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Back row, from left: coaches Len Miller, Amy Pires and Alyssa Sorrentino. Middle row: Savannah Reber, Kelsey Kirchner, Charlie Keator, Kylie Schmidt, Autumn Biernacki and Dayna Ackerman. Kneeling: Claire O’Brien, Chloe Parsenios, Grace Julieano and Jocelyn Fairfield, who also received the MVP award.

Lenox Youth Basketball Team Wins Tournament on Cape

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BOURNE, Mass. — The Lenox fifth- and sixth-grade girls travel basketball team won its age group last weekend at the Busnengo Tournament, sponsored by Bourne Youth Basketball.
 
The Lenox squad won its fourth game of the tournament on Sunday, beating West Warwick, R.I., 22-19, to take the title.
 
West Warwick had advanced to the title game with an upset win over East Greenwich, the top-rated team in Rhode Island, which came into the tournament with 50 straight wins.
 
"The championship game was a real battle," Lenox coach Len Miller said. " Our girls played great defense during tournament and played hard and as a team, team effort to win all the four games.
 
"Really fun way to end season going to Cape, all Lenox travel teams go."
 
The fifth-grade team includes: Dana Ackerman, Autumn Biernacki, Jocelyn Fairfield, Grace Julieano, Charlie Keator, Kelsey Kirchner, Claire O'Brien, Chloe Parsenios, Savannah Reber and Kylie Schmidt.

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Great Music and More at Tanglewood, Sevenars, Berkshire High Peaks Festival

By Stephen DanknerGuest Column

As Tanglewood enters its third week, stellar performances will take center stage in Ozawa Hall and in the Koussevitsky Shed. Why go? To experience world-class instrumental soloists, the Boston Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra perform chamber and orchestral masterworks by iconic masters Schumann, Brahms, Ravel, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Debussy, Gershwin, Stravinsky, Wagner and Tchaikovsky.

Add to the above an inspiring world premiere featuring Metropolitan Opera diva Reneé Fleming, baritone Rod Gilfry, and the Boston Symphony, led by maestro Andris Nelsons in composer Kevin Puts' orchestral song cycle "The Brightness of Light." The powerful and deeply moving "Enigma" Variations of Edward Elgar will precede this extraordinary performance.

And, if the offerings at Tanglewood aren't enough to pique your musical interest, there are also outstanding performances to be enjoyed at the Sevenars Music Festival in South Worthington, Mass., and at the Berkshire High Peaks Music Festival, presented by Close Encounters With Music in Great Barrington, Mass., in a series of concerts from July 23 through Aug. 2. All three venues present great music performed in acoustically resonant settings by marvelous performers. Read below for all the details.

Tanglewood

On Friday, July 19, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will present its first-ever free community event on the Pittsfield Common. "Tanglewood in the City: Pittsfield" is a live video transmission of the BSO's concert at Tanglewood that will bring Tanglewood into the Pittsfield community and share one of the festival's major performances with a wider group of Berkshire residents. The performance, which will be transmitted onto a 15-foot by 27-foot screen on the Pittsfield Common, will begin with welcoming comments from a BSO musician and feature BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons leading the orchestra in music of Betsy Jolas, Debussy and Ravel, as well as Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with soloist Gautier Capuçon.

The Pittsfield event is inspired by the popular Boston edition of "Tanglewood in the City." Now in its fourth year, this year's "Tanglewood in the City: Boston" event takes place on the Boston Common, also on Friday, July 19.

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