Posted on: Mar 3 2015 - 12:11pm
Christopher Wilkins reflects the magic of recent performances and the extraordinary achievements of the Boston Philharmonic under Ben Zander
"I was riveted from beginning to end." The first response of one exceptionally informed fan captures what we hope to hear from everyone who attends a Boston Philharmonic concert.
Christopher Wilkins serves as Music Director of the Akron Symphony in Ohio and...
Posted on: Feb 23 2015 - 3:30pm
Still Another BPO Knockout
by Mark DeVoto, Boston Musical Intelligencer (February 23, 2015)
In the beginning, and in a hopeful mood considering all the snow on the ground, we thrilled to “Frühlingsstimmen” (Voice of Spring), one of the most familiar of the hundreds of waltzes by Johann Strauss the Younger, during Sunday’s third of Boston Philharmonic’s latest series. The orchestra was in...
Posted on: Feb 23 2015 - 11:57am
Lovely meeting of musical minds between Philharmonic, Mikolaj
By Jonathan Blumhofer, Worcester Telegram & Gazette (February 21, 2015)
Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra came to Mechanics Hall on Friday night, courtesy of Music Worcester. It was their third appearance in town since 2013, but first under the festival's banner.
Without a doubt, the highlight of the somewhat...
Posted on: Feb 20 2015 - 12:27pm
Polish soprano soars in Strauss and Mahler with Boston Philharmonic
by Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review (February 20, 2015)
Frigid temperatures, chin-high snow drifts, and transportation delays may be contributing to a low mood in Boston these days, but Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic lifted spirits Thursday night at Sanders Theatre with the fresh and welcome sounds of spring....
Posted on: Feb 19 2015 - 12:34pm
Orchestra students welcome tips from famous conductor
Cassatt residency brings knowledge, confidence
Boston Philharmonic conductor Benjamin Zander came to the Permian Basin on a mission Wednesday – to show Permian and Odessa High School orchestra students the power of music.
His appearance, part of the Cassatt String Quartet’s residency in the Permian Basin, included coaching sessions with local...
Posted on: Feb 19 2015 - 11:15am
A Youth Orchestra Like Ivory Snow
by Mark DeVoto
For nearly three hours a group of confident young people played like 99.44% pure professionals, with mature musicianship and expert technique. Nine student soloists participated, all playing with a self-assurance that was fully earned. These instrumentalists will be tomorrow’s respected and even renowned professionals, and that tomorrow isn’t far...
Posted on: Dec 18 2014 - 4:21pm
Off-Stage: Sharing the Vision of Possibility Worldwide
Maestro Zander conducts training at El Sistema-inspired program in Mexico
Maestro Benjamin Zander left just after our last concert weekend to spend the week of Thanksgiving in Mexico, where he gave a series of talks on “The Art of Possibility,” and subsequently led a rigorous two-day training for a dozen conductors teaching under the...
Posted on: Nov 5 2014 - 10:18am
Zander, Boston Philharmonic open season with bold and beautiful Rachmaninoff
By Aaron Keebaugh
Colossal romantic works seem to be tailor-made for Benjamin Zander. Indeed, the conductor relishes in the gigantic sound worlds of Bruckner and Mahler, and his interpretations of their symphonies are always affecting and vivid.
Sunday afternoon at Sanders Theatre, Zander led the Boston Philharmonic...
Posted on: May 5 2014 - 12:40pm
Boston Phil’s Momentous Mahler Ninth
by James C.S. Liu
The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra under Music Director Benjamin Zander wrapped up its 2013-2014 season with a performance at Symphony Hall of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 Friday night a week ago. The Ninth is a Zander touchstone, which he has presented in Boston four times since 1978 (BMInt review of their last performance from March 2010...
Posted on: Mar 3 2014 - 9:54am
Zander, Boston Philharmonic reach the summit with Bruckner
March 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm
By Aaron Keebaugh
For the Classical purist, there may be no finer Mozartean than Robert Levin.
His scholarly editions and completions of Mozart’s unfinished music—notably the Requiem— are key sources for performances around the world. And as a pianist, he favors a delicate, crystalline touch and luminous tone...