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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC Presents ‘TROIKA À LA RUSSE’

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Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks and cellist Yehuda Hanani will present a program rich in Russian lore, Slavic emotionalism, Soviet-era sarcasm, and dazzling virtuosity: they will perform the cello/piano sonatas by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Scriabin’s Sonata No. 5. In the Close Encounters With Music tradition, each performance is followed by an AFTERGLOW reception, with hors d’oeuvres and wine provided by local restaurants.

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Morales Will Perform at The Hotchkiss School

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A perennial favorite, Cuban-born Spanish pianist Leonel Morales returns to The Hotchkiss School for a concert with The Hotchkiss Orchestra on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

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Crescendo Performs Music by Women

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What better time to present music written by and for women? Christine Gevert and Crescendo will do it this coming weekend in a pair of concerts focusing on the soprano voice.
“Concerto delle Donne—Consort of Ladies,” features the early Baroque music of Luzzasco Luzzaschi, court composer to the Duke of Ferrara in late 16th-century Italy. At the time, the Duke had in his court three female sopranos—the eponymous “Consort of Ladies”—whom he supported as professional singers. They were likely the first such ensemble in Western history.

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Haydn Seek: Humor In The Works Of Papa Haydn

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Close Encounters With Music will present Three Haydn string quartets, in an evening of ambiguous beginnings and fake-out endings; mismatched dialogues between instruments, misunderstandings, musical pratfalls and pretend memory lapses. Featuring musicians Yehuda Hanani, Dov Scheindlin, Hagai Shaham, and Xiao-Dong Wang. Saint James Place, 352 Main St. Great Barrington, Mass.,  Saturday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m.,for tickets: 800-843-0778 or www.cewm.org.

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Christmas Angelicus, Holiday Schedule

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Christmas Angelicus, Holiday Schedule 
Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., St. Michael’s Church, 25 South St. Litchfield, Conn.
Dec. 15, 4 p.m., Collinsville Congregational Church, Collinsville, Conn.
Dec. 16, 4 p.m., Salisbury Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Salisbury, Conn. 
 
Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.,  St. Patrick - St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford, Conn. 
Dec. 22, 4 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 220 Prospect St., Torrington, Conn. 

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Darlingside at Infinity Hall

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The indie band Darlingside will be at Norfolk’s Infinity Hall on Dec.6; doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets go to www.infinityhall.com. Coined by NPR Music as “poetic” and “evocative of feeling,”  Darlingside makes smart music, filled with lyrical depth and various instruments ranging from alto flute to the mandocello. With its’ genre-defying mix of traditional folk, indie rock, chamber pop, and Americana, the concert promises to be a unique experience. 

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Perkins’ Music At Crescendo Concerts This Weekend

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A beautiful trumpet solo introduces the Kyrie from Simon Perkins’ “New England Requiem.” 
Those notes are both immediately familiar — the sound of wide spaces associated with American composers like Copland — and something new. Woodwinds join in with tighter spacing, mixing in seconds and thirds, adding complexity and pain. Soon comes the chorus, first echoing the trumpet entrance, then breaking out in rich chords. The placid, comforting mood of this mass for the dead remains dominant.

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Landowska Tribute in Lakeville

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Coming up on the 140th anniversary of her birth (next July 5), Wanda Landowska still remains unknown to many Americans although the Polish-born harpsichord virtuoso spent many productive years based in Lakeville, Conn., performing and teaching locally as well as in New York City. No one did more to revive interest in the Baroque keyboard instrument, after it had spent a couple hundred years in the shadows of its flashier cousin, the piano.

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Music Mountain Season Still Going

Two more weeks of chamber music and jazz remain in the Music Mountain season, Falls Village’s bucolic concert getaway.
I caught up with the hyperactive artistic director, Oskar Espina-Ruiz, as he was flying back to his home base in North Carolina, where he teaches clarinet in the UNC music school, for a brief stay. He immediately turned his attention to the celebrated American String Quartet, which makes its Music Mountain debut on September 16.

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Leaf Peeper Concerts Season Preview

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Clarion Concerts, a non-profit organization, will stage its 37th fall season of Leaf Peeper Concerts, a classical and contemporary music series directed by flutist Eugenia Zukerman. This inexpensive series is noted for its variety and the caliber of performers.

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