Yo-Yo Ma is magnificent in BSO performance

At times Ma was so engaged with the orchestra players around him that he almost seemed to be conducting as well.

“A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder” is at the Citi Shubert Theatre.


The Weekender: Leno, Hamilton, and serious twerking

Everything fun to do in Boston and beyond.

Big Freedia

Big Freedia’s bounce tour sweeps into town

Over four days in Boston, the leading ambassador of New Orleans bounce music will perform, sign her book, and talk to music students.

Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen’s stunning ‘You Want It Darker’ has a twilight glow

The new album by the 82-year-old artist has a harrowing, economical poetry.

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Miley Cyrus forgets lyrics, swears at Bill Murray’s Mark Twain ceremony

Leave it to Miley Cyrus — she of twerking and prominent tongue displays — to bring a bit of blue material to a PBS-produced special.

Music Review

Drama, divine joy in Boston Baroque performance

At Jordan Hall, Bach’s Mass in B Minor was truly transporting.

Nobel academy member calls Bob Dylan’s silence ‘arrogant’

A member of the Swedish Academy that awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature to Dylan says his silence since receiving the honor is “impolite and arrogant.”

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Zander and the Boston Philharmonic do Russia proud

The Russian program that Benjamin Zander put together for the Boston Philharmonic’s first program of the 2016-17 season had ominous portents, yet it was an uplifting evening.

The Ticket: Classical picks

Critic’s picks for classical music performances in the Boston area.

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The Munich-based KlangVerwaltung Orchestra.

German orchestra with ‘democratic system’ comes to Boston

Enoch zu Guttenberg conducts the KlangVerwaltung Orchestra, an ensemble that operates without hierarchy.

William Merritt Chase’s “The Mandolin Player.”


Exotic collection was instrumental for painter William Merritt Chase

The Manhattan studio of the artist — who is now the subject of a show at the Museum of Fine Arts — overflowed with objects, including a fascinating flock of musical instruments.

The Ticket: Music

Maura Johnston’s top picks for pop, rock, and hip-hop concerts.

Miley Cyrus performing last month.

Knock knock, Virginia voters. Who’s there? Miley Cyrus.

Cyrus, who hasn’t been shy about her disdain for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, will be going door-to-door for Hillary Clinton.

Anne Azéma, artistic director of the Boston Camerata.

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With ‘City of Fools,’ Boston Camerata reflects the times

Saturday’s program reaches back to the Middle Ages to offer some acidic commentary on society, power, and corruption.

A vocal rehearsal for the short opera “The Drumf and the Rhinegold.”

In Trump-inspired opera parody, it ain’t over until the third wife sings

In “The Drumf and the Rhinegold,” a parody of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle, Rhinemaidens named Ivana, Marla, and Melania try to take down an evil overlord.


From shy megastar Sia, an overwhelming show

The Australian hitmaker, on her first arena tour, stopped in Tuesday at TD Garden.

The J. Geils Band (from left): Seth Justman, Magic Dick, Peter Wolf, J. Geils, Stephen Jo Bladd, and Danny Klein.


J. Geils Band and the Cars are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

The J. Geils Band are back on the ballot for the first time since 2010

Chuck Berry in 2013.

Ninety-year-old Chuck Berry to release first new album in more than 35 years

The rock ‘n’ roll legend’s album, titled “Chuck,” will be available in 2017.

The Cars score nomination for Rock Hall induction

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Thursday that the Boston-bred pop band is among 15 acts under consideration for induction.

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Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam among this year’s nominees for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Others back as nominees include two Boston bands, the Peter Wolf-led rockers J. Geils Band and Ric Ocasek’s new wavers The Cars.

Robert Plant and Emmylou Harris performed during the Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees show at Berklee Performance Center on Sunday night.

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Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant and more put on a spectacular refugee benefit

Gathering major stars for an informal night of songs in the round, Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees raised both awareness and funds for the current crisis.

From left, artist Garth Brooks, artist Randy Travis and Mary Travis sing

3 years after stroke, Randy Travis stuns Hall of Fame crowd with ‘Amazing Grace’

The country singer found his voice during his induction Sunday into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Blue Heron music director Scott Metcalfe.

Music Review

Blue Heron takes Ockeghem to new heights

The choir gave the fourth concert in its “Ockeghem@600” series Saturday at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational.

Guest conductor Jakub Hruša leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Thursday night.

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Jakub Hruša offers a bracing tour of Eastern Europe at the BSO

The Czech guest conductor assembled an unusual program for the BSO, surrounding Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto with a trio of works by Slavic composers.

Julie Scolnik celebrates 20 years of her chamber music group

“We pride ourselves on unstuffy, accessible concerts,’’ says Scolnik. “We prefer to knock down barriers between the audience and artists.’’

Chelsea Theatre Works opens a new space for youths

“Apollinaire is now able to fully realize our commitment to providing the community with a dedicated home for young artists to play, learn, and experiment,” said artistic director Danielle Jacques.


