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An explosion of music in the Berkshires: Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now and Arthur Greene, Pianist, at Simon’s Rock; Ensemble Nieuw Nederland at the Roe-Jan Library, Hillsdale, NY

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This coming weekend there will be an explosion of music in the Berkshires! and I can strongly recommend three concerts taking place on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon.  They are all free, but there is a suggested $10. donation for Saturday afternoon.  Read on…

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1.  Friday, September 25 at 7:30 pm in McConnell Auditorium, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Debut performance of The Orchestra Now, a new pre-professional training orchestra from the Bard Conservatory directed by Leon Botstein.  The program includes symphonies by Haydn and Beethoven, and a concerto by Mozart played by the brilliant pianist Anna Polonsky

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2.  Saturday, September 26 at 5 pm in the Roe-Jan Library of Hillsdale New York

Baroque chamber music from the Netherlands (mostly) played by the Ensemble Nieuw Nederland:  Tricia van Oers, recorder; Anne Legêne, viol; and Mariken Palmboom, harpsichord (NB:  all performers from the Netherlands)

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3.  Sunday, September 27 at 3 pm in McConnell Auditorium, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Piano recital by Arthur Greene, brilliant pianist, head of the Music Department of the University of Michigan, and originally a native of Sheffield; he will perform (among other things) Charles Ives’s “Concord” Sonata with a visual accompaniment of images related to the theme of the sonata:  the writers and thinkers of the Transcendentalist movement centered in Concord in the 19th century.

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