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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


    Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Milhaud and Poulenc - Open Rehearsal

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

    February 19, 2015

    French conductor St?phane Den?ve returns for this program of works all premiered in Paris in the early 1920s. Canadian violinist James Ehnes is soloist in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1,...more

    The Mavericks

    Presented by The Wilbur Theatre at Wilbur Theatre, Boston

    February 19, 2015

    The Mavericks are back. The country-steeped garage band - with a Cuban-American lead singer and who emerged from Miami in 1989 with a sultry debut that was equal parts innocence, intensity, and...more

    Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys

    Presented by Club Passim at Club Passim, Cambridge

    February 19, 2015

     Jim Gaudet is a folksinger - but without all that microscopic self-examination and tedious political correctness. Mostly, he's a storyteller and he does it extremely well. Whether...more

    Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

    Presented by Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club at Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club, Somerville

    February 19, 2015

    Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars began in Guinea, where the band’s members fled during the Sierra Leone Civil War, and last year celebrated their 10-year anniversary with their fourth...more

    Calder Quartet

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

    February 20, 2015

    The Calder Quartet performs a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional level, always striving to channel and fulfill the composer’s vision. Already the choice of many leading composers to...more

    Lorelei "On the Rocks"

    Presented by Lorelei Ensemble

    February 20, 2015

    The second in a new chamber series hosted by Boston's Lorelei Ensemble. Sonja Tengblad, Emily Culler, and Clare McNamara in a post-Valentine's evening of 16th-century Italian and...more

    Mavis Staples

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport

    February 20, 2015

    A veritable titan of both gospel and R&B, Mavis Staples has been tiptoeing the boundary between the spiritual and the secular for more than 60 years. And she isn’t slowing down.


    Sturgill Simpson

    Presented by Paradise Cafe at Paradise Rock Club, Boston

    February 20, 2015

    Nashville’s Sturgill Simpson turns classic country bluntness into weird, roving introspection.


    Stephane Deneve conducts Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Milhaud and Poulenc featuring violinist James Ehnes

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

    February 19 - February 21, 2015

    French conductor St?phane Den?ve returns for this program of works all premiered in Paris in the early 1920s. Canadian violinist James Ehnes is soloist in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1,...more

    Aurora Borealis

    Presented by A Far Cry at St. John's Church, JP, Boston

    February 21, 2015

    Catch a glimpse of the exquisite Northern Lights as this program brings you from the bitter heart of a Nordic winter to the warmth of a welcoming hearth. The few gentle snowflakes felt in Steve...more

    Curtain Call Behind the Scenes 7-12 years

    Presented by Brookline Music School at Brookline Music School, Brookline

    February 17 - February 21, 2015

    Curtain Call: BTS is a five-day musical theatre program, taught by Lindsay Albert and Jenna Lea Scott, designed to introduce young students to the stage. Students will sing, dance,...more

    Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy

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

    February 21, 2015

     Natalie MacMaster and her husband, Donnell Leahy, have created a new show that highlights the unique talents, stories, and traditions from their original homes of Cape Breton and Lakefield,...more

    Mary Fahl (former lead singer of October Project), Gregory Douglass opens

    Presented by Club Passim at Club Passim, Cambridge

    February 21, 2015

     Singer-songwriter Mary Fahl first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s folk-rock/adult alternative group, October Project. As a solo artist, her musical inspirations...more

    The Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings Tribute Show

    Presented by Regent Theatre at Regent Theatre, Arlington

    February 21, 2015

    Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings were two of the most important figures in the 1970s outlaw movement within country music. They were also two great friends that shared many stages together over...more

    Ariel Pink

    Presented by Paradise Rock Club at Paradise Rock Club, Boston

    February 21, 2015

    Ariel Pink’s persona is that of a sleazy outsider, sardonic and alienating, but his steeped-in-rock-nostalgia ramblings are mesmerizing.


    PRhyme

    Presented by Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub at Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge

    February 21, 2015

    PRhyme is the critically-acclaimed collaboration between rapper Royce da 5’9” and producer DJ Premier. They favor old-school boom bap and lyrical complexity, though their music is no...more

    Ockeghem@600: Ockeghem, Binchois & Du Fay

    Presented by Blue Heron at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, Cambridge

    February 21, 2015

    "…this virtuosic chorus…has turned historical excavation into vibrant musical adventure"
    David Weininger, The Boston Globe

    With this concert, Blue...more

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Leif Ove Andsnes, piano/conductor

    Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston

    February 22, 2015

    The magnificent pianist Leif Ove Andsnes collaborates as player/conductor with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as part of his epic long-term project, The Beethoven Journey, focusing on the...more

    Angels in America

    Presented by Boston University College of Fine Arts at Boston University Theatre, Mainstage, Boston

    February 19 - February 22, 2015

    Based on the award-winning play by Tony Kushner, the operatic version of Angels in America is a story about the human experince, touching on relationships, love, loss, cowardice,...more

    Strauss & Mahler

    Presented by Boston Philharmonic Orchestra at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge

    February 19 - February 22, 2015

    Turn of the century Vienna was a world in which radical change vied with a tendency towards nostalgia in an uneasy balance. Youth and old age had their distinctly different viewpoints, and each...more

    Mozart, Mostly

    Presented by Boston Chamber Music Society at Fitzgerald Theatre at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge

