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John Williams and Yo Yo Ma Pay Tribute to Bernstein

In July, Leonard Bernstein’s most beloved score, “West Side Story,” was performed live by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to accompany a screening of the 1961 movie. The rousing music had its full effect, and gave the amazing Jerome Robbins’ choreography a kick. Also amazing is the technology that stripped only the orchestration from the film, leaving everything else, including the singers’ voices, intact.

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New Baroque Soloists at St. John’s church

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Hotchkiss Summer Portals Opens An Impressive Season

Hotchkiss School’s Summer Portals Concert Series returns this year with an impressive lineup of performers and repertory. The concerts, free and open to the public, are part of a summer piano program that brings aspiring young musicians, ages 11-19, from around the world to Hotchkiss for two weeks of intensive lessons, masterclasses, and recitals, under the auspices of a world-class piano faculty.

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Norfolk Music Festival Features Dawn Upshaw

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World War I ended. The flu killed up to 100 million people worldwide. Claude Debussy died. Leonard Bernstein was born. So was Ray Charles.
The year was 1918, and it ushered in an interwar period of intense creativity and, among the ashes of “the war to end all wars,” deep questioning of humanity, art, and music. (The following year, Dali would paint a moustache on the Mona Lisa.)

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Celebrating Bernstein’s 100th at Tanglewood

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This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary composer, conductor, and educator Leonard Bernstein, and like many festivals around the country, Tanglewood is celebrating.
More than most, Tanglewood has a special relationship to Bernstein. Said Tanglewood’s director, Anthony Fogg, “His career virtually began and finished at Tanglewood. He was part of the first class of the Tanglewood Music Center [the training academy] in 1940, working with [famed conductor Serge] Koussevitzky, who founded Tanglewood.”

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Aston Magna 2018 Season, A Garden of Delights

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Let’s talk about Bach. Specifically, his Cantata No. 82.
If you want the very definition of the sublime (OK, I confess I overuse the word, but grant me this one chance,) then this cantata is it.
Scored for vocal soloist (either soprano or bass), solo woodwind (oboe or flute), and strings, Cantata No. 82, titled “Ich habe genug” (“I have enough”) was composed by Bach in 1727 for the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, also known as Candlemas.

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Berkshire High Peaks Festival Preview

Entering its ninth summer, the High Peaks Festival has switched peaks: After years in the Catskills, the educational program of Close Encounters With Music (CEWM) has taken up residence in the Berkshires.

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Crescendo Does Vivaldi

Every Crescendo concert has a good story. But this one – this one is special. Trust me.
For its upcoming program, the Lime Rock-based group specializing in Baroque and early music is performing a recently discovered “Dixit Dominus” by the Baroque master Antonio Vivaldi.

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Sergey Gives Russian Music Talk in Lenox

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For the next in its series of “Conversations With” lectures, Close Encounters with Music presents an intriguing talk on film music of the Soviet and Russian eras.
It’s a gold mine of music of great composers like Prokofiev and Shostakovich, as well as lesser-known but daring musical experimenters.
Presenter Timothy Sergay is a professor of Russian literature and translation at SUNY Albany. Although neither musicologist nor film historian, his passion for, and expertise in, film scores came through in an interview for Compass.

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Jazz At Bard April 21

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Damien Sneed, who has recently recorded with Wynton Marsalis, will be performing at Bard College’s Fisher Center with The Levites, a legendary soul ensemble. The event is sponsored by The Catskill Jazz Factory, an innovative incubator of varied jazz and soul styles founded by Englishman Piers Playfair. The program is entitled “Sanctified Soul: 1960s to Today.” 

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