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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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An Introduction To Classical Music

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Third-graders from Cornwall Consolidated School, Indian Mountain School, Lee H. Kellogg School and North Canaan Elementary School packed the seats at Music Mountain in Falls Village on April 27 to enjoy the beautiful music of a string quartet from the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
“This event gives young musicians the chance to play in a great place,” Barbara Collins said as the children filed into the venue. “And it lets our students hear great music.”

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Concert: ‘Gift To The Community’

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Sometimes finance and art collide. 
Gil Gutiérrez was 12 years old when he started playing the cello at school in Oaxaca, Mexico. In time he was ready for his own instrument, but cellos were expensive. He moved on to piano. Same story. Too expensive. But a guitar, Gutiérrez, told me by phone from Mexico, “guitars were very cheap.” He was set. 

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Benefit concert at Lionrock Farm April 8

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Bach’s Birthday Bash

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Bringing Rockwell’s Paintings to Life

The vocalists who perform as part of the Crescendo choral group in the Northwest Corner will soon help bring the iconic paintings of Norman Rockwell to life through a mixture of music and animation.

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Warm Sounds In A New Space

Music: Close Encounters With Music

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in the Berkshires this year, Close Encounters With Music held its first concert of 2017 in the newly renovated Saint James Place in Great Barrington on Saturday, Feb. 18. A full house packed the spacious hall — which was Close Encounters’ original home and is now a dedicated performance space — for a concert of Bach’s unaccompanied cello suites.

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Church Donates Instrument to Yale

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Every musician can tell a story through an instrument. But sometimes, the instrument itself is the real story.
Earlier this month, the Salisbury Congregational Church donated a historic bass viol to the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments. According to church records, as well as the label inside the bass viol, it was made by Abraham Prescott of Deerfield and Concord, N.H., between 1830 and 1850.

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Training with robust sounds

In my long life of listening to classical music, I never heard a live performance of Debussy’s “La Mer” (The Sea), one of my favorite pieces, until The Orchestra Now played it at Bard College’s Fisher Center on Sunday, Feb. 5. It was worth waiting for.

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Contest Entered, Next Album Planned

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The Nice Ones have entered NPR Music’s Tiny Desk contest in the hopes of winning the chance to perform at NPR in Washington, D.C., appear at a taping of “Ask Me Another” and tour the United States. And just to add some extra pressure, the local band recorded their entry live on Facebook.
They performed a song called “Good Kids,” which will appear on a new album that will be released in the spring.

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