Recordings I liked this year. Not systematic, not inclusive, just what stuck around. In the GateHouse papers for year-end, Dec. 2017
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra plays Sibelius, with Sibelius. Nov. 2017 in the Standard-Times.
The Scottish Play, at Salem State University, reviewed. Dec. 2017
Cape Symphony Orchestra's holiday program, reviewed in the Times. Dec. 2017
Georgia O'Keeffe at the Peabody Essex Museum, Dec. 2017
South Coast Chamber Music Series plays Beethoven. In the Standard-Times, Nov. 2017
Kaity Martin, honors exhibition at Winfisky Gallery in Salem. Reviewed, in the GateHouse papers, Nov. 2017.
Roberto Plano's piano recital at the Zeiterion, Oct. 2017. Reviewed in the Standard-Times.
Gloriae Dei Cantores staging of Ralph Vaughan Williams's Pilgrim's Progress, reviewed in the Cape Cod Times, Oct. 2017.
Salem State University's Cripple of Inishmaan. Reviewed, Oct. 2017
Eddie Martinez' Mandalas, at the Davis in Wellesley. Reviewed for MetroWest, Oct. 2017
Fitz Henry Lane lithos at Cape Ann Museum, in the GateHouse papers. Oct. 2017
Charles Movalli retrospective at North Shore Art Association, Oct. 2017. GateHouse.
ARCWorks, in Peabody. An abstract show. In the GateHouse papers, Oct. 2017
Elena Ruehr's piano concerto premieres, with Heng-Jin Park and A Far Cry. Reviewed. Oct. 2017
Three exhibitions at Lincoln's deCordova Museum, reviewed. Oct. 2017
REV. 23, Julian Wachner's new opera. Reviewed for Classical Voice North America. Oct. 2017
Opening night at New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. Yaniv Dinur makes his debut. Sept. 2017
Opening night at the Cape Symphony. Opera highlights.
Belgian Landscapes, at McMullen Museum. For GateHouse papers, Sept. 2017
Festival of Contemporary Music: an overview, for Classical Voice North America. Aug. 2017
Ed Touchette's work at Trident Gallery. GateHouse, Aug. 2017
Ying Quartet, at Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, in Orleans. Cape Cod Times, Aug. 2017
Brilliant Dvorak/Josef Suk concert at Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, in Times, Aug. 2017
Mile End Trio opens the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Aug. 2017 in Cape Cod Times.
Rock Bound, paintings at Cape Ann Museum, in GateHouse. July 2017
The Manships at Flatrocks Gallery. July 2017 in GateHouse.
Kingston Chamber Music Festival opens. From Providence Journal, July 2017
Julia Shepley, at Montserrat College of Art. GateHouse, 2017 July
Vijay Iyer's premiere at Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood, with the Knights. From Classical Voice North America, July 2017
Tanglewood opens. Nelsons drives the Ferrari. From WBUR's ARTery, July 2017
Review of ill-fated Newport Contemporary Music Series, from the Journal, July 2017. Beautiful concert in Jamestown that led to naught.
Don Enos's Meeting House Chamber Music Series opens in Cotuit. Cape Cod Times, June 2017
Escher Quartet, Joyce Yang at Rockport Chamber Music Festival. Gatehouse, June 2017
David Alpher's settings of Marsden Hartley's poems, at Rockport Chamber Music Festival. Premiere. GateHouse papers, 2017 June
Boston Early Music Festival's Carnaval de Venise, reviewed at Classical Voice North America. June 2017
Mother and son. Heng-Jin Park and Jonah Ellsworth at Rockport Chamber Music Festival, June 2017
Charles Shadle's world premiere at Rockport Chamber Music Festival. June, 2017, GateHouse papers.
Ocean Liners exhibition at Peabody Essex Museum. GateHouse, June 2017
Gerald Dyck says good-bye to his Greater New Bedford Choral Society. Standard-Times, May 2017
Cantemus in Newburyport, for the GateHouse papers. May 2017
JFK centenary memorial concert, with Cape Symphony, cellist Amit Peled. May 29, 2017, Cape Cod Times.
