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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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Norfolk Chamber Festival Celebrates its 75th year

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Marking its affiliation with the Yale School of Music, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival has an exceptional lineup of concerts this 75th year, beginning Friday, July 8, with “Letters from Argentina,” an evening of tangos featuring the clarinetist David Shifrin. The chamber series proper gets underway on Saturday, July 9, with the Artis Quartet and pianist Boris Berman.

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At SummerScape, Puccini Is the Star

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Few composers are better known and loved than Giacomo Puccini, whose three great operas, “Madama Butterfly,” “La Bohème” and “Tosca” have been performed untold times in the century-plus since their creation.

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New Music in a Revered Spot

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They are back. Composer/conductor/teacher (and double bass player) Peter Askim is bringing back the Next Festival of Emerging Artists, a clutch of youthful and very accomplished string players, to Music Mountain in Falls Village. For the fourth time, Askim will be conducting a concert there of classical music by living composers. In addition, he brings in established performers who break new ground, musically and technologically. 

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From Goode to Great: Music Mountain 2016

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From inside the recording booth in Gordon Hall on Music Mountain, Nick Gordon surveys the renowned “summer home of the string quartet.” It’s gearing up for its 87th season. Gordon’s years roughly match that number, yet he is spry and witty as ever.

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An Original and Entertaining Concert by Crescendo

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Like all Crescendo concerts, this one presented last weekend at Trinity Church in Lime Rock was packed: Renaissance madrigals, modern interpretations of ancient composers, even a madrigal (by English Renaissance composer Orlando Gibbons) using the cries of street vendors as its text. The pieces were mostly grouped in pairs or threes, giving the audience breathing room and resulting in fascinating juxtapositions.

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Celebrating A Decade Of Music At Hotchkiss

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It will be all Brahms, all evening in Elfers Hall this Saturday, bringing to a close the music center’s 10th season at The Hotchkiss School.

“Can you believe that?” pianist and teacher Gisele Witkowski asks. “Ten years. It doesn’t seem possible.”

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