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Cutting Loose With Bruckner

Music: The Orchestra Now

Wagner without words. Brahms on steroids. Giant musical canvases. Teutonic fury, with brass. Always brass. Lots of brass.
There may be no way to adequately describe a Bruckner symphony. You simply have to experience it.
Fortunately, The Orchestra Now (TŌN), Bard College’s training program for musicians on the cusp of professional careers, was at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts last week to perform a stirring rendition of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, which the composer called his “Romantic” symphony.

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Music As Cultural Catalyst

Not only art and music create the richness of cultural life in our region; the circulation of ideas plays an equally important role. Organizations such as Crescendo, Bard College and Close Encounters With Music (CEWM) go to great lengths to educate their concert audiences as well as to give them satisfying music. The Salisbury Forum and similar speakers’ series promote political and cultural discussion.
 

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Trying New Music: Take the Plunge

Music: ‘The Exterminating Angel’

Who’s afraid of new music? Me, for one.
Sure, I’ve been listening to classical music most of my life and have had plenty of exposure to the modern repertoire — although in music circles, “modern” usually refers to anything from 1900 on.
I’ve sat through performances of Cage’s 4’33”, in which a pianist doesn’t play a note; thrilled to Berg’s atonal operas; and contemplated the Zen-like works of the Minimalists, including Glass and Adams.

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Two Centuries of Protestant Sacred Music

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Many people with a bit of musical training, a Protestant upbringing, or both are familiar with the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” And many know it was composed by Martin Luther, the father of the Reformation.
Is it any surprise, then, that Luther composed numerous other hymns? Or that his musical footprint loomed large down through the ages?

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Variety Of Music In A Beautiful Venue

Music: Steam Vent Coffee House

The First Church of Winsted’s Steam Vent Coffee House concert series will host its final event of the season on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m.
The series, which runs from March through November, is celebrating its ninth season. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Meals are made by church volunteers and cost $10 each.
All money raised goes toward the church’s mission, as well as charities in the Northwest Corner.
In the past, the church used these funds for its mission to help a village in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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‘Weird Al’ Kicks Off Latest Tour At Bardavon

Music: ‘The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour’

I have been a fan of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s brand of humorous songs since I was 13 years old — way back in 1996 — when I picked up his ninth studio album, “Bad Hair Day.” I listened to that CD on endless repeat, memorizing the words to parodies like “Amish Paradise” (based on Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”) and “Gump” (a mashup of the film “Forrest Gump” and the song “Lump” by The Presidents of the United States of America.”)

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Bar Harbor concert Sept. 23

Francis Fortier will conduct the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra in the 28th Annual Benefit Concert for the Bar Harbor Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. at Saint Peter’s Church on Deep Hollow Road in Millbrook. Gerard Reuter will be the oboe soloist and Jeffrey Ellenberger will be the assistant conductor. They will perform music by J.S. Bach, Jill Jaffe, Scarmolin and Dvořák.

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Lakeville Salutes Wanda Landowska

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Wanda Landowska was famed for her performance, study and teaching of Bach and other Baroque composers and for returning the harpsichord to the 20th-century performance hall. The instrument had been shunned, even immolated, by French revolutionaries as a symbol of the nobility, and the small instrument was eclipsed in the 19th century by the grand piano, large halls, big orchestras and changing tastes. 

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There’s Still Time To Enjoy Classical, Jazz And Swing

Music: Music Mountain

UPDATE: Music Mountain released the following statement on Sept. 7: "The Florida-based Amernet Quartet will not be able to perform this Sunday, September 10, due to Hurricane Irma. The concert is canceled, and there will unfortunately be no replacement. Please contact our box office if you had purchased a ticket, or have any questions."

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Old Roots Music For New Audiences

Music: Oldtone Roots Music Festival

Plenty of folk, bluegrass and country bands will descend on Cool Whisper Farm in Hillsdale, N.Y., for the third annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival from Sept. 7 to 10.
The main stage will be packed with musicians all four days. Nationally known bands Foghorn Stringband, The Revelers, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys, and The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show are scheduled to perform, as are a number of regional and local bands, such as the Bash Bish Bluegrass Band.

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