Close Encounters With Music

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October 21 | December 9 | March 17 |  April 29 | May 12 | June 9

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We are pleased to invite all ticket holders to an “Afterglow” reception following each performance October through May.
Contributing Patrons at all levels are invited to a special Gala reception following the June concert.



Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 6 PM The Titans: Schumann/Brahms Piano Quintets
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington, MA

The season opens with two works that take us to the pinnacle of chamber music in a pairing of Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 with that of his champion, and originator of the new genre, Robert Schumann’s breakthrough Piano Quintet. Combining the piano and the string quartet had never been tried, but in the space of only a few weeks in 1842, Schumann wrote the legendary piece that influenced countless followers. Both quintets are on the short list of masterworks—symphonic in scale, potent, flashy, and bursting with harmonic and melodic opulence and rhythmic variety. Other common denominators: A sense of inspiration is embedded in each, as is a sense of the ever-present Clara, to whom Schumann’s work is dedicated. These genre-bending works alternate between quasi-symphonic and more properly chamber-like elements to keep you captivated from start to finish…as will the all-star cast of performers.

Soyeon Kate Lee, piano; Irina Muresanu and Peter Zazofsky, violin; Michael Strauss, viola;
Yehuda Hanani, cello

PURCHASED THROUGH MAHAIWE Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. Tickets will be mailed to the address on the order, unless instructions indicate otherwise. Tickets will be held at Will Call starting 10 days before the concert. The Will Call table will open in the lobby of the Mahaiwe at 5 PM on the evening of the concert. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.




 

 


Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 6 PM
Souvenir de Florence-- An Italian Holiday Celebration

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington, MA

An Italian fixation runs deep in the collective artistic psyche. It was de rigueur for 19th century painters, musicians and literary types—Byron, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn—to make the Grand Tour to Rome and Florence, imbibe the classicism, passion, bel canto, and expressivity that are hallmarks of Italian art, and bring them home to their studios where memories of the sunshine sustained them in chilly northern Europe. The centerpiece of the program is Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, written as he recovered from a disastrous marriage and developed an infatuation with the city that spawned the Renaissance. Florence worked its magic on Tchaikovsky, and the result is one of the most delightful and charming pieces in the repertory, for string sextet. This Italian showcase includes Chrysanthemums, the only chamber music Puccini ever wrote; works by the Venetian Vivaldi; Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade, and a Verdi string quartet. Bellissimo!

The Amernet String Quartet: Misha Vitenson, violin; Franz Felkl, violin; Michael Klotz, viola; Jason Calloway, cello; with Xiao-Dong Wang, viola; Yehuda Hanani, cello

PURCHASED THROUGH MAHAIWE Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. Tickets will be mailed to the address on the order, unless instructions indicate otherwise. Tickets will be held at Will Call starting 10 days before the concert. The Will Call table will open in the lobby of the Mahaiwe at 5 PM on the evening of the concert. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.



MID-WINTER FIRESIDE CONCERT
February 24 | Saturday | 6 PM
Saint James Place | Great Barrington, MA

Voice of the Baroque--A Close EnCountertenor!

Seldom has there been such a merging of intellectual rigor and emotion as in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Gamba Sonatas. The slow movements reach remarkable spiritual height and the outer movements are bursting with joy. Yehuda Hanani’s legendary musicianship and artistic probing will enrich these challenging sonatas. We also introduce American countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen in selections of English song from Dowland, Purcell and Handel. Identified as one of opera's most promising rising stars, in 2017 he received a Richard Tucker Music Foundation grant, made his European debut at the Theater an der Wien and was named a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition.

“…There was only one complete artist. At just 23, Cohen, a baby-faced countertenor from Brooklyn, already possesses a remarkable gift for intimate communication…Expressive yet dignified, his phrasing confident and his ornamentation stylishly discreet, he brought tears to my eyes.”—The New York Times

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor; Michele Levin, piano; Yehuda Hanani, cello

This concert is included in a season subscription purchase!

Limited tickets available (open seating) at the box office. Main Street entrance starting at 5:00 pm.


$38.00



Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 6 PM
The Ariel String Quartet--Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Shostakovich

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington, MA

Three 19th and 20th century Russian works create a trajectory through recent Russian history. Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 is the first notable work of Russian chamber music, said to have moved Tolstoy to tears. Mystical, monastic, with two-cello richness that conjures a Russian Orthodox choir, Anton Arensky’s homage to Tchaikovsky, the Quartet Op. 35, stands between Tsarist pre-Revolution and post-Revolution dictatorships. In Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 3, he is composing with Stalin looking over his shoulder and the movements have coded titles like “Blithe ignorance of the future cataclysm” and “The eternal question: Why? And for what?” The Ariel Quartet presents a program rich in Russian lore, Slavic emotionalism, sparkling wit, Soviet-era sarcasm, and dazzling virtuosity.

