BLO opens its new season with robust ‘Tosca’

The Boston Lyric Opera’s “Tosca” hit its mark, making it one of the most enjoyable BLO opening nights in recent memory.

Headphone-wearing partygoers dance at “Live Silent Disco” Thursday night at City Hall Plaza, where three DJs played. Different colors indicated which DJ were listening to. The event was part of Hubweek.

Partygoers, in headphones, groove out at Live Silent Disco

A dance party was in full swing — quietly — in the middle of City Hall Plaza Thursday night.

Violinist Johanna Szarkowski (center) focuses as she and her fellow members of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra follow the lead of Music director Yoichi Udagawa.

In Melrose, a century of making music

The Melrose Symphony Orchestra marks its 100th season -- the nation’s oldest, continuously performing volunteer orchestra.

“Ocarinas of the Americas” at Harvard’s Peabody Museum.


Museums where music is part of the experience

Musical instruments are themselves works of art.

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A centennial celebration of the one and only Thelonious Monk

New England Conservatory is hosting the free event that features a tribute from pianist Fred Hersch, among many others.

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A buoyant farewell from Johnny Clegg

The singer delivering a bright and celebratory performance ping-ponged through the four decades of song.

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With Gimeno, translucent music and fine fiddling at BSO

Thursday night, Symphony Hall rocked with fiddling chops.


In Stoneham, opening a theatrical conversation

“Alligator Road,” off-beat comedy by Callie Kimball is the inaugural play in a new series at the Greater Boston Stage Company.


Peabody seniors can take in show, tour at Higgins Middle School

The Senior Appreciation Concert will give seniors a chance to see the new school and attend a concert.

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Jessica Harper in “Suspiria.”


Delirious dread in score to influential film ‘Suspiria’

The 1977 masterpiece is part of a double feature of horror at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Josh Homme and Queens of The Stone Age play Agganis Arena Oct. 21.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

Picks from Globe critics.

Ken-David Masur leading the BSO in 2015.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

Ken-David Masur, picking up the baton

The son of a great conductor, Masur radiates a quiet self-confidence on the podium, something BSO audiences can appreciate in his role as associate conductor.

“Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer” will screen during the GlobeDocs Film Festival.

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The Weekender: Great docs, cranky comics, jock gems, and Wonder Women

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


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Beck is in fine form on upbeat new album, ‘Colors’

A vibrant, catchy record, it sounds like modern pop without obscuring his singular voice.

Max Weinberg brings his Jukebox Tour to Laugh Boston Oct. 16.

Max Weinberg plays your favorite songs

When his Jukebox Tour rolls into Boston Oct. 16, the drummer — best known from the E Street Band — will take audience requests.

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St. Vincent’s ‘MASSEDUCTION’ is her first bona fide masterpiece

It’s a jittering, coruscating sucker punch of an album.

Lynn Gunn with bandmates Brian MacDonald Jr. and Alex Babinski.


A bigger sound and big plans for electro-rockers PVRIS

A lot has happened for the Lowell-born band featuring singer and multi-instrumentalist Lynn Gunn.

Kara DioGuardi (left) with Lexi James, winner of last year’s New England Sings vocal competition.

Former ‘Idol’ judge Kara DioGuardi now providing vocal support in Maine

The songwriter — a Maine transplant and Berklee instructor — is championing the New England Sings competition in Ogunquit.

The Ticket: Folk and country

This week’s picks: Gary Allan, the Dusty 45s, and Eileen Jewell.

Masaaki Suzuki leads the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall.

Masaaki Suzuki leads playful Haydn, blazing Beethoven

The Symphony Hall concert featured sprightly, taut conducting from the maestro, who was making his first appearance with the Handel and Haydn Society.

In this Oct. 1, 2017 photo released by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the BSO plays a free outdoor concert in Franklin Park, Boston's largest green space. The Orchestra is reaching out to the city's more diverse urban neighborhoods to get a better grasp of their cultural roots and needs. (Aram Boghosian/Boston Symphony Orchestra via AP)

Beyond Beyonce: Boston Symphony taking it to the streets

Wander Boston’s more diverse neighborhoods and you’re more likely to hear Beyonce than Brahms or Drake than Dvorak. The Boston Symphony Orchestra says that’s about to change.

Violinist Gil Shaham (left) performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


With BSO and Gil Shaham, late Romantic passion at Symphony Hall

The soloist brought a megawatt smile and rip-roaring performance to the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

Bruno Mars plays TD Garden Saturday and Sunday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Paranoid androids, jazz heavies, and some decent costume ideas

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

FILE - In this June 10, 2016 file photo, Eric Church performs at the CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Country star Church struggled to hold back tears in a tribute to the victims of the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas and debuted a song he wrote in their honor called

Eric Church breaks down as he debuts song he wrote in tribute to Las Vegas shooting victims

The country star struggled to hold back tears and debuted a song he wrote in their honor called ‘‘Why Not Me.’’

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Five things to do, Oct. 9-15

New MFA Late Nites, AppleFest at Wachusett Mountain, Environmental Film Festival, and more.

“Merrily We Roll Along” runs through Oct. 15 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.

The Ticket: The week ahead in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

From left: Larry Grenadier, Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, and John Medeski form the jazz quartet Hudson.

