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  • 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
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    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.

  •    After inaugurating a music festival here late last August, an outstanding new chamber music ensemble from New York City will stage the South Fork’s second Salomé Festival, with three very different events to close out the summer classical music season.

  •    The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival presented a concert called “Captivating Combinations” on July 31 at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, and true to the usual format of this series, each of the four works on the program had a different combination of instruments, offering varying colors, well coupled with the individual character of each composition.

  •    Pianofest usually holds most of its concerts at the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton, with occasional events at other venues. With the completion of Hoie Hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton a few years ago, several concerts have been held there each season as well. On July 24, a number of Pianofest participants presented a concert in this beautifully appointed space with its outstanding acoustics.