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Keith Powers

Music Critic, The ARTery , WBUR

Keith Powers, former music critic at the Boston Herald, now contributes to a number of outlets, including WBUR’s The ARTery.

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Ballet, Flamenco, Hip Hop — Dance For World Community And Social Change

June 07, 2016

More than 100 dance and social activism organizations will descend on Harvard Square as part of Dance for World Community, an event presented by José Mateo Ballet Theatre, in an effort to enact change.

DG’s Recording Gambit Pays Off With Andris Nelsons And The BSO’s Second Release

May 26, 2016
Andris Nelsons and the BSO perform Shostakovich Symphony No. 8 in March. (Courtesy Michael Blanchard/BSO)

This month’s Deutsche Grammophon release, with Shostakovich’s Symphonies No. 5, 8, 9, along with excerpts from the incidental music to “Hamlet,” was recorded at Symphony Hall during the 2015-’16 season.

World Premiere Of Hannah Lash’s ‘Beowulf’ Presents A Flawed, Emotional Hero

May 23, 2016
Brian Church as Beowulf and Aliana de la Guardia as Mother. (Courtesy of Liz Linder Photography)

Staged by Guerilla Opera, the contemporary retelling centers on a veteran doctor named Beowulf suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who is caring for a deteriorating, challenging mother in her last days.

Beat Furrer’s Kaleidoscope Of Composition And Sound In Residency At BU

April 08, 2016
Composer Beat Furrer. (Courtesy David Furrer.)

The Austrian composer comes to Boston for multiple lectures, coaching sessions and performances of his music all over town, from the BU campus to the Institute of Contemporary Art to Symphony Hall.

BLO’s ‘Werther’ Full Of Captivating Talent And — Chairs?

March 15, 2016
Sandra Piques Eddy as Charlotte and Alex Richardson as Werther in Boston Lyric Opera's "Werther." (Courtesy T. Charles Erickson)

The set design served as a confusing distraction to the artistry displayed in the incredible score, brilliant playing in the pit and solid cast of singers interpreting the roles.

Wilco’s Drummer, My Brightest Diamond — Celebrity Series’ Stave Sessions Is Back

March 11, 2016
A standout at this year's Stave Sessions is performer My Brightest Diamond. (Courtesy Stave Sessions)

The weeklong festival deviates from the line-up typically presented with alternative acts like contralto artist My Brightest Diamond, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and the vocal duo Sudacas.

of alternative acts — at least alternative to what the Celebrity Series typically presents —

From The Ashes Of One Ensemble Comes The Bach, Beethoven & Brahms Society

March 03, 2016
Toby Oft (left playing trombone) and conductor Steven Lipsitt (right playing clarinet) rehearse for the Bach, Beethoven & Brahms Society of Boston inaugural concert on March 6. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Boston Classical Orchestra went under in January, but its key players are moving on with the newly formed Bach, Beethoven & Brahms Society. Its debut concert is on March 6.

Ecce Ensemble Fuses Musical And Literary Tradition — And Comedy — In ‘Switch’

February 18, 2016
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and Mikhail Smigelski in "Switch." (Courtesy Jonathan Dana)

A new production from Le Laboratoire, “Switch,” takes a comic look at the artist’s struggle, paying homage to great musical and literary figures from Mozart to Campbell.

Beth Morrison Brings ‘Labyrinth,’ A Chamber-Style Installation, To The Gardner Museum

February 01, 2016
Maya Beiser performs in Paola Prestini's "Labyrinth," produced by Beth Morrison Projects. (Courtesy Jill Steinberg)

Morrison, known for her multimedia stagings like “Labyrinth” and interest in contemporary composers, says that we’ve reached a turning point in opera. “New work is really viable. It’s exciting and it’s connecting with a younger audience.”

The Story Behind ‘Penelope,’ Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Song Cycle Coming To The Gardner

December 01, 2015
Sarah Kirkland Snider. (Murat Eyoboglu)

Homer’s “Odyssey” provides the framework for “Penelope,” a rich tale of recognition, healing and the passage of time that will be staged at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Thursday, Dec. 3.

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