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Celebrating Mozart and Independence

This is a chorus with big goals and big ideas. The Litchfield County Choral Union was started in 1899 by the Battell family — “people from Norfolk with iron and railroad interests,” says Gaile Binzen, a soprano member of the group since 1974.

In the very  beginning, the director would go to a different town every week to rehearse members for a concert scheduled for the last Sunday in July. They performed in the concert shed built, Binzen said, for the chorus.

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Bringing the Baroque to Salisbury

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Music. The Rev. John Carter — outdoorsman (he used to fell trees for a living), music lover (he sings in several languages and plays a couple of instruments) and, until recently, rector of St. John’s  Church in Salisbury — wanted more music. He had hymns in his church, of course. He had jazz. He had madrigals. But from the Baroque? Silence.

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Coming Home To Make Music

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It’s a warm summer evening and the front porch of The White Hart inn in Salisbury is crowded with people drinking white wine in juice glasses, smoking, chatting, taking in the music of the Dylan Vadakin Trio.

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Righting Music History

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For 10 years now, the Bard SummerScape festival has been engaged in what might be called its “Lazarus Project,” bringing little-known and neglected operas to life. This year’s entry carries with it more than a whiff of intrigue.

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Opening weekend at Music Mountain

Summer is here

Peter Askim, director of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists, is rehearsing musicians this week  for a free concert of new works for strings in Music Mountain's Gordon Hall Saturday, June 13, at 4 p.m. The program includes the world premiére of "Ofrenes" by Peter-Anthony Togni and a new work for cello and string orchestra by Askim.

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Let the Voice Be With You

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For a 15th year, Michael Whitney Brown is drawing together teenagers, about 80 of them, from four prep schools — Hotchkiss, Salisbury, Westover and Taft — for Gospelfest, a musical celebration, he says, of life and meditation and prayer.
“It’s not a set program,” Brown tells me. “The spirit must be free. I have to follow what the spirit wants to do.”

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Revolutionaries Paired In Crescendo Concert

Christine Gevert, director/conductor of the music group Crescendo, has paired two revolutionaries in her upcoming concert titled In That Time, In This Time: Claudio Monteverdi, the 17th-century composer who created opera and other aspects of baroque music, and Eric Whitacre, the contemporary American composer/conductor who directs “virtual choirs,” bringing together online voices from around the world.

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Country Comes To Pawling

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This month marks the 26th anniversary of Suzy Bogguss’s debut country album, “Somewhere Between,” and it’s clear from speaking with the singer-songwriter that she’s still incredibly passionate about her craft after all these years.

Trills and Flourishes Abound In Rarely Performed Opera

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Gioachino Rossini was a strange duck: he wrote 39 operas in 20 years, became the most famous and popular opera composer in the world, then retired at age 37 and never wrote another opera, even though he lived for 39 more years.

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