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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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Vocal Fireworks, Antonín Dvořák, and Beethoven Light Up the Tanglewood Summer Season

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The summer season at Tanglewood in the Berkshires is under way, but nearly two more full months of delights await.
While no one theme emerges, the highlights of the summer include the breathtaking vocal artistry of sopranos Renée Fleming and Kristine Opolais and deep dives into the repertoire of Romantic geniuses Beethoven and Dvořák.

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Norfolk Chamber Music Summer Season Begins

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Felix Mendelssohn was a beloved Romantic composer. But his sister Fanny produced many works equal in stature to her famous brother’s.
Of the same generation, Robert Schumann died in a mental asylum at age 46, leaving behind an astonishing legacy of symphonies, concertos, piano works, and songs. But his wife Clara, widely considered one of the great virtuoso pianists of her time, largely suppressed her own compositional talents to support her troubled husband.

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Versailles Imagined At Boston Early Music Festival

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Let’s be a fly on the wall in the court of Louis XIV, at his lavish palace of Versailles in 1682. There are entertainments in every room of the royal apartments. Here courtiers are running up high-stakes card games. There men and women are dancing in lines to a minuet, while next door they are catching up on the latest gossip. Around the corner delicate sweets and meats are being served.

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