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    Bid Them Dance and Bid Them Sing: Dvorak, Lutoslawski, Phibbs, Prokofiev

    Presented by Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston at First Church in Boston, Boston

    January 31, 2015

    Prokofiev’s fiendishly kinetic Quintet originated as a ballet that was too difficult to dance, Lutoslawski captured the spirit of Polish folk music, and Dvorak never lost sight of the rhythmic vitality and heartfelt lyricism of his native Bohemia, the song and dance at the root of all music.

    PROGRAM:
    Witold Lutoslawski, Dance Preludes for clarinet & piano ...more


    20 Years of Freedom: Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela

    Presented by Spectacle Management at John Hancock Hall, Boston

    February 24, 2015

    Two of South Africa's true freedom fighters and renowned musical icons come together for their first tour to honor twenty years since the start of democracy in South Africa and official end of...more

    Opera Night at the BPL: Musical Nationalism and Folklore in Opera

    Presented by Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) and Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) at Boston Public Library, Abbey Room, Boston

    February 24, 2015

    Themes of nationalism, folklore, and folk music weave a rich musical texture with a deeply moving storyline to make Kátya Kabanová one of Janácek’s most...more

    Pile

    Presented by Great Scott Boston at Great Scott, Boston

    February 24, 2015

    Pile is one of Boston’s most adored underground outfits. They produce unhappy music that resists easy grasp, lurching through extended breakdowns and subdued meditations with bracing...more

    British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre, Boston

    February 26, 2015

    Pop culture was changed forever in 1964-65 by the arrival of the British Invasion pop artists on American shores. Some 50 years later, a quorum of iconic...more

    Screaming Females

    Presented by Great Scott Boston at Great Scott, Boston

    February 26, 2015

    New Brunswick punk-esque rockers Screaming Females play in Boston a lot (in fact I recommended them in the fall preview), but this time is special: they are touring in support of their upcoming...more

    Words and Music by Dan Wilson (of Semisonic)

    Presented by The Red Room @ Cafe 939 at The Red Room at Cafe 939, Boston

    February 27, 2015

    Dan Wilson is a singer-songwriter/producer/instrumentalist best known as the lead singer of the band Semisonic, for which he wrote the Grammy-nominated smash "Closing Time" and other...more

    Kishi Bashi String Quartet

    Presented by Royale at Royale, Boston

    February 27, 2015

    Having collaborated and toured with indie strangelings of Montreal, Regina Spektor, and Sondre Lerche, singer, violinist, and composer, K Ishibashi (aka Kishi Bashi), embarks on a epic orchestral...more

    An Evening With Cory Henry

    Presented by The Red Room @ Cafe 939 at David Friend Recital Hall, Boston

    February 27, 2015

    Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer. His primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the age of six, he competed at the Apollo Theatre and made it to...more

    The Return of Yemen Blues

    Presented by Boston Jewish Music Festival

    February 28, 2015

     The passionate and magnetic Yemeni-born Israeli singer Ravid Kahalani ('the Yemenite Mick Jagger') leads a roaring group that merges West African rhythms and ancient Jewish Yemeni...more

    Bach: St. John Passion

    Presented by Boston Baroque at NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston

    February 27 - February 28, 2015

    Boston Baroque will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's well-known and controversial St. John Passion for the first time ever. The sacred oratorio will feature the stunning tenor John...more

    An Evening with Audra McDonald

    Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston

    March 1, 2015

    The darling of Broadway (and Boston) returns to the Symphony Hall stage for another of her brilliant, unforgettable performances.

    “One of Ms. McDonald’s greatest gifts is to...more

    The Sing-Off Live! Tour

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre, Boston

    March 2, 2015

    The Sing-Off Live Tour! will feature The Sing-Off fan favorite groups VoicePlay (Season 4) and Street Corner Symphony (Season 2), plus one more group from this...more

    Charles Dutoit conducts Stravinsky, Debussy and Brahms featuring violinist Julia Fischer

    Presented by Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) at Symphony Hall, Boston

    February 26 - March 3, 2015

    Continuing his recent multi-season "residency" with the BSO for two weeks of concerts this season, Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit leads German violinist Julia Fischer in the great Brahms...more

    Maroon 5

    at TD Garden, Boston

    March 3, 2015

    Multi platinum-selling and Grammy Award®-winning rock band, Maroon 5, revealed details for THE MAROON 5 WORLD TOUR 2015 in support of the band's fifth studio album, V. Produced by Live...more

    Piano Masters Series: John O'Conor

    Presented by The Boston Conservatory at Seully Hall, Boston

    March 3, 2015

    John O'Conor returns to The Boston Conservatory after a triumphant all-Beethoven recital in the 2013-2014 Piano Masters Series. Known for his interpretation of Beethoven works, the Irish piano...more

    The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

    Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston

    March 4, 2015

    Celebrate the 15th anniversary of this groundbreaking ensemble, the beautiful and affirming realization of Yo-Yo Ma’s remarkable musical vision.

