Classical Concerts

The "Emperor," With Jonathan Biss

Thursday, April 14, 2011
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In Performance, week of Apr. 11

By Brian McCreath   |   Monday, April 11, 2011
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For more information about the performers and presenters featured this week, visit

Thursday, April 14

Boston Artists Ensemble, performing at the Peabody Essex Museum on April 15

Wednesday, April 13

Boston Early Music Festival

Celebrity Series of Boston, presenting pianist Dubravka Tomsic on April 15

Rockport Music

Pro Musicis Foundation

Tuesday, April 12

Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, presenting an all-Beethoven concert on April 24 with violinist Halda Martinson

Prazak String Quartet

Celebrity Series of Boston

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts

Pianist Dang Thai Son

Monday, April 11


New England Conservatory, presenting the NEC Philharmonia on Monday, April 11, with conductor David Lockington

MTT in Chicago

Friday, April 8, 2011
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Michael Tilson Thomas (left) conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in concert:

Ruth Crawford Seeger - Andante for Strings

Alban Berg - Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6

Johannes Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist Yefim Bronfman

Also, John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 3, the "Rhenish"

Haydn and Mozart, the Masters of Classicism

Friday, April 8, 2011
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Making his Symphony Hall debut, conductor Johannes Debus leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Symphony No. 32 and Clarinet Concerto by Mozart, and the Symphony No. 97 by Haydn.  Debus talked with BSO broadcast producer Brian Bell about the program:

Conductor Johannes Debus

Featured in the Clarinet Concerto by Mozart is BSO Principal Clarinetist William R. Hudgins, who talked with Brian Bell about one of Mozart's greatest masterpieces:

Clarinetist Williams R. Hudgins

For complete program notes, visit the BSO, where you can also see the original program page from the 1882 performance of Haydn's Symphony No. 97, during the BSO's second season.

William R. Hudgins, clarinet soloist in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Debus, conductor;  April 7, 2011 (photo:  Stu Rosner)

Watch the Vienna Philharmonic Perform on New Year's Day

Friday, April 8, 2011
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The annual New Year's Day concert from the Vienna Philharmonic is one of the highlights of the winter holiday season, and PBS's Great Performances has been bringing you the event since 1985. 

This year's production featured host Paula Zahn and included dancers from the Vienna State Opera in gorgeous locations, from the Musikverein itself all over Vienna and beyond, including the Winter Riding School in the Hofburg Palace, home of the famed Lipizzaner Stallions, he former Lobkovitz Palace, and now the Austrian Theatre Museum, where Beethoven’s “Eroica Symphony” was first played, and the amazing Vienna State Opera.

See the opening here, and click on Great Performances below to see the entire program:

Watch the full episode. See more Great Performances.

Gwyneth Wentink and the Boston Philharmonic in Concert

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Benjamin Zander welcome the Dutch harpist Gwyneth Wentink as soloist in Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera's Harp Concerto.  One reviewer wrote of this performance, "Gwyneth Wentink and Boston Philharmonic penetrated profoundly into the unusual space of this improbable concerto, both running away with its uncommon personal and mystical folkloric bent." 

Benjamin Zander talked with Brian Bell about Ginastera's concerto and Wentink.

Benjamin Zander on Ginastera's Harp Concerto and harpist Gwyneth Wentink

Also on the program, Zander and the orchestra perform Gershwin's An American in Paris:

Benjamin Zander on Gershwin's An American in Paris

Silvestre Revueltas's Sensemayá has been described by some as a Mexican equivalent of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.  Zander and Bell offer a guided tour:

Benjamin Zander on Revueltas's Sensemayá

Finally, the orchestra also performs The Rite of Spring itself, a piece that Zander returns to for the third time:

Benjamin Zander on Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

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