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Best of 2011: Ensembles paired the unconventional with traditional fare for classical music fans

A costume designed by Anna Watkins for the character of Niobe, Queen of Thebes, for the opera of the same name by Agostini Steffani. The opera was presented by the Boston Early Music Festival at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center last June.
A costume designed by Anna Watkins for the character of Niobe, Queen of Thebes, for the opera of the same name by Agostini Steffani. The opera was presented by the Boston Early Music Festival at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center last June.
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The classical music scene is an especially rich and deep one in the Capital Region. With more than 10 venues that offer everything from solo performers, choruses and chamber ensembles to opera and orchestras on almost any day of the week, attendance remained stable in 2011, and in some cases attracted near-capacity houses. This past season offered some tantalizing alternatives to the regular fare. The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center added two ...


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