‘Christmas Celtic Sojourn’ a holiday gathering worth celebrating

Now in its 16th year, this annual ensemble concert of playing, singing, reading, and dancing has itself become a holiday tradition in the Boston area.

The Year in Arts

The Year in Arts: The best in music, dance, television, art, theater

From Ariana Grande to art in the #MeToo era, with Globe critics’ Top 10 picks in TV, music, theater, art, and dance for 2018.

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Ayla Brown performs the National Anthem during the opening of the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)


Ayla Brown is coming to the Boston airwaves

The “American Idol” finalist will be a co-host on “Jackson and Ayla Brown” on Country 102.5.

From left: Maxime Sanchez, Isaiah J. Thompson, Tom Oren, and Herbie Hancock are shown onstage during the awards presentation at the 2018 Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz International Piano Competition.


Berklee student Tom Oren wins international jazz competition

Berklee student Tom Oren, 24, won the 2018 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington earlier this month.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, Dec. 17-30

Take in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” or the MatzoBall, Jimmy Tingle Standup, and more.

Kanye reignites Drake feud on Twitter

West appeared to reignite a feud with the fellow rapper in a series of tweets on Thursday in which he claimed Drake had called trying to threaten him.

The Year in Arts 2018

Best classical performances of 2018

Highlights included everything from Bartók and Brahms to an immersive Stockhausen performance.

The Year in Arts 2018

In 2018, the artists who pushed past boundaries gave us peak pop

From Drake to Ariana Grande, Maren Morris to Kacey Musgraves, the singers who forged their own paths created the year’s most memorable moments.

The Year in Arts 2018

Maura Johnston’s Top 10 concerts of 2018

The year’s best shows, bookended by Dropkick Murphys and Liz Phair.

Holiday Arts Preview 2018

Holiday arts preview 2018

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From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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Read about the latest albums reviewed by the Globe.

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Aisslinn Nosky (left) and Max Mandel with the Handel and Haydn Society.

The Year in Arts 2018

Never mind the hashtags. In classical music, it’s all about connection

After the seats emptied and the music faded into memory, I most vividly recall the moments this year that made me forget about the distractions waiting on my phone.

INDIO, CA - APRIL 21: Jorja Smith performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 21, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and Def Leppard, the top fan vote-getter.

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‘Springsteen on Broadway’ soundtrack reveals a man at odds with his brilliant disguise

Over its 2½-hour length, the recording of Springsteen’s autobiographical show stands on its own as an unusually forthright act of self-demystification.

Emi Ferguson’s arrangements of Bach will be performed at the Run AMOC! Festival.

Venturing outside the box with American Modern Opera Company’s flutist

This year’s Run AMOC! Festival, presented by American Repertory Theater, includes arrangements of Bach that flutist Emi Ferguson created with the baroque band Ruckus.

From left: Alex Agresti, James McDermott, and Kris Roman of Bay Faction.

Berklee-bred Bay Faction will never be the same

Renegotiating the parameters of their sound has been the only way forward for the trio, who just released their debut album, “Florida Guilt.”

Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) and Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Sony Pictures Animation's SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Holiday gift guide edition!

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

Janet Jackson performed during the European MTV Awards in Bilbao, Spain.

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music, and the Zombies.

The best books of 2018

Our critics share their favorites in fiction, general nonfiction, mystery, sports, and graphic novels.

Cousin Stizz performed at the Boston Calling festival in May.

Cousin Stizz named artist of the year at Boston Music Awards

He’s the first hip-hop artist to claim the BMAs’ highest honor.

Elizabeth Rowe, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's principal flute player, at her home in Boston in November. Rowe is suing the BSO over equal pay.

The star BSO flute player was paid $70,000 less than the oboist — so she sued. Here’s an update on the case

In July, Elizabeth Rowe filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the Boston Symphony Orchestra seeking $200,000 in back pay.

