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10 years of growth and honors for Crescendo

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When its artistic director, Christine Gevert of Lakeville, began the choral group Crescendo 10 years ago, she couldn’t have known all the ways in which it would grow and change over the next decade.
Then new to the Northwest Corner, and new to the country, she didn’t know if she would find the support and trust such a communal effort requires for success.
“You begin with an idea, a vision, that could somehow become a chorus,” she said in a recent phone interview. “And the vision doesn’t change, but the experience keeps changing every time, making the effort all the more fascinating.”

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Music Mountain Opens Season With The Emerson Quartet

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The Emerson String Quartet, in its first visit here, opened Music Mountain’s summer season performing Haydn, Mendelssohn and Schubert.
These players — violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer; violist Lawrence Dutton; and cellist Paul Watkins — exhibit extraordinary musicianship, which means, in performance, they become one. One with the music and one with each other.

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At Music Mountain

Composer, conductor, double-bass player and teacher Peter Askim returns to Music Mountain for a second year with a group of young and gifted string players. They will perform with ETHEL, a groundbreaking string quartet, music by Shostakovich, Phil Kline, Peter Askim and Theodore Wiprud.
Renamed The Next Festival of Emerging Artists, this week-long program aims to give young professonals a break from the everyday to study, play new music and work out new ideas.

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After Surviving War, A Depression, Music Mountain Thrives

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Nicholas Gordon is a story teller. Yes, he is the president of Music Mountain’s Board, and he is the festival’s musical director, too — more on that shortly — but above all, this man knows how to spin a tale, such as one about his father, Jacques Gordon: violinist, child prodigy, teacher, soloist, concert master of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by age 21 and founder and first violinist of the Gordon String Quartet.

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The Beach Boys, 10,000 Maniacs, Even Ani DiFranco

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One of the perks of living in the Tri-state region is the vast number of music venues at hand. Sure, we’re only a quick train
ride to New York City, but I’m talking about the establishments that can
be found in our backyard. Regardless of your musical taste, you can attend
a great concert almost any night of the week.
This frigid spring still feels a bit too much like winter, but we can all
pretend it’s summer thanks to two Beach Boys concerts next week. This
classic American rock band should be familiar to listeners of all ages — I

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Music at Hotchkiss

Gisele Witkowski started playing piano at age 4 in a three-piano household in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Fabio Witkowski, at about the same age, started his musical life in Brazil while inspecting what this large piece of living-room furniture was all about. Both of them, separately, left South America for a professional life in music, met at a music festival in Prague, married and now perform together and separately and teach at The Hotchkiss School.

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Bach and His Champions Celebrated This Weekend

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Berkshire Bach brings the power of the organ to the fore this weekend in a recital by Heinrich Christensen, music director of Boston’s historic King’s Chapel.
Opening the program is Johann Sebastian Bach’s famed Toccata and Fugue in F Major, which will be familiar to most listeners and fans of gothic movies. Following that is a Canon in F Major by Heinrich Middelschulte.

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Beethoven for Hours And for the Ages

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The cello and the piano are two iconic instruments in Beethoven’s work. Think of the warm cello voices that introduce the great “Ode to Joy” in the Ninth Symphony; think of the mercurial and complex piano sonatas that express so much passion and fury.

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Dawn Upshaw Explores New Music at Bard and Abroad

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In a career spanning 30 years, the American five-time Grammy award winning mezzo-soprano Dawn Upshaw has carved out a distinctive niche for herself, especially as a champion of modern, contemporary and, most particularly, American music.
For that reason, her latest album of song cycles, “Winter Morning Walks” by Minnesota-born composer Maria Schneider is not exactly a departure, but certainly it is an interesting exploration. Schneider’s jazz-inflected compositions, a bit like Phillip Glass, stand somewhere on the periphery of contemporary classical music.

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Brahms and Watts, For Cold Relief

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The bone-chilling weather of the past few weeks calls for some kind of antidote. A tropical island, perhaps, a bit of grog by the fireplace.
But not for me. I’m thinking about Andre Watts’s upcoming concert with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, where he will be featuring the warmest of Brahms’ compositions, his Second Piano Concerto in B-flat Major.
The concerto was completed in 1881, in the most productive and successful period of the composer’s life.

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