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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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Big Weekend Ahead

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It’s hard to believe the summer festival season is winding down, but here we are at the end of August, school starts in a week, birds are beginning to migrate, and the sounds of music continue. Tanglewood brings down the curtain on its classical music festival this weekend with its ageless tradition of playing Beethoven’s towering Ninth Symphony, the Choral. Perhaps no musical composition in history has approached the master’s crowning achievement for its breadth and depth.

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Get Ready for The Heavy Hitters

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Up on the mountain — Music Mountain, that is — Beethoven makes a grand appearance with two of his string quartets played by the acclaimed Voxare Quartet out of New York City. The group, Emily Ondracek and Galina Zhdanova, violins; Erik Peterson, viola; and Adrian Daurov, cello, contrasts early and late works of Beethoven’s chamber canon, starting with the lively and popular Op. 18, No. 4 in C Minor.

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Music Classical and New, Both Rare, Both Wonderful

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Until a few weeks ago I had never heard of the Hevreh Ensemble. Now I have, and I’ve listened to their music. You should, too. They’ll be playing a special benefit concert at the Argazzi Gallery in Lakeville next weekend.
Judith Dansker, a well-known musician in our area — she teaches at Hotchkiss, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and privately — founded the Hevreh Ensemble in 2001. The group consists of three woodwind specialists: oboist Dansker, Jeff Adler and Laurie Friedman, and keyboardist Adam Morrison.

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From Brits to Brahms, Fine Music Ahead

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Berkshire Choral Festival has been a treasured outpost for amateur singers.
Every summer the festival takes in 150 to 200 choristers from around the region and the world for a rigorous week of rehearsals and training, culminating in a weekend performance of major choral works.

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Strauss’s Year at Bard

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Since 2003, when the Fisher Center opened at Bard College, the Bard SummerScape festival has had a special role in bringing little-known works to light. This year’s winner is Richard Strauss’s rarely performed, next to his last, opera “Die Liebe der Danae” (“The Love of Danae”).

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Country, Folk and Rock Nearby

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As a onetime music critic, I look back fondly at the days when I would go out every night of the week for live music in bars, clubs and concert halls. I did the job for about six years and, to be honest, that was long enough.
Since then, I have mellowed a bit as a listener, but my inner, jaded music critic remains intact. Has-beens, quarter-century-old tribute bands and perpetually second-rate folk artists can be forgotten so we can concentrate on fresh, energetic performances nearby.

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Making Music

Young Musicians at Work
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The music, “it sounds scared,” Alla Aranovskaya tells her violin student during class in Music Mountain’s Gordon Hall.
Lauren Betts, an 18-year old from Wichita, KA, is playing Paganini, a work studded with tricky glissandos and double stops.
“Straight bow,” Aranovskaya orders. She is intense and verbal, working very close to Betts, hovering, touching the student’s bow, her shoulder, her hands, her neck.
“Curled fingers.”
“All the weight in the elbow, not the wrist.”
“I want richer tone on the eighth notes. Get bow to catch on the string before moving.”

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