Cape Symphony performs Stoppard, Shostakovich. With Cotuit Center for the Arts actors. Cape Cod Times, May 2017
Kurt Masur leads New Bedford Symphony in all John Williams program. From the Standard-Times, May 2017
London's Tower Theater comes to Gloucester with Oscar Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest. Reviewed in the North Shore GateHouse papers, April 2017
Salem State Theater Dept. opens new Sophia Gordon Hall with The Drowsy Chaperone. Reviewed (both), in the North Shore GateHouse papers. April 2017
Boston Pops performs John Williams's film music for recording. Reviewed in MetroWest News, April 2017
Cape Symphony counts down the greatest hits of 1720. Of course they did Pachelbel's Canon. Reviewed in the Cape Cod Times, April 2017.
Falmouth Chamber Players, pianist Stephanie Weaver, do a nice job with Chopin's second concerto, Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony. From the Cape Cod Times, April 2017
Cape Ann Collaborative stages J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls. Reviewed. April 2017, in the North Shore GateHouse papers.
Derek Lerner's disturbing take on geography, drones and cancer. At Montserrat's Schlosberg Gallery, March 2017, from the North Shore GateHouse papers.
Matthias Pintscher's un despertar, with soloist Alisa Weilerstein, premiered at Symphony Hall by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. From Critical Voice North America, March 2017
Nth Degree's chamber recital at Chatham, reviewed in the Cape Cod Times, March 2017
Boston Ballet's Wings of Wax: Balanchine, Kylian, Ekman. Reviewed in the Ledger, March 2017
BSO Community Concerts: an overview. On WBUR's ARTery, March 2017
Christina Day Martinson of Boston Baroque tackles the Biber Rosary Sonatas. An evening of scordatura. From the North Shore GateHouse papers, March 2017
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe continues its exploration of the Bard. Romeo and Juliet, reviewed in the North Shore GateHouse papers, March 2017
Stravinsky here there and everywhere. The Boston Lyric Opera's Rake's Progress, reviewed on WBUR's ARTery. March 2017
Rafael Soriano's intense nocturnes, on view at Boston College's McMullen Museum. From MetroWest Daily News, March 2017
Charles Movalli retrospective at Cape Ann Museum, from the North Shore GateHouse papers, March 2017
Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket tried to make Jennifer Haley's The Nether work, but the futuristic internet fantasy was just not real enough. Reviewed in ProJo, March 2017
Claremont Trio plays Sean Shepard, among other things, at Westport Point. Small but reliably great series. Reviewed in the Standard-Times, March 2017
Renaissance painter Carlo Dolci, slow-working master, on view in Davis Museum retrospective. From MetroWest Daily News, March 2017
Salem State stages Clybourne Park—as funny and disturbing as ever. In the North Shore GateHouse papers. March 2017
First review for Critical Voice North America: the BSO premieres Sofia Gubaidulina's Triplekonzert. March 2017
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra's final conductor hopeful, Dirk Meyer, leads the orchestra. Great soloist, pianist Sheng Cai. Reviewed in the Standard-Times, Feb. 2017
William Forsythe is here. Look out Boston. Boston Ballet dances his Artifact. Reviewed in the Ledger, Feb. 2017
Montserrat College of Art's small but appealing galleries: this time, self-portrait photos, including Magda Campos-Pons. From the North Shore GateHouse papers, Feb. 2017
Cape Symphony Pops explores the harmless side of the 60s. Reviewed in Cape Cod Times, Feb. 20, 2017
While Framingham's Danforth Museum looks for a new home, its collection travels. A selection of its extensive Boston Expressionists holdings, on view at Endicott College's Heftler Gallery. Reviewed in the North Shore GateHouse papers, Feb. 2017.
Robert Siegelman's orderly chaos, Do You Worry A Lot?, at Winfisky Gallery. From the North Shore GateHouse papers, Jan. 2017.
Ulysses String Quartet on the Nth Degree series in Falmouth, Jan. 30, 2017. Reviewed in the Cape Cod Times.
Brooklyn Rider's excellent recital at Shalin Liu Performance Center. Of particular interest, Colin Jacobsen's BTT. From Leonore Overture, Jan. 25, 2017.
Yaniv Dinur's audition at the New Bedford Symphony, reviewed in the Standard-Times, Jan. 17, 2017.
Corigliano's Red Violin, played on the Red Violin itself. Cape Symphony Orchestra, from Jan. 23, reviewed. In the Cape Cod Times.
