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Sergey Gives Russian Music Talk in Lenox

Music: ‘Close Encounters with Music’

For the next in its series of “Conversations With” lectures, Close Encounters with Music presents an intriguing talk on film music of the Soviet and Russian eras.
It’s a gold mine of music of great composers like Prokofiev and Shostakovich, as well as lesser-known but daring musical experimenters.
Presenter Timothy Sergay is a professor of Russian literature and translation at SUNY Albany. Although neither musicologist nor film historian, his passion for, and expertise in, film scores came through in an interview for Compass.

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Jazz At Bard April 21

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Damien Sneed, who has recently recorded with Wynton Marsalis, will be performing at Bard College’s Fisher Center with The Levites, a legendary soul ensemble. The event is sponsored by The Catskill Jazz Factory, an innovative incubator of varied jazz and soul styles founded by Englishman Piers Playfair. The program is entitled “Sanctified Soul: 1960s to Today.” 

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Music Mountain: Honoring A Visionary Leader

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The 2018 season will be Music Mountain’s first in living memory without Nicholas Gordon, its longtime leader and guiding inspiration. Gordon, who died last October at age 89, was the reigning president and artistic director of the Falls Village-based chamber music festival for the better part of 40 years.

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CD Release Party At Infinity Hall

Music: The Joint Chiefs

Well known NW corner musicians The Joint Chiefs headline a CD Release Party scheduled for Friday, Feb. 2, at Infinity Hall in Norfolk.  The CarLeans open the show at 8 p.m. 
Original songs and covers mine the same Americana landscape favored by many of the acts that frequent the Infinity stage. Repertoire for the evening will focus on material from recent recordings. 

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Poetry on the Piano at Hotchkiss

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Serendipity initially brought pianist Leonel Morales to The Hotchkiss School. Presumably more humble means will bring him there again on Friday, Jan. 19 for a recital of Beethoven, Ravel and Liszt. 
Every year some 30 Hotchkiss piano students travel to Florence, Italy, for two weeks to take part in master classes, play with local orchestras and enjoy the art and culture. 

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Clulow’s Voice Grows And Soars With Crescendo

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At the last Crescendo concert I attended, which was mostly music of Martin Luther and composers he influenced, one face in the chorus stood out—that of Soren Clulow, a wiry teenager from Housatonic Valley Regional High School. It was a face noticeable not only for its youth amidst a sea of mostly older amateur singers, many retirees, but also because of its animation, positively radiating with the joy of singing Bach and other masters.

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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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