There’s nothing like being in a heat live performance corridor on a chilly winter afternoon or night. Right here, in chronological order, are what appear to me a few of the most warming and heartwarming musical occasions of the winter season. If I’ve unnoticed a few of your favourite teams, the rationale could also be that they don’t have anything scheduled earlier than the arrival of spring.
Let me finish with my regular recommendation: Be looking out for live shows (typically free) on the colleges and conservatories. Keep in mind that Yo-Yo Ma first caught everybody’s consideration when he was nonetheless an undergraduate. And that a few of your individual favourite musicians might need missed my eye, which is already on a few of the thrilling occasions which are coming after the primary day of spring.
Emmanuel Church | Weekly via Could 14
Emmanuel Music’s celebrated weekly Sunday morning cantatas proceed via Could. Come at 10:00 AM to listen to authoritative and loving performances of Bach’s giant non secular enterprise, carried out as a part of the Sunday service. Emmanuel’s music director, Ryan Turner, conducts most weeks, however common visitor conductor John Harbison takes over on March 12 for Cantata 54, “Widerstehe doch der Sünde” (Simply resist sin). The late Craig Smith, who began the entire collection again in 1970, calls the primary aria one of the crucial astonishing items in all of Bach.
Pickman Corridor | Jan. 20-22
The Boston Opera Collaborative will likely be presenting a brand new program in its in style “Opera Bites” collection in partnership with the Longy Faculty of Music. I’m not conversant in any of the composers, singers or members of the artistic crew. The one librettist whose work I do know is the poet Enzo Silon Surin, whose highly effective assortment “When My Physique Was a Clinched Fist” gained the 2021 Massachusetts Ebook Award for Poetry. Nonetheless, I’m greater than inquisitive about this yr’s “Opera Bites,” which is able to encompass eight new 10-minute operas in English. Will any of those younger composers change into the following Puccini?
This yr’s “Opera Bites” will encompass eight new 10-minute operas in English. (Courtesy Boston Opera Collaborative)
Jordan Corridor | Jan. 27
The thrilling Danish String Quartet has been missed, however returns to Boston, c/o the Movie star Collection of Boston, in an interesting program starting with Haydn’s Op. 20, No. 3, Shostakovich’s No. 7, Britten’s Three Divertimenti, and a gaggle of Nordic people tunes organized by members of the quartet.
The Danish String Quartet, from left to proper: Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, Asbjørn Nørgaard, Frederik Øland. (Courtesy Caroline Bittencourt)
Symphony Corridor | Feb. 2 & 4
We don’t get to listen to a lot Wagner in Boston, however an formidable live performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra this winter is devoted totally to music from Wagner’s “Tannhäuser.” I haven’t beforehand admired music director Andris Nelsons’s sluggish Wagner, however we reside in hope. The spectacular vocalists are tenor Klaus Florian Vogt within the title position of the minnesinger-knight struggling along with his inside battle between sacred and profane love, Amber Wagner because the pure Elisabeth, and the expressive German baritone Christian Gerhaher because the minstrel Wolfram, who will get to sing Wagner’s beautiful aria to the night star.
Soprano Amber Wagner will sing in Andris Nelsons’ all-Wagner program. (Courtesy Boston Symphony Orchestra)
Jordan Corridor | Feb. 3
A Far Cry, the sensible chamber orchestra that performs and not using a conductor, gives a compelling program depicting the alleged romance between Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms via the music of each of those composers (organized by “criers” Rafael Popper-Keizer and Sarah Darling) in addition to music by the mysterious up to date Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.
A Far Cry will carry out “Unrequited” on Feb. 3 at Jordan Corridor. (Courtesy Yoon S. Byun)
St. Paul Church, Cambridge | Feb. 10
The Boston Early Music Pageant’s large semi-annual worldwide extravaganza begins later within the spring, however we don’t have to attend until then for the annual live performance collection. BEMF’s first winter live performance sounds extraordinarily interesting: the Bach Collegium Japan, beneath the course of Masaaki Suzuki, with elegant visitor baritone Roderick Williams. This system is music by Bach and Telemann, together with considered one of Bach’s most profound cantatas, “Ich habe genug” (I’ve sufficient), with Williams.
Roderick Williams and Masaaki Suzuki. (Courtesy Boston Early Music Pageant)
New England Conservatory’s Brown Corridor | Feb. 19
13 years in the past, tremendous violist Kim Kashkashian was one of many authentic founders of a program referred to as Music for Meals. The thought was that distinguished musicians would give free live shows that may additionally encourage the viewers to donate cash to feed the hungry. This winter’s live performance, referred to as “Notes from Throughout the Sea: Voices from the UK,” contains Kashkashian and 9 different musicians taking part in music by three of my favourite British composers, Charlotte Bray’s “Replay for Piano Quartet,” George Benjamin’s viola duet “Viola, Viola,” and Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet in D and “On This Island.”
