Sean Chen’s Boston Re-Debut

Sean Chen must be doing something right. In the past two years, he has received awards from some of the highest-profiled international piano competitions, has released two CDs, and has performed in cities across the United States and Europe. On Saturday evening, the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts hosted Mr. Chen at New England Conservatory’s […]

Alias Wins.. Again.

This group always makes me happy. Tuesday night was another 2-hour installment in Alias’s 2013–14 season, and these things never disappoint. The concert opened with a work unbeknownst to me, Twisted Dances by Piotr Szewczyk (that’s a lot of consonants), a four-movement play on traditional dances: Polka, Waltz, Jig, Tarantella. Each was treated in a […]

The Boston Philharmonic Begins Its 35th Season

The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Benjamin Zander, kicked off its 35th season Thursday evening with three performances of an all-Russian program. The concert took place in Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, a performance space thats rich history is matched by its reverberant acoustics. First on the program was Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan & […]

ALIAS Chamber Ensemble plays really good music… really well.

I love that I moved back to Nashville–mostly because of music like this. Tuesday night was my first ALIAS Chamber Ensemble concert since moving back in August, and it was such a joyous, refreshing evening. The group has long been a favorite of mine, known for donating all of their ticket proceeds to local charities: […]

Chris Norton // Sept. 16

I love the feeling of walking into a concert hall and seeing a stage full of percussion gear. Almglocken, marimbas, glockenspiels, all manner of rattles, shakers, and–of course–a lion’s roar. Monday night’s faculty recital was in two distinct halves: the first being a solo marimba portion, the second a set with the Sympatico Percussion Quintet. […]