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Every week, “from the Deluxe Living Room high atop Lexington Avenue” comes NPR’s “Radio Deluxe.” What follows is an hour or two of patter and cooing conversation by hosts John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, and a breezy jaunt through the American songbook, swing, classic jazz and Broadway tunes.

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Stars Rising at Infinity Hall

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With so many artists out there, it can be difficult to weed through all of the albums and find that next great performer to add to your playlist. Luckily, Infinity Hall in Norfolk has handpicked three bands that deserve your attention: The Adam Ezra Group, the Alternate Routes and the Jason Spooner Band.

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There Music Is

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The American composer John Cage would have turned 100 this year (he died in 1992), and to honor his centennial, Bard College is presenting, “John Cage: On & Off the Air” this weekend, focusing on Cage’s use of technology.
Cage was born less than a year before the world première of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” when the modern broke from the past.

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More Baroque, This One Polish

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In an age of instant global connectivity and increasingly homogeneous world culture, it is difficult to imagine a time when cultural identity had strong national roots, and cultural trends that did cross boundaries opened up whole new worlds of possibility.

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Banjos, Mandolins, Voices And a Lot of Good Jokes

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I’ve been a fan of Stephen Lynch’s brand of musical comedy since his first Comedy Central Presents special aired in 2000. If you’ve never seen it, Lynch uses an acoustic guitar and his impressive voice to sing about superheroes such as Immigration Dude, and to tell his little girl “why mommy’s not here anymore” through a lullaby. (Disclaimer: Even though I just mentioned superheroes and lullabies, Lynch’s humor is not for children or people who are easily offended.)

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A Closer Look at Brahms

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Legend has it that Brahms spent many years of his early composing life intimidated by Beethoven’s specter. He was unable to compose a symphony for decades because of what the master had accomplished with his nine — none more monumental than the Ninth Symphony itself, with its “Ode to Joy” finale.

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Blues, Battles and Halloween

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A rare treat at the Mahaiwe tonight: blues guitarist and singer Keb’ Mo’ (formerly Kevin Moore) performs with his band. Mo’ performs around the world solo, as well as with his band, and has sung with Bonnie Raitt and other greats. He has won three Grammies for Best Contemporary Blues Album and has written and performed music for the cable TV series “Memphis Beat.”
The concert starts tonight (Thursday, Oct. 18) at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $55 to $75. Call 413-528-0100 or go to www.mahaiwe.org.

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CEWM Opens With Music for Four Hands

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Close Encounters With Music kicks off its 2012-2013 season next weekend with a highly anticipated concert of piano for four hands by the Russian duo Natalia Lavrova and Vassily Primakov.
Lavrova has won multiple international piano competitions, while Primakov was named Young Artist of the Year in 2007 by the Classical Recording Foundation.

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Bolcom and Brahms At Dewey Hall

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We’ve heard folk music at Dewey Hall in Sheffield, MA, but this weekend brings a change of pace with a classical concert featuring the violin-piano duo American Double, that is Philip Ficsor on violin and Constantine Finehouse on piano.
The pair has had a long fascination and association with the music of American original William Bolcom, and frequently collaborates with the composer. Ficsor and Finehouse recorded Bolcom’s music in 2007 in a CD titled “The Bolcom Project,” and have toured nationally to promote his music.

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Creating Expectations

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One of the oldest chamber music series in America, South Mountain Concerts, will present the world premiere of a new composition this weekend in Pittsfield, MA, sandwiched between two classic quartets.
Located in a historic barn built expressly for chamber music, South Mountain Concerts was founded in 1918 by the philanthropist and music lover Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. The hall seats 400.
The chamber series picks up roughly where Music Mountain and Norfolk leave off, running on Sundays through September to the first weekend in October. Two concerts remain.

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