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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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Bad Choices, Tragic Ends All Over The Region

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With digitization of The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY, it is possible, at last, to see “Live in HD” opera from the Metropolitan Opera all over our region. This weekend, fans will have their choice of the Met’s production of Jules Massenet’s “Manon” at The Moviehouse, the Warner Theatre in Torrington, the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington or the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie. 

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For Opera Lovers

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I was 10 years old when I first heard opera. Sitting with my brother and our parents high in the balcony of Radio City Music Hall — we were on a family trip from Texas and had come to see the Rockettes — we joined a sellout crowd to watch not just the dancers but “The Great Caruso,” MGM’s hugely successful film starring Mario Lanza, then 30, with matinee idol looks, a smile as bright as Broadway, and a natural, little-trained tenor voice that wrapped you in its incomparable richness.

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Celebrating Music And Romance

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Schumann and Brahms — two names linked to Romanticism and to the tale of love for the same woman, Schumann’s brilliantly talented wife Clara — come to life in a performance by Close Encounters with Music this weekend at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA.
As part of CEWM’s 20th anniversary season, the ensemble of Lydia Artymiw, piano; Arnaud Sussman, violin; Tony Appel, viola; and Yehudi Hanani, cello, will play piano quartets by the two friends: Schumann’s Opus 47 in E flat minor, and the Brahms Opus 25 in G minor.

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A Little Weekend Music

As usual, much good music is coming to our region. Let’s start in our backyard at The Hotchkiss School, where the American Brass Quintet takes the stage for a free concert at Elfers Hall on March 25, at 4 p.m. Go to www.hotchkiss.org/arts or call 860-435-4423 for information.
Also, ragtime and blues icon Leon Redbone is on our calendar. Like many people, I was first introduced to him through his “Saturday Night Live” appearances in the 1970s.

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Happy Birthday, Bardavon

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The Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY, familiarly known as the Bardavon, was saved from demolition in 1976 and has continued to grow as a varied and inventive performing arts space ever since. Along with the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA, and the Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT, it makes one part of a kind of triangle of restored halls that are offering innovative programming to the Tri-state public.

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A Cabaret and A Lesson

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This weekend brings a novel entertainment in the form of a benefit concert for Crescendo, the choral and instrumental ensemble specializing in early and contemporary music. The Secret Life of Opera Singers is a humorous, musical behind-the-scenes look at an aspiring opera singer, performed by up-and-coming professional contralto and comedienne Imelda Franklin Bogue, accompanied by Anne Voglewede Green.
Billed as cabaret, the performance introduces listeners to classic opera repertoire by composers such as Bizet, Verdi, and Rossini.

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