Classical Concerts

Bach's St. John Passion, in Concert at Carnegie

Friday, March 23, 2012
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Conductor Bernard Labadie leads a performance of J.S. Bach's St. John Passion, in concert at Carnegie Hall. Les Violons du Roy, La Chapelle de Québec, and a stellar cast of soloists join together for one of Bach's most compelling musical journeys.


Morlot Conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 19, 2011
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French conductor Ludovic Morlot was an assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 2004 until 2007, after which he was appointed Music Director of the Seattle Symphony.  He's in Boston to conduct concerts with the BSO, which you can hear live and on-demand at BSO Radio on Classical New England.

In May, Morlot conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a concert you can hear at 3pm this afternoon on Classical New England (on the radio and by listening to our live stream:  look under "Radio" at the top of this page).  The program includes

Dutilleux - Symphony No. 2 "Le double"

Jolivet - Concertino for Trumpet
Christopher Martin, trumpet

Tomasi - Trumpet Concerto
Christopher Martin, trumpet

Roussel - Bacchus et Ariadne: Suite No. 2

Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1
Simon Trpceski, piano

Here is a short preview of the Jolivet Concertino:

 (photo of Ludovic Morlot by Sussie Ahlburg)

The First Mahler's First

Friday, November 11, 2011
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Lynn Harrell performs Dvorak's Cello Concerto with the BSO

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
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Experiments In Chamber Music At Vermont's Yellow Barn

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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This week on Classical New England's music festival travelogue, we take you to secluded Putney, Vermont, for a helping of programs at the prestigious Yellow Barn, a cooperative institute for chamber musicians.

Putney, VTThe Yellow Barn festival is really a seven-week summer season, which, for 2012, runs from June 17 to August 4. This reputed destination for chamber music aficionados, started in 1969, primarily exists as a place for seasoned musicians to expand their skills and for conservatory students to learn from the masters. But fortunately for the public, this process involves a varietty of performances.

Every summer, musicians descend on this small southern Vermont location for a host of programs: they work with local schools, participate in masterclasses, and offer interactive presentations to the community.

And, yes, performances are held in a barn, among other locations around Putney. There have been more than one of these barns over the years, but the present "Big Barn" is a warm and intimate environment for a concert.

There is a huge selection of these concerts in store for the rest of the season, featuring student performers and seasoned veterans. There's something available nearly every day of the week.

If you're interested in more than a day trip, Yellow Barn can recommend inns, bed-and-breakfasts and hotels in Putney and other nearby towns like Brattleboro.

While you're there, you can hike Putney Mountain — where you can also watch for hawks — or even venture into the sprawling Green Mountain National Forest, which is about an hour's drive away, depending on your destination.

Here's a slideshow from our own trip to Putney, as well as some photos from the Yellow Barn's history.

More New England Summer Festivals

Danielle de Niese In Handel's Semele

Friday, July 1, 2011
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