Before the concert begins, please turn on your cellphones

Smartphones in the concert hall have long been a nuisance, but a new app designed to enhance the audience experience will be featured at a performance of David Bowie’s “Blackstar,” arranged as a cello concerto.

Rykodisc’s Jeff Rougvie, who worked with David Bowie, will speak at the tribute.

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A look back at David Bowie

In Arlington, a multimedia tribute to the revolutionary David Bowie.

Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra and soloists in the world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto at Symphony Hall Thursday night.

Music Review

With Gubaidulina world premiere, BSO creates new universe onstage

Andris Nelsons led a powerful, affecting evening of Russian music that also included Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, “Leningrad.”

Boston Ballet in “Artifact” at the Boston Opera House.


The Weekender: Giant leaps, political laughs, and Oscars drama

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

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A re-education from a fierce Lauryn Hill at the Wang

The singer gave her old material a dramatic makeover.

Your week ahead

Five things to do the week of Feb. 27

Beyonce’s Original All-Female Band: A 10-year Anniversary Concert, an evening with Bobby Seale, culinary conversation with Geoffrey Zakarian, and more.


A quartet and the lore of a lovestruck Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn intended to dedicate his String Quartet (Op. 12) to Betty Pistor, an amateur singer and one of his sisters’ closest friends.

The Ticket: Music, theater, dance, art, and more

Picks for upcoming concerts, plays, and other performances and events in the area this week.

Jackie Evancho wants to meet Trump on transgender rights

More than a month after performing at Trump’s inauguration,the singer says she and her transgender sister want to meet with him.

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Read about the latest albums reviewed by the Globe.

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Singer Katy Perry performs on stage at the Brit Awards 2017 in London, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Tributes to David Bowie, George Michael top Brit Awards

Drake was named international male solo artist, while Beyonce took the international female prize. A Tribe Called Quest took the trophy for international group.

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Jose James turns the lights down low, but ‘Madness’ fails to seduce

The new album is a big step back from the singer-songwriter’s ‘‘While You Were Sleeping,’’ his last album of original material.

Kehlani is a 21-year-old R&B/hip-hop sensation.

Kehlani’s on the rebound and bringing some swagger

The R&B sensation comes to the Royale this weekend for two soldout shows.

The vocal ensemble Stile Antico returns to St. Paul Church in Harvard Square to perform on Friday.

Classical Notes

Boston feels ‘like home’ for Britain’s acclaimed Stile Antico

The vocal ensemble launches an American tour Friday in Cambridge, presented by the Boston Early Music Festival.

The expanded space — named Sonia — has undergone a floor-to-ceiling renovation.

Former home of T.T the Bears revamped, reopening

The owners of the Middle East have taken over the space, which will be named Sonia, and given it a floor-to-ceiling renovation.

Killer Mike (right) and El-P performing as Run the Jewels last April in Indio, Calif.

With Run the Jewels, Killer Mike leads a rap revolution

The MC spoke to the Globe about channeling rage through rap, the group’s fired-up fan base, and hip-hop’s purpose in the age of Trump.

Henry Diltz will show photos of Neil Young and other artists at “Tribute to Laurel Canyon.”

Photos that captured the folk of Laurel Canyon

Henry Diltz will show his intimate photos of Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, and many others during a musical showcase at Berklee.

An artist’s rendering of the new four-building complex planned for Tanglewood.

Tanglewood presents plan for big expansion

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is set to launch an ambitious expansion of its Tanglewood campus in Lenox, creating a new $30 million complex.

Paavali Jumppanen

Music Review

Fireworks and other feats from two favored performers

Pianist Paavali Jumppanen and violinist Corey Cerovsek performed Sunday at the Gardner Museum.

Irwin Stambler, 92; wrote rock music encyclopedia

Mr. Stambler was an engineer, but his love for music inspired him to write “The Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock and Soul.”

Cécile McLorin Salvant performs during the “Jelly and George’’ show.

Music Review

At Berklee, the sounds of ‘Jelly Roll’ Morton and George Gershwin

Pianist Aaron Diehl and singer Cécile McLorin Salvant paid tribute to the musical legends.

Philip Glass

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project pays tribute to Philip Glass

BMOP performed the composer’s “Tirol Concerto” for piano and strings and his Second Symphony.

Drummer Clyde Stubblefield, pictured in 2013, created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever.

Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown’s ‘funky drummer,’ dies at 73

Stubblefield’s drum break on “Funky Drummer” has served as the backbeat for countless hip-hop tracks.

Lake Street Dive onstage at Jordan Hall on Thursday night.

Music Review

Lake Street Dive stay true to their school

The New England Conservatory grads kicked off their college’s 150th anniversary celebration with an exhilarating concert that included collaborations with student ensembles.

Andris Nelsons leads the BSO and pianist Emanuel Ax at Symphony Hall.

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BSO and Beethoven, down to earth and dazzling

World-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday and Thursday.