    “Culture opens our hearts to...more

    Los Lobos

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre, Boston

    March 4, 2015

     Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their...more

    Old School

    Presented by A Far Cry at NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston

    March 6, 2015

    Composers throughout history have looked to their predecessors for training and a solid foundation, but also as points of departure for flights of inspiration. Michael Tippett is a perfect...more

    Punch Brothers

    Presented by House of Blues at House of Blues, Boston

    March 6, 2015

    With Punch Brothers, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile (of pop-bluegrass band Nickel Creek) pioneered the pseudo-genre “chambergrass”—intricately composed music written for bluegrass...more

    Charles Dutoit conducts Szymanowski's King Roger

    Presented by Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) at Symphony Hall, Boston

    March 5 - March 7, 2015

    For his second week of concerts, Charles Dutoit leads the BSO in what is sure to be one of the season's most important events-the first BSO performances of Polish composer Karol...more

    Mike + The Mechanics

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre, Boston

    March 7, 2015

    Mike + The Mechanics hit the road in 2014 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “The Living Years.” The revelry will spill into 2015—which also happens to be the band’s...more

    Queen of the French Baroque: Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

    Presented by La Donna Musicale - RUMBARROCO at Emmanuel Church, Boston, Boston

    March 7, 2015

    We will be celebrating the 350th anniversary of her birth with performances of her Scriptural Cantatas, suites, sonatas, and excerpts from her opera Cephale et Procris.

    One of the...more

    Handel’s Israel in Egypt

    Presented by Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline at NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston

    March 7, 2015

    Composed for orchestra, soloists and double chorus, George Frideric Handel’s tour-de-force oratorio is heralded for its incredible depiction of plagues of locusts, boils, and frogs; the...more

    Caribbean Festival

    Presented by Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at BPL Jamaica Plain Branch, Boston

    March 7, 2015

     Providing an antidote to winter, The Friends of the JP Branch Library present Kathleen Gaskin-Holland who will bring authentic Trinidadian cooking, costumes, music and dance to the Jamaica...more

    Presenting Stephen Burns

    Presented by Boston Civic Symphony at NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston

    March 8, 2015

    Wellesley native Stephen Burns returns to Boston to perform the world premiere of Thomas Oboe Lee’s Trumpet Concerto. He will also conduct his original composition Fanfare for...more

    Mendelssohn Elijah

    Presented by Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall, Boston

    March 6 - March 8, 2015

    Known in the 19th century as the Messiah of its day, Mendelssohn’s dramatic oratorio never loses its grip on an audience. Acclaimed bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams sings the...more

    Chameleon Up Close: Rafael Popper-Keizer & Vivian Chang-Freiheit

    Presented by Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston at Goethe-Institut Boston, Boston

    March 8, 2015

    Chameleon christens its new recital series with a program of breakthrough works. Strauss uncovers his heroic voice, Carter stands at the crossroads where his early neo-classical style meets the...more

    Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre, Boston

    March 8, 2015

    American music icon Wynonna has announced dates for her “Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song” tour. Launching Wednesday, January 14 in Durham, NC, with a stop in her Ashland, KY...more

    Jesse Cook

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre, Boston

    March 11 - March 12, 2015

    With eight studio albums, several European and Asian tours, multiple Canadian tours, a highly successful Public Television Special, and a recent five-month U.S. tour under his belt, award-winning...more

    Daniil Trifonov, piano

    Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston at NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston

    March 13, 2015

    Daniil Trifonov dazzled Celebrity Series audiences in his sold out 2012 recital on The Debut Series. Don’t miss this phenomenal young pianist as he continues his meteoric...more

    Shabbat Dinner And Singing with the Klezmatics

    Presented by Boston Jewish Music Festival

    March 13, 2015

     This is a first for BJMF: Let's have Shabbat dinner together!
    We'll enjoy a festive, family-style as Lorin Sklamberg and Frank London form the Klezmatics lead us in celebratory...more

    Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest Donald Harrison, CubaNOLA

    Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston at Berklee Performance Center, Boston

    March 14, 2015

    Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest, alto saxophonist and New Orleans native Donald Harrison, explore the common roots of jazz as seen in the early music of...more

    CubaNOLA

    Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston

    March 14, 2015

    Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest, alto saxophonist and New Orleans native Donald Harrison, explore the common roots of jazz as seen in the early music of...more