Katherine DiRico's elegant Data Sets, at Montserrat. Reviewed. From the North Shore GateHouse papers, Jan. 2017
Nathan Benn's 1977 photos of Cape Ann, at the Cape Ann Museum. Reviewed in North Shore GateHouse papers. Jan. 2017
My selections for interesting 2016 recordings. As usual, trying to keep it local, personal. Not an overview, not a best of. Just what I found interesting. From WBUR's ARTery, Dec. 2016
Judith Abbe, Mildred Jones. Exhibitions reviews at Rockport Art Association, Bank of Gloucester lobby. from the North Shore GateHouse papers, Dec. 2016
Getting to be a fan of the work done at Salem State Theatre department. A crisp version of Chekhov's The Seagull. Reviewed, in the North Shore papers, Dec. 2016.
Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, reviewed for the Ledger. Mikko Nissinen's production in its 5th season, and I'm still finding details. Nov. 2016
Group review of shows at Salem State, Montserrat, Museum of Fine Arts (William Merritt Chase). SSU show was censored (because of student protests) subsequently. From the Beacon, and other North Shore papers, Nov. 2016
David Amado conducts terrifically, but his soloist is a no-show. New Bedford Symphony Orchestra reviewed in the Standard-Times, Nov. 2016
Cape Symphony conductor leaves the stage; music ensues. All-French program reviewed, Nov. 2016, in Cape Cod Times.
Counter-Productions Theatre Company stages finale of its X Minus One series, from the 60s radio show. Reviewed in ProJo, Nov. 2016
Gloriae Dei Cantores sings Britten, Mozart at Church of the Transfiguration. Reviewed in Cape Cod Times, Oct. 2016
Edward Steichen show at deCordova, reviewed in MetroWest Daily News. Oct. 2016
Salem State Theatre department does another bang-up job, this time with Bulgakov's "Master and Margarita." Reviewed in the GateHouse papers, Oct. 2016
deCordova New England 2016 Biennial. Reviewed in MetroWest Daily News, Oct. 2016
Head Trick Theatre in Providence brings back Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock. At AS220, downtown. Reviewed in Providence Journal, Oct. 2016
William Meyerowitz, paintings at Endicott College, and a faculty show—100th anniversary of DADA—at Salem State. Reviewed. From the GateHouse North Shore papers, Oct. 2016
Cape Symphony concertmaster Jae Cosmos Lee has a great thing going with his chamber ensemble Nth Degree. Prokofiev, Ravel, Beethoven. Reviewed in the Cape Cod Times, Sept. 2016
Boston Symphony Orchestra, opening night. With Lang Lang playing Prokofiev C major. Andris Nelsons conducts. Reviewed on Sept. 24, 2016.
Paula Vogel's Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief turns Shakespeare's Othello inside-out. Providence's Burbage Theatre Company stages it. Reviewed for the Providence Journal, Sept. 23, 2016
Salem Theatre Company premieres Leah A. Miles's Entangled. Reviewed. From the North Shore GateHouse papers, Sept. 2016
Catherine Bertulli, Maxwell van Pelt. Works on views at Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery in Fall River. From the New Bedford Standard-Times, Sept. 2016
MashUp at Montserrat's 301 Gallery. Fanciful works by Christina Pitsch, Molly Hatch, Elizabeth Alexander. From the North Shore GateHouse papers, Sept. 2016
Mark O'Connor plays his Improvised Violin Concerto with Cape Symphony to open its 2016-17 season. Reviewed in the Cape Cod Times, Sept. 11, 2016
Ouroboros. Ambitious trilogy, with operas by Scott Wheeler, Zhou Long, Paola Prestini. Review for WBUR, Sept. 2016
Ruth Mordecai's abstracts, at Trident Gallery. From North Shore GateHouse papers, Aug. 2016
Jeremy Denk's ambitious program, Medieval to Modern. At Tanglewood, in Ozawa Hall, on Aug. 24. His premise, that style no longer has any definition, still remains to be proved. His expertise at the keyboard does not. Thoroughly captivating evening of selections. From Cape Ann Beacon, GateHouse papers, Aug. 2016.
Salem Theatre's latest, "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot." This troupe kills it, but Stephen Adly Guirgis's play has little new to say and has trouble saying it. From Salem Gazette, Cape Ann Beacon, Aug. 2016.
Brief review of two exhibitions: Cape Ann Sisterhood at North Shore Art Assoc., and Visual Feast, a group show juried by Ellen Wineberg. From North Shore GateHouse papers, Aug. 2016.
Imani Winds, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, doing what they do best. Cape Cod Times, Aug. 2016.
Carmit Zori, Bion Tsang, Rebecca Young play trios at Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, in Provincetown this time. Aug. 2016, from Cape Cod Times.