Music for Meals’s Kim Kashkashian. (Courtesy Music for Meals)
Symphony Corridor | Feb. 24
It’s exhausting to consider that the ever-youthful Benjamin Zander is celebrating his fiftieth yr as a conductor of thrilling and revelatory performances. No coward, he leads his Boston Philharmonic Orchestra in one of the crucial monumental works of classical music (and considered one of his specialties), Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Boston Philharmonic with Refrain Professional Musica. (Courtesy Paul Marotta, Good Bokeh Images)
Symphony Corridor | March September 11
The Boston Symphony Orchestra is presenting what seems like a robust and transferring collection this winter. It’s referred to as “Voices of Loss, Reckoning, and Hope” and contains two packages over two weekends of music that will likely be “exploring complicated social points.” Many of the music is by African-American and African-British composers, all beneath the course of African-American conductors, and with principally African-American soloists. The primary live performance, led by André Raphel, will characteristic Philadelphia jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine and the Uri Caine Trio, multi-dimensional vocalist Barbara Walker, and the Catto Refrain in Caines’s jazz/gospel/classical oratorio “The Ardour of Octavius Catto” (postponed, if I’m not mistaken, from the BSO’s COVID lockdown in 2020), in regards to the life and demise of the vital Nineteenth-century African-American educator and civil rights chief (Symphony Corridor, Mar. 3-5). The second program options Thomas Wilkins conducting the excellent clarinetist Andrew McGill (keep in mind him from President Obama’s first inauguration?) in Andrew Davis’s concerto “You Have the Proper to Stay Silent.
Jordan Corridor | March 4
Igor Levit, whose recordings the “New York Instances” has referred to as “astonishing,” is the Russian-born youngster piano prodigy who now lives and teaches in Germany and will likely be celebrating his thirty sixth birthday the week after his eagerly anticipated Boston recital. He’ll be taking part in one (or is it three?) of the Everests of classical music, Beethoven’s closing three piano sonatas: intimate and heroic, ingenious and stylish, infinitely touching and equally confounding.
Igor Levit will play Beethoven’s closing three piano sonatas at Jordan Corridor in March. (Courtesy Felix Broede)
Symphony Corridor | March 10
Benjamin Zander returns to steer the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, an exceptional ensemble of superlative youthful musicians. The winter program contains Bartok’s scintillating Concerto for Orchestra (a chunk I by no means tire of listening to) and the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, for which I want I might say the identical, although Zander will inevitably discover one thing recent to precise on this acquainted rating.
Sanders Theatre | March 12
When you’re up for a doubleheader, you could possibly begin Sunday afternoon, March 12 with the Boston Chamber Music Society, in a live performance that features the sumptuous ensemble of clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, violinist Yura Lee, and pianist Max Levinson in one of many supreme Brahms masterpieces, his Clarinet Trio, together with the Adagio from Berg’s “Kammerkonzert.” Then cellist Edward Arron adjustments locations with de Guise-Langlois to shut this system with one more masterwork, Schubert’s haunting Trio in E-flat—possibly particularly acquainted to followers of Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon.”
The Boston Chamber Music Society performs Brahms, Berg and Schubert on March 12. (Courtesy Boston Chamber Music Society)
MIT’s Killian Corridor | March 12
That night, for those who’re not out of breath, you could possibly attend Collage New Music, Boston’s longest-running up to date music group, which has been offering us with live shows of recent music for 50 years, with lots of its memorable occasions organized and performed by its esteemed music director, David Hoose. Collage’s winter live performance contains Boston or world premieres by Jihyun Kim, Boston’s Marti Epstein (about whose as but untitled work the press launch guarantees “subliminal thriller”), and Richard Festinger (a brand new Collage fee), together with the late James Primosch’s 2017 Collage fee, “A Sybil,” with Mary Mackenzie, the soprano who launched it.
Pickman Corridor | March 18
Final yr the Boston Camerata streamed a brand new manufacturing of Henry Purcell’s operatic masterpiece, “Dido and Aeneas.” The music is simple sufficient for undergraduates, and but Purcell’s nuanced mixture of wit and tragedy, together with one of many best tragic arias ever written, Dido’s suicidal “When I’m laid in earth,” could be very exhausting to tug off. The best manufacturing in my residing expertise was Mark Morris’s, particularly when the identical dancer—particularly Morris himself—danced each Dido and her deadly fiendish nemesis, and the heart-stopping Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sang Dido. I had blended emotions in regards to the Camerata manufacturing I streamed on my pc. However this yr, the Camerata is doing it reside and in individual, and I’m very inquisitive about experiencing it within the format for which it was initially supposed. Additionally, the opera will likely be launched by the pleasant and educated MIT Professor Emerita Ellen Harris, so I encourage you to return early.