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Chorus outshines soloists in 'Aida' at Tanglewood

Chorus outshines soloists in 'Aida' at Tanglewood

This weekend’s Boston Symphony Orchestra program choices at Tanglewood ranged from glamorous to banal, mega-famous to new, enduring opera to strange sonorities.

Philadelphia Orchestra's final week at SPAC provides passion, fun to huge crowds

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Philadelphia Orchestra's final week at SPAC provides passion, fun to huge crowds

Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin promised audiences there would be plenty of passion and fun in the orchestra’s final week at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center - and he delivered.

ALBANY

Smooth sounds of the '70s dominate Dawes performance at The Egg

Although the Los Angeles band Dawes didn't break any new ground with its '70s tinged performance at The Egg on Saturday, the show was received warmly by a crowd of about 650.

Counting Crows, Rob Thomas bring emotion, energy

Alt-rockers Counting Crows mostly showcased lesser-known numbers at SPAC Monday night before getting around to their hits.

Keith finds his comfort zone in SPAC show

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Keith finds his comfort zone in SPAC show

Toby Keith played a night of mostly hits and sing-alongs Sunday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. There were no surprises, nothing off track or astounding, but the familiar songs were enough to keep the crowded amphitheater on its feet the entire show.

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Chamber Music Society pays tribute to Schubert

On Sunday, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center knocked the socks off its capacity audience at the Spa Little Theatre with an inventive program called “American Rhapsody” that focused on American composers with a reverence paid to Franz Schubert.

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Extraordinary puppets help create fantastic Philadelphia Orchestra concert

Mozart would have loved Thursday’s rare matinee of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Always one for fantasy and play, he would have zeroed right in on Janni Younge’s extraordinary larger-than-life puppets to dramatize Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.”

Dervish breathes new life into old music

Dervish breathes new life into old music

Cathy Jordan is a musician. But as lead singer for traditional Irish band Dervish, she’s also an explorer.

Pianists on parade at Tanglewood

Pianists on parade at Tanglewood

Beginning with Wednesday’s recital, one piano soloist followed another at Tanglewood, to the point where Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble had to be squeezed into the schedule Sunday evening.

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High times at SPAC for Snoop, Wiz

“How many people in the house tonight came to get high with Snoop Dogg and Wiz?” asked hip-hop superstar Snoop Dogg during his co-headlining set with rapper Wiz Khalifa on Sunday night at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Capacity crowd ushers in Chamber season

The Chamber Music Society at the Spa Little Theatre opened its third season Sunday afternoon in high style: wonderful performances, a pre-concert talk with Fred Child of NPR’s “Performance Today,” and a champagne/hors d’oeuvre toast after the concert.

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Orchestra sparkles with Torke’s jubilant ‘Unconquered’

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s marvelous Friday night concert under conductor Stephane Deneve at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center was the unusual combination of patriotism and the ephemeral.

Philadelphia Orchestra’s season has thunderous beginning

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Philadelphia Orchestra’s season has thunderous beginning

There was a theme to the evening’s program as the Philadelphia orchestra kicked off its three-week run at SPAC: spirituality and universal brotherhood. Wednesday's opener was also 50 years almost to the day when the Orchestra opened the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Luke Bryan brings the party to SPAC

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Luke Bryan brings the party to SPAC

“Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey,” sang country star Luke Bryan during his opening song at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday night.

‘Crucible,’ ‘Thieving Magpie’ superb at Glimmerglass

Glimmerglass Opera is presenting two highly contrasting operas that are must-sees: Robert Ward’s “The Crucible” (1961) and Gioachino Rossini’s rarely performed “The Thieving Magpie” (1817).

Young performers shine at Tanglewood festival

LENOX, Mass.

Young performers shine at Tanglewood festival

The weekend’s concert repertory at Tanglewood was sharply split. While the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak and Sibelius in the 5,000-seat Koussevitzky Music Shed, the 1,000-seat Seiji Ozawa Hall presented five days of Tanglewood’s dirty little secret, the Festival of Contemporary Music.

Sao Paulo Brass Quintet bold, technically expert

A whole evening of Brazilian brass music by South American composers and played by mostly Brazilian musicians doesn’t happen often.

Music heavenly at Tanglewood if not weekend weather

LENOX, Mass.

Music heavenly at Tanglewood if not weekend weather

The weekend’s concerts at Tanglewood displayed the strength and variety of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s promising summer season.

SCHENECTADY

Pape Diouf and company deliver upbeat kick-off to Music Haven series

The Music Haven Concert Series opened Sunday night with Pape Diouf, a Senegalese singer considered the world’s leader of the music Mbalax. Sunday a large crowd received a full dose — and education — of this high-energy, feel-good dance music that merges the traditional rhythms and melodies of Senegal and Gambia.

Terrific cast, clever set elevate ‘Il Postino’

Terrific cast, clever set elevate ‘Il Postino’

There’s something wonderfully charming about Mexican composer Daniel Catan’s “Il Postino,” which Opera Saratoga presented Thursday night at the Spa Little Theatre as its third offering this season.

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