    February 22, 2015

    Join us for an afternoon of music to entertain and delight with Mozart exploring and studying Bach, Mozart substituting for and helping a friend in trouble, Schnittke parodying Mozart, and Mozart...more

    Travis Tritt

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport

    February 22, 2015

    As one of the leading lights of country music throughout the 90’s, Travis Tritt stood out among the pack with a style that borrowed as much from southern rock as it did the Grand Ole Opry....more

    U R a Star! Voice Workshop 12-18 years

    Presented by Brookline Music School at Brookline Music School, Brookline

    February 21 - February 22, 2015

    The U R a Star Voice Workshop is a two-day intensive, taught by Carola Emrich-Fisher and Katie Seiler, which will culminate in a performance on Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm. Participants will...more

    The Circle of The Song, featuring Ed Jurdi, Seth Walker, and Edward Anderson

    Presented by Club Passim at Club Passim, Cambridge

    February 22, 2015

    Ed Jurdi: Ed Jurdi is blazing a trail with music. His inimitable style, dubbed "Cosmic American Soul," has enthralled listeners, critics, and musicians across the country and beyond....more

    Signature Series at the MFA: The Artist Sings

    Presented by Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    February 22, 2015

    Opera is full of malevolent villains, passionate lovers, and intrepid warriors, but it is also animated by a fascinating collection of working artists—composers, painters like Cavaradossi,...more

    Sleater-Kinney

    Presented by House of Blues at House of Blues, Boston

    February 22, 2015

    Beloved riot grrrl indie rockers Sleater-Kinney (pictured at top in a photo by Brigitte Sire) reunite to tour their new album “No Cities to Love.” Should you manage to procure tickets,...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 Public Library 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

    Peter and the Wolf along with Hansel and Gretel: Classic Tales Told Through Music and Dance

    Presented by The Hanover Theatre at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester

    February 25, 2015

    Hansel and Gretel tells the story of a brother and sister who save themselves by outwitting a witch. Composed by Rhode Island native Larry Bell, this ballet transforms the well known...more

    One Mic Shootout with Ry Cavanaugh & Jeffrey Foucault and Friends

    Presented by Club Passim at Club Passim, Cambridge

    February 25, 2015

     From the very first night they played together at St Bonaventure's in Bristol England, the musical performance connection between Jeffrey Foucault and Ry Cavanaugh just clicked. They...more

    Susan Cattaneo

    Presented by Club Passim at Club Passim, Cambridge

    February 26, 2015

    Cattaneo has been a songwriting professor at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music for 13 years. She’s written songs covered by numerous artists in Nashville, and her tunes...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

    BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport

    February 27, 2015

    As the preeminent Cajun band in the world, BeauSoleil has been generously exporting the rich musical traditions of Southwestern Louisiana for close to forty years. After almost singlehandedly...more

    Aztec Two-Step

    Presented by TCAN - The Center for Arts in Natick at The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick

    February 27, 2015

    The legendary folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step makes a triumphant return to TCAN performing their timeless, harmony-fueled hits in addition to selections from the Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly...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

    The Juliana Hatfield Three

    Presented by Bowery Presents at The Sinclair, Cambridge

    February 27, 2015

    In 1993, Juliana Hatfield was in the eye of the alternative-rock storm. She'd made a name for herself as one third of sharply...more

    Evening in Paris

    Presented by Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, Cambridge

    February 28, 2015

    Winner of the Tchaikovsky Medal, Sergey Antonov makes his first Pro Arte appearance in Saint-Saëns’ demanding cello concerto, led by returning Boston Lyric Opera Music Director David...more

    Brentano Quartet

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport

    February 28, 2015

    For more than 20 years, the esteemed Brentano String Quartet has been delighting chamber audiences with what the New York Times has hailed as a “luxuriously warm sound and yearning...more

    Jon Butcher Axis: Experienced!

    Presented by TCAN - The Center for Arts in Natick at The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick

    February 28, 2015

    The Jon Butcher Axis explores the music and majesty of one of the most innovative and influential musicians of the last century: Jimi Hendrix – The Axis will be performing the iconic music...more

    Edie Carey

    Presented by Club Passim at Club Passim, Cambridge

    February 28, 2015

     “Accidental Poet,” one of Edie Carey's earliest songs, describes a particularly eloquent friend, but could just as easily refer to Carey herself and the circuitous and...more

    Altan

    Presented by World Music/CRASHarts at Somerville Theatre, Somerville

    February 28, 2015

     Altan is regarded by many as the world’s finest traditional Irish band. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh sings ballads with seemingly effortless beauty and grace, and her duets with...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

    Stile Antico

    Presented by Boston Early Music Festival at St. Paul Church, Cambridge, Cambridge

    March 1, 2015

    From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg

    Since making their North American début at the June 2009 Festival, the young singers of Stile Antico have...more

    Local and Imported: Lenny and Johannes

    Presented by New Philharmonia Orchestra at First Baptist Church in Newton, Newton

    February 28 - March 1, 2015

    Serious studies in worry and warmth. An imaginative program of diverse depth and deep passion.

    Featuring Randall Hodgkinson (piano) - an award winning pianist, Randy has appeared...more

    The Many Faces of Arnold Schoenberg

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport

    March 1, 2015

    Arnold Schoenberg has been a controversial figure in the history of Western music, but he is one of the most influential and intriguing musicians of the last century. In this lecture/recital, Dr....more

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