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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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Lakeville Salutes Wanda Landowska

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Wanda Landowska was famed for her performance, study and teaching of Bach and other Baroque composers and for returning the harpsichord to the 20th-century performance hall. The instrument had been shunned, even immolated, by French revolutionaries as a symbol of the nobility, and the small instrument was eclipsed in the 19th century by the grand piano, large halls, big orchestras and changing tastes. 

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There’s Still Time To Enjoy Classical, Jazz And Swing

Music: Music Mountain

UPDATE: Music Mountain released the following statement on Sept. 7: "The Florida-based Amernet Quartet will not be able to perform this Sunday, September 10, due to Hurricane Irma. The concert is canceled, and there will unfortunately be no replacement. Please contact our box office if you had purchased a ticket, or have any questions."

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Old Roots Music For New Audiences

Music: Oldtone Roots Music Festival

Plenty of folk, bluegrass and country bands will descend on Cool Whisper Farm in Hillsdale, N.Y., for the third annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival from Sept. 7 to 10.
The main stage will be packed with musicians all four days. Nationally known bands Foghorn Stringband, The Revelers, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys, and The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show are scheduled to perform, as are a number of regional and local bands, such as the Bash Bish Bluegrass Band.

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Celebrating The Music Inn

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Some of the biggest names in music played at the Music Inn in Lenox, Mass., from 1950 to 1979: Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen and The Eagles, just to name a few.
The venue’s rich history will be celebrated as part of Lenox’s 250th anniversary — in collaboration with The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home — at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School on Friday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m. The event will feature excerpts from a Music Inn documentary, memorabilia, special guests and more. 

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Chopin And His World At Bard

Music: Bard Music Festival

Showcasing Chopin for this year’s Bard Music Festival, which runs through Aug. 20 at Bard College, must have presented the organizers with some unusual challenges. For starters, how do you build exciting concert programs around a composer whose output consisted almost entirely of intimate works for solo piano?
The Aug. 12 concert at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts illustrated some of the pitfalls as well as the solutions to the problem. It was, in effect, a tale of two concerts.

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An Immersive Education At Tanglewood

Music: Tanglewood Music Center

Vinay Parameswaran,  29, is a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, which is the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer academy for advanced musical study. He will be leading some interesting concerts at the Tanglewood music festival in Lenox, Mass., throughout the rest of the summer season, which ends Sept. 3. 

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jazz concert in torrington on july 29

The Torrington Historical Society will host a jazz concert and fundraiser with the Litchfield Jazz Camp Faculty All Stars on the grounds of the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum, located at 192 Main St. in Torrington, on Saturday, July 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. 
The ensemble features  Mario Pavone, bass; Peter McEachern, trombone; Dave Ballou, trumpet; Mike Sarin, drums; and special guest Oscar Noriega, saxophone.  
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at the Torrington Historical Society or online at www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org.

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