2011-2012 Classical Season Preview with Jeremy Eichler

Boston Globe classical music critic Jeremy Eichler joins Brian McCreath of Classical New England to talk about some of the highlights of the 2011-2012 classical music season in Boston.

Jeremy Eichler (image courtesy of Boston Globe)

Boston and New England are home to a unique classical music concert life.  A cultural history measured in centuries, an unparalleled collection of colleges and universities, and a legacy of visionary individuals are only a few of the factors that have led to a yearly calendar of concerts and events that are impossible to comprehensively enumerate.

Jeremy Eichler and Brian McCreath talk through a few events that represent just the tip of the iceberg, divided into categories that, together, define New England's musical life and make up a wealth of concert possibilities.


For more information about the companies and performances mentioned and more, visit
Boston Lyric Opera
Opera Boston
Boston Baroque
Boston Early Music Festival

Listen to Zhou Long's Pulitzer Prize winning opera Madame White Snake on demand

Chamber Music

For more information about the ensembles and series mentioned and more, visit
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston Chamber Music Society
New England Conservatory's Professional String Quartet Training Program
Borromeo String Quartet
Muir String Quartet
Lydian String Quartet
Chameleon Arts Ensemble
Andover Chamber Music Series

Boston's Local and Regional Orchestras

For more information about the orchestras mentioned and more, visit
Discovery Ensemble
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
A Far Cry
Boston Classical Orchestra
Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Orchestra of Indian Hill
Boston Civic Symphony
Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra

For more information about the BSO season, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Hear the most recent BSO concerts and features on demand and see the broadcast schedule from Classical New England.

New Music

(music samples from Fragments with the Brentano String Quartet courtesy of the artists)

For more information about the specific events mentioned and more, visit

Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Boston Musica Viva
Collage New Music
Alea III
Chameleon Arts Ensemble
Radius Ensemble
Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble

Here is a video introduction to Fragments, to be performed by the Brentano String Quartet on Sunday, Oct. 16, presented by Rockport Music:

Early Music

To hear more from the Rosary, or Mystery, Sonatas with violinist Christina Day Martinson and harpsichordist Martin Pearlman, visit Live from Fraser.

For more information about the specific events mentioned and more, visit
Boston Camerata
Boston Early Music Festival
Handel and Haydn Society
Boston Baroque
Cambridge Society for Early Music
Musicians of the Old Post Road
Blue Heron Renaissance Choir

For Jeremy Eichler's full preview of classical music for Fall 2011, visit the Boston Globe.

(image of Boston skyline:  Boston Skyline At Night By Archon Fung (Arfung at en.wikipedia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)



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