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Chopin And His World At Bard

Music: Bard Music Festival

Showcasing Chopin for this year’s Bard Music Festival, which runs through Aug. 20 at Bard College, must have presented the organizers with some unusual challenges. For starters, how do you build exciting concert programs around a composer whose output consisted almost entirely of intimate works for solo piano?
The Aug. 12 concert at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts illustrated some of the pitfalls as well as the solutions to the problem. It was, in effect, a tale of two concerts.

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An Immersive Education At Tanglewood

Music: Tanglewood Music Center

Vinay Parameswaran,  29, is a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, which is the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer academy for advanced musical study. He will be leading some interesting concerts at the Tanglewood music festival in Lenox, Mass., throughout the rest of the summer season, which ends Sept. 3. 

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jazz concert in torrington on july 29

The Torrington Historical Society will host a jazz concert and fundraiser with the Litchfield Jazz Camp Faculty All Stars on the grounds of the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum, located at 192 Main St. in Torrington, on Saturday, July 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. 
The ensemble features  Mario Pavone, bass; Peter McEachern, trombone; Dave Ballou, trumpet; Mike Sarin, drums; and special guest Oscar Noriega, saxophone.  
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at the Torrington Historical Society or online at www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org.

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Portals piano gala at hotchkiss on july 22

Students of the Hotchkiss School Summer Portals Piano Program will give a free fifth-anniversary gala performance on Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center, at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville. 
The gala is being held in honor of Hotchkiss School former chairman and board member Frederick Frank (Class of 1950) and Mary Tanner Frank. 

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Berkshire Choral International: Their Final Season In Sheffield

For the next two weekends, Berkshire Choral International (BCI) — the former Berkshire Choral Festival — goes out with a big bang as it leaves Sheffield, Mass., its longtime permanent home.

But don’t worry, goodbye is not forever. “We will continue to have our administrative offices in Sheffield for at least the next two years,” BCI Executive Director Debi Kennedy said in an interview.

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Four Free Concerts Planned At Church

New Baroque Soloists
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In what has become an annual tradition, the Northwest Music Association will present four free concerts featuring the New Baroque Soloists at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. starting July 19.

Paddy Rossbach, the new president of the Northwest Music Association, is excited to bring “toe-tapping music” to Salisbury.

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Marking 40 Years With Music And Food

Music: Summertide Festival at Cascade Mountain Winery and Restaurant

The 40th anniversary of Cascade Mountain Winery and Restaurant in Amenia is a “big deal” for Charlie Wetmore, who co-owns it with his sister, Joanie Wetmore Yahn.

The planting of the vineyard and construction of the winery were a family affair, and Charlie Wetmore has fond memories of working on the building with his late father, Bill Wetmore.

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Irish Music Legend Will Perform July 10

Music: Catskills Irish Arts Week

Monsignor Charles Coen, an All-Ireland Champion musician, is readying himself for his upcoming performance at the opening night concert for Catskills Irish Arts Week in East Durham, N.Y. It is about an hour’s drive from the Northwest Corner of Connecticut, across the Hudson River.
Coen served at St. Christopher’s Church in Red Hook, N.Y., and for many years he ran a series of wonderful twice monthly traditional Irish music concerts and sessions at The old Rhinecliff Hotel in Rhinecliff, N.Y.

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Marking 40 Years With Music And Food

Music: Summertide Festival at Cascade Mountain Winery and Restaurant

The 40th anniversary of Cascade Mountain Winery and Restaurant in Amenia is a “big deal” for Charlie Wetmore, who co-owns it with his sister, Joanie Wetmore Yahn.
The planting of the vineyard and construction of the winery were a family affair, and Charlie Wetmore has fond memories of working on the building with his late father, Bill Wetmore.

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Wassaic Project July Festival

One-Day Event Will Feature Music, Art
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In past years, the Wassaic Project has hosted a multi-day festival every summer. This year, the organizers have decided to instead host multiple one-day festivals from May to October.

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