Boston Ballet Opens its Season with a Celebration of Finland

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Boston Ballet, under Finnish artistic director Mikko Nissinen, opened its 2017-18 season Nov. 3 at the Boston Opera House with mixed performance of traditional and contemporary dance. The night also celebrated Finnish work, the 100th anniversary of the country's independence from Russia occurring later this year. The night opened with an orchestral performance of Finnish...continue reading




BSO and Dutoit Bring the Devil to Boston

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Beginning in the 19th century, the legend of Faust, as written by Goethe, inspired a number of orchestral compositions, including Wagner’s “Faust Overture,” Liszt’s “Faust-Symphony” and Schumann’s “Scenes from Goethe’s Faust.” Today, one of the most well-known is Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust (English: The Damnation of Faust) On Oct. 28, the Boston Symphony Orchestra...continue reading




“Past is Present: Revival Jewelry” at the MFA

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Though a small exhibit, “Past is Present: Revival Jewelry” at the Museum of Fine Arts manages to tell the story of 2,400 years of opulence. There are 80 objects on display, the majority of which are from the museum’s own collection, ranging from ancient treasures to modern Cartier. Head of Medusa pendant dating from 1906,...continue reading




Kaleo at House of Blues

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Icelandic rock band Kaleo performed a sold-out show at the House of Blues Oct. 16 as part of their Express Tour. Joined by two opening bands, it was a long night of varied musical styles. Kaleo appeared on-stage to the cheers of the crowd and to the beat of “Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band,...continue reading




Atlas Genius at ONCE Ballroom

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ONCE Ballroom in Somerville played host to three bands Oct. 14 for a night of spirited entertainment and broken boundaries. Half the Animal, an alternative pop rock band from Laguna Beach, California, opened the show. Made up of lead vocalist Chase Johnson, drummer Nick Gross, bassist Evan Smith and guitarist Alex Asch, they gave a...continue reading