Latin Grammys pay tribute to Puerto Rico in songs, speeches

Thursday’s Latin Grammy Awards were a love letter to Puerto Rico, with several artists dedicating their performances and awards to the island hard hit by Hurricane Maria.

George Steel (left, with musician Rufus Wainwright at a New York City opera in 2012) will be the Gardner Museum’s next Abrams Curator of Music.

Gardner Museum taps George Steel as new curator for music 

The veteran New York impresario, curator, and conductor, takes over Jan. 1.  

“Telephone” by Lady Gaga, says Marc Hirsh, is a tight package that takes longer to fully unpack than the 3:41 it takes to play through.

Pop perfection: What makes a song a classic?

What makes a song the one we want — no, need — to listen to over and over again?


A playlist of pop masterpieces

We asked some Globe staffers and music contributors to pick a perfect a pop song (and four runners-up, because choosing just one was way, way too hard). Here’s what they chose.

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Dylan highlights his later period in Agganis Arena show

Fans looking for greatest hits had only “It Ain’t Me, Babe” and “Highway 61 Revisited” to content them over the first 70 minutes of the show.

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Christmas carols, Arabic instruments

The 15-year partnership between Boston Camerata and Arabic ensemble Sharq began with an immigration emergency.

Classical Music

Holiday classical picks

A selection of classical events for the holidays in Greater Boston.

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Holiday pop picks

10 holiday pop music picks from Maura Johnston.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Nov. 20-26

“The Color Purple,” Tubas at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and more.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

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Read about the latest albums reviewed by the Globe.

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Andris Nelsons conducts Martin Helmchen and the BSO in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

Martin Helmchen offers a high-voltage performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3

The German pianist appeared with the BSO under Andris Nelsons at Symphony Hall.


The death of The Sexiest Man Alive

Not now, we have a headache.

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook play a Squeeze show at the Wilbur Nov. 21.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Leonard Bernstein leads the BSO in rehearsal in 1988.

For Lenny’s centennial, Tanglewood goes all in

The BSO will devote its 2018 Tanglewood season to  honoring Bernstein. 

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Pentatonix in harmony with the holidays

Phillips Andover grad Kevin Olusola talks about the quintet’s first-ever Christmas tour, which includes four shows at the Wang.

The Semer Project performing “Rescued Treasure” at Granoff Music Center Tuesday.

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Semer Project brings joy of discovery to music once thought to have been lost

At Tufts, the ensemble revived the catalog of 1930s Jewish label Semer Records, previously thought to have been destroyed.

Quattro Mani (Susan Grace and Steven Beck) performed in Cambridge Monday.

Music Review

Boulez’s shocker from midcentury, and the waves it made 

A program at Le Laboratoire Cambridge also featured music by Machover, Rzewski, and Lerdahl.

Album Review

Morrissey’s ‘Low in High School’: a boy and his dogma

Moz’s sloganeering sinks some of the tracks on his new album, but overall he sounds more inspired than he has in a long while.


Indian Hill Music’s new Groton location under construction

Construction is now underway for Indian Hill Music’s new home in Groton.

After a reunion last year, Letters to Cleo members (clockwise from bottom left) Kay Hanley, Greg McKenna, Michael Eisenstein, and Stacy Jones are assembling again for a three-night stand in town.

Letters to Cleo bringing it back home

Their shows at the Paradise this weekend will feature complete performances of the band’s three albums, one each night.

Cousin Stizz performed at Boston Calling earlier this year.

Two dead in Atlanta following shooting at rap concert featuring Dorchester artist

The incident happened at an event where Cousin Stizz was set to perform.

2 dead, 2 wounded in Atlanta concert shooting

The violence began when two people climbed onstage between performances, police said.

A Far Cry

Music Review

A Far Cry’s ‘Blue Hour,’ aglow in Jordan Hall 

On Friday night, A Far Cry presented a song-cycle based on Carolyn Forché’s poetry.

Benjamin Zander leading the Boston Philharmonic.

Music Review

Postcards from Italy, with the Boston Philharmonic

On Thursday night, Benjamin Zander led the orchestra in works by Berlioz and Sibelius.  

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Five things to do, Nov. 13-19

Hurling at Fenway Park, all-female “Julius Caesar,” Thanksgiving kickoff in Plymouth, and more.

Taylor Swift’s album cover

Album Review

Taylor Swift reckons with her ‘Reputation’

In classic Taylor Swift fashion, the new album is sure to annoy as many people as it pleases.

“The Life Line” is in the “Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England” show at Worcester Art Museum.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

“I want to make art that reflects where I’m at in life. I’m loving the spot that I’m in,” says Seattle-based rapper Macklemore.

Macklemore is having ‘the most fun’ — and it shows

The Seattle-based rapper returns to Boston for a sold-out show at the House of Blues, riding high on his solo album “Gemini.”

Nate Sloan says “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen (pictured) is a pop classic.

Expert opinions on the greatest pop hits

We asked musicians and writers to cite some classic pop songs and explain what makes them great.

Guitarist John McLaughlin performing onstage with his band the 4th Dimension at the Wilbur Theatre Wednesday night .

music review

A memorable farewell from jazz fusion giant John McLaughlin

McLaughlin and band hit the stage at the Wilbur with what looked, sounded, and felt like a supply of boundless energy.

