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Filling the Hall With Gospel Sounds

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It was the year of 9/11, 2001. And everyone needed a lift, Michael Brown recalls. For some, that lift came from the gospel choir that Brown started at The Hotchkiss School, a no-audition sing-fest open to all in the the school community.

“It was strictly volunteer,” Brown says, “and no-credit. That’s what I prefer. Once they get the gospel bug, that’s it. They’re hooked.”

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Celebrating Bach and Finding A Home for the Misbegotten

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Escaping the Ordinary

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The Gunn Memorial Library Hosts the Wykeham Consort

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The Wykeham Consort returns for a concert of Spanish Renaissance and Sephardic music in a program titled She Came Out of the Sea. This event takes place Thursday, Jan. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT.  In case of inclement weather the snow date is Thursday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m.

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Crescendo Concerts

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A Music Treasure Brought to Light

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Every now and then a local individual or group goes out of town to share special skills, information and enthusiasms that have been developed and nurtured in our part of the world. So it was that Oct. 15, the Crescendo Chorus and Orchestra performed at beautiful St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue in conjunction with the New York City Early Music week, “El Mundo Nuevo.” 

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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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