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Listening to Bach In a Drawing Room

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Berkshire Bach, “chamber music the way it is meant to be heard” say the group’s organizers, opens its 2014-15 season with an in-home concert on Sunday, Sep. 7, at 3 pm.
The program includes the first cello suite of J.S. Bach; Piazzolla’s “Le Grand Tango,” for cello and piano; and Francis Poulenc’s delightful “L’histoire de Babar,” in the version for narrator and piano.
In addition to performances by Jeewon Park on piano and cellist, Ed Aaron, the concert features Benjamin Luxon, narrating the Poulenc.

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Two Sites for Infinity Music Hall: Norfolk, Now Hartford, Too

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Music fans throughout the Tri-state area and beyond are sure to be familiar with the award-winning Infinity Music Hall & Bistro in Norfolk, CT. The gorgeous green building, built in 1883, has provided a stage for countless musicians since 2008, thanks to the passion of CEO and owner Dan Hincks.

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Hevreh, on the Road Again

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Hevreh was formed in 2001 when oboist Judith Dansker gathered a group of musicians for a concert at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire in Great Barrington, MA.
All this time later, the ensemble now includes, in addition to Dansker playing double reeds, Jeff Adler, bass clarinet; Laurie Friedman, clarinet; and Adam Morrison, keyboards.
But note that all of these musicians double on Native American flutes and a wide variety of exotic percussion instruments.

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Norfolk’s Music Shed Slated for Renovations

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Later this summer, architect, John G. Waite and Larry Kirkegaard, an acoustician, will begin restorations on Norfolk’s Music Shed. The idea is to make the historical concert hall “accessible and comfortable for future generations of music lovers, performers and students.”

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Music Celebrating Art

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In a program noting the diversity of Baroque music, cellist, Yehuda Hanani and pianist, Lydia Artymiw will join forces to present Bach, Boccherini, Scarlatti, Vivaldi and a new neo-Baroque commission at the Clark Museum in Williamstown, MA, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.
This performance celebrates the grand reopening of The Clark following its major renovations.
“We are delighted to be part of the expansion and new vision of The Clark,” Hanani tells me.

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At Long Last, Weird Al Did It

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I have been a fan of “Weird Al” Yankovic since 1996’s “Bad Hair Day.” My 13-year-old self couldn’t get enough of this album, which featured “Amish Paradise,” a parody of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

Of course, I then picked up his other albums and listened to the classics: “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Yoda,” and so many others. I even watched his cult film, “UHF.”

That wave of nostalgia came flooding back with the release of “Mandatory Fun,” Yankovic’s 14th — yes, fourteenth — studio album this month. It features five parodies:

Ghosts, Baroque Treasures and Some History

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In its first American performance since the Metropolitan Opera’s 1914 run, Carl Maria von Weber’s “Euryanthe” opens Friday, as part of Bard’s annual festival Summerscape.

A First Look At BSO’s Andris Nelsons

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It is the day many Tanglewood patrons have anticipated, the arrival of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s youthful and talented Latvian-born conductor, Andris Nelsons. You may recall that last season, due to a nasty bump on the head, the maestro was prevented from flying from Europe to join the BSO at Tanglewood. Well, the wait is over. Nelsons is here, and I got to see him at last Saturday’s rehearsal.
His brisk walk and forward-leaning posture made clear he is fine and ready.

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Music From a Time of Change and Conflict

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Music from a turbulent 17th-century England was in the air Saturday evening as Aston Magna performed at Simon’s Rock in the Daniels Art Center in Great Barrington, MA.
Daniel Stepner, artistic director and baroque violinist,was joined by Deborah Rentz-Moore (mezzo-soprano), David Ripley (baritone), Danielle Maddon (baroque violin), Laura Jeppesen (viola da gamba), Catherine Liddell (lute and theorbo) and Peter Sykes (organ).

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