    Mozart on the Fringe

    Presented by Musicians of the Old Post Road at Old South Church, Boston, Boston

    March 14, 2015

     Born in Salzburg, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an occasional visitor to neighboring Bohemian lands, where his music was beloved and where he both influenced and was influenced by Bohemian...more

    Tristan & Yseult

    Presented by ArtsEmerson at Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston

    March 5 - March 15, 2015

    Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult elevates this classic love triangle to epic proportions – complete with forbidden desires, broken hearts and tender truths. This innovative tale...more

    Boston Symphony Chamber Players with pianist Emanuel Ax

    Presented by Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) at NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston

    March 15, 2015

    Pianist?Emanuel Ax?joins the Chamber Players on Sunday, March 15 for a program centered on the music of Robert Schumann and Gy?rgy Kurt?g (himself a noted admirer of Schumann's music and one...more

    Ronan Tynan

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre, Boston

    March 15, 2015

    Dr. Ronan Tynan is known for his versatile range of repertoire, including the operatic, oratorio, concert, and popular music genres. Through the years he has...more

    Video Games Live

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre, Boston

    March 16, 2015

    Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Created, produced and hosted by well known game industry veteran and superstar...more

    Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts Strauss and Mozart featuring pianist Emanuel Ax

    Presented by Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) at Symphony Hall, Boston

    March 12 - March 17, 2015

    Revered German conductor Christoph von Dohn?nyi leads the BSO in two consecutive weeks of programs this season. The first features beloved pianist Emanuel Ax in two works-Mozart's Piano...more

    Ms. Lauryn Hill

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre, Boston

    March 18, 2015

     Born in New Jersey to a schoolteacher mother and computer programmer/system’s analyst father, it was obvious from a young age that Ms. Hill possessed extraordinary talents, abilities...more

    Ledisi: The Intimate Truth Tour

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre, Boston

    March 19, 2015

     Ledisi Anibade Young is an American R&B and jazz recording artist, songwriter and actress. Her first name means “to bring forth” or “to come here” in Yoruba....more

    Mozart: C Minor Mass

    Presented by Cantata Singers at NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston

    March 20, 2015

    Mozart’s iconic Great Mass in C minor, K. 427 contrasts in beautiful and surprising ways with Beethoven’s "Elegiac Song," Op. 118 and Haydn’s Symphony No....more

    Bach: St. John Passion

    Presented by Emmanuel Music at Emmanuel Church, Boston, Boston

    March 21, 2015

    This sacred oratorio brims with the beautiful yet unrelenting musical and textual tension found between gentle reflective arias and brutal crowd choruses. Betrayal, torment, and death commingle...more

    Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts Mozart's last three symphonies

    Presented by Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) at Symphony Hall, Boston

    March 19 - March 21, 2015

    Any opportunity to hear the final three symphonies of Mozart played by the BSO in a single program-in this instance under the distinguished baton of Christoph von Dohn?nyi-is a special event....more

    An Evening with Penny and Sparrow

    Presented by The Red Room @ Cafe 939 at The Red Room at Cafe 939, Boston

    March 21, 2015

    Penny and Sparrow is an Austin, Texas band with a stripped-down, return-to-basics sound reminiscent of Bon Iver and the Swell Season. They understand that you don’t need gimmicks to make...more

    Ghazal

    Presented by World Music/CRASHarts at Berklee Performance Center, Boston

    March 21, 2015

    Beautiful, mesmerizing, and profoundly musical, Ghazal brings together world-renowned Persian and Indian musicians to create an exquisite and harmonious dialogue between the two traditions....more

    Golden Dragon Acrobats

    Presented by World Music/CRASHarts at Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston

    March 21, 2015

    Cirque Zíva is sure to entertain, delight, and keep audiences of all ages on the edge of their seats. Performed by the internationally celebrated Golden Dragon Acrobats from Hebei...more

    Imagination Movers

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre, Boston

    March 21, 2015

     Flying toilet paper! Smoking trash cans! Catchy poprock music! It can only mean one thing: the coolest kids rock band in the world is coming to a theater near you!

    The Emmy-winning...more

    Don Felder: An Evening at Hotel California

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre, Boston

    March 22, 2015

    Don Felder is renowned as a former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time. The band's record-setting compilation Their Greatest...more

    Katya Kabanova

    Presented by Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) at Citi Shubert Theatre, Boston

    March 13 - March 22, 2015

    Music by Leoš Janácek | Libretto by Francesco Vincenc Cervinka
    Sung in an English translation by Norman Tucker

    Performed for the first time in BLO’s history,...more

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