Bartók’s music of life and death, at the Gardner Museum

The composer’s Sonata for Solo Violin, one of his last works, was composed in the shadow of the two great concerns of Bartók’s late life: immigration and health care.

David Duchovny

David Duchovny follows musical muse to show at Wilbur

The actor-turned-singer-songwriter will perform with his Berklee-trained backing band.

Lee Friedlander’s photo of Martin Luther King Jr. at the 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage.

Photography review

Lifting every voice in two exhibits at Yale

The remarkable shows feature Lee Friedlander’s photos of a landmark civil rights march and memories of the Harlem Renaissance.

Marie Mullen, Aisling O’Sullivan, and Marty Rea in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.”

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The Week Ahead: Music, theater, dance, events, and more

Upcoming concerts, plays, exhibits, and other events in the Boston area.

Lori McKenna holds her Grammy for best country song.


Lori McKenna nominated for two ACM Awards

Accolades keep pouring in for the acclaimed singer-songwriter from Stoughton.

Comedian Louis C.K. is at the Boch Center’s Wang Theatre on Friday.


The Weekender: Big laughs, little trinkets, and starry shows

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Tove Lo plays a sold-out show at the House of Blues on Sunday.

Tove Lo isn’t hiding anything

The Swedish pop star sings about drugs, broken relationships, and casual sex without apologies.

Alison Krauss makes classic sound contemporary on great album ‘Windy City’

On her new disc, the singer makes her covers of traditional country songs sound contemporary.

Rick Astley comes to the House of Blues Saturday.

How Rick rolled back to the top

After retiring at age 27, pop singer Rick Astley has resurfaced with a No. 1 album and important opinions on Rickrolling.

STL GLD — Moe Pope (left) and The Arcitype — releases “Torch Song” on Friday.

In the age of Trump, Boston’s STL GLD tackles the topical

The rap duo’s “Torch Song” is fueled by frustration with the state of politics and anger at racial injustice.

The late Gunther Schuller (above) was a former NEC president.

At 150, New England Conservatory is ready to party

The school begins a yearlong celebration Thursday with a concert by Lake Street Dive, whose members met while students there.

Philip Glass

‘The music wars are over,’ says Philip Glass

Boston Modern Orchestra Project celebrates the 80th birthday of the once controversial composer with “Glass Works,” a Feb. 18 concert.

Beyonce performed at the Grammys.

Was Beyoncé robbed of best album?

The Grammys have long faced accusations overlook young, progressive black artists.


#GrammysSoWhite came to life. Will the awards face its race problem?

Simply put, the Grammys, like America, have an inclusion problem — or more to the point, an exclusion problem.

Laverne Cox spoke at the Grammys, mentioning Gavin Grimm, a transgender high school student who is locked in a court case over which bathroom he should use at school.

Why Laverne Cox told Grammys viewers to Google ‘Gavin Grimm’

‘‘Everyone, please Google ‘Gavin Grimm.’ He’s going to the Supreme Court in March. Hashtag stand with Gavin,’’ Cox told the audience.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield and Lady Gaga during the band’s performance Sunday at the Grammys.


Metallica to play Gillette Stadium in May

Tickets go on sale Friday.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra with conductor Iván Fischer and pianist Richard Goode.

Music Review

Beethoven from Budapest, with a little help from New England Conservatory

The Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer brought a program that was well played but never revelatory.

Adele posed with the five Grammys she won.

Adele wins big at Grammys, but all eyes were on Beyoncé

The British pop star won album, record, and song of the year.

Adele wins big at Grammys, but all eyes were on Beyoncé

The British pop star won album, record, and song of the year.

Hip Hop Artists Q-Tip and Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes.

A Tribe Called Quest gets political at Grammys

When A Tribe Called Quest took the stage with Anderson.Paak late in the evening, the subtle political messages during the Grammys became overt.

Bruno Mars performs “Let's Go Crazy’’ during a tribute to Prince at the Grammy Awards.

The Grammys 2017

A scintillating homage to Prince from Bruno Mars and Morris Day

They weren’t just covering Prince’s music. They were channeling his essence.

Chance the Rapper accepted the Best New Artist artist award.

The full list of Grammy winners

Adele won big at the Grammys, winning five awards, while David Bowie won four posthumously.

Katy Perry performs at the Grammys.

Katy Perry shows solidarity with Elizabeth Warren in Grammys performance

The singer hasn’t been shy about making political statements in the past — and she did nothing to change that during this year’s Grammys.

Adele reacted before restarting a performance tribute to George Michael.

Adele flubs at the Grammys, but starts over and tries again

For the second year in a row at the Grammys, Adele flubbed. This year, though, she stopped the show and started over.

The Grammys 2017

The personal and political merge at Grammys

The biggest face-off of “music's biggest night” — Adele versus Beyoncé — seemed to neatly frame a dichotomy between pop’s deep stakes in the personal and its crucial role in the political.

Beyoncé performs during the 59th Grammy Awards.

The Grammys 2017

Beyoncé storms Grammys stage with a regal performance

Queen Bey proudly displayed her baby bump.