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Fifty Years And Counting

The Music Scene

I can personally attest to the importance and influence of the community symphony orchestra. We were fortunate to have one in the town where I grew up, led by a short and energetic conductor who needed several extra platforms to be seen by his players. 

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A Grand Cultural Mix

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Born in the cultural hotbed and political turmoil that was medieval Andalucia, in southern Spain, flamenco is one of the world’s most distinctive art forms. A typical flamenco dance unfolds rhythmically, slowly, seductively, like a blossoming flower. It is performed over the intensely intimate strains of a song, or cante, usually accompanied by guitar.

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Opera to Gospel

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The Austrian composer Alban Berg was 40 when his first — and only completed — opera, “Wozzeck,” was performed in 1925. Despite being a work of daunting complexity, using the atonal 12-tone style developed by his teacher, Arnold Schönberg, and its dark subject matter about a mentally disintegrating, homicidal soldier, “Wozzeck” was almost instantly recognized as a standard-bearer of 20th-century music, and it remains so today. Tragically, Berg died only 10 years later, from an infection resulting from an insect bite, it is said, before completing his other masterful opera, “Lulu.”

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Music, One of the Joys of Summer

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April is overflowing with music, everything from blues and Brown to Brahms and Bohemia — plus an off-the-beaten-path chamber ensemble. Here are just a few of the choice morsels.
The Brown is Greg Brown, the wonderful, seasoned folk singer-songwriter, who appears at Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., this Sunday, April 10, at 8 pm. His song “Daughters” captivated me some years ago with this line, familiar perhaps to many a parent: “One won’t eat anything much, I guess she lives on air and sun and noodles.” www.Helsinkihudson.com

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A Look at Music and History

The Music Scene: Crescendo

In its eight years here, Crescendo has been many things for many people: a creative outlet for devoted amateur singers, a magnet for professional talent, particularly in early music; a globe-spanning, multicultural gold mine (Latin American flavors are a particular specialty) and even an imaginative time machine.
Next weekend, that magical, world-traveling time machine will take us back to the European Renaissance, with a concert of sacred music centering on the mass “Mille Regretz” by the 16th-century Spanish composer Cristóbal de Morales. 

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A Little Wilderness Music

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It started with The Walkers, a group of women who meet no matter what every morning at 7:15 in the Church of St. John in the Wilderness parking lot in Copake Falls, NY.
These walkers are interesting people, Sharon Powers says. Community minded, smart, creative.
So when they asked her to organize a small concert at the church year before last, Powers, a professional flutist and teacher, checked out the church acoustics (“magical,” she found) and said yes.

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Beethoven, Zydeco and Dancing Scheduled for Music Mountain

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Music Mountain opens its 82nd season this June intent, as always, on surveying the great string quartet literature, and to concentrate this summer on Beethoven, on Brahms, on Schubert.

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