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Thinking Higher, Feeling Deeper

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Ceremoniously, Fabio Witkowski withdraws a large key to unlock the pride and joy of Elfers Hall: a 10-foot 2-inch gleaming Fazioli concert grand piano. We are meeting in the 750-seat auditorium to talk about the school’s Esther Eastman Music Center, marking its 10th anniversary this year.

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The Met Comes to Us

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The Met: Live in HD began its 10th season of broadcasting productions live from New York’s Metropolitan Opera stage last Saturday with Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” — you know, the one with the clanging anvils in the eponymous chorus — starring the Met’s current diva du moment, Anna Netrebko, who was indeed in fine, voluptuous voice and figure. The miracle, of course, is that the Met continues after nearly locking out its orchestra, chorus and stagehands in August 2014.

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Christine Gevert Finds a Home … For Making Music

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People leave their home countries for many reasons. Some seek safety; others, work; and then there are people who are simply following their path, as Christine Gevert puts it. 

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A Place For Making Music

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Aside from its idyllic setting of rolling hills, velvety lawns, rushing brooks, and deep-shaded trees, there are three reasons why the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, presented by the Yale School of Music, is a fine place for chamber and choral music.

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A Century Old, Plus, But an Astounding Addition to the Repertoire

Music: ‘The Wreckers’

What was it like to take in a U.S. premiére of a little-known opera — specifically, Ethel Smyth’s dramatic 1904 “The Wreckers”? 

At Bard SummerScape’s opening-night performance last Friday, there were surprises and delights aplenty.

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Mission Intact, With New Ideas

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The Music Mountain chamber music season is in full swing. A packed house in Gordon Hall is about to take in the superlative musicality of the Arianna String Quartet and cellist Colin Carr playing Mozart, Boccherini, and Grieg.

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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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