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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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Celtic, Bluegrass, Cajun: Folk Is Back

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One of the premiere folk festivals in the Northeast returns to our area next weekend for its 23rd annual run.
The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is the brainchild of longtime Sharon resident Howard Randall, its founder, owner, producer and executive director.
Since 2003, the festival has been held at Dodds Farm on Route 22 in Hillsdale, NY. It features some of the premiere folk, bluegrass, Celtic and Cajun performers, as well as leading dance bands.

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He’s . . . Alive!

Cabaret: 'Ludwig Live'

Get in your car. Drive to Seven Hills Inn in Lenox, MA, next to The Mount. Leave your brain and common sense in the car because you won’t need them to enjoy the deliciously silly “Ludwig Live!”

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Happy Days for Baroque Music Fans

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Two nearby summer series showcasing Baroque music give us the chance to discover the intricacies and varieties of this popular music period, which lasted from about 1600 to 1750.
Interestingly, Baroque music was forgotten for a while, until the 19th-century Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn revived an interest in it, particularly in Bach, as part of the century’s growing obsession with looking to the past for inspiration.
By the 1800s, Baroque had started to take hold. The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston was the first formal music association in America.

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Music, and a Gorgeous Setting, too

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Bossy Lady, my GPS, sent me down a bumpy dirt back road through a dark forest somewhere in Katonah, Westchester County.
Maybe she was trying to make a point.
Then we were back on the highway, passing vast, gated estates, until at last we reached the winding, woodsy driveway to our destination: Caramoor, home of a 66-year-old international summer music festival.

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