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Summer Portals Closes the Season

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Summer Portals is offering the last of a series of free summer concerts this coming weekend. 
World-renowned artists — pianists Leonel Morales and Leo De María — and student performers share the stage in The Hotchkiss School’s  state-of-the-art music facilities, the Katherine M. Elfers Hall in the Esther Eastman Music Center, where audiences can enjoy incredible acoustics and clear views of Lake Wononscopomuc and the Berkshire-Taconic mountains. Concert-goers can picnic on the Hotchkiss grounds.

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Don’t Miss This Hot Summer’s Coolest Jazz Fest

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For Vita Muir, founder and artistic director of the Litchfield Jazz Festival, nearly a quarter of a century has flown by. Now, when she books an act for the festival, it’s not unusual for her to get a performer who started out as a student at the Litchfield Jazz Camp, which she also began a year after founding the festival.

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Vocal Fireworks, Antonín Dvořák, and Beethoven Light Up the Tanglewood Summer Season

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The summer season at Tanglewood in the Berkshires is under way, but nearly two more full months of delights await.
While no one theme emerges, the highlights of the summer include the breathtaking vocal artistry of sopranos Renée Fleming and Kristine Opolais and deep dives into the repertoire of Romantic geniuses Beethoven and Dvořák.

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Norfolk Chamber Music Summer Season Begins

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Felix Mendelssohn was a beloved Romantic composer. But his sister Fanny produced many works equal in stature to her famous brother’s.
Of the same generation, Robert Schumann died in a mental asylum at age 46, leaving behind an astonishing legacy of symphonies, concertos, piano works, and songs. But his wife Clara, widely considered one of the great virtuoso pianists of her time, largely suppressed her own compositional talents to support her troubled husband.

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Versailles Imagined At Boston Early Music Festival

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Let’s be a fly on the wall in the court of Louis XIV, at his lavish palace of Versailles in 1682. There are entertainments in every room of the royal apartments. Here courtiers are running up high-stakes card games. There men and women are dancing in lines to a minuet, while next door they are catching up on the latest gossip. Around the corner delicate sweets and meats are being served.

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Music Mountain at 90: Still Going, Still Growing

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Anniversaries are a time to reflect on the past, but also to look forward to the future. For Music Mountain, the Falls Village-based summer chamber music festival, which celebrates its 90th season this year, the past is prelude to a promising future.

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The Hotchkiss Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble to Perform on Friday

The Hotchkiss Orchestra and school jazz ensemble, Right Brain Logic, will perform in concert Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. Admission is free and all are welcome. 

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Cinco De Mayo Concert At St. John’s Episcopal

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Virtuoso guitarist and composer Gil Gutierrez, was discovered by the bandleader Doc Severinson as he played guitar in a restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  He went on to record with Severinson and is known for his many performances with the trumpet player/band leader. 

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A Conversation With Tamar Muskal

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Writing music in a variety of styles comes naturally to Israeli-American composer Tamar Muskal. Her oeuvre ranges from dense symphonic works to documentary film scores to digital and more popular forms.
“Every medium touches on a different part of my brain,” Muskal says. Muskal will bring her musical gifts to our region and reflect on them this coming Sunday as part of Close Encounters With Music’s “Conversations With…” series, billed as “intimate and stimulating afternoons on music and ideas.”

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American Brass Quartet To Perform April 13

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