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Festival Brings Opera to the Berkshires

Music: ‘Madama Butterfly’

Two guys, a lifetime in opera, a love of the Berkshires and — presto! — we have our first regional opera in nearly 20 years. 
All right, so it takes doing the hard work of raising money, too, and finding enough talent to stock a staged production of “Madama Butterfly,” Puccini’s masterpiece. For Jonathon Loy and Brian Garman, co-founders of the Berkshire Opera Festival, that was not such a stretch. 

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Second Fuse Fest Brings Bands, Carnival to Torrington

Ten musical acts. Two stages featuring continuous music. Food. Crafts. Games. Rides. Fuse Fest will bring all this and more to Fuessenich Park in Torrington on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 2 to 10 p.m.

Fuse Fest, now in its second year, was brought to life when musician and producer Tracy Walton approached J. Brett Simmons, superintendent of the Torrington Parks and Recreation Department, with an idea to create a festival that features original music.

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Diverse Jazz Festival Offers Music and More

On Sunday, Aug. 21, the 16th annual Jazz in the Valley music festival returns to Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park for an afternoon of jazz luminaries, as well as hot new up-and-comers. 
The festival, produced by the locally based nonprofit multidisciplined arts organization TRANSART, will feature two stages packed with performances, a food court and a global marketplace from noon until 6 p.m., with gates opening at 11 a.m.

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An Impressive Tanglewood Debut

Like their Viking ancestors, The Danish String Quartet arrived on new shores and stormed the locals with power and vibrato. However, unlike the Vikings, these Danes brought to the inhabitants high culture, sophisticated renderings of classical chamber music, played with an affection and intimacy that left the Tanglewood faithful fulfilled and buzzing on July 28. 

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Enjoying Music of a Different Era

A nearly full house packed the sanctuary at St. John’s Church in Salisbury on Wednesday, July 20, for the first of four concerts by the New Baroque Soloists. 
Why do we continue to find music of this era, so different from our own, uplifting and seemingly ever fresh? I have no answer. And I was paying attention to the music, which was very good indeed, and uplifting.

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Enjoying Music of a Different Era

A nearly full house packed the sanctuary at St. John’s Church in Salisbury on Wednesday, July 20, for the first of four concerts by the New Baroque Soloists. 
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Plenty of Choices This Summer at Tanglewood

Tanglewood’s Boston Symphony Orchestra programming last weekend could be seen as representative of the summer’s slant. It featured works by Ravel, Gershwin, Prokofiev and Stravinsky, all composed in the first quarter of the 20th century.

An Unheard-of Opera Blooms at Bard Festival

Music: ‘Iris’

When Leon Botstein conducts the first downbeat of Mascagni’s “Iris” at the Bard SummerScape festival on July 22, it will usher in a rare hearing for this neglected opera and an even rarer staging. Not seen at the Met in more than 85 years, “Iris” is the kind of overlooked gem that Bard has come to specialize in.

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The New Baroque Soloists Are Back

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Enjoying new music

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