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For world-renowned violinist Alexander Markov, making music has always been a family affair, both his parents are gifted violinists and Alexander's first teacher was his father.  On Friday, November 8, Alexander and his family will present From Baroque to Rock, a concert for families at the Norwalk Concert Hall. The first half will feature classical music favorites, and the second half will showcase Alexander's love of rock music, and give him a chance to open the throttle on his electric, gold-plated violin.

The Charles Ives Music Festival launches a nearly year-long season with a concert by cellist Julian Schwarz, pianist Marika Bournaki and friends on Saturday, November 2 in Ridgefield, Conn.

Kate Remington talks with Festival Music Director Paul Frucht about how the new festival continues Ives' legacy of musical curiosity and innovation. 

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Michael Stern will be on the podium, making his debut as music director designate of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th.  

Kate Remington talks with Michael about the program, which includes Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Stephen Hough, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, and Apu: A Tone Poem for Orchestra by contemporary composer Gabriela Lena Frank.

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Annoyed that no one seems to pay attention to them anymore, the ancient gods hire a troupe of actors to portray them while they visit Victorian London to discover why they're ignored. That's the premise of the first operetta, Thespis, by Gilbert and Sullivan. 

Kate Remington talks with John Dreslin, music director of the Connecticut Gilbert and Sullivan Society, about their production of this seemingly lost work, performed on stage October 12 and 13 in Middlefield.

The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra opens its 80th season on Saturday, September 28th, at the Norwalk Concert Hall with a tour of exotic locations including China, Hungary and 1920s Paris! Kate Remington talked with Music Director Jonathan Yates about the program, which also includes Brahms' Symphony No. 1, and gives the NSO's new concert master, Krzysztof Kuznik, a chance to shine.