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  • Especially in a presidential election year such as this one, it is timely and interesting to delve into the backgrounds of the forces that are shaping the political scene. Neil J. Young has given us a detailed and thought-provoking history of one of those movements in “We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics.”
  • Since its founding 32 seasons ago, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival has continually found ways to expand and vary its summertime programs, including different venues, themes, and formats. Last year, Long Island’s longest-running classical music series added BCMF Spring, with two concerts. The new venture had such a strong audience response that a third concert is on tap for 2016.
  • If you are looking for some holiday cheer of the musical variety in the coming weeks, there are quite a few events to put you in the spirit of the season. Concerts and sing-alongs are planned in wineries, restaurants, churches, and theaters.
  • The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival is off to an auspicious start with two concerts of contrasting music that drew and delighted capacity audiences.
  • “When I was a little child, maybe 3 or 4 years old, my parents took me to the Museum of Modern Art. When I saw Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night,’ I started hearing music in my head.” Even today, Bruce Wolosoff, a composer from Shelter Island, said, some paintings cause him to hear music in his mind.
  • The pipe organ that was in the home of the late Charlotte Rogers Smith, a well-known and esteemed Bridgehampton musician, is now making beautiful music in Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
  • The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, which has been a zenith of classical music on the East End every summer since it started with a small series of concerts in 1984, has, over the years, found various innovative ways of programming. Now the festival will inaugurate a new venture, called BCMF Spring, with two Sunday concerts on March 22 and April 26.

  • “Cathedral”
    Bill Henderson
    Pushcart, $22

    On a hill overlooking the sea, in Sedgwick, Me., Bill Henderson decided to build a cathedral. Though inspired by his visit to the Chartres Cathedral in France as a young man, this one would come out of his own imagination and spiritual journey; it would be borne of “my idea of holy.”

  • The string quartet Brooklyn Rider performed back-to-back hour-long concerts on Saturday, just about halfway through this summer’s Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival. One was, as usual, at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, at 6 p.m., and, in a new partnership for the festival, the other was at 9 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill.

  • Take some of the world’s finest musicians, both veterans and rising talents, pair them with the rock-solid classics and some cutting-edge contemporary works, and wrap it all in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance and charm. That seems to be the successful formula for the 31-year-old Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, which runs from Wednesday to Aug. 24.