Unleashing the spectral side of the electric guitar

Performance at BU by Giacomo Baldelli includes Tristan Murail’s singular 1984 piece “Vampyr!”.

Squeeze (from left): Glenn Tilbrook, Stephen Large, Chris Difford, Simon Hanson, and Lucy Shaw.

Pop craftsmen Difford and Tillbrook get Squeeze back together for a tour

Squeeze, led by brilliant pop songwriters Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, visits Boston this week, after releasing their first new album in almost two decades last year.

Abigail Fischer will perform at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Museums special

Critic’s picks: Live music in museums

Live music isn’t confined to concert halls, arenas, and clubs — a lot of it is presented in museums. Here’s what’s coming up in Boston and beyond.

The Ticket: Pop

Maura Johnston’s music picks

The Ticket: Classical picks

Critic’s picks for classical music performances around the Boston area.

Ben Affleck in a scene from


The Weekender: Ben Affleck, art envy, and free hot dogs

Everything fun to do in Boston and beyond.

Bob Dylan performing at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

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Bob Dylan isn’t literature. He’s better.

Does it do the man a disservice to call him anything other than a songwriter, and very near the greatest of our time?

Christine and the Queens performing at the Paradise on Wednesday.

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Christine and the Queens delivers a miracle tonic of dance music

French singer Héloïse Letissier and her fierce backup dancers seduced a Boston crowd with cool dance pop and warm encouragement to embrace their inner freak.

Cuban singer and dancer Omara Portuondo in an undated file photo.


Buena Vista star Omara Portuondo is 85. But you wouldn’t know it from her two-hour-long Cambridge concert.

Backed by Anat Cohen, Regina Carter, and her own Cuban band, the lone surviving vocalist from Buena Vista Social Club delivered a star turn at Sanders Theatre.

Bob Dylan performing during the Bluesfest music festival in 2011.

Dylan’s Nobel win is met with mixed response

A lot of people have weighed in on Bob Dylan’s new Nobel Prize for literature, from the president to Stephen King.

Cohen in 2013.

Leonard Cohen: ‘I am ready to die.’

Cohen has never been cheery, but in a new interview with The New Yorker, he expressed just how ready he is.

Bob Dylan in 2012.

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Dylan already has his millions — keep the Nobel Prize for underappreciated writers

American rock stars should not annex the tiny number of international prizes allocated for writers of literature.

Bob Dylan in 1984.

It’s impossible to limit Bob Dylan to 10. So here are 14 Dylan songs for your day.

In light of Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, let’s enjoy some of his music today.

This video explains why Bob Dylan is a great poet

Add a Nobel Prize to Bob Dylan’s long list of awards.

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In a surprise move, Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize

Dylan received the Nobel Prize in literature even though his work does not fit into the literary canons that the prize has traditionally recognized.

From left: Anita Bias, Paris Strother, and Amber Strother of King perform at South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin earlier this year.

Celestial soul trio KING wants to break down walls, not build them

The sumptuous, jazz-inflected soul of Anita Bias and Amber and Paris Strother’s group points in the opposite direction from today’s solipsistic R&B.

Blackberry Smoke

Album Review

Blackberry Smoke’s new album delivers amped-up Americana

The Georgia band’s “Like An Arrow” is full of big country-rock songs that don’t overstay their welcome.

A portrait of Prince hangs on the wall of the home of Margo Davis as she looks over a collection of Prince memorabilia.

Nearly 6 months later, Prince superfans are still mourning

‘‘I don’t know how I’ll come out from under this cloud,” said a fan.

Big Dance Theater, with Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, will perform its program “Short Form” at the Institute of Contemporary Art Oct. 14-15.

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

Roger Waters is joined onstage by children during his performance of “Another Brick in the Wall” at the 2016 Desert Trip music festival in Indio, Calif.

Roger Waters puts his politics center stage at Desert Trip

The 73-year-old singer-songwriter also addressed the Black Lives Matter movement during a politically-charged performance at the Desert Trip music festival.

Music Review

Fretwork kicks off BEMF’s 27th season

The program returned Fretwork (marking its 30th anniversary) to its roots, 16th- and 17th-century English viol music, from Elizabeth’s reign through the Restoration.

Joan Marie Johnson, 72, Dixie Cups founder

The group’s hit “Chapel of Love” unseated the Beatles from the top of the Billboard 100 in 1964.

Andris Nelsons leading the BSO at Symphony Hall on Thursday.

Music review

BSO stages fruitful dialogue between past and present

Andris Nelsons led an intelligently crafted program of Brahms and Widmann, making connections both general and ultra-specific.

Gustav Leonhardt as Johann Sebastian Bach in the film “Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach.”


A view of Bach, unfiltered by fantasy

“Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach,” a striking biography of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, is on view at the Harvard Film Archive.