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The Berkshire Children’s Chorus recently moved into its new home at the Old Parish Church in Sheffield, MA, and the three youth choirs plan to welcome listeners to a winter concert there on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

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For ‘Hunger Game’ Fans, the Soundtrack Is Here

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In theaters this Friday, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” will open, but fans can fill the remaining hours by listening to the film’s newly released soundtrack.

The album was curated by Lorde, the 18-year-old singer-songwriter who gained international acclaim with her hit “Royals” in 2013.

‘1989’ All Over Again

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As a 31-year-old married man, I may be the exact opposite demographic for Taylor Swift’s music. After all, songs about ex-boyfriends don’t really speak to me on a deep, emotional level. But for you, dear Compass reader, I decided to plug in my headphones and dive into “1989,” Swift’s latest album, which was released on Monday, Oct. 27. My immediate reaction: These tunes are catchy.

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The Blues Come to Torrington’s Warner Theatre

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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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