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Most Americans first got to know Russian music through two selections in the classic film Fantasia: Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain" (a gigantic night devil on a mountain raises monsters, demons, and witches from the dead and makes them dance around a fiery volcano) and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" (the beginnings of the Earth, from its formation to the end of the reign of the dinosaurs). more
LENOX — What makes Haydn Haydn and Mozart Mozart?The Boston Symphony Orchestra gave a demonstration at Tanglewood Sunday afternoon, playing nearly contemporaneous symphonies — one by each … more
For musical duo Charming Disaster, it's all in the band's name. The music of singer-songwriters Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris possesses a certain lightheartedness to it, but its narrative-driven … more
NORTH ADAMS — Blondie's road to rock royalty may have begun before the group opened for David Bowie and Iggy Pop during "The Idiot" tour in 1977, but the gig certainly helped put the new-wavers … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — At age 8, Pat Metheny started playing the trumpet. By 12, he had switched to guitar.In the more than 50 years since that seminal shift, the 64-year-old Missouri native has … more
The Pittsfield Suns' season is wrapping up, but there are still plenty of tunes to be played over the final handful of home dates at Wahconah Park. Before summer's end, we wanted to know how some … more
NORTH ADAMS — Composer Jonathan Bailey Holland has never visited Mass MoCA, but the chamber piece that he'll present at Saturday's Bang on a Can Marathon draws inspiration from an installation … more
LENOX — Nearly two centuries after its composition, Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Opus 131, remains one of the strangest quartets ever written — strangest, most … more
Nico Wohl discovered Carnegie Hall's new national youth jazz orchestra, NYO Jazz, only a week or two before the program's application deadline. The guitarist had to submit a video of selected songs, … more
LENOX — A call to action against what many see as the forces of darkness enveloping our nation.That's what composer Michael Gandolfi achieved in the world premiere of "In America," an ambitious … more
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