“Playing with exceptional boldness and confidence — a blazing, larger-than-life performance that seemed to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit” (Washington Post)

The Ariel String Quartet: Gershon Gerchikov, violin; Alexandra Kazovsky, violin; Jan Grüning, viola; Amit Even-Tov, cello; with Yehuda Hanani, cello

PURCHASED THROUGH MAHAIWE Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. Tickets will be mailed to the address on the order, unless instructions indicate otherwise. Tickets will be held at Will Call starting 10 days before the concert. The Will Call table will open in the lobby of the Mahaiwe at 5 PM on the evening of the concert. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.



Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3 PM
Grand Piano Trios -- Felix Mendelssohn and Bedřich Smetana
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Great Barrington, MA

The remarkably versatile composer-pianist-conductor-painter Felix Mendelssohn personifies genius and musical prodigy and his second Piano Trio in C minor (1845) is a true expression of the exquisite sensibility of his life and art. The profoundly moving Piano Trio in G minor of 1855 was composed after the death of Smetana’s daughter; its style is close to that of Robert Schumann, with hints of Liszt, Wagner and Berlioz. Two of today’s brightest young performers join cellist Yehuda Hanani for a juxtaposition of these passionate works, written in classic mid-19th-century style, full of beauty and riveting melodies. Winner of the Paganini Competition, Soovin Kim makes his area debut along with Uzbekistan-born Roman Rabinovich, first-prize winner in the Arthur Rubinstein International Competition in 2008.

“Soovin Kim was the highlight of the evening, a patrician virtuoso on the solo part of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto…He drew a golden tone from his 1709 “ex-Kempner” Stradivarius”
(Washington Post)

Roman Rabinovich, piano; Soovin Kim, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello

PURCHASED THROUGH MAHAIWE Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. Tickets will be mailed to the address on the order, unless instructions indicate otherwise. Tickets will be held at Will Call starting 10 days before the concert. The Will Call table will open in the lobby of the Mahaiwe at 5 PM on the evening of the concert. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.



Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 6 PM
The Faux and the Fabulous-- ACRONYM Ensemble
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington, MA

Perhaps because it is so distant and its style so ingratiating and universally pleasing, the Baroque period inspired many imposters. Leaving the baby on the doorstep of a good family to give him a better chance in life, many composers attributed their works to a more famous composer. Fakes unveiled will include Frescobaldi’s Toccata (by Cassado), Couperin’s Five Concert Pieces (by Bazelere) and C.P.E. Bach’s Andante (by Cassadeseus). In addition to these gems (rhinestones), ACRONYM, the 12-member string band, will take us back further in time and introduce some authentic forgotten masterpieces of the pre-Baroque and Baroque eras, by Viennese and German composers. Much of their programming is devoted to modern premieres of works newly transcribed from manuscript, previously unpublished, unrecorded and unheard since the early 17th century. Neo, quasi, retro, faux—never mind, this is the real thing!

ACRONYM Baroque String Band; Kivie Cahn-Lipman, director; Yehuda Hanani, cello

PURCHASED THROUGH MAHAIWE Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. Tickets will be mailed to the address on the order, unless instructions indicate otherwise. Tickets will be held at Will Call starting 10 days before the concert. The Will Call table will open in the lobby of the Mahaiwe at 5 PM on the evening of the concert. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.


 

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Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 6 PM
GALA: Lenny at 100 -- Feel the BERNstein

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Acknowledged as possibly the greatest conductor the U.S. has ever produced, Leonard Bernstein was dashing, brilliant and eloquent; a dazzling pianist, lecturer and cultural figure who redefined the word “charisma.” Equally at home on the concert stage and Broadway, when summer came, he headed to the Berkshires, where important friendships were forged with Aaron Copland, Marc Blitzstein, Lukas Foss, and other legendary musicians. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth, we present a musical portrait of a versatile career, with his vocal and piano music and that of composers he championed—Mahler (Bernstein held a Mahler Festival to mark the centenary of that composer’s birth!) Sondheim and Ives; selections from Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, Foss’s cowboy piece Capriccio, and Copland’s El Salón México. A delightful romp through the music scene circa 1950 as barriers began to come down among genres. Glitter and be gay and experience the Bernstein phenomenon!

Michael Chertock, piano; Danielle Talamantes, soprano; Kerry Wilkerson, baritone; Rachel Lee Priday, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello

PURCHASED THROUGH MAHAIWE Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. Tickets will be mailed to the address on the order, unless instructions indicate otherwise. Tickets will be held at Will Call starting 10 days before the concert. The Will Call table will open in the lobby of the Mahaiwe at 5 PM on the evening of the concert. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.



Photo Michael Lavin Flower 

About Our Location

Close encounters with music presents six concerts this season at the landmark Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. Join the growing number of culture enthusiasts who converge from the Berkshires, Hudson Valley, Northwest Connecticut, New York City, and Boston for each Close Encounters event! We are pleased to invite all ticket holders to an “Afterglow” reception following each performance October through May. Contributing Patrons at all levels are invited to a special Gala reception following the June concert.

Great Barrington, Stockbridge, and Lenox are within 2-1/2 hours of scenic driving from Boston and New York City.  Parking is readily available.

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Theater
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230 (map it!)