Close Encounters With Music

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October 15 | December 3 | March 18 |  April 15 | May 6 | June 10
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 15 | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Tchailovsky, Shostakovich, Haydn
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin

The season opens with the return of audience favorite Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in a panoramic program of Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich (augmentation of his powerful 8th String Quartet). The grand and lush sweep of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings was not lost on the composer himself who said, “I am violently in love with this work and cannot wait for it to be played.” Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C was discovered in a private music collection in Czechoslovakia in 1964 and has since been embraced by cellists as one of the major solo vehicles for their instrument. Carving out a singular niche, the “crème de la Kremlin” tours the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America annually, and has recorded over 30 CDs with its signature supercharged brilliance.

“Full-blooded and virtuosic playing with colorfully shaped, gleaming phrases.” —The New York Times.

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Misha Rachlevsky, conductor; Yehuda Hanani, cello

Tickets available for online purchase on our web site until 12:00 noon concert day. 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. Tickets can be purchased through the box office on concert day. Box office opens at 12:00 pm 413-528-0100 or at the Mahaiwe. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.

Mahaiwe tickets - Orchestra & Mezzanine $45, Balcony $25

$45.00
$25.00


December 3| Saturday | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
L'Amour Toujours--The Passion of Camille Saint-Saëns and César Franck


Tout Paris was in love with the alluring Augusta Holmès, a student at the Conservatoire, later a pivotal figure in the artistic circles of fin-de-siècle Paris (her daughters were famously painted at the piano by Renoir). The tie that binds together the brilliantly virtuosic Saint-Saëns Violin Sonata No. 1 and the smoldering Franck Piano Quintet is the composers’ shared unrequited adoration of Augusta. This “quintet of discontent” was dedicated to Saint-Saëns, who walked out of the first performance while Madame Franck quietly seethed at the transparency of its emotional exposé of passion. One of the masterpieces of the repertoire, it provides musical high drama and a glimpse into a fevered soul. Holmès’s own salute to love opens the program.

Roman Rabinovich, piano; Diana Cohen and Sarah McElravy, violins; Xiao-Dong Wang, viola;
Yehuda Hanani, cello

Tickets available for online purchase on our web site until 12:00 noon concert day. 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. Tickets can be purchased through the box office on concert day. Box office opens at 12:00 pm 413-528-0100 or at the Mahaiwe. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.

Mahaiwe tickets - Orchestra & Mezzanine $45, Balcony $25

$45.00
$25.00


March 18 | Saturday | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Beethoven Journey--Early, Middle and Late

Three stops along Ludwig’s journey, from disciple of Haydn to Olympian master and from historical time and place to transcending earthly connections: the early Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, a middle-period Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, and the glorious “Archduke” Trio. Pianist Michael Brown, winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has been described by The New York Times as a “young piano visionary” and “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” Violinist Rachel Lee Priday, acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage presence, and “irresistible panache” (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, and Seattle Symphony orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle.

Michael Brown, piano; Rachel Lee Priday, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello

Tickets available for online purchase on our web site until 12:00 noon concert day. 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. Tickets can be purchased through the box office on concert day. Box office opens at 12:00 pm 413-528-0100 or at the Mahaiwe. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.

Mahaiwe tickets - Orchestra & Mezzanine $45, Balcony $25

$45.00
$25.00



April 15 | Saturday | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The Art of the String Quartet
The Escher String Quartet
Mendelssohn, Bartok, Beethoven


Acclaimed for musical insights and rare tonal beauty, and championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the Escher has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia. They served as BBC New Generation Artists and gave debuts at the BBC Proms, are winners of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and perform as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. For this program, they bring their special sheen to Mendelssohn’s gripping Quartet in E minor, opus 80, saturated with poetic melancholy and written in memory of his beloved sister Fannie; to Quartet No. 3 by Bartók, whose string quartets in particular achieve a fusion of folk and Western art music; and Beethoven’s “Razumovsky” Quartet in E minor, opus 59, No. 2, resplendent in its cosmic grandeur. Three landmark works of chamber music delivered by new stars in the quartet firmament.

“Clearly one of the finest quartets of their generation.” —The Guardian

The Escher String Quartet: Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Aaron Boyd, violin; Pierre La Pointe, viola;