Early Music in the Berkshires

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Classical New England's weekly music festival travelogue heads to the Berkshires, where the Aston Magna Festival performs each summer. One of the pioneering festivals of early music, Aston Magna also performs in Waltham and the Hudson River Valley.

To hear the program, click on "Listen" above, and see a slideshow from festival performances below.

The 2012 Aston Magna Music Festival is the 40th anniversary season of the festival.

Celebretory concerts to commemorate four decades of Aston Magna begin on Jun 8, 2012, at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., and continue the next evening at Ozawa Hall on the Tanglewood campus in Lenox, Mass.

Concerts continue through early July in Waltham, Great Barrington, Mass., and Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

Highlights this year include madrigals by Monteverdi, a concert devoted to J.S. Bach's music and pieces inspired by Bach, clarinet music by Mozart, and a Violin Extravaganza.

With four different locations for 2012, Aston Magna offers several options to experience early music. 

To hear performances at Brandeis University, Waltham offers many lodging and dining options, and well as easy access by car or public transportation.

Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon's Rock (image courtesy of Aston Magna Festival)

For performances in Lenox and Great Barrington, a wealth of options are available in the Berkshires.

For information about visiting Annandale-on-Hudson, visit Bard College.






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