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A Christmas Tradition Not to Be Missed

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The holidays wouldn’t be, well, the holidays without the music.
And one of the great holiday music traditions of the Northwest Corner is “Christmas Angelicus,” the musical production presented by the children’s choir Chorus Angelicus.
“Christmas Angelicus” takes its 29th turn around the sun with six performances this holiday season, starting tomorrow night in West Hartford and ending on Dec. 22 in Hartford. In between they will be in Salisbury on Dec. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Metropolitan Presents Glass’ Opera ‘Akhnaten’

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After attending a recent screening of Philip Glass’ 1982 movie “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance,” with the score performed live by the octogenarian composer himself and his ensemble, I could not help thinking how long we have had this “new” art form and how quaint some of the visual messages are (as conceived by director Godfrey Reggio).

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Harlem Line To perform In wassaic

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The Harlem Line band has recorded four songs, which can now be found on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and AmazonMusic. The band will perform at The Lantern in Wassaic on Saturday, Nov. 23, and the Rockwood in New York on Thursday, Dec. 5.

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At 115 ‘Madama Butterfly’ Is Still Lush

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The last of Puccini’s “Big Three” operas — including “La Boheme” and “Tosca”—“Madama Butterfly,” premiered in 1904, is musically the most complex and arguably the greatest.

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Crescendo Will Open With Bach

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What better way for Crescendo to celebrate its 15th year than with Bach’s splendid “Magnificat”?
This is Bach at his grandest, launching the piece with a thrilling orchestral fanfare — possibly the longest of any of his choral pieces, said Crescendo’s founding artistic director Christine Gevert. The chorus joins in on the word “Magnificat,” voices brilliantly rising and falling, a theme that carries through the work to convey a spirit of celestial striving.

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Hajdu Narrated By Waterston, Then Brahms, Schubert And Beethoven

Music: Close Encounters With Music: A New Season

Close Encounters with Music (CEWM) will open its 28th season with the American premiere of “Kohelet,” by the Hungarian Israeli composer Andre Hajdu. “Kohelet” is the Hebrew word for “Ecclesiastes,” the oft-quoted, enigmatic “Book of Wisdom” in the Bible.

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Hotchkiss Presents Orchestral Music Performed By Students and Professionals

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There’s a new orchestra in town.
The Hotchkiss Philharmonic Orchestra was established in 2018 through the generosity of Barbara Walsh Hostetter (Hotchkiss ’77) and her husband, Amos. The orchestra combines a group of outstanding professional musicians drawn from the region with talented Hotchkiss music students, giving the students the unique opportunity to work and perform alongside seasoned artists.

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The Myth and Magic Of Miles Davis

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Miles Davis, who died in September 1991, was one of the most influential musical performers and innovators of the 20th century. From the 1940s through the 1990s, he played trumpet and flugelhorn, leading bands, joining with other jazz greats from each era — Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea and many others. 

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New Orchestra to Play at Hotchkiss School

The Hotchkiss School will present the Hotchkiss Philharmonic Orchestra in its debut concert Friday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. The ongoing concerts are free and open to the public.

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17th century Music with two instruments Opens Crescendo Season

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