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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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Blockbusters Come to Bard

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Felix Mendelssohn composed his great oratorio, “Elijah,” just a year before his death in 1847. It is one of his most enduring works.
Suffused with the Romantic style of his generation, which Mendelssohn helped to define, it also looks back to the oratorios of a previous era, the Baroque. It was Mendelssohn who is largely credited with bringing the masters of the Baroque, particularly Bach, to public attention.

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This Singer Writes More Than Songs

Suzzy Roche is best known as the youngest member of the three-sister band, The Roches. As a solo performer she is known for her funny, wistful and highly literate songs chronicling single motherhood, life in Greenwich Village and the oddities of the music industry.
Now she she has written her first novel, “Wayward Saints.” It is a rollicking, often raunchy, tale of a rock musician, Mary Saint, performing in a high school auditorium in her fictional home town of Swallow, NY.

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Bringing the Baroque to Life

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Suzzy Roche is best known as the youngest of the three-sister band, The Roches, whose debut album was named Album of the Year by The New York Times. As a solo performer she is known for her funny, wistful and highly literate songs chronicling single motherhood, life in Greenwich Village and the oddities of the music industry.
Now you can add author to the list of titles, or superlatives, that go with the name Suzzy Roche. Her first novel, “Wayward Saints,” has just been published by Hyperion.

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Ring in the New

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The talk of the musical week was all about iPhone-gate, the symphonic fiasco that occurred when an audience member’s iPhone marimba ringtone went off in the hushed closing measures of Mahler’s ninth symphony during a New York Philharmonic concert. Conductor Alan Gilbert abruptly halted the piece and turned in the direction of the offending noise. A long and embarrassing stare-down ensued, and, amidst jeers and angry shouts from the audience, the telephoner reached into his pocket and turned off the device.

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