French writer Marcel Proust was the inspiration for a Nov. 5 concert in Brookline.

Third Ear | Jeremy Eichler

Proust’s ear for music, and the ineffable in art 

A recent concert reminded audiences of the rich connections between Proust and music. 

William Burden and Emma Sorenson in “The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare.”

opera review

At the BLO, it’s the bodies in question

A world premiere opera reimagines grisly events in 19th-century Edinburgh.

Saoirse Ronan in “Lady Bird.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Crazy trains, dope queens, con men, and Taylor Swift

What to see and do between now and Monday.

H&H’s Ian Watson, who worked on the “Amadeus” soundtrack in the 1980s, will help provide live accompaniment for screenings of the film.

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‘Amadeus,’ with H&H, comes to Symphony Hall

The Oscar-winning film gets live accompaniment on period instruments for the first time.

John Carpenter

In this sequel, filmmaker John Carpenter is the leader of a band

The director of “Halloween” and other sci-fi/horror classics is on the road performing the scores he composed for his films.

Elton John spoke to an audience of Harvard students, staff, and superfans at Sanders Theatre Monday.


First the Rolling Stones, now Elton John to play private Kraft bash at Gillette

Wednesday night will be the second time Patriots owner Robert Kraft has booked a big-name musical artist to perform a private concert at Gillette Stadium.

Billy Bragg performs at the Wilbur Theater in 2016.

cd review

Billy Bragg delivers the news on ‘Bridges Not Walls’

Comprising just six songs, the EP gathers Bragg singles released over the past few months.

Pere Ubu is among 34 acts in the eclectic lineup for Hassle Fest 9.

Hassle Fest is keeping the DIY dream alive

In its ninth year, the all-ages, all-volunteer festival showcases artists out of the mainstream, including headliners Pere Ubu and Dan Deacon.

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol’s new choral work “DEVRAN” was born of frustration at stereotyping of Muslims.

Music that won’t be typecast from Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

The Istanbul-born, Boston-based composer’s new choral work was born of frustration at stereotyping of Muslims.

Kelela performing in Philadelphia in September.

Rising R&B star Kelela grateful her fans are willing to dig deep

Taking her debut album on the road, she’s received nothing but positive feedback about the record and live shows.

Janet Jackson (pictured during a State of the World show in Houston) brought her tour to TD Garden Sunday.

Music Review

Janet Jackson showcases artistic depth, towering stage presence at TD Garden

The concert was also a reminder that the hopes for a better world that powered tracks like “Rhythm Nation” and “New Agenda” remain relevant years after their original release.

BSO managing director Mark Volpe (right), pictured with music director Andris Nelsons at Harvard in April, is in Japan with Nelsons and the orchestra.

On tour in Japan, BSO looks to the future

BSO managing director Mark Volpe discusses the orchestra’s travels.

FILE - In this June 27, 2015 file photo, Brad Paisley performs during day two of the 2015 FarmBorough Music Fest in New York. Paisley, the co-host of the Country Music Association Awards, is calling on the organization to rescind media restrictions barring reporters from asking about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, gun rights or political affiliations at the awards show. Paisley tweeted Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, that he’s sure the CMA “will do the right thing and rescind these ridiculous and unfair press guidelines” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

After outcry, CMA rescinds media restrictions on questions about Vegas shooting

The Country Music Association tried to impose restrictions on any questions about the Las Vegas shooting, gun rights or political affiliations.

Tegan and Sara perform at the Orpheum Nov. 9.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Michael Troy died of cancer in 2015 at the age of 64.

Memorial concert celebrates Fall River folk singer Michael Troy

Proceeds benefit the music department at Durfee High, the late singer’s alma mater.

Janet Jackson brings her State of the World Tour to the TD Garden Sunday.

Janet Jackson’s career has been marked by bold moves

The boundary-pushing pop star brings her “State of the World” tour to the TD Garden Sunday.

City Winery CEO Michael Dorf in front of a fermentation tank that was to be installed at the Boston location, which is slated to open Nov. 10.


City Winery prepares to pop the cork on the city’s newest music venue

After a several delays, the upscale dining and concert venue between North Station and Haymarket is scheduled to open Nov. 10.

Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Hunky vikings, new wavers, and Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty)

The Globe’s guide to the best things to do this weekend.

György Ligeti, shown circa 1975.


‘Bagatelles’ in Budapest, from a restless Ligeti

Musicians from Marlboro return to the Gardner Museum Nov. 19 with a program including a sidelong declaration of independence: György Ligeti’s “Six Bagatelles” for wind quintet.

In the fall of 1917, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under its German conductor, Dr. Karl Muck, was on top of the classical music world. Muck and his wife, Anita (bottom left), were the toast of Boston society. But everything changed on October 30, 1917, when he was assailed for allegedly refusing to play the national anthem.

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Sex, spies, and the national anthem: The BSO scandal you’ve never heard of

One hundred years ago, one of the world’s top conductors was ensnared in a scandal involving patriotism and sex. It almost toppled Boston’s famed orchestra.


Album review

Hardcore as high art on Converge’s ‘The Dusk in Us’

For 27 years the Boston band has mined the deepest recesses of inner life with melancholy and outrage, but never with more dynamic reach than on its new album.