Madonna adds Madame X tour dates, including Boston shows

Madonna has added additional dates to her Madame X tour, including Boston performances on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, and Dec. 2 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre.

Arlo Guthrie, Keith Lockhart, and Dr. Mae Jemison at the Boston Pops’ Summer of ’69 concert.


Boston Pops celebrate the Summer of ’69

Arlo Guthrie, Keith Lockhart, and Dr. Mae Jemison caught up backstage Wednesday night.

FILE - In this July 7, 2006 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. Records show conductor James Levine’s company received $936,755 from the Metropolitan Opera in his 47th and final season, a tenure cut short when he was fired as music director emeritus after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

James Levine’s company received $936,000 from Met in final season

Levine’s company received the money in his 47th season, a tenure cut short when he was fired after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment.

The Rolling Stones announced new United States and Canada tour dates after the band was forced to postpone planned performances so legendary frontman Mick Jagger could undergo heart surgery. (Pictured, left to right) Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, and Keith Richards in a 2018 file photo.


Rolling Stones will take Gillette Stadium stage July 7

Mick Jagger, 75, fresh off heart surgery, is back in action.

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A Far Cry and Lorelei Ensemble unite for a daring odyssey

The two luminary ensembles embarked on a journey that culminated in the world premiere of Kareem Roustom’s “Odyssey”-inspired chamber epic “Hurry to the Light.”

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Boston Calling Block Party returns to the Greenway

Free concerts will take place on Thursday evenings through Aug. 29.

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David Byrne bringing ‘American Utopia’ to the Colonial for a pre-Broadway run

The former Talking Heads frontman says the show — scheduled for 18 performances in Boston — will be familiar to anyone who saw his tour last year.

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The Linde Center for Music and Learning will host Tanglewood Learning Institute events.

Summer Arts Preview 2019

Tanglewood Learning Institute sets up to enhance the audience experience, this summer and beyond

It will offer more than 140 events throughout the summer, including lectures, screenings, art classes, and informal pre-concert activities.

Pat Metheny plays the Shalin Liu Performance Center on May 22-23.

Summer Arts Preview

Jazz picks: From Cape Ann to Newport, showcases for masters and upstarts

The summer’s best jazz shows feature the likes of Pat Metheny, Harold Mabern, Joel Ross, and Jeremy Pelt.

Amanda Forsythe will star in a staged production of “Orlando generoso” during the Boston Early Music Festival.

Summer Arts Preview

Classical picks: Helen of Troy, happy endings, and a horn sonata

Recommendations for classical music events this summer.

Shawn Mendes comes to Boston Aug. 15-16 for shows at TD Garden.

Summer Arts Preview 2019

Pop and rock picks: From hip-hop to post-punk, and everything in between

Maura Johnston’s 10 concert picks.

Molly Tuttle is slated to perform at Red Room at Cafe 939 on July 17.

Summer Arts Preview

Country and folk music picks

George Strait is back on the road, Dave Alvin marks an anniversary, and Iris DeMent brings truth and twang.

Banda Magda performs at City Winery May 31.

Summer Arts Preview

World music picks: Artistry from every corner of the globe

The summer season’s highlights include performances by Banda Magda, Annie Royer, and Les Garcons Musette, and the Garifuna Collective.

Eddie Izzard performing Force Majeure World Tour. Photo credit: Amanda Searle. 04Izzard

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The Weekender: Aly & AJ; Binoche & Canet; fire & blood

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Billie Eilish will perform at The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Summer Arts Preview 2019

Five summer music festivals that span tastes and trends

From Boston Calling to Solid Sound to the Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, there’s plenty on offer for pop music fans.

The Mavericks (from left): Eddie Perez, Paul Deakin, Raul Malo, and Jerry Dale McFadden.

After stopping and restarting, the Mavericks reach a milestone

The band is embarking on its 30th anniversary tour, three decades that included a breakup and reconciliation.

Rhiannon Giddens performed at 2018’s Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade.


At the Pops, a defining moment for Rhiannon Giddens

She curates and takes center stage in a four-night residency with the Boston Pops that will showcase unheralded black composers.

With just her voice and a cello, Helen Gillet has created a new vocabulary

The core of her work is solo performance with live looping, layering cello parts and vocal lines.

Paul White will lead church choirs, featured soloists, and his own jazz trio in performances of “Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz.”

Summer Arts Preview

Celebrating the spirit that moved Duke Ellington

Performances of “Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz,” featuring church choirs, featured soloists, and a jazz trio, will be hosted by two Boston churches.

Feeling fine, Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos is ready to revisit ‘Manners’

It’s been a turbulent decade for the frontman since the release of his debut album, but he’s in a better place these days.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend perform during the Who Cares Benefit For Teen Cancer America Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on February 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) -- 03weekpop -- 06ticketpop


The Who’s Roger Daltrey has a message for fans: Don’t smoke weed near the stage at our show

Something to keep in mind before the legendary British band takes the Fenway stage in September.

Anna Rakitina will become assistant conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra starting in the 2019-20 season.

Anna Rakitina named new BSO assistant conductor

The Russian-born conductor will become only the second woman in the orchestra’s history to hold this post.


Justin Timberlake tells Berklee crowd about his musical roots and memorable collaborations

The “SexyBack” singer is in Boston to receive an honorary doctor of music degree alongside hip-hop legend Missy Elliott and “Hamilton” orchestrator Alex Lacamoire.

