Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Concert Review: Cantata Singers Perform “Missa solemnis” by Susan Miron

This performance was far more than special and crazily beautiful -- it was extraordinary.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Jazz Concert Review: Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition at the ICA by Michael Ullman

Indo-Pak Coalition's energized music and performance somehow manages to square the circle --  it is as engaging as it is songful and intelligent.

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Dance Review: Kelley Donovan’s Tides of Thought by Marcia B. Siegel

Kelley Donovan believes every dancer should own her movement, not just perform it.

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Film Review: “Loveless” — Loss of Love by Peg Aloi

Just about every aspect of Loveless is executed perfectly.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Theater Commentary: “Skeleton Crew” — Not With the Union by Bill Marx

To my surprise, the auto union was written out of the picture from the start, as if dramatist Dominique Morisseau saw it as an embarrassment.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Rethinking the Repertoire #20 – Vasily Kalinnikov’s Symphony no. 1 by Jonathan Blumhofer

Kalinnikov’s First Symphony is one of those neglected works well worth beating a drum for.

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Theater Review: “Skeleton Crew” — Working Under Pressure by David Cruz

Skeleton Crew offers a redemptive look at a national tragedy -- the financial crisis of 2008.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Film Review: “Midnighters” — A Long Night Indeed by Peg Aloi

Mostly, indie horror seems constrained, not by lack of funds, but by lackluster creativity and a sort of sloppy artlessness.

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Dance Preview: Dada Masilo’s “Giselle” at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College by Susan B. Apel

This Hopkins Center production will be the US premiere of Dada Masilo’s much-anticipated and reimagined Giselle.

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Theater Review: “The Humans” — Americans in Limbo by Robert Israel

In The Humans, Stephen Karam suggest that America can be a Heaven that in a moment, might flip into Hell.

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Concert Review: Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony returns to Symphony Hall by Jonathan Blumhofer

This symphony is the finest synthesis of Leonard Bernstein’s considerable theatrical instincts within a concert framework, idiosyncratic and singular.

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Rethinking the Repertoire #19 — Charles Ives’ Orchestral Set no. 2 by Jonathan Blumhofer

Charles Ives continues to stand, after 140-plus years, as the ultimate American Composer.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Jazz Concert Review: Anat Cohen Tentet and Ben Wendel “Seasons” Group at Sanders Theater by Steve Elman

A kaleidoscopic small-band adventure led by one of the world’s great clarinetists, and a superbly-played set by Ben Wendel’s dynamic quintet.

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CD Reviews: Smetana String Quartets, 2018 New Year’s Concert, Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey, and Lindberg conducts Bernstein by Jonathan Blumhofer

Pražák Quartet's Smetana is keeper, Sir Simon Rattle's Haydn is a loser, and Lindberg's "On the Waterfront" is a knockout.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WATCH CLOSELY: “The Exorcist” — The Devil and the Deep State by Peg Aloi

TV's The Exorcist reinvents its source material for an occult-savvy (not to mention cinema-savvy) audience.

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Classical CD Reviews: Barenboim plays Sciarrino, Berio, Tartini, and Paganini and Alsop’s Complete Bernstein by Jonathan Blumhofer

Violinist Michael Barenboim is an exceptional young musician with a famous name who stands on his own two feet.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Lello Molinari’s Italian Music in a Jazz Vein by Steve Provizer

The communication among the group members is at a high level and the playing is flawless.

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Jazz CD Review: Philip Levine and Benjamin Boone Make “The Poetry of Jazz” by Michael Ullman

For poet Philip Levine, music is not only a good thing in life: the good things in life are music.

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Theater Review: “Steve” — A Comedy about Mid-Life Crisis by Bill Marx

Steve is a satisfyingly genial comedy that brings up, but then darts quickly away from, serious issues.

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Theater Review: “Orlando” — Asking What Gender Really Means by Roberta Silman

There is much to love in this Lyric Stage Company production and I recommend it highly.

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Concert Review: Boston Musica Viva’s Annual Family Concert by Jonathan Blumhofer

Musically, everything clicked in Boston Musica Viva's annual Family Concert.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Opera Preview: Boston Lyric Opera’s “Threepenny Opera” — A Reflection of Brutal Times by Robert Israel

“You can be certain that when the show begins and you hear 'Mack the Knife,' there will be scenes of slashing and murdering.”

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Concert Review: Chorus pro Musica’s “Together” by Jonathan Blumhofer

Throughout the night, CpM music director Jamie Kirsch kept tempos lively and never lost sight of the overarching shape of each of the evening’s big pieces.

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Theater Review: “Every Brilliant Thing” — The Weight of the World by Robert Israel

Adrianne Krstansky, a marvelous actress, understandably exhibits signs of the strain of having to carry the entire production on her shoulders.

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Dance Review: Boston Ballet – Revisiting by Marcia B. Siegel

What a treat to see choreographers of different generations concentrating on ballet itself and asking the audience to appreciate what ballet can do.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Coming Attractions: March 11 through 27 — What Will Light Your Fire by Arts Fuse Editor

Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, dance, visual arts, theater, music, and author events for the coming weeks.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Theater Review: “Guards at the Taj” — The Price of Possibility by David Cruz

Dramatist Rajiv Joseph probes the gentle sides of masculinity as well as the intertwined power of beauty and terror.

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Rethinking the Repertoire #18 — Max Bruch’s Symphony no. 3 by Jonathan Blumhofer

Max Bruch's music is smart, strong, crafty, and, often, quite endearing.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Visual Arts Review: Prince of Pieces — Rothko at the MFA by Peter Walsh

There are no angels in Mark Rothko’s work: only the ascendancy of glorious color.

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Jazz Concert Review: Celebrating Bob Brookmeyer by Steve Provizer

Bob Brookmeyer's great contribution was to make it seem as though anything is possible -- and permissible --in the big band context.

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Book/Music Feature: “Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968” by Blake Maddux

Dedham native and Boston University graduate Ryan H. Walsh wanted to learn more about the local connections to what he calls his “favorite album of all time.”

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