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CD Release Party At Infinity Hall

Music: The Joint Chiefs

Well known NW corner musicians The Joint Chiefs headline a CD Release Party scheduled for Friday, Feb. 2, at Infinity Hall in Norfolk.  The CarLeans open the show at 8 p.m. 
Original songs and covers mine the same Americana landscape favored by many of the acts that frequent the Infinity stage. Repertoire for the evening will focus on material from recent recordings. 

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Poetry on the Piano at Hotchkiss

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Serendipity initially brought pianist Leonel Morales to The Hotchkiss School. Presumably more humble means will bring him there again on Friday, Jan. 19 for a recital of Beethoven, Ravel and Liszt. 
Every year some 30 Hotchkiss piano students travel to Florence, Italy, for two weeks to take part in master classes, play with local orchestras and enjoy the art and culture. 

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Clulow’s Voice Grows And Soars With Crescendo

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At the last Crescendo concert I attended, which was mostly music of Martin Luther and composers he influenced, one face in the chorus stood out—that of Soren Clulow, a wiry teenager from Housatonic Valley Regional High School. It was a face noticeable not only for its youth amidst a sea of mostly older amateur singers, many retirees, but also because of its animation, positively radiating with the joy of singing Bach and other masters.

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Cutting Loose With Bruckner

Music: The Orchestra Now

Wagner without words. Brahms on steroids. Giant musical canvases. Teutonic fury, with brass. Always brass. Lots of brass.
There may be no way to adequately describe a Bruckner symphony. You simply have to experience it.
Fortunately, The Orchestra Now (TŌN), Bard College’s training program for musicians on the cusp of professional careers, was at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts last week to perform a stirring rendition of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, which the composer called his “Romantic” symphony.

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Music As Cultural Catalyst

Not only art and music create the richness of cultural life in our region; the circulation of ideas plays an equally important role. Organizations such as Crescendo, Bard College and Close Encounters With Music (CEWM) go to great lengths to educate their concert audiences as well as to give them satisfying music. The Salisbury Forum and similar speakers’ series promote political and cultural discussion.
 

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Trying New Music: Take the Plunge

Music: ‘The Exterminating Angel’

Who’s afraid of new music? Me, for one.
Sure, I’ve been listening to classical music most of my life and have had plenty of exposure to the modern repertoire — although in music circles, “modern” usually refers to anything from 1900 on.
I’ve sat through performances of Cage’s 4’33”, in which a pianist doesn’t play a note; thrilled to Berg’s atonal operas; and contemplated the Zen-like works of the Minimalists, including Glass and Adams.

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Two Centuries of Protestant Sacred Music

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Many people with a bit of musical training, a Protestant upbringing, or both are familiar with the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” And many know it was composed by Martin Luther, the father of the Reformation.
Is it any surprise, then, that Luther composed numerous other hymns? Or that his musical footprint loomed large down through the ages?

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Variety Of Music In A Beautiful Venue

Music: Steam Vent Coffee House

The First Church of Winsted’s Steam Vent Coffee House concert series will host its final event of the season on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m.
The series, which runs from March through November, is celebrating its ninth season. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Meals are made by church volunteers and cost $10 each.
All money raised goes toward the church’s mission, as well as charities in the Northwest Corner.
In the past, the church used these funds for its mission to help a village in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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‘Weird Al’ Kicks Off Latest Tour At Bardavon

Music: ‘The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour’

I have been a fan of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s brand of humorous songs since I was 13 years old — way back in 1996 — when I picked up his ninth studio album, “Bad Hair Day.” I listened to that CD on endless repeat, memorizing the words to parodies like “Amish Paradise” (based on Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”) and “Gump” (a mashup of the film “Forrest Gump” and the song “Lump” by The Presidents of the United States of America.”)

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Bar Harbor concert Sept. 23

Francis Fortier will conduct the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra in the 28th Annual Benefit Concert for the Bar Harbor Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. at Saint Peter’s Church on Deep Hollow Road in Millbrook. Gerard Reuter will be the oboe soloist and Jeffrey Ellenberger will be the assistant conductor. They will perform music by J.S. Bach, Jill Jaffe, Scarmolin and Dvořák.

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