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Music From Salem Children's Workshop

Get to know Music from Salem, starting with this free program...
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Music From Salem is Lila Brown's vision: bring world-class chamber music to a rural setting; allow the musicians to explore their surroundings and the audience to get up close and experience the music viscerally.  Concerts are usually held at Hubbard Hall, in the village of Cambridge, ten miles south of Salem. During the summer season, anyone may attend free open rehearsals at various area locations, where musicians work on the program for the weekend and then open the floor to questions concerning how chamber players signal through eye contact or how they resolve differences over things like  tempi and dynamics. There are also free workshops for children at various area locations, enabling children to see and hear the instruments at close range and learn how music is composed and performed.  Now that's getting pretty close!  And for kids there is an introduction to music-making and listening featuring repertoire from upcoming programs targeted at ages 6-12. It's Free! And the next one is  Thursday July 9, 10 am at the Bancroft Public Library, at the traffic light in  Salem, NY.

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Al Budde

40 minutes East of Saratoga and a world away; the Battenkill Valley is a Cornucopia of Cool. No Interstates. No noise. No hurry. Called "The Tuscany of New York", the region abounds in farm-crafted cheeses, creameries, heirloom vegetables and specialty meats you can buy right off the farm. Art galleries that will amaze you. Scenery that will inspire you. And through it all runs the Battenkill River, an astonishingly clear and gentle water playground that also happens to be the toughest trout fishery in the U.S.A Like touring? There's a reason the largest pro-am bike race in America happens here. And don't get me started on the Revolutionary war history, or the “you won't believe what I found: antiques and shops.

AL BUDDE has a lot of interests in fly fishing, playwriting, canoeing (and tubing), history, shopping, dining, friendships and he counts himself among the fortunate few who have found a place where all of those things collide: The Battenkill Valley. He knows (almost) everyone here, and will be your personal guide to all of those hidden places, activities, sights and scenery it would take you years to discover on your own. Discover the Battenkill Valley. Have fun. Make new discoveries. Renew your soul. And start here!


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