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Family-Friendly Music Festival Will Debut In Riverton June 24

Music: Still River Music Festival

From the moment Darcy Abbott saw the agricultural fairgrounds along the Still River in Riverton, she knew it was a “magical place.”
Through her work on the Oxen Committee at the Riverton Fair, she’s become invested in the fairgrounds. So when she decided to launch a music festival at the venue, everything fell into place.
“I had whispered this into the universe and all this feedback came back,” she said. “The support I have gotten from the local community has been absolutely humbling.”

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Double Bill Of Comic Operas

Music: Boston Early Music Festival

Ah, there was a time when the leisure classes enjoyed opera, hours and hours of opera, in a single evening. That’s because the two intermissions of a serious work were filled, for the sake of contrast, with two one-act comic operas. 

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Spring For Sound Fills Millerton With Music

Blue skies and warm weather greeted attendees of the seventh annual all-day Spring for Sound music festival in Millerton on June 10. Six stages throughout the village showcased 50 bands and musicians, covering a wide range of genres. The block party on South Center Street featured food trucks, yoga, tae kwon do demonstrations and children’s activities.

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New Director, Packed Season

Music: Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival kicks off its 2017 season on June 21 with a special choral presentation of a brand new oratorio by Martin Bresnick celebrating the writings of 19th-century literary giants Herman Melville, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.

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New Leadership, Same Vision

Music: Music Mountain’s 88th season

Oskar Espina-Ruiz is looking forward to the launch of Music Mountain’s 88th summer season on Sunday, June 11, for two important reasons. First and foremost, he is the new artistic director of the festival, which will host concerts in Falls Village every weekend through Sept. 17. As for the second reason, he’s simply a huge fan of chamber music.

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Kent singers to perform

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Music Director Knox Sutterfield will conduct the Kent Singers and a chamber orchestra during a concert featuring Mozart’s “Requiem” and Vaughn Williams’s “Serenade to Music” on Sunday, June 11, at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Church on the Green in New Milford. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, with children under 12 admitted free. For tickets, and details, call 860-619-8110 or go to www.kentsingers.com. 

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Two Choirs Come Together

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Two venerable musical institutions of our region — the Berkshire Children’s Chorus and Joyful Noise/Chorus Angelicus — will join forces on June 11 in an unusual concert of music for chorus and percussion at the Shed on the Battelle Estate in Norfolk.
The two groups are like sisters who grew up together. Founded a year apart, in 1990 and 1991 respectively, the Berkshire Children’s Chorus and Chorus Angelicus fulfilled a need for singing opportunities for young people, which is undiminished more than 25 years later.

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Big Takeover Plays Spring For Sound

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On Saturday, June 10, the village of Millerton will be transformed into an all-day concert venue during Spring for Sound, an annual festival that will feature approximately 50 bands and musicians performing every genre imaginable on multiple stages. (For more details, look in this week’s issue of The Millerton News.)

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Beautiful Music Will Aid Library

Music: The Next Festival of Emerging Artists

Beginning May 28, young professional string players from throughout the country will converge at Music Mountain in Falls Village to spend a week honing their craft in a peaceful, intimate setting.
“Music Mountain is so beautiful. It’s inspiring to wake up and make music there,” said Artistic Director Peter Askim, who founded the Next Festival of Emerging Artists in 2013 as a way to help the next generation of classical musicians bridge the gap between school and their careers.

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Hear Music Royalty For Free

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An appearance by the Emerson String Quartet in our region is always a cause for celebration. Chamber music royalty, the Emerson players (Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins, Lawrence Dutton, viola, and Paul Watkins, cello) are renowned for their shimmering sound, wordless communication and tradition of standing while performing.

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