Margaret Glaspy at the Newport Folk Festival.

Credit: Tori Bedford/WGBH's Front Row Boston

Boston Public Radio's Fall Concert Roundtable

September 13, 2017

We’re a little bit country, we’re a little bit rock and roll — and, as always, we’re a classical bunch. It’s time for our concert roundtable: What shows to catch and tunes to listen to with Brian McCreath, Brian O’Donovan and Rob Hochschild.

WCRB’s Brian McCreath is the producer of WCRB’s Boston Symphony Orchestra broadcasts, the executive producer of WCRB's In Concert, and host of an interview podcast from WCRB called The Answered Question.

Rob Hochschild is an Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at Berklee College of Music

Brian O’Donovan is the host of WGBH’s A Celtic Sojourn.

Brian McCreath’s picks:

I. Who: Chameleon Arts Ensemble

When: Sept. 23 & 24

Where: First Church Boston, Marlborough Street

Tracks:

  • Charles Ives' songs; Amy Beach – Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67 (1908)
  • Arthur Berger – Quartet for Winds
  • John Harbison – "North & South II" for soprano, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, and strings
  • Aaron Copland – "Appalachian Spring" (original for 13 inst.)

 

II. What: Leonard Bernstein Centennial Season Celebration, Opening Night

When: Sept. 22

Where: Symphony Hall

Tracks: (hosted by Frederica von Stade)  

  • Divertimento; "Halil" (for flute & orch., featuring Principal Flutist Elizabeth Rowe)
  • Vocal selections, featuring soprano Julia Bullock
  • Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

 

III. Who: Haydn and Mahler

When: Sept. 23 and 26

Where: Symphony Hall

What: Andris Nelsons developing a pattern of opening subscription season with an all-orchestral program, to put a spotlight on the BSO players — instead of big name soloist.

Tracks:

  • Haydn – Symphony 103, “Drumroll”  
  • Mahler – Symphony 1

 

IV. Who: A Far Cry (two concerts)

1. Dinnerstein Premieres Glass, with pianist Simone Dinnerstein​

When: Sept. 22

Where: Jordan Hall 

Tracks:

  • Phillip Glass – Symphony 3;
  • Bach – Piano Concerto in G minor;
  • Bach – Brandenburg 3;
  • Glass – Piano Concerto No. 3 (AFC commission)

2. Music in Migration, with pianist Heng-Jin Park

When:  Oct. 21 and 22

Where:  St. John’s Episcopal Church (Oct. 21) and the Gardner Museum (Oct. 22)

 

Brian O’Donovan’s Picks:

I. Who: Margaret Glaspy

When: Sept. 21

Where: Sinclair in Cambridge

Track: “Love Like This”

 

II. Who: Yasmin Levy

What: World Music

When: Nov. 5

Where: Berklee Performance Center

Track: “Mi Korasón”

 

III. Who: Joan Osborne

What: Sings the songs of Bob Dylan

When: Nov. 3

Where: Celebrity Series, Sanders Theatre

Track: “Quinn The Eskimo”

Rob Hochschild’s picks:

I. Who: Jazzmeia Horn

What: Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

When: Sept. 30

Where:  Columbus Avenue, South End

Track: “Tight”

 

II. Who: Regina Carter

When: Oct. 8

Where: Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport, Massachusetts)

Track: “Dedicated to You”

 

III. Who: Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band

When: Nov. 10

Where: Scullers Jazz Club

Track: “Farewell Blue Bird”

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