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Movies: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’
leong@lakevillejournal.com

Wes Anderson does not make movies. He creates and films worlds that spring from his imagination. And if that imagination lives in a world of saturated pastels and nostalgia for the America of Norman Rockwell, if its narratives seem to drift randomly, if it can be insufferably twee yet knowing in the way that only children know, no matter. Anderson is a real auteur.

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Aston Magna Celebrates Forty Years Of Making Beautiful Baroque Music

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The street banners are out, the celebration begins. Aston Magna turns 40 this year.
The birthday party for this esteemed Berkshire-based Baroque music festival kicks off this weekend with a gala concert in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA.
The program includes the madrigals “Chiome d’oro,” “Hor che’l ciel,” “Lamento della ninfa,” and “Laetuatus Sum” by Claudio Monteverdi; Act III of Henry Purcell’s opera “Dido and Aeneas”;
highlights from George Frederick Handel’s oratorio “The Triumph of Time and Truth”; and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1.

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Fred, His Kids And the Boom Box

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Lately, the dial on my car radio has been stuck on “K104.” I’d be lying if I said that it was all my daughters’ fault.
K104 (104.7 FM, Poughkeepsie) is our region’s leading purveyor of contemporary popular music. Today’s megastars — Adele, Rihanna, One Direction, Nikki Minaj, and a bevy of similar-sounding, hip-hop, R&B, and rap artists — are the Roberta Flacks, Carpenters and Chicagos of my teen and pre-teen generation.
As someone raised mainly on a diet of classical music, I find something appealing in current hit songs and their singers.

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Music From Far Away Performed Close to Home

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The pace of the music scene is picking up as we head into summer. We will have previews of the summer festival season in upcoming issues of Compass. In the meantime, there is plenty to keep busy with this weekend.

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The Stuff of Dreams and Drama

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The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra continues its spring season with a program titled “Metamorphosis.” The 74-year-old group under the direction of Leif Bjaland will open with the famed “Adagio for Strings” by American composer Samuel Barber.
American pianist William Wolfram, a bronze medalist in the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, will join the WSO for two piano concertos: Liszt’s first and Tchaikovsky’s third. The Liszt was a groundbreaking work of its time, now the prototypical grand Romantic concerto.

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Playing Bach and Schubert, Simone Dinnerstein Will Be Performing Nearby

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Watching the young piano superstar Simone Dinnerstein play a Bach concerto or a Schubert impromptu, it is easy to understand why she has rocketed to fame in a few short years.
Hers is a perfectly-pitched balance between a velvety-rich sound and bell-like clarity, between spontaneity and structure. As well, her playing breathes with an unhurried freedom that consequently gives new life and meaning to the music.

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Jazz, More Jazz and Dvorák

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Tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger has made a huge name for himself in the few years he’s been on the jazz scene. Born in Connecticut and based now in Brooklyn, NY, he has made two widely acclaimed albums — the most recent, from 2011, is “Before the Rain” — and he has played in top clubs in New York City and elsewhere.

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Ahead This Week, Bach to Gospel

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This weekend, Gospelfest returns to The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville for its 11th appearance. This celebration of uplifting, spiritual music features the gospel choirs of the Hotchkiss, Salisbury, Westover, Taft and South Kent school gospel choirs, plus the Millbrook School Choir, under the direction of Michael Whitney Brown. This is a favorite community event, made even more special by the participation of so many schools in the region.

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Back to the Future

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Next weekend, Crescendo turns the clock back to the Renaissance for a performance of Orlando di Lasso’s mysterious masterpiece, “Prophetiae Sibyllarum,” Prophecies of the Sibyls.
The Crescendo Vocal Ensemble will sing this a cappella work under Christine Gevert’s direction, joined by Benjamin Rauch, a professional countertenor from the Chanticleer choir.
The Sibyls were female seers of Greek and Roman mythology who foretold the coming of the Divine. Di Lasso thus combines Renaissance spirituality with classic pagan texts, a signature of the Renaissance age.

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Music in a Space for Dance

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It’s Sunday, April 15, and you’ve signed and sealed your income tax returns. So you have a little time for cultural exploration.

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