore the pain and possibilities of these troubled times. A companion website invites anyone and everyone to answer the simple but loaded question, "In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?"