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Leaves May Turn, But the Beat Goes On

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Even as the summer music festival scene fades to a pleasant memory, there is plenty of outstanding music-making in our region as the leaves turn and the leaf peepers arrive.
The Hudson Valley Philharmonic revs up its concert season under music director Randall Craig Fleischer with an ambitious program of oft-played and lesser-known classics. The acclaimed Duo Parnas, string-playing sisters, will join the orchestra on violin and cello for the Vivaldi Double Concerto in B-flat major and Saint Saens’ “La Muse et la Poete,” Opus 132.

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Music From the Birds

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Les Inégales, the Baroque and early music ensemble cofounded by Lakeville musician Christine Gevert, presents the next in its series of concerts at the Spectrum Playhouse (formerly St. George Church) in Lee, MA, this weekend. The subject is birds.

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The Russians Are Here!

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The second of this season’s NOW! Concerts of contemporary music takes place this weekend in Millerton, featuring The Prometheus String Quartet (Ron Gorevic, Eric Lewis, Roy Lewis, Steve Stalker) playing new and modern chamber works. In the new category are a string quartet composed this year by Cheng-Chia Wu, and her quartets numbers 1 and 2 from 1992.
Also on the program are the Trio Sonata of John Harbison from 1994-5 and the “Piece for Viola Solo” by Jan Swofford (2011).

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America the Musical

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It must be fun being Neely Bruce. At 67, the Middletown, CT-based composer, performer, teacher and musicologist is a tireless champion of American music, a bundle of enthusiasm and a font of endless musical projects. His latest is a performance of his “The Bill of Rights: Ten Amendments in Eight Motets,” a choral arrangement of the text of the Bill of Rights, offered Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Sandisfield Arts Center in Sandisfield, Mass.

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Marking 9/11 at The Mahaiwe

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Marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington has added a special HD broadcast of the New York Philharmonic’s “A Concert for New York.” The free broadcast will be shown at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sep. 11 (doors open at 8:30), of a concert that is to take place the previous night at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.
“We would like to invite the whole community to join us for a special evening of music and reflection,” says Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly.
Fittingly, the music for the occasion is Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the “Resurrection.”

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A Little Hurricane Music

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Deadline day finds me stranded in the wake of Irene, without power, and, so, without access to the usual digital lineup of upcoming musical events to report to you. Go to the Compass Calendar for listings.

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Big Weekend Ahead

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It’s hard to believe the summer festival season is winding down, but here we are at the end of August, school starts in a week, birds are beginning to migrate, and the sounds of music continue. Tanglewood brings down the curtain on its classical music festival this weekend with its ageless tradition of playing Beethoven’s towering Ninth Symphony, the Choral. Perhaps no musical composition in history has approached the master’s crowning achievement for its breadth and depth.

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Get Ready for The Heavy Hitters

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Up on the mountain — Music Mountain, that is — Beethoven makes a grand appearance with two of his string quartets played by the acclaimed Voxare Quartet out of New York City. The group, Emily Ondracek and Galina Zhdanova, violins; Erik Peterson, viola; and Adrian Daurov, cello, contrasts early and late works of Beethoven’s chamber canon, starting with the lively and popular Op. 18, No. 4 in C Minor.

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Music Classical and New, Both Rare, Both Wonderful

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Until a few weeks ago I had never heard of the Hevreh Ensemble. Now I have, and I’ve listened to their music. You should, too. They’ll be playing a special benefit concert at the Argazzi Gallery in Lakeville next weekend.
Judith Dansker, a well-known musician in our area — she teaches at Hotchkiss, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and privately — founded the Hevreh Ensemble in 2001. The group consists of three woodwind specialists: oboist Dansker, Jeff Adler and Laurie Friedman, and keyboardist Adam Morrison.

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From Brits to Brahms, Fine Music Ahead

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Berkshire Choral Festival has been a treasured outpost for amateur singers.
Every summer the festival takes in 150 to 200 choristers from around the region and the world for a rigorous week of rehearsals and training, culminating in a weekend performance of major choral works.

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