Classical Concerts

Mozart and Mahler at Tanglewood

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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Dutoit Conducts Petrouchka

Thursday, January 19, 2012
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Landmarks Orchestra's Free Summer Concerts

Friday, July 1, 2011
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Join 99.5 WCRB hosts for free concerts presented by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade every Wednesday night at 7pm.


July 15
Rhapsody in Green, hosted by Laura Carlo
This year's series launches with the annual green concert, celebrating our city, state and national parks and honoring the men and women who protect and preserve them, with music by Mendelssohn, Hovhaness, Debussy, and more.

July 22
Fiesta sinfónica, hosted by Alan McLellan
Two worlds meet in music inspired by Latin-American song and dance spanning over 150 years. The Landmarks Orchestra joins a "pocket-sized salsa orchestra" featuring musicians from Boston's Latino community.

July 29
A Night at the Ballet, with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, hosted by Ray Brown
Ronald Feldman conducts the orchestra of Boston's medical community in works by Stravinsky and Offenbach, along with Gene Scheer's Albert Schweitzer Portrait, with narration by Gov. Charlie Baker.

August 5
Italian Night, hosted by Ron Della Chiesa
The Landmarks Orchestra and the One City Choir bring together operatic and orchestral favorites by Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, and Nino Rota.

August 12
Scheherazade Meets Clarice Assad, hosted by Chris Voss
Rimsky-Korsakov's spectacular orchestral masterpiece shares the program with performances and selections by Brazilian composer and pianist Clarice Assad.

August 19
Drums Along the Charles, hosted by Cathy Fuller
Rhythms across centuries and cultures play out in music by Khachaturian, Glass, and Rachmaninoff, along with a New England premiere by Donald Krishnaswami.

August 26
A Midsummer Night's Dream, hosted by Chris Voss
Shakespeare's comic masterpiece is performed in its entirety, along with Felix Mendelssohn's brilliant incidental music.

For more information, visit the Landmarks Orchestra.

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular!

Monday, July 2, 2012
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Mozart Comes to America

By Cathy Fuller   |   Saturday, June 15, 2013
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The violin and viola once owned by Mozart himself speak through the composer's music during the Boston Early Music Festival, thanks to the Salzburg Mozarteum. 

To hear the performances, click on "Listen" above, and watch a video excerpt below.

Mozart never made it to America: getting seasick crossing the English Channel put an end to any of his seafaring fantasies. But America was frequently on Mozart's mind. In fact, his closest collaborator, librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, actually immigrated to these shores and became the first professor of Italian at Columbia University in New York.

Mozart's music has made it here, of course – it's woven into the lives of practically everyone. And that's a big part of why there were so many goosebumps when an excited audience in Boston was suddenly in the presence of two of the instruments that Mozart had placed firmly under his chin, in private and in concert, uncountable times.

Only a few days earlier, an Austrian had made his way through security with a violin case and boarded a plane in Salzburg. Another Austrian boarded a different plane with a viola case. And that marked the first time that two priceless possessions of Mozart had gone transatlantic. What a thrill that they were headed for the room up the hall from us at Classical New England. The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation was reaching out to the wider world, and the two instruments were never, ever out of the sight of at least one member of the entourage who came along for events presented by the Boston Early Music Festival.

Ulrich Leisinger and Gabriele Ramsauer of the Mozarteum Foundation painted a vivid picture of Mozart the performer – playful, proud, very short (just five feet!) and ultimately favoring the viola over the violin. I watched Daniel Stepner taking advantage of every minute that he had with the violin, trying to unlock the secret of making it speak. It's no turbo-charged Stradivarius – it has a bright but intimate sound that will complain if it's leaned on too heavily. Dan had to learn its ins and outs in a matter of hours. The marvel is that the violin has remained almost entirely intact – just as Mozart knew it. And that's because everyone who owned it knew that it had been Mozart's. The viola is a beauty, too, although it has seen a number of alterations over the years.

I squinted at the instruments during the performance, trying to imagine them in Mozart's candlelit rooms. I fantasized about their warm color getting a glint of sunshine through a Paris window during a rehearsal for the premiere of one of the violin concertos. I wondered if Mozart improvised cadenzas on that violin.

I asked Leisinger if we had any way of knowing what Mozart's actual voice sounded like. He said that we only know that when he sang he was a tenor. So his speaking voice was probably high. That's something we'll never be able to hear. But it was so good to hear the voices that came from his instruments. And because Mozart really is so deeply woven into us, virtually everyone took a moment at the reception to have their photo taken holding Mozart's violin. Having played so much Mozart at the piano over the years, I felt so deeply happy and privileged to touch these things that meant so much to him.

The BEMF Orchestra Through the Years

Saturday, June 8, 2013
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