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Into a Time of Light

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As a member of Christine Gevert’s Crescendo chorus, I have a privileged view of the musical mind of our conductor, and also of the composers aired in our semiannual concerts.
The next one, “Bach: Darkness to Light,” takes place Nov. 12 and 13. It is, to use a shopworn but nevertheless apt expression, a journey, not only for the singers but for the audience, too.

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Opera Fans, Start Your Engines

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Time was, only a few years ago, that short of a hike to the Big Apple, the only way to enjoy the Met was on WAMC radio (Alan Chartock’s animosity notwithstanding). Not that it isn’t still a most enjoyable and easy way to experience great opera; I am especially enamored of the voice of Met announcer Margaret Juntwait, who replaced the venerable Peter Allen (for those of us with a long memory of Saturday afternoons by the radio). Plus on radio you can listen to the entertaining Opera Quiz at intermissions. And no purchase is necessary.

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Chat With an Indigo Girl

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   Amy Ray has been one half of the Indigo Girls, the folk-rock duo that has thrilled a wide, deep and loyal fan base for more than a quarter-century. Their close harmony, driving guitar and original songwriting has scored them two platinum (“Closer to Fine,” “Swamp Ophelia”) and one gold (“Nomads Indians Saints”) albums.

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A Vegetative Bachanalia

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Berkshire Bach opens its 22nd season with an unusual recital for harpsichord and flute titled “Venus Flytrap.”
The name refers to a movement of an original work by the composer Victoria Bond for solo harpsichord called “Peculiar Plants,” to be performed by harpsichordist and Berkshire Bach music director Kenneth Cooper.
“I composed ‘Peculiar Plants’ for Kenneth Cooper as a contemporary interpretation of the Baroque suite,” Bond writes. “Instead of each movement representing human characters or their dances, I chose plants with unusual characteristics.”

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Leaves May Turn, But the Beat Goes On

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Even as the summer music festival scene fades to a pleasant memory, there is plenty of outstanding music-making in our region as the leaves turn and the leaf peepers arrive.
The Hudson Valley Philharmonic revs up its concert season under music director Randall Craig Fleischer with an ambitious program of oft-played and lesser-known classics. The acclaimed Duo Parnas, string-playing sisters, will join the orchestra on violin and cello for the Vivaldi Double Concerto in B-flat major and Saint Saens’ “La Muse et la Poete,” Opus 132.

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Music From the Birds

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Les Inégales, the Baroque and early music ensemble cofounded by Lakeville musician Christine Gevert, presents the next in its series of concerts at the Spectrum Playhouse (formerly St. George Church) in Lee, MA, this weekend. The subject is birds.

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The Russians Are Here!

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The second of this season’s NOW! Concerts of contemporary music takes place this weekend in Millerton, featuring The Prometheus String Quartet (Ron Gorevic, Eric Lewis, Roy Lewis, Steve Stalker) playing new and modern chamber works. In the new category are a string quartet composed this year by Cheng-Chia Wu, and her quartets numbers 1 and 2 from 1992.
Also on the program are the Trio Sonata of John Harbison from 1994-5 and the “Piece for Viola Solo” by Jan Swofford (2011).

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America the Musical

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It must be fun being Neely Bruce. At 67, the Middletown, CT-based composer, performer, teacher and musicologist is a tireless champion of American music, a bundle of enthusiasm and a font of endless musical projects. His latest is a performance of his “The Bill of Rights: Ten Amendments in Eight Motets,” a choral arrangement of the text of the Bill of Rights, offered Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Sandisfield Arts Center in Sandisfield, Mass.

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Marking 9/11 at The Mahaiwe

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Marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington has added a special HD broadcast of the New York Philharmonic’s “A Concert for New York.” The free broadcast will be shown at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sep. 11 (doors open at 8:30), of a concert that is to take place the previous night at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.
“We would like to invite the whole community to join us for a special evening of music and reflection,” says Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly.
Fittingly, the music for the occasion is Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the “Resurrection.”

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A Little Hurricane Music

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Deadline day finds me stranded in the wake of Irene, without power, and, so, without access to the usual digital lineup of upcoming musical events to report to you. Go to the Compass Calendar for listings.

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