Childe Hassam visited Appledore Island for 30 years, and the Peabody Essex Museum has the paintings to prove it. A breezy, non-challenging and smartly curated show. From the North Shore GateHouse papers. July 2016
Cape Ann Museum delves into its architecture archives. A retrospective of Philips & Holloran, a firm that built most of the important commercial and residential structure during the 20th century on Cape Ann. Guided tour with Deborah Epstein from Epstein Joslin Architects. From the Cape Ann Beacon, June 2016
Tanglewood 2016 opens. Joshua Bell tackles Saint-Saëns third on Friday evening, orchestra stages Carmina Burana Saturday. Jacques Lacombe conducts both nights. Reviewed.
Salem Theatre stages Angels in America. Dated but strong. Reviewed at STC's Shetland Park theater. June 2016
Director/choreographer Rachel Bertone make Carousel worth seeing again. Reviewed, at the Reagle, June 2016.
Elena Ruehr's The Worlds Revolve, world premiere at Rockport Chamber Music Festival, June 9, 2016. Reviewed. With Borromeo String Quartet, pianist Donald Berman
Conny Goelz-Schmitt, Michele Fandel Bonner, Kathleen Gerdon Archer. Three artists explore time. Reviewed May 2016, at Rocky Neck Cultural Center.
Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2nd in the Shostakovich series on Deutsche Grammophon, reviewed for WBUR May 2016. Incidental Hamlet music, symphonies 5, 8, 9
Guerilla Opera at it again. Hannah Lash's fascinating Beowulf, reviewed May 2016
Sine Nomine does masque madrigal L'Amfiparnaso. What's that? Read the review. May 2016
Overgrowth, large show at deCordova. Reviewed May 2016
Three great shows on Cape Ann: Peter Lyons at Trident, Sandy Douglas at Flatrocks, groups show at Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Reviewed May 2016
Boston Pops opening night, with the underwhelming Seth Macfarlane. Reviewed May 2016
Cape Symphony Orchestra, Gloriae Dei Cantores choir, four soloists. Beethoven's Ninth. May 2016
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe tries Lear. It's hard. Reviewed May 2016
Salem Theatre does Steven Dietz's circular drama Private Eyes. Reviewed April 2016
Salem State Theater Department's stalwart Medea. Reviewed April 2016
Boston Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler 9. Andris Nelsons on the podium. April 2015
Cape Symphony plays Mozart. Jae Cosmos Lee leads and solos Fifth concerto; Pak leads Zauberflöte overture, Jupiter. Reviewed, April 2016.
Jean-Efflam and Andrea Bavouzet play Poulenc 2 piano concerto with New Bedford Symphony. Jean-Efflam plays Ravel Left-Hand as well. Tchaik 5 too. April 2016 review
Still not convinced about Bruckner. Andris Nelsons will keep trying. BSO performs Mozart Sinfonia concertante (Lowe, Ansell), Bruckner 3. Reviewed, April 2016
A rare review of an amateur ensemble. Falmouth Chamber Orchestra, under John Yankee, plays Beethoven 2, Bach, Strauss. April 2016
CAT Collaborative takes on Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, with some success. April 2016
Haitink leads the BSO, Murray Perahia. Beethoven fourth concerto, Mahler 1. April 2016
Barbara Burgess Maier's monotypes at Endicott's Manninen Center for the Arts, reviewed. April 2016
Shostakovich 8, Kancheli, Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody. Nelsons leads the BSO. Review, March 2016
Leah Piepgras shows magical acrylics in Winfisky Gallery. Reviewed, March 2016
Dover Quartet plays in Westport. Emerging ensemble from Curtis. Reviewed. March 2016
Why the hell were all those chairs onstage? Boston Lyric Opera's Werther: well sung (Sandra Piques Eddy!), poorly staged. March 2016
The noisy, boisterous Barry family. Small Death in a Big Country, by the intrepid Salem State theater department, reviewed. March 2016
Cape Symphony chamber players Nth Degree in concert. Dohnanyi, Dvorak, Verklarte Nachte. March 2016
Boston Ballet dances John Cranko's Eugene Onegin. Reviewed. Feb. 2016
Intersections, a flawed installation by Anila Quayyum Agha, at Peabody Essex. Feb. 2016
Idle Trades, group show, at New Bedford Art Museum. Feb. 2016
Matt Aucoin's opera Crossing, at the Shubert Theatre in May 2015, reviewed.
Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood. A flawed but cleverly curated exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum, summer 2015.
