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GRYPHON TRIO
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Gryphon Trio in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. Master classes featuring talented Williams music students under the guidance of the Gryphon Trio take place at 4:15 p.m. on April 7 in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Chapin Hall, and room 30 of the Bernhard Music Center. These free events are open to the public. In this performance, part of Williams’ Visiting Artist series, the Gryphon Trio performs Haydn’s Trio in E Major, Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67, and Schubert’s Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major for piano, violin, and cello.

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GRYPHON TRIO
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Gryphon Trio is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of chamber music. In this performance the Gryphon Trio performs Haydn’s Trio in E Major, Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67, and Schubert’s Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major for piano, violin, and cello. This concert by these outstanding visiting artists is free and open to the public. http://music.williams.edu/events/gryphon-trio/ Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.
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'LIAISONS PROJECT'
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents Anthony de Mare performing “Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim for the Piano” in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public. In addition, de Mare presides over a master class featuring talented student pianists on Thursday, April 9, at 4:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. "Liaisons" is a landmark commissioning and concert project, conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare. It is based on the songs of legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim, a Williams graduate from the Class of 1950. The project has brought together 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to “re-imagine” one of Sondheim’s songs as a solo piano piece. Among the pieces featured on this concert is “Finishing the Hat - Two Pianos” by Steve Reich, based on Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” and “That Old Piano Roll” by Wynton Marsalis, based on “Follies.” In all, Mr. de Mare will present a dozen works from his repertoire.

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CHAMBER MUSIC
Williamstown, 4 p.m.
Edward Arron and Jeewon Park, co-artistic directors of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute, will present an afternoon of chamber music by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and Johann Sebastian Bach. The concert, featuring Arron on cello with violinist Colin Jacobsen and violist Nicholas Cords, will be held in the Clark Center, West Pavilion, followed by a brief reception with the artists. Tickets are $25 ($20 members; free for students with college ID). To order tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-0524.

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NEW YORK WOODWIND QUINTET
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
Unique among all woodwind quintets touring today, the New York Woodwind Quintet is comprised of artists dedicated to chamber music yet who are individually known as soloists with far-ranging careers. Current NYWQ members are flutist Carol Wincenc, clarinetist Charles Neidich, oboist Stephen Taylor, bassoonist Marc Goldberg, and French horn William Purvis. The NYWQ has been an Ensemble-in-Residence of The Juilliard School since 1989. They will play at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center; tickets are available at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center box office at 413.528.0100 or online at www.cewm.org.

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'IN THAT TIME - IN THIS TIME: MONTEVERDI TO WHITACRE'
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
For its spring concerts, the Lakeville, Conn.-based music organization Crescendo will perform a program of sacred works by the Baroque composer Claudio Monteverdi and the contemporary American composer Eric Whitacre. Crescendo's founder and Artistic Director Christine Gevert will conduct the Crescendo Chorus and Vocal Ensemble in a cappella performances (without accompaniment) and with a Basso Continuo group of period instrument players from Boston and New York. The concert will be held at the First Congregational Church (251 Main Street). Pre-concert talks are 30 minutes before each concert. Tickets are $30 general seating, $50 premium seating and $10 for children under 18. For tickets go to http://worldclassmusic.org/buy-tickets.

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UKE N BREW FESTIVAL
Williamstown, 3-7 p.m.
Ukulele performances at Parsley's Pub at Waubeeka Golf Links all afternoon featuring: Lita Williams from Hawaii via Nashville, The Lords of Lichtenstein of NYC, 2013 Berkshire Idol winner Sophie Lane, The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra of Williamstown and The New England Ukulele Ensemble from Connecticut. There will also be lesson/jam at 6:30 p.m. and raffles. One raffle ticket included with paid admission of $15 for adults and $10 for students. Kids under 12 are free.

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THE BEST OF RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
Great Barrington, 8 p.m.
Affectionately referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.
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ROSANNE CASH THE RIVER & THE THREAD WITH JOHN LEVENTHAL AND ZEV KATZ
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
One of the most compelling figures in popular music, with a body of work encompassing country, rock, roots and pop influences, Rosanne Cash, oldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash, will perform bittersweet stories of the South in her critically acclaimed, 2015 Grammy-nominated album The River & The Thread. Tickets $29 - $79. See www.mahaiwe.org/RosanneCash or call (413) 528-0100 for more information and tickets. Mahaiwe
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JAMES TAYLOR: TICKETS ON SALE JAN. 24
Lenox, 7 p.m.
James Taylor returns to Tanglewood in 2015 with his All-Star Band for a performance in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl in celebration of the Independence Day holiday.  The July 4 performance will include many of the iconic songs so closely associated with Taylor, as well as new original material from his forthcoming album — his first in a decade — to be released in 2015. Taylor, who regularly performs to sold-out audiences at Tanglewood, has returned to the festival 23 times since his first performance there in 1974. Tickets, priced from $26 (lawn tickets) to $103, go on sale January 24 at 10 a.m. at  888-266-1200 or www.tanglewood.org, where visitors can also find full details of the 2015 Tanglewood concert schedule.

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