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Landowska Tribute in Lakeville

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Coming up on the 140th anniversary of her birth (next July 5), Wanda Landowska still remains unknown to many Americans although the Polish-born harpsichord virtuoso spent many productive years based in Lakeville, Conn., performing and teaching locally as well as in New York City. No one did more to revive interest in the Baroque keyboard instrument, after it had spent a couple hundred years in the shadows of its flashier cousin, the piano.

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Music Mountain Season Still Going

Two more weeks of chamber music and jazz remain in the Music Mountain season, Falls Village’s bucolic concert getaway.
I caught up with the hyperactive artistic director, Oskar Espina-Ruiz, as he was flying back to his home base in North Carolina, where he teaches clarinet in the UNC music school, for a brief stay. He immediately turned his attention to the celebrated American String Quartet, which makes its Music Mountain debut on September 16.

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Leaf Peeper Concerts Season Preview

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Clarion Concerts, a non-profit organization, will stage its 37th fall season of Leaf Peeper Concerts, a classical and contemporary music series directed by flutist Eugenia Zukerman. This inexpensive series is noted for its variety and the caliber of performers.

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John Williams and Yo Yo Ma Pay Tribute to Bernstein

In July, Leonard Bernstein’s most beloved score, “West Side Story,” was performed live by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to accompany a screening of the 1961 movie. The rousing music had its full effect, and gave the amazing Jerome Robbins’ choreography a kick. Also amazing is the technology that stripped only the orchestration from the film, leaving everything else, including the singers’ voices, intact.

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New Baroque Soloists at St. John’s church

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Hotchkiss Summer Portals Opens An Impressive Season

Hotchkiss School’s Summer Portals Concert Series returns this year with an impressive lineup of performers and repertory. The concerts, free and open to the public, are part of a summer piano program that brings aspiring young musicians, ages 11-19, from around the world to Hotchkiss for two weeks of intensive lessons, masterclasses, and recitals, under the auspices of a world-class piano faculty.

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Norfolk Music Festival Features Dawn Upshaw

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World War I ended. The flu killed up to 100 million people worldwide. Claude Debussy died. Leonard Bernstein was born. So was Ray Charles.
The year was 1918, and it ushered in an interwar period of intense creativity and, among the ashes of “the war to end all wars,” deep questioning of humanity, art, and music. (The following year, Dali would paint a moustache on the Mona Lisa.)

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Celebrating Bernstein’s 100th at Tanglewood

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This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary composer, conductor, and educator Leonard Bernstein, and like many festivals around the country, Tanglewood is celebrating.
More than most, Tanglewood has a special relationship to Bernstein. Said Tanglewood’s director, Anthony Fogg, “His career virtually began and finished at Tanglewood. He was part of the first class of the Tanglewood Music Center [the training academy] in 1940, working with [famed conductor Serge] Koussevitzky, who founded Tanglewood.”

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Aston Magna 2018 Season, A Garden of Delights

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Let’s talk about Bach. Specifically, his Cantata No. 82.
If you want the very definition of the sublime (OK, I confess I overuse the word, but grant me this one chance,) then this cantata is it.
Scored for vocal soloist (either soprano or bass), solo woodwind (oboe or flute), and strings, Cantata No. 82, titled “Ich habe genug” (“I have enough”) was composed by Bach in 1727 for the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, also known as Candlemas.

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Berkshire High Peaks Festival Preview

Entering its ninth summer, the High Peaks Festival has switched peaks: After years in the Catskills, the educational program of Close Encounters With Music (CEWM) has taken up residence in the Berkshires.

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