Jack DeJohnette and company share a musical home in Hudson

The quartet of jazz stars, whose music is inspired by the region in New York where they live, come to Berklee Performance Center on Sunday.

Thelonious Monk performing in Boston at the Globe Jazz Festival in January 1967.


How Thelonious Monk made ‘April in Paris’ his own

The jazz master cut his own facets into the classic, written by Vernon Duke, until it gleamed like a mirror.

Soyeon Shin and fellow musicians in a rehearsal space at MIT.

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From these gamelans, a ‘golden rain’ of sound

A concert paying tribute to the remarkable California composer Lou Harrison on his centenary will feature the wondrous instruments he built.

Tom Petty at the Tweeter Center in 1999.

Tom Petty’s five best shows in Boston, from the first to the last

Former Globe rock critic Steve Morse recalls the rocker’s most memorable performances, from 1976 to 2017.

Kesha at the House of Blues in Boston Wednesday.

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At House of Blues, Kesha takes charge

Her energetic, glitter-bomb-filled show Wednesday showcased the pop singer’s triumphant rebirth.

Ed O’Brien of Radiohead performed at Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California earlier this year.

Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine join J. Geils Band and The Cars on rock hall nominees list

Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine are first-time nominees while local acts The Cars and J. Geils Band will again get a chance at induction.

Members of the Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble rehearse.

With help from the Internet, musical ensemble reaches out

When the Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble put out a call for scores online, the composers came flocking.

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There’s a good album hidden behind Manson’s shtick

Even when Manson’s antics threaten to overwhelm everything around him, there’s a lot to enjoy on “Heaven Upside Down.”

“To have this piece in conversation with a much broader audience — it’s humbling,” said composer Gregory W. Brown of his work “Missa Charles Darwin.”

Charles Darwin, a best-selling brother, and a musical conversation for Massachusetts composer

Gregory W. Brown’s composition “Missa Charles Darwin,” featured in a new novel by his brother Dan Brown (“The Da Vinci Code”), is having a moment.

It takes a village to create one Broken Social Scene

Though band membership goes as high as 18, fans should expect an ensemble of 10 or so when Broken Social Scene plays the House of Blues on Saturday.

“We need gun control RIGHT. NOW,” wrote Caleb Keeter, a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, in a statement posted on Twitter.

Las Vegas shooting forces country music industry to talk about gun control

Already, one member of a band who performed Sunday has changed his position on guns.

Tom Petty in Glendale, Ariz., in 2006.


Tom Petty had me with that sneer, and his singular sound

From “Refugee” to the Heartbreakers’ last show in Boston, a fan remembers one of America’s greatest rock ’n’ rollers.

Tom Petty performed in July, during his band’s 40th anniversary tour. Petty died Monday at 66.

Tom Petty, 66; iconic rocker was a hit-maker for decades

Mr. Petty burst onto the scene in 1970s as one of the most original, searching voices in rock and remained a major hitmaker for decades.

Tom Petty appeared last month with his band at KAABOO 2017 in San Diego.

A look at some of Tom Petty’s greatest hits

Most of Petty’s best-known songs were part of his work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Michael Mayes, as Lucifer, in “Rev. 23” at John Hancock Hall.

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From the Book of Revelation, an operatic chapter you never knew

“Rev. 23,” an operatic farce conceived by Cerise Lim Jacobs and composed by Julian Wachner, premiered this weekend at John Hancock Hall.  

Jason Aldean accepts the award for male vocalist of the year at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington, Texas April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake -- 10crit

Route 91 Harvest headliner Jason Aldean one of the biggest names in country music

Who is Jason Aldean? In 2016, Forbes listed him as the fifth highest paid country artist of the year, earning $36.5 million.

People ran away from the shooting scene on Sunday.

‘Tonight has been beyond horrific,’ says Jason Aldean

The country star was performing at the music festival when a gunman opened fire.

Harry Styles (shown in May in California) performed all of his solo album at the Wang Theatre.

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Solo show finds Harry Styles heading in the right direction

The former One Direction star was in town Saturday at the Wang.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Oct. 2-8

The Handel and Haydn Society, WGBH’s Food & Wine Festival, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, and more.

Boston MA 9/29/17 Katy Perry performs in concert at the TD Garden. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: Reporter:

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Say what you will about Katy Perry: She knows how to put on an eye-popping spectacle

Perry’s showmanship and gumption are undeniable. But at times it’s hard to reconcile her pettiness with her rousing anthems about inner strength.

Andris Nelsons led the BSO and Paul Lewis in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 at Symphony Hall.

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BSO continues Shostakovich cycle with the Eleventh

On Thursday night in Symphony Hall, Andris Nelsons led the BSO’s first-ever performance of Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony. 


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In a benefit show at the Orpheum, Solange occupies a sacred space

Solange didn’t say much Thursday night during her benefit concert for hurricane victims at the Orpheum Theatre. She didn’t need to.

Beyonce performed in November 2016.

Beyonce sings in Spanish for relief efforts on ‘Mi Gente’ remix

Beyonce has released a surprise single on which she sings in Spanish, English and French to raise relief money for those in the Caribbean and Mexico.

BSO launches community-engagement program with free concert

The orchestra’s initiative, dubbed “BSO in Residence,” starts with a three-year residency in Jamaica Plain.