Classical Concerts

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, in Concert

Thursday, March 7, 2013
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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (photo by Bill Page)

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan join the Academy of St. Martin the Fields in a concert performance at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass.

One of the most capable and enduring chamber orchestras on the stage today, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields comes to Massachusetts for a rare concert appearance in the acoustic splendor of Mechanics Hall. Presented by Music Worcester, the program features music by Britten, Bach, and Haydn. (See the complete program below), performed by musicians who routinely tackle the most challenging music for chamber orchestra and transform it into rich, vibrant sound.

Alisa WeilersteinDuring the first half of the program cellist Alisa Weilerstein, the daughter of New England Conservtory faculty members Donald Weilerstein and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein and a 2011 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, performs Franz Josef Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1.

With a degree in Russian History from Columbia and several recordings, including an acclaimed accounting of the Cello Concertos by Edward Elgar and Elliott Carter with the Berlin Staatskapelle and conductor Daniel Barenboim, Alisa Weilerstein represents the vitality of a new generation in classical music.

Inon BarnatanThe second half of the program features pianist Inon Barnatan in J.S. Bach's Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor. The Israeli-born, New York-based pianist's recording "Darknesse Visible" (after a piece by British composer Thomas Adès), was described by critic Jed Distler of as one of the best of 2012, and the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that "His touch is both shimmery and full of fire."

To hear the program, click on the "Listen" button at the top of this article.

Full program:

Benjamin Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10

Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No.1 in C Major

J.S.Bach: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, BWV 1052

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.45 in F-sharp minor, "Farewell"

listen buttonHear Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan perform Chopin and Golijov in Classical New England's Fraser Performance Studio

Reneé Fleming and Susan Graham Live at Carnegie

Thursday, January 24, 2013
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Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall (photo by Jeff Goldberg-Esto, courtesy of Carnegie Hall)

Join two stars of the opera stage for an informal evening of French songs, as Carnegie Hall is transformed into a Parisian salon.

Tune in at 8pm, with hosts Fred Child of APM's Performance Today and Jeff Spurgeon of WQXR.

Barenboim and West-Eastern Divan Musicians in Concert

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., with the Boston Children's Chorus

Saturday, January 19, 2013
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Every January, Classical New England joins the rest of the nation in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's celebration features the Boston Children's Chorus and director Anthony Trecek-King.

To hear the program, click on "Listen" above.

A visionary whose convictions singularly fueled cultural change, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was himself inspired by the voices and the music that were part of his life from an early age. The son of a choir director (they held rehearsals in the front parlor of the King home) and himself a young singer with a “fine clear voice,” Dr. King often expressed his vision of a society in musical metaphors. That included one of his more famous utterances: “Life’s piano can only produce melodies of brotherhood when it is recognized that the black keys are as basic, necessary, and beautiful as the white keys.”

For this year’s celebration we’ve partnered with the Boston Children’s Chorus to present a “preview concert” in our Fraser Performance Studio of the BCC’s 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert. This year’s program at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, is titled “The Content of Character,” and features special guest soloists Samantha Barnes Santana and Melinda Doolittle.

Melinda Doolittle

Melinda Doolittle (photo by Cheryl Willoughby)
In our Fraser Studio, morning host Laura Carlo welcomes Artistic Director Anthony Trecek-King, and the 70-strong voices of the BCC’s Young Men’s Ensemble and Premier Choir, for a program of songs that honor Dr. King’s life and legacy.

Included in the program are the spirituals “Deep River,” “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” and “Wade in the Water,” the latter featuring a searing vocal by Melinda Doolittle. Also, the BCC performs a song in tribute to the Sandy Hook shooting victims called “When the Sun Rose Up This Morning," by 23-year-old Winchester, MA native Stephen Feigenbaum.

On the program:

Battle of Jericho - arr. Moses Hogan
   Premier Choir, Young Men's Ensemble

When the Sun Rose Up This Morning - Stephen Feigenbaum
   Premier Choir, Young Men's Ensemble

Ho Boys Cancha Line 'Em - arr. Leonard De Paur, edited by Anthony Trecek King
   Young Men's Ensemble, Branden Miles, soloist

Deep River from "A Child of Our Time" - arr. Michael Tippett
   Premier Choir, Young Men's Ensemble

Strange Fruit - Abe Meeropol, arr. Kristina G. Boerger
   Premier Choir

"Dreams" from Dream Trilogy - Rollo Dilworth
   Premier Choir; Sarah Koonce, piano; David Wade, guitar; Kyle Miles, bass; Pieter Struyk, percussion

Wade in the Water - arr. Moses Hogan
   Premier Choir; Young Men's Choir; Melinda Doolittle, vocals

A Journey Through The Nutcracker

Monday, December 24, 2012
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Boston Camerata's American Christmas

Sunday, December 23, 2012
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