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Andris Nelsons
Marco Borggreve

Nelsons Conducts Mahler's Ninth

In a 2016 concert, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra return to the first music they performed together, Gustav Mahler's devatatingly powerful Symphony No. 9.

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Bugs Bunny sits at a piano in formal clothes
Warner Brothers

What do Mozart's Barber of Seville overture, Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, and Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 have in common? You guessed it: Bugs Bunny.

Classical Study Music

Mar 2, 2021
Study scene at café
Green Chameleon / Unsplash

The challenges of this school year have been overwhelming at times, but one study technique has remained remarkably steady.

Thomas Adès (L); covers of two recent recordings
Thomas Adès photo by Marco Borggreve

Conversations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Artistic Partner, Thomas Adès, highlight a collaboration that embodies the phrase “a sum greater than its parts.”

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Kris Bowers' film-scoring career started, strangely enough, with a word of praise from the Queen of Soul — Aretha Franklin.

The 31-year-old composer has been tickling the ivories since he was a little kid, growing up in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles. He always loved film scores (E.T. was a heavy favorite), and he was one of the few Black students at his arts high school. He studied at Juilliard, and in 2011 he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.

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A union representing 800 backstage workers at New York's Metropolitan Opera began a publicity campaign today urging donors and government entities to withdraw support for the company because of a labor dispute.

On 'Time To Shine,' Black Violin Focuses On The Light

Feb 17, 2021

Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste — two artists from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — met 25 years ago, in a high school orchestra class. Growing up, neither one had had much exposure to classical music; both said their parents were more likely to listen to reggae or calypso. Classical music felt like it was supposed to be for other people, which had the effect of drawing them even closer to it. Today, they play as a duo, with Marcus on violin and Baptiste on viola.

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Gail Samuel in Copley Square, Feb. 17, 2021
Aram Boghosian / BSO

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced that Gail Samuel will succeed Mark Volpe as the organization's President and CEO, effective in June.

The Handel and Haydn Society at GBH's Fraser Performance Studio
GBH

See and hear a performance of Handel's masterpiece by the Handel and Haydn Society, produced at GBH.

Out of the Box

When I asked Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital about his newest album and how it differed from his previous mandolin albums, he answered me with a wry, winking smile: “I don’t have other mandolin albums.”

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Richard Egarr
Marco Borggreve

The Music Director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra talks with CRB's Brian McCreath about some of Bach's most vibrant - and mysterious - instrumental music on The Bach Hour.

Xavier Foley
Matt Dine

The double bassist performs the fourth concert in a new series launched by violinist Lara St. John and streamed by CRB from New York's historic Atterbury House, streamed here on demand free of charge.

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