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E-Book Review: 'Symphonies & Scorpions' by Gerald Elias

Now, Elias has just released his first downloadable e-book, "Symphonies & Scorpions." A memoir, he has subtitled it "Ramblings of a Wand'ring Minstrel on the Boston Symphony's Far East Tour of 2014."

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Tanglewood Wraps Up Classical Season; Shanghai String Quartet at Music Mountain

This week, Tanglewood concludes its 2017 classical programming, culminating with the always-anticipated traditional final concert, on Sunday, Aug. 27, featuring Beethoven's glorious and triumphant Ninth Symphony, preceded by Charles Ives' "The Housatonic at Stockbridge."

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Review: Musician's Sixth Thriller A Joy to Read

He has just published his sixth installment in the series, "Spring Break." The book, like each of the earlier volumes in the series, possesses writing with equal verve and narrative skill; the adventures of the curmudgeonly and semi-jaded violinist/detective, Daniel Jacobus, are as engaging as ever.

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Enjoy Great Music at Tanglewood, Music Mountain, Tannery Pond

Looking ahead, these last two months of magnificent music making are but a prelude to the fall array of area classical offerings on the horizon – mostly chamber music - at Tannery Pond, in New Lebanon, N.Y., into September, and at South Mountain Concerts, in Pittsfield, in September and continuing into October.

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Tanglewood, Sevenars Showcase Great Music

Tanglewood continues its classical programming into mid-August, featuring powerful symphonic works – all audience favorites - performed by the Boston Symphony.

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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Music Mountain and Sevenars

Programs this week at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of symphonic music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff.

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Classical 'High Season' Approaches Its Zenith

As always, the place to be for great classical and stimulating new music is right here in our own centrally located, intimate corner of the world - the Berkshires - a so-designated "cultural capital," where artistic boundaries are nonexistent.

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Tanglewood and Sevenars: Classical Music Heaven

Both venues present wonderful music performed at magnificent venues in pristine, bucolic settings by marvelous performers

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Region Hosting Variety of Classical Musical Offerings

With programs across the region, concertgoers will have a wide range of classical music to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo piano and orchestral to opera and musical theater in concert; from chamber music to a thrilling Bach Brandenburg Concerto.

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Classical Beat: Great Music Abounds at Tanglewood, Taconic & Tannery Pond

Tanglewood, the nation's largest and most prestigious summer music presenter, officially opens its 77th classical festival season. Here's a rundown of the concerts and performers from July 5-11. As if that's not enough, don't miss out on the brilliant offerings at Taconic Music and Tannery Pond – two additional stellar venues in Manchester, VT. and New Lebanon, NY.

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Classical Beat: Tanglewood, Taconic Music and 'Ragtime' at Barrington Stage

During the opening week's events, from Wednesday, June 28, through Tuesday, July 4, Tanglewood celebrates the opening of their 77th Music Festival with a generous sampling of popular, classical and new music/dance concerts that are sure to attract audiences.

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The Classical Beat: Summer 2017 Music Festival Begins

With programs in Lenox and in Manchester, Vt., concertgoers will have a wide selection of music in a multiplicity of styles to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo jazz piano to the stellar Chris Botti with the Boston Pops, followed by a celebration of beloved show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein at Tanglewood.

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The Cassical Beat: Tanglewood, Tannery Pond, Taconic Music Prepare to Open

After an arduous winter, the summer's musical offerings will be balm to both popular music and classical aficionados, who anticipate the cornucopia of music these diverse festivals and series present.

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'Playing With Fire' Merges Music, Mystery With Flair

Elias is also a master storyteller/novelist, who has published five thrillers – all combining his love of music with a fabulously crafted fiction style to create an unusual, original and gripping series of mysteries. Each is centered on a wonderfully complex central character – a blind classical performer/mentor violinist – one Daniel Jacobus.

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Post-Tanglewood, Area Chamber Concerts Blossom

Looking ahead, you'll find a variety of concerts presented in churches, chapels, small auditoriums, halls and the like throughout the region. Even Tanglewood's acoustically superb Ozawa Hall is really too big for a string quartet or piano trio to be heard to best advantage; 300 seats – or even smaller - is better.

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As Tanglewood Season Wanes, Music Still Fills the Mountains

There's no cause, though, for dismay. Looking ahead, these last two months of magnificent music making are but a prelude to the fall array of area classical offerings on the horizon – mostly chamber music - at Tannery Pond, in New Lebanon, N.Y., into September, and at South Mountain Concerts, in Pittsfield, in September and continuing into October.

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Tanglewood, Manchester and Glimmerglass Are Not to be Missed

Traditional Tanglewood listeners: not to fear; classical fare won't be lacking: Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky ("The Rite of Spring") performed by the Boston Symphony and the youthfully invigorated Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra will also be performed.

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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Manchester

For additional options, head to Tannery Pond, in New Lebanon, N.Y., for the luminous Miro String Quartet and to Manchester, Vt., for no less than three (!) diverse musical offerings.

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Classical High Season Approaches Its Zenith

As always, the place to be for great classical and stimulating new music is right here in our own intimate corner of the world - the Berkshires - a designated "cultural capital," where artistic boundaries are nonexistent.

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Great Music at Tanglewood, Manchester and Glimmerglass

And, if the offerings at Tanglewood aren’t enough to pique your musical interest, there are also outstanding performances to be enjoyed at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont and the Glimmerglass Festival in historic Cooperstown, N.Y. All three venues present great music performed in bucolic settings by marvelous performers.

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Summer Music at its Best: Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Manchester

Simply stated, what you’ll see and hear this week is the very best in classical music programming and performances in our region.

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Tanglewood, Manchester Music Festival Season Begin

As always, there’s music to suit every taste: from a brass extravaganza to early music from Africa and the New World; from the Boston Pops featuring writer/director/song stylist Seth MacFarlane to the superlative Emerson String Quartet performing classic Haydn and Berg quartets and much more.

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Summer Music Festival Season Heats Up

Before getting into imminent opening events, bookmark the Boston Symphony’s website, tanglewood.org, for the full summer concert schedule, season highlights, tickets and general information.

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Outstanding Regional Classical Music Being Offered

This week, I’ll turn the spotlight on three more: South Mountain Concerts in Pittsfield, Music Mountain in Falls Village, Conn., and the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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Find an Abundance of Concerts Across the Region

Whether you’re a classical initiate or a casual music lover looking for an unexpected, unique listening experience, you’ll find it in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.

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