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CONNECTIONS: Baldwin’s in West Stockbridge marches on

The Civil War had created pent-up demand for goods, and there was Baldwin’s. Folks all over the North and South were glad to see the war ending and new businesses starting up.

CONCERT PREVIEW: The Brentano String Quartet brings Béla Bartók back home to South Mountain

Bartók's music is at all times as honest and uninhibited as a shrieking toddler and so genuinely human that a listener feels bound to inquire and to really understand what all the noise and fuss is about.

PREVIEW: Emerson String Quartet to perform late Beethoven quartets at Tanglewood

Beethoven is the Shakespeare of music. His music is entertaining, but it is also very often a challenge, and it stays with us. We feel its depth and its power. And nowhere is this more true than in the late string quartets.

Bastille Day at Ozawa Hall: The Knights celebrate Egalité, Fraternité, as tragedy strikes France — again

Here was a different kind of Tanglewood orchestral concert. Notwithstanding the size of the ensemble, it had the intimacy of a string quartet. The players appeared deeply to engage as individuals.

KALCHEIM: Superb performances at Close Encounters With Music

The Close Encounters with Music Chamber Music Series is a living embodiment of all the right ways to present classical music.

Review: The Juilliard Quartet at South Mountain, with Haydn, Ran and Schubert

One questions what the use is of “doing our due” to the obscure repertoire of the avant-garde when it often seems we have only tangentially begun to probe the works of the eternal genius Haydn.

South Mountain concerts open with superb Escher String Quartet

The South Mountain Chamber Music series was first organized nearly 100 years ago, decades before Tanglewood got off the ground.

Tanglewood: Hard-strung Schumann, sensitive Beethoven, disappointing Mozart

If the BSO really wants to appear more open and accessible to its audience, it should try a heavily reduced-price Shed ticket program for young people and students.
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