A look back at Black Mountain College, incubator for much contemporary American art of the late 20th century. Who went there? Olson. Cage. Asawa. Fuller. The de Koonigs. Sessions. Einstein. At the Institute of Contemporary Art, fall 2015.
A review of the four symphonies by Lukas Foss, smartly played by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, written for WBUR's ARTery in Oct. 2015.
A review of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's week at Carnegie Hall in April, 2015. All three performances had merit; Strauss's Elektra, with Christine Goerke invigorating the title role, was a standout.
The BSO gives a premiere of Michael Gandolfi's organ concerto, Ascending Light, in the spring 2015. Olivier Latry performs, Andris Nelsons conducts.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra's first release in the Shostakovich series on Deutsche Grammophon, reviewed in fall 2015 for WBUR's ARTery.
Chris Brubeck's world premiere violin concerto for Nick Kendall and the Cape Symphony. Reviewed April 2014
Alexander Calder's sculptures at the Peabody Essex Museum, reviewed 2014
Cypress Quartet performs at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, summer 2014, reviewed
Meeting House Chamber Players do things right. July 2014
Theatre review: A.R.T.'s Tempest. Magic. 2014
Boston Cello Quartet, four members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Aug. 2014. Reviewed
Boston Pops plus Hot Sardines. Reviewed 2014
Gloriae Dei Cantores sings Bach in Orleans. Spring 2014
Muir Quartet's September 2014 concert in Westport, reviewed
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra mixes Holst's Planets with a video presentation. Great music, bad pictures, worse programming. 2014
Nth Degree, the Cape Symphony chamber players. Crumb's Vox Balanae, a theatrical centerpiece. From Cape Cod Time, Jan. 9, 2016
The late Sam Sanders, founder of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival remembered by his friends and colleagues. Aug. 2014
Nest. A concept. Two exhibitions on Cape Ann, including Matthew Swift's thoughtful presentation at Trident Gallery. From Gatehouse papers, Feb. 2016
Richard Lewis's video installation at Winfisky Gallery on Salem State campus. Reviewed. Gatehouse papers, Jan. 2016
Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the first of its Shakespeare month programs. Based on music about Midsummer Night's Dream, including a fanciful staging. From Quincy Patriot-Ledger, Jan. 28, 2016
Cuban artist Magda Campos-Pons's installation at the Peabody Essex Museum. Tracing the roots of the sugar and rum industry. From Gatehouse papers, Jan. 2016
Deborah Coolidge, Emma Hogarth, Masha Ryskin on view at Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery in Fall River. From New Bedford Standard-Times, Feb. 2016.
Three exhibitions on view at Montserrat College of Art, including Remi Thornton's photographs, and works by Jenny Odell and Rachel Perry Welty. Gatehouse papers, Feb. 2016
Cape Symphony Orchestra's Silk Road excursion. No, not Yo-Yo Ma. From Cape Cod Times, Jan. 2016
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe plays A.R. Gurney's dated but fun Scenes from American Life. From Gatehouse papers, Feb. 2016
John Aylward's Switch, performed by Ecce Ensemble with soloists Misha Smigelski and Amanda DeBoer Bartlett. From WBUR's ARTery, Feb. 2016
Some fun at tenor Michael Amante's expense. From the Boston Herald, ca. 1997.
"The dances? A bunch of lame jigs and jumps. The set? Unchanging collection of landfill memorabilia." Barrage—remember them? Of course not. Sometime around 2000, from the Boston Herald.
Four fiddlers in search of more clothes. And some musicianship. Bond, from the late '90s, Boston Herald.
Robert Levin performs, Robert Spano conducts. BSO premieres Yehudi Wyner's "Chiavi in Mano." "Spook a thoroughbred, and see how fast he runs." Boston Herald, 2004.
"We're not talking crossover here, that bastard stepchild of a musical genre." A collection of Chinese (and others) performing stars at Jordan Hall. Around 2000, Boston Herald.
Thought the James Levine era would last longer, and be better. Here's some good though: premieres of Harbison "Darkbloom" and Wuorinen 4th piano concerto, with the wonderful Peter Serkin. From 2005 or so, Boston Herald.
"Feel like I'm channeling Glinda the Good Witch" (her words). A breathless (sorry) review of Renée Fleming at Jordan Hall, Celebrity Series. Around 2001, Boston Herald.
"An orchestra on tour with a soloist it doesn't like doesn't have divorce as an option. Violinist Nikolaj Znaider, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hall, ca. 2002. Boston Herald.