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New Esterhazy Quartet

Haydn’s Unlikely Creation

There have been so many excellent and exciting Bay Area concerts of late (the SF Symphony’s American Mavericks mini-festival, and a spectacular St. Matthew Passion from the American Bach Soloists come to mind as well as numerous touring groups), I would need a staff of twenty to sort through the listings. One particular concert, however, stood out from the rest.

On Monday, April 30th, the period instrument New Esterházy String Quartet …more…

Guinea Pig, Photo by Jay Reed

Gypsies and Guinea Pigs: Sitka Summer Music Festival in Anchorage, Part 1

The Sitka Summer Music Festival is coming to Anchorage this weekend, and they’ve got ghosts, gypsies, guinea pigs, elegies, retractions — and one very sexy cellist on the program.

But first, the need-to-know: Performances are this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 17, 18, and 19, at 7:00 pm (4:00 pm for the Sunday show) in Grant Hall Auditorium on the Alaska Pacific University campus. ...more...

Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Women's String Orchestra, Photo by Joanna Knapp

Redemptive Music in Unlikely Places

It’s not the average string orchestra that requires a background check of audience members before its holiday concert. Then again, the average string orchestra is not composed of prison inmates. Alaska’s Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Women’s String Orchestra is holding their annual public concert on Saturday, December 3 at 1:30 pm. ...more...

The Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Announces New Season of BSO 101

As my coverage of the Boston’s classical music scene ramps up I felt it was fitting to talk about the ways that you, as a resident or a visitor, can get acclimated and take advantage of the pastiche of musical options available every week.

Last season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra introduced a short schedule of adult education classes as part of their BSO 101 series. This year they’ve brought it back …more…