Classical Concerts

POSTPONED: Boston Philharmonic Honors Bombing Victims

Thursday, April 18, 2013
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Benjamin Zander conducts Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as tribute to the bombing victims.
POSTPONED to October 4, 2013

Classical New England will broadcast the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra’s live performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The performance will recognize the tremendous strength of Bostonians and pay tribute to victims of Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line. This will be the first live broadcast in the Boston Philharmonic’s storied history.
“Our region was shaken by the tragic events on Monday afternoon. During moments like these, people find comfort in music,” said CNE Managing Director Benjamin Roe. “Tomorrow, we look forward to celebrating Boston’s resilience with a live broadcast of one of the most recognized, inspiring and healing works ever written, and performed by one of the most talented and celebrated ensembles in the world.”
BPO Music Director Benjamin Zander has described the revered Ode to Joy conclusion of Beethoven’s Ninth as “the simplest, most direct expression of human beings’ ability to dream, to change themselves and the world, and also to heal.” Zander will conduct the BPO’s performance of the iconic Symphony No. 9 with soloists Sam McElroy (baritone), Sarah Heltzel (mezzo-soprano), Michelle Johnson (soprano) and Yeghishe Manucharyan (tenor). The performance will also feature the Chorus Pro Musica, directed by Betsy Burleigh. 
All six New England states will be able to hear the broadcast, carried on all Classical New England signals and the stations of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Vermont Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio and WMNR-Fine Arts Network in Monroe, Conn. will air the performance on a delayed basis over the weekend. Cathy Fuller and James David Jacobs will host the broadcast.

This special performance is made possible through cooperation of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), the Boston Musicians’ Association, the American Federation of Musicians, Symphony Hall and others.

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.

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