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JOAN WICKERSHAM | The future of classical music

Discovery Ensemble keeps the music alive

Boston’s Discovery Ensemble is young, both as an orchestra (it began in 2008) and individually (nearly all the players are in their 20s; the music director and conductor, Courtney Lewis, is 28).

Every concert, every movement of every piece, everything they do screams elegance — but their witty, frisky elegance playing Stravinsky is different from the airy elegance they bring to Haydn, which in turn is different from their approach to Bartok or Piazzolla or Esa-Pekka Salonen, or the dark caramel warmth of their Beethoven, or the antic high-wire precision of their John Adams.

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