Boston, MA., 12/101/2018, Five year old Jaelani Taromino, a cardiac patient at Boston Children's Hospital, conducts the Boston Pops. Keith Lockhart along with musicians from the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus spread holiday cheer to patients at Boston Children's Hospital. Four New England Patriots players attended. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff


Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops ring in the holidays at Children’s Hospital

Tanglewood Festival Chorus singers, along with brass and rhythm section musicians, sailed through a medley of holiday favorites for the young patients and their parents.

Amanda Palmer with Violinist, and Patrick Q. Wright, and vocalist Edward Ka-Spel performing at the Middle East. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Lifestyle,)


Amanda Palmer announces new album, drops new single

“There Will Be No Intermission” is Palmer’s first solo studio album in six years.

Eminem (left) and Joyner Lucas. Lucas, a Worcester native, has been nominated for two Grammys, including Best Rap Video for his viral hit, “I’m Not a Racist.”


Worcester rapper Joyner Lucas nominated for two Grammys

One nod is for his viral music video, “I’m Not Racist,” which has been viewed more than 104 million times.

Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford at TD Garden.

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A stirring, folksy sermon from Mumford & Sons at TD Garden

The band delivered a rousing 19-song set — and a gibe about the Patriots’ loss.

Mistral ensemble cofounders Julie Scolnik and her husband, Michael Brower, visit Ingrid Christiansen (center), who was resuscitated at a recent Mistral concert. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)

Can a concert save your life? For one Brookline woman, it may have

Ingrid Christiansen, 89, went into cardiac arrest in the middle of a concert by the chamber music ensemble Mistral. What happened next was dramatic.

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The Arneis Quartet flowers at MIT

The program included three tricky American works, and with high risk came high reward.

Kendrick Lamar topped all recording artists with eight nominations.

Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy nominations, where women make a comeback

The music of “Black Panther,” with Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy nods, and women are heavily represented in the major categories.

Keith Lockhart conducts Holiday Pops Thursday at Symphony Hall.

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Pops’ playful performance fits the spirit of the season

Holiday Pops features traditional tunes and other treats.

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The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

The joy of being David Crosby

The genial singer is candid about harmonizing with his new band, reuniting with his old one, Twitter trolls, and his weed routine.

Brooklyn, NY - 28 July 2017. A crowd estimated at 9,000 filled the Prospect Park Bandshell, with an estimated 3,000 outside the fence, for a concert by Esperanza Spalding and Andrew Bird at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Esperanza Spalding on stage. (Photo by: Ed Lefkowicz /VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)

Things to Do

The Weekender: Visionary singers, stirring stories, and RuPaul’s ‘Holi-slay Spectacular’

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

The Gibson Brothers: Leigh (left) and Eric.

Gibson Brothers electrified by their new sound

The bluegrass stars plug in on their new album, “Mockingbird,” and supporting tour.

07namesHolidayPops -- (Left to Right) Regina Pisa, Alex Cora, Laura Osnes, John Power, Keith Lockhart, and Jerry Remy. (Michael Blanchard/BSO)


Company Christmas at Pops raises over $1 million

Broadway star Laura Osnes, Red Sox manager Alex Cora, and broadcaster Jerry Remy were a part of the celebration.

The Ticket: Jazz and blues

This week’s picks: The Rhythm Future Quartet, Jeff Pitchell & the Texas Flood, and the 41st annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert.

Monsta X, shown performing during iHeartMedia’s Jingle Ball show in San Francisco on Dec. 1, closed the Boston show at TD Garden Tuesday night.

Music Review

The highs, lows, and bros of Jingle Ball 2018

Tuesday night’s show at TD Garden, featuring eight acts of varying fame, was appropriately uneven.

“Music from Big Pink” 50th anniversary edition

Six artists whose reissues are the gifts that keep on giving

What’s old is new again from the likes of the Band, Bobbie Gentry, Glen Campbell, the Louvin Brothers, Joe Strummer, and Kirsty MacColl.

