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Composer: Boyce, William (1711-1779)

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Year of birth1711
Year of death1779
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodClassical
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LondonHandel and the Mandolin

Handel, Scarlatti, Boyce, Telemann
London Mandolin Quartet, Mandolin
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Paul Taylor: Preservation and Innovation

Michelle Fleet, James Samson and Laura Halzack in Musical Offering © Paul B Goode
Everywhere you look, there is kindness, consideration and generosity of spirit.
***11
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Unity in diversity in Malta

© Valletta International Baroque Festival
Young ensemble demonstrates their maturity at the Valletta International Baroque Festival.
****1
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Paul Taylor Dance Company

M. Novak,E. Bugge,J. Samson and H. McGingley in Esplanade © Paul B Goode
In a radiant rendition of the classic Esplanade, Paul Taylor's dancers remind us that dancing is, above all, about joy.
****1
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Three Baroque tenors and an orcherstra: Ian Bostridge with Northern Sinfonia

Ian Bostridge  ©  Ben Eagolvea
Sometimes, glancing through reviews and recordings of Baroque opera arias, one might be forgiven for wondering whether tenors and basses ever appeared on the 18th-century stage – the genre seems dominated by the exotic lives of the castrati and the incredibly exciting music that was written for them.
****1
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at New York City Center

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Rennie Harris' Home  ©  Paul Kolnik
I should start this review by being honest and explaining that I was not initially excited to see Ailey at City Center. I was prepared to be impressed by the company’s physical aesthetic and not much else – I often think of the company as finely-tuned robots who are capable of demonstrating technical virtuosity but not of moving me in a big way, emotionally.
****1
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