Best Performance in Boston

2011 Best Performance, Dance

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre


This 25-year-old company is the antithesis of stuffy, overpolished dance—and its venue, the minuscule Sanctuary Theatre inside the Old Cambridge Baptist Church, provides an almost religious experience. The seats are…Read More

2002 Best Performance, Dance

Maureen Fleming

In her stark solo show, “After Eros,” Maureen Fleming conjures images ranging from spiraling water to bone fragments to a butterfly breaking out of its cocoon. Using her own elegant…Read More

1994 Best Performance, by an Empty Shirt

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall’s reporting of Jackie O’s deathwatch in New York. Hall told viewers that Ted Kennedy had two pots on the same boiler that night; the health-care legislation and Jackie’s…Read More

1993 Best Performance, Series

The Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Last year it brought us Lynn Redgrave in Shakespeare for My Father. This year it will present the Twyla Tharp Dancers, Itzhak Perlman, Victor Borge—the list goes on…Read More

1987 Best Performance, Opera

Gulio Cesare in Eggito

Gulio Cesare in Eggito, directed by Peter Sellars and Craig Smith. The full four and a half hours of Handel’s original score and a Ronald Reagan look-alike as Caesar…Read More

1987 Best Performance, Jazz

Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman blowing his way from the stage at the Channel to the outer limits. And back…Read More

1987 Best Performance, Club

Eric Clapton


Twenty years later, Clapton is still la creme de la Cream…Read More

1987 Best Performance, Comeback

Greg Allman

He’s off drugs; he’s off booze. The Allman we saw was all music…Read More

1987 Best Performance, Pop

Peter Gabriel at the Centrum

He literally put himself in the hands of his fans, who passed his body around the audience and returned him to the stage just in time for his next riff…Read More

1987 Best Performance, Classical

Klaus Tennstedt

Klaus Tennstedt leading the BSO through Dvorak’s Symphony no. 9, From the New WorldRead More

1987 Best Performance, Park

Milton Nacimiento

Brazilian singer and guitarist Milton Nacimiento’s sizzling Boston performance. Bravo!

1985 Best Performance, Park

Al Jarreau

One of the most engaging and gifted vocalists around…Read More

1982 Best Performance, Street

Brother Blue


Just don’t ask him to recite the lines form LearRead More

1982 Best Performance, Rock

J. Geils Band


Like Lazarus, they’ve risen from the dead to become godlike…Read More

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