The Boston Ballet wraps up its season with Rhapsody, a program comprising five works. Here, dancers perform Leonid Yakobson’s Pas de Quatre.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 13-19

The Boston Ballet stages a world premiere, an author discusses a modern take on Cinderella, singers celebrate heroes, and more.

Frank Turner, the UK folk-punk singer, is bringing his Lost Evenings showcase from London to Boston.

Frank Turner crosses the pond to play festival host on Lansdowne Street

With guest artists ranging from Loudon Wainwright III to Against Me!, the UK folk-punk singer is bringing his Lost Evenings showcase from London to Boston.

For Boston’s social justice bard Evan Greer, art and activism are one

The trans activist and musician celebrates the release of her first album in 10 years, “she/her/they/them.”

Victoria Byrd and Ireon Roach in School Girls at SpeakEasy. (Maggie Hall Photography)

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Sun Li in the film ShadowA scene from the film Shadow.

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The Weekender: Master of the universe, fairy godmothers, and galaxies far, far away

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Boston, MA 6/26/2014 Billy Joel (cq) in concert at Fenway Park on Thursday June 26, 2014. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: 27joel Reporter: Sarah Rodman

Billy Joel says playing Fenway Park is a ‘humbling experience’

“I’m a New Yorker and there’s a hatred for New York in Boston, but they’ve taken me as one of their own,” the singer-pianist told Newsday.

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Nils Lofgren revisits a productive partnership with Lou Reed

The singer and guitarist’s new album, “Blue With Lou,” includes five previously unreleased tracks from his 1978 songwriting collaboration with Reed.

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Bernadette Peters sparkles on Pops’ opening night

The scene-stealer of stage and screen played to her strengths during a nine-song set with plenty of Sondheim.

Terry Reid could have been Led Zeppelin’s lead singer.

Even though fame eluded singer Terry Reid, he’s got plenty of fans among his peers

If his name doesn’t ring a bell, it should.

Cover image of “U.F.O.F.”, by Big Thief.

Album review

On ‘U.F.O.F.,’ Big Thief lets the mystery be

Coupled with cryptic lyrics and entrancing musical composition, Adrianne Lenker’s vocals float through the album’s 12 tracks.

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New classical work brings women of ‘The Odyssey’ to the fore

With a fresh take on an ancient tale, Kareem Roustom’s “Hurry to the Light” will be performed by the string orchestra A Far Cry in a collaboration with Lorelei Ensemble, the inventive female vocal ensemble.

Josh Ritter got the sound advice he needed from Jason Isbell

For a fresh perspective in recording his new album, “Fever Breaks,” Ritter looked up his old touring buddy.

Handel & Haydn Society wants to find child who charmed crowd with a big ‘wow!’

America’s oldest performing arts group is looking for a child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert — but not to reprimand him or her.


Here is the full schedule for Boston Calling 2019

Start your festival planning now.

Jennifer Johnson Cano as Offred in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Opera Review

Boston Lyric Opera’s powerful ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ lands close to home

With an ambitious, immersive staging by Anne Bogart and a tour de force performance by mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, the world of this dark tale feels alarmingly close.

BOSTON, 5/4/2019 - Margaret Atwood, with Composer Poul Ruders, left, who wrote the Opera based on her book The Handmaid's Tale, and Mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, who plays the part of Offred in the Boston Lyric Opera's performance of the Handmaid's Tale during a conversation with moderator Maria Garcia at WBUR CitySpace. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Lifestyle,brownl)


Margaret Atwood talks about ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ opera and why the dystopian classic still resonates

Atwood was back in Massachusetts — the setting of her classic novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” — for the East Coast premiere of Boston Lyric Opera’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Sunday.

Stephen Malkmus onstage Friday at Arts at the Armory.

Music Review

From Stephen Malkmus, avant-garde experiments with an antagonistic edge

The leader of alternative-era critical darlings Pavement went in a very different direction during Friday’s show at Arts at the Armory.

Radius Ensemble presenting world premiere of Seven Pines by Laurie San Martin. 5/4/19

Music Review

With a colorful concert, Radius Ensemble shows why it’s lasted 20 years

The eclectic program featured many unusual combinations of instruments, and included a world premiere by formerly Boston-based composer Laurie San Martin.

Music Review

A world premiere, a peerless ‘Petrushka,’ and the BSO ends season with a bang

With new music and a pair of colorful musical rogues from the turn of the 20th century, Andris Nelsons leaned on his well-established strengths. It was a good note to go out on.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 6-12

American art at the PEM, book talk with Craig Ferguson, improv meets musical theater, and more.

Talib Kweli performs at The Samsung Galaxy Sound Stage at SXSW in March in Austin, Texas.


Boston Calling gets into a Twitter spat with Talib Kweli

In March, Boston Calling announced that hip-hop duo Black Star was no longer performing at the festival due to “unforeseen circumstances.” Talib Kweli took to social media to disagree.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong on the moon in July 1969. The Pops’ season opener will include an astronaut-narrated multimedia program marking 50 years since the event.

Boston Pops on a mission to explore the farthest reaches of 1969

The orchestra’s spring season opener will include an astronaut-narrated “From the Earth to the Moon and Beyond,” marking 50 years since the first lunar landing.

Jorja Smith displayed charisma and vocal prowess at Agganis Arena Wednesday.

Music review

Jorja Smith, Kali Uchis perfectly paired at Agganis Arena

The two singers powered through sets that showed off their charisma and vocal prowess, which varied in form yet had similarly energizing effects.

The confessions of Ben Platt

The success of “Dear Evan Hansen” has given Platt the opportunity to write and record music that reflects his own life and relationships.