Best of 2016: 10 Memorable Musical Events

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For anyone expecting a painstakingly winnowed-down, tightly focused tabulation of the most significant events to take place in the musical world circa 2016: I apologize, but you'll have to look elsewhere. Even so, it's not at all difficult to name 10 meaningful and affecting musical performances I witnessed this year.

Best of 2016: In Praise of National Sawdust

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For all the manifold benefits that come with being a music journalist and critic embedded at a performing-arts incubator and presenter – and they are substantial – one meaningful constraint is that it feels inappropriate now to include my employer's projects and products among my year-end best-of listings. What follows is a concise tally of NS-related events and releases that under other circumstances absolutely would have figured into my own personal summaries of the year's most vital art.

Reinier Van Houdt, doing what he likes.

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The Dec. 2 print edition of the Boston Globe includes a terrific profile of the Dutch pianist Reinier Van Houdt, who has just released a new 3CD set of Michael Pisaro's music and will perform in Boston, New York, and Minneapolis.

What is an Ondioline?

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Unless you’re already an expert in early electrical instrumentation, you may not yet know what to expect from the Ondioline Orchestra concert at National Sawdust Nov. 22. Here are five quick things you'll want to know about the rise, fall, and revival of this historic instrument.