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There's lots of great music to look forward to during this season's Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, which opens with a glimpse into Mozart's life with narrator Alan Alda in two concerts: July 31 and August 1. Kate Remington talks with founder and flutist Marya Martin about some of the highlights.

On Saturday, May 21, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra presents Puccini's beloved opera, "La Bohème." With outstanding soloists and area choirs, conductor Jonathan Yates promises that this performance will be far more involved than the usual "stand and sing" concert performance. Kate Remington talked with Jonathan about why this opera is so special.

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On Sunday, May 8, Mother's Day, the Norwalk Youth Symphony presents its last concert of the season as a send-off for the graduating members, as well as a "thank you" for all their family support. This summer, the symphony will embark on a tour to three of Europe's music capitals, Prague, Vienna and Salzburg. Kate Remington talked with Jonathan Yates, conductor of the Youth Symphony, about the experience the orchestra provides for these talented kids.

On Sunday, May 1, in Trumbull, CT, the Connecticut Chamber Choir will present the U.S. premiere of Donald Fraser's choral arrangement of Elgar's beloved "Sea Pictures." Kate Remington talked with the choir's artistic director and conductor, Constance Chase, about this exciting concert, which also includes audience participation.

  

Pianist Frederic Chiu never imagined that his dream to record the haunting music of early 20th century spiritual teacher George Gurdjieff and his disciple Thomas de Hartmann would evolve into a 17-year project, requiring so many years for just the right alignment of artistry and technology. Kate Remington talks with Chiu about how his new recording, "Hymns and Dervishes," finally got released.

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