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Boston’s Best Upcoming Classical Music Performances

November 10, 2014 6:00 AM

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma (Image: © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2010)

Classical music has been a staple of Boston entertainment and culture for hundreds of years. In fact, it is now more so than ever. So many talented professionals and accessible institutions offer up classical music in the city so anyone in the area can enjoy anything from church music to the great operas. Enjoy some holiday entertainment or take in a concert in one of the oldest cities in the country.
Dorian Komanoff Bandy publicity photo (Photo credit: Bryce Vickmark  vickmark.com)

Dorian Komanoff Bandy publicity photo (Photo credit: Bryce Vickmark vickmark.com)


Bach Explored Concert 2: Dark Visions
First Church Boston
66 Marlborough St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-6730
www.doriankomanoffbandy.com

Date: Jan. 29, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

First Church Boston has some of the best acoustics in town and plays host to numerous music events. Of course, it also has music for times of worship. The second in the Bach Explored concerts at First Church Boston features Dorian Komanoff Bandy on violin and Paul Cienniwa on harpsichord. This recital focuses on some of the composer’s darker works exploring emotions such as loss and mourning.

Related: Best Places To Get Your Classical Music Fix In Boston

From 2013 Boston Ballet 'The Nutcracker' (Photo: Boston Ballet)

From 2013 Boston Ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ (Photo: Boston Ballet)


Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Boston Opera House
539 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 259-3400
www.bostonballet.org

Date: Nov. 28 to Dec. 31, 2014 (See calendar for showtimes)

“The Nutcracker” is perhaps the most famous ballet of all time. Featuring music from the great composer Tchaikovsky, it is one of the best classical music events a person can enjoy. That it comes only once a year and is a Christmas ballet makes it only more magical. Families, ballet fans and music aficionados have been coming to see “The Nutcracker” during the Christmas season for more than a century. That tradition continues in Boston.

Martin Pearlman (Photo by Susan Wilson/ Boston Baroque)

Martin Pearlman (Photo by Susan Wilson/ Boston Baroque)


Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610
New England Conservatory
Jordan Hall
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 585-1100
www.bostonbaroque.org

Date: Nov. 14 and Nov. 15, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Boston Baroque is putting on Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers at the New England Conservatory. A Boston Baroque recording of this composition was nominated for a Grammy. Come and see what it is they do with this piece that makes it such an important part of their repertory. Come spend a few hours listening to this powerful piece that resonates with listeners more than 400 years after it was composed.

(Image: Handel + Haydn Society)

(Image: Handel + Haydn Society)


Haydn Symphonies And Concerto
Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-1492
www.handelandhaydn.org

Date: Jan. 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 25, 2015 at 3 p.m.

Harry Christopher conducts the Period Instruments Orchestra of the Handel and Haydn Society with Aisslinn Nosky on violin for two nights at the Boston Symphony Hall. Both evenings will have Symphonies 7 and 83 as well as the Violin Concerto in C Major and the Overture to Lo Speziale. As always, this talented society of musicians explores performing these pieces as they would have been contemporarily. Pre-concert talks will be taking place both evenings for one hour before the show in Higginson Hall.

Related: Boston’s Best New/Contemporary Classical Music

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma (Image: © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2010)

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma (Image: © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2010)


Harbison, Ešenvalds, Prokofiev And Rachmaninoff
Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-1492
www.bso.org

Date: Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.

For two evenings, conductor Andris Nelsons takes on the work of Harbison, Ešenvalds, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Pieces are, in order of composer, “Koussevitzky Said,” “Lakes Awake at Dawn,” “Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra” and “The Bells.” Visitors will also get to see BSO’s first commission of the season from Eriks Ešenvalds. As always, guests can eat before the show or make food reservations with the Symphony Cafe online.

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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