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GREAT BARRINGTON — You know, with all this yadda, yadda about who is in — and who is not in — the 2017 Beach Boys, it's important to understand that in the end the best way to judge this band is by the music. Which is a concept … more
LENOX - The final concert in Tanglewood's Festival of Contemporary Music opened and closed with works featuring the ticking of a clock. Each piece was by a 20th-century master living in a Europe still trying to recover values and meaning in the … more
LENOX — Schubert's "Great" C Major Symphony, No. 9, had been a stranger to Tanglewood - or Tanglewood a stranger to it - since 1982. Finally, the Boston Symphony Orchestra caught up with it on Sunday afternoon with an illuminating performance … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — For Beach Boys' singer/songwriter Mike Love, the 1967 Beach Boys album "Wild Honey" was a welcome direction for the band at the time. "We looked at 'Wild Honey' as more of an R&B record," he said in a recent phone … more
LENOX — In one of the more improbable text settings in composition history, Nathan Davis turned a 2,000-year-old treatise on mathematics by Archimedes into song, interspersing the Greek's calculations with bits from Wycliffe's 14th-century … more
LENOX — Tanglewood had another go at "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on Wednesday night, presenting the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston in Purcell's "The Fairy Queen."Shakespeare's lines don't figure into this take on his play. Nor do Titania … more
LENOX — Is there any music more heartbreaking than Schubert's Piano Sonata in A, D.959, his next to last composition?Composed as Schubert was dying, it is overhung by an air of foreboding and loss, the more moving because the music is so … more
LENOX - Onstage, the fairy chorus lit candles to sing its farewell. Out front, the audience lit answering candles (all electric, of course), plunging the darkened Tanglewood Shed into fairyland flicker and sparkle. Puck then stepped forward to … more
LENOX — You can make a puzzle of it: How do the non-Schubert works on the "Schubert's Summer Journey" series at Tanglewood connect to Schubert?In effect, Colin Jacobsen, the outlier composer on Thursday night's program, channeled Schubert in … more
Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal Trombone Toby Oft is known around the orchestra pit for his eclectic taste in music. When The Eagle asked if there was anyone in the symphony who would be willing to contribute a playlist, Oft didn't hesitate to … more
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