Vic Firth, 85; was celebrated BSO timpanist and drumstick maker

Vic Firth with his signature drumsticks.

Tom Herde/Globe Staff/2002

Mr. Firth taught at New England Conservatory from 1952 to 1995 and founded a highly successful drumsticks company.

Michael Tilson Thomas leading the TMC Orchestra in Ozawa Hall.

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Family ties bind final Festival of Contemporary Music concerts

The lineage most celebrated was that engendered by Tanglewood itself, generational chains of teacher-student influence and mentorship.

From left, Taylor Goldsmith, Joseph Fletcher, J.P. Harris, and Dave Rawlings joined Sunday to cap off the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I., by recreating Bob Dylan’s 1965 set.

Music Review

Newport Folk Festival revisits its roots

Many performances were spiritually aligned with the festival’s roots while others built on those roots and put a contemporary spin on them.

Music review

Handel and Haydn Society takes Beethoven’s Ninth outdoors

The performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 by the Handel and Haydn Society, completing its bicentennial season, was a highlight of Summer Arts Weekend.

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// Kristin Hersh, concise and intimate at Club Passim

Delivering a set just under an hour long, Kristin Hersh covered ample terrain in a solo acoustic show at Club Passim on Sunday night.

Taylor Swift at Gillette on Friday. Gillette is the first stadium she had ever headlined.

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At Gillette, Taylor Swift proves her pop superstar status

No longer a doe-eyed ingénue, the 25-year-old Swift now commands an audience like none of her peers can.

Michael Tilson Thomas leads the BSO in Mahler’s Fifth Symphony Saturday.

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At Tanglewood’s FCM, premieres and a Schuller memorial

This year’s edition of the Tanglewood Music Center’s Festival of Contemporary Music celebrated the school’s 75th anniversary.

David Minehan performed with Scuffy the Cat at  T.T. the Bear’s Place Saturday.

Music Review

T.T. the Bear’s finale a suitably Scruffy occasion

There was never a question that owner Bonney Bouley wanted Scruffy the Cat to be the last band standing on stage at her club.

Album review

Benny Sharoni, ‘Slant Signature’

Tenor saxophonist Benny Sharoni’s “Slant Signature” showcases the bluesy, tuneful, groove-based imperatives of hard bop.

Schneider and her orchestra will play the Newport Jazz Festival Saturday.

Scene & Heard | Jon Garelick

Maria Schneider, nature poet of jazz

Multiple Grammy winner Maria Schneider’s music unabashedly takes in and pays tribute to the physical world.

Betsy Newman

En route to ‘Colbert,’ jazzman Jon Batiste takes Newport

Jon Batiste, who’s just been tapped to lead the house band on Stephen Colbert’s revamped “Late Show,” plays Newport’s venerable folk and jazz festivals this week.

Young stroke survivor Valerie Giglio’s long road back

Valerie Giglio Samson was just 42 when a stroke left her partially paralyzed. A new program aims to help victims like her.

Leon Bridges brings timeless sound to Newport, Boston

Riding high with his new debut album, soul singer Leon Bridges is turning back the clock with a classic sound.


After 40 years, T.T. the Bear’s calls it a night

One of the area’s most beloved music clubs will open its doors for the last time tonight.


Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ haunted by Shakespeare’s witches?

The eerie slow movement for which Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio earned its nickname might be remnants of an abandoned ‘Macbeth’ opera.

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Modest Mouse brings forceful, confident performance to Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

The version of Modest Mouse that turned up at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Thursday night is built to fill large spaces.

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Son Lux delivers noisy pop transcendence

Ryan Lott and his bandmates delivered soaring, haunting pop songs fashioned from elements of noise at Brighton Music Hall.

Kweskin, Muldaurs carry on roots-music tradition

Two years after its 50th anniversary, Jim Kweskin, Geoff and Maria Muldaur, and handful of newcomers sustain a venerable band for new admirers.

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summer arts preview

// The best of upcoming arts events

Critics suggest where you should go, what you should see, who you should hear, and what you should be reading this summer.


//[1].jpg Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

Critics’ picks for noteworthy events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.