Keith Lockhart conducting during Holiday Pops.

Lockhart and the Pops have holiday cheer to spare

The Holiday Pops season — 40 performances in all — kicks off Wednesday.

05names - Travis Scott performs at The Grand on Sunday, Dec. 2. (Big Night Entertainment Group)


Travis Scott visits Harvard, parties with Celtics during whirlwind day in Boston

Oh, and the rapper performed at TD Garden.

Actress Priyanka Chopra (right) and singer Nick Jonas during the mehendi Friday, a day before their Western-style wedding ceremony at Umaid Bhawan palace in Jodhpur, India.

Here are photos and videos from Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s elaborate wedding(s) in India

Singer Nick Jonas and actress Priyanka Chopra tied the knot this past weekend — and photos and videos are being released of the dayslong celebration.

Travis Scott performs at TD Garden.

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At the Garden, Travis Scott takes fans along on the ride of his life

On a stage that featured a roller coaster and carousel, the rapper performed a ferocious 85-minute set.

Bernard Labadie conducted the Handel and Haydn Society orchestra and soloist Philippe Sly (standing) in Handel’s “Messiah.”

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Oratorio of oratorios, forever and ever: Handel & Haydn Society delivers a stirring ‘Messiah’

The performance urged listeners to join the chorus in spirit, if not in actual song.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Dec. 3-9

Hanukkah at the MFA, the Harvard Square Holiday Fair, and more.

Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (Photo by Winslow Townson) Andris Nelsons, conductor Carolyn Sampson, soprano Christine Rice, mezzo-soprano Sebastian Kohlhepp, tenor Andrè Schuen, baritone Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Boston Symphony Children’s Choir, James Burton, conductor

Music Review

Nelsons and the BSO tackle a seasonal rarity

Though there were pleasant moments, most in the second half, this was not a highlight of the BSO’s encounters with Bach.

11Messiah Photo by Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films. Boston Baroque Messiah at NEC's Jordan Hall. Credit Kathy Wittman (3).

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Boston, MA 11-28-18: Lawrence Rines as the Bear is pictured during a dress rehearsal of the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker held at the Boston Opera House. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Grinch,’ and endangered elves

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

Composer Nino Rota, circa 1972.


A cinematic symphony from Nino Rota

The composer’s “Symphony on a Song of Love” had a serpentine history, including an appearance in Luchino Visconti’s film “The Leopard.”

 17ttfarewell Billy at the Descendents 1987001: Billy Ruane, the late local music promoter and man about town, at a Descendents show at T.T. the BearÕs in 1987. ÒI love this picture of Billy, and to the right of him is Dana Ong from the band Slaughter Shack,Ó says Gonson. Photo credit: JJ Gonson.

At long last, Billy Ruane Square is coming to Cambridge

Eight years after the Boston music icon’s death, Billy Ruane is finally getting a memorial.

The lineup for “Honoring Bessie Smith — Empress of the Blues” includes (left, from top) Doyle Bramhall II, Shemekia Copeland, and Dom Flemons, along with (right, from top) Meshell Ndegeocello, Valerie Simp-son, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Nona Hendryx.

At the Cabot, an all-star lineup genuflects to ‘Empress’ Bessie Smith

Paula Cole has assembled a lineup that includes Meshell Ndegeocello, Shemekia Copeland, Nona Hendryx, Valerie Simpson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Doyle Bramhall II, and Don Flemons.

On his current tour, Rufus Wainwright looks back at his younger self

The singer is revisiting his self-titled debut album on its 20th anniversary and its follow-up, 2001’s “Poses.”

Ben Gailing and Hankus Netsky, photographed at Netsky’s 1989 wedding.

Yiddish radio lives again in a tribute to a Boston showman

Hankus Netsky and Hebrew National Salvage are hosting a lively afternoon of Yiddish music in Waltham to mark the 120th anniversary of Ben Gailing’s birth.