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The Rolston String Quartet performs at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., this weekend. Photo by Shayne Gray

From Haydn to Lena Frank in Feb. 27 Concert AT SIMON’S ROCK

The Rolston String Quartet, an award-winning young ensemble from Canada, will perform on Sunday, Feb. 27, 3 p.m. in the McConnell Auditorium of the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass.

Jorma Kaukonen, 81, and Jack Casady, 77, no longer look the way they did on this album cover for Hot Tuna from 1998, but their voices and playing still sound as sweet. Photo from Amazon.com

Those Good Shepherds of Classic Blues: Hot Tuna Returns

This year has already been marked with the deaths of many beloved entertainers and public figures (up to and including the death of fashion icons Andre Leon Talley and Thierry Mugler and spiritual guide Thich Nhat Hanh).

The Traditional Holiday Handbell Choir Concert in Salisbury Dec. 18

The Congregational Church of Salisbury, Conn., will present its annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m. at 30 Main St. The Meeting House doors will open at 2:30 p.m. Attendance will be restricted to one-half capacity. Audience members will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks will be required.

“The Messiah,” by George Frideric Handel (shown in this 1736 painting by Thomas Hudson), has become a highlight of the holiday season. Image courtesy of Brittanica

‘Hallelujah,” It’s Time Once Again for ‘The Messiah’

You don’t have to love choral music or even classical music — or even Christmas — to love G.F. Handel’s “Messiah.” I would count myself as fairly uneducated when it comes to the glories of great music but even for me, “The Messiah” is a delight to listen to.

Christophe Landon, one of the world’s premier luthiers, will talk about and demonstrate the magic of stringed instruments in a fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 7, for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Photo courtesy Bardavon

What Makes the Strings Sing, Weep and Laugh

Christophe Landon, one of the world’s leading luthiers, will give a talk on “Mysteries of the Great Instruments” at Revel 32 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., hosted by the Bardavon, on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m.


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