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Crescendo Will Open With Bach

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What better way for Crescendo to celebrate its 15th year than with Bach’s splendid “Magnificat”?
This is Bach at his grandest, launching the piece with a thrilling orchestral fanfare — possibly the longest of any of his choral pieces, said Crescendo’s founding artistic director Christine Gevert. The chorus joins in on the word “Magnificat,” voices brilliantly rising and falling, a theme that carries through the work to convey a spirit of celestial striving.

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Hajdu Narrated By Waterston, Then Brahms, Schubert And Beethoven

Music: Close Encounters With Music: A New Season

Close Encounters with Music (CEWM) will open its 28th season with the American premiere of “Kohelet,” by the Hungarian Israeli composer Andre Hajdu. “Kohelet” is the Hebrew word for “Ecclesiastes,” the oft-quoted, enigmatic “Book of Wisdom” in the Bible.

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Hotchkiss Presents Orchestral Music Performed By Students and Professionals

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There’s a new orchestra in town.
The Hotchkiss Philharmonic Orchestra was established in 2018 through the generosity of Barbara Walsh Hostetter (Hotchkiss ’77) and her husband, Amos. The orchestra combines a group of outstanding professional musicians drawn from the region with talented Hotchkiss music students, giving the students the unique opportunity to work and perform alongside seasoned artists.

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The Myth and Magic Of Miles Davis

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Miles Davis, who died in September 1991, was one of the most influential musical performers and innovators of the 20th century. From the 1940s through the 1990s, he played trumpet and flugelhorn, leading bands, joining with other jazz greats from each era — Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea and many others. 

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New Orchestra to Play at Hotchkiss School

The Hotchkiss School will present the Hotchkiss Philharmonic Orchestra in its debut concert Friday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. The ongoing concerts are free and open to the public.

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17th century Music with two instruments Opens Crescendo Season

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The Lure of an Open Microphone

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Up for a unique musical experience? Itching to sample the area’s wealth of musical talent? Got an urge to perform in public yourself? There’s no better place to indulge these whims than at an open microphone, or “open mic,” evening. They’re happening most weekday nights at local watering holes, restaurants , and meeting places (see listing below). They deliver a lot of fun for free or at very low cost. 

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Bard Spotlights the Music of Erich Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957), a child prodigy in Austria who became the father of Hollywood film music in America, is the latest in a growing line of lesser-known composers to take the spotlight at the Bard Music Festival.

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Summer Portals Closes the Season

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Summer Portals is offering the last of a series of free summer concerts this coming weekend. 
World-renowned artists — pianists Leonel Morales and Leo De María — and student performers share the stage in The Hotchkiss School’s  state-of-the-art music facilities, the Katherine M. Elfers Hall in the Esther Eastman Music Center, where audiences can enjoy incredible acoustics and clear views of Lake Wononscopomuc and the Berkshire-Taconic mountains. Concert-goers can picnic on the Hotchkiss grounds.

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Don’t Miss This Hot Summer’s Coolest Jazz Fest

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For Vita Muir, founder and artistic director of the Litchfield Jazz Festival, nearly a quarter of a century has flown by. Now, when she books an act for the festival, it’s not unusual for her to get a performer who started out as a student at the Litchfield Jazz Camp, which she also began a year after founding the festival.

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