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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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Music To See Too

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I have always appreciated Beyoncé as an artist. Her songs are powerful and catchy, her videos are impressive and her dance moves are legendary.
And at midnight on Friday, Dec. 13, she sent the Internet into a frenzy by releasing her fifth studio album, titled simply “Beyoncé,” on iTunes without any prior notice or promotion.
In a world where spoilers for every type of media — movies, television, music, books, you name it — are almost impossible to avoid, Beyoncé somehow achieved the impossible and kept this major release a secret from the world.

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Jazz and Baroque Finish the Year With Style

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The ever-fresh, ever-smooth John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey bring their brand of jazz and swing to the historic Mahaiwe in Great Barrington Dec. 28. Joining them is John’s dad, legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.
The husband-and-wife team are best known for their breezy public radio program, “Radio Deluxe.” They perform and record together and separately, around the country and around the world, and are credited with giving new energy to the Great American Songbook. As entertainers, they are relaxed, intimate, and effervescent.

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Music Performed In an Extraordinary Place

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Even on a chill, early-winter’s day, the Church of St. John in the Wilderness cuts a dashing, inviting figure.
Perched on a hill at the edge of the little hamlet of Copake Falls, NY, the Episcopal church is well-named. Next door is the headquarters for Taconic State Park. Continue up the road and you enter dark forests on the way to Bash Bish Falls.

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The Drought Ends

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It’s an interesting time to be a fan of A Perfect Circle. After a nine-year gap between albums, the rock group — which was formed by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel — just released five albums that chronicle the band’s entire discography through live tracks and a greatest hits collection.
Considering APC released but three studio albums between 2000 and 2004 (as well as “aMOTION,” a DVD and remix CD combo), unveiling five new albums at once can be a bit overwhelming, but diehard fans will surely want to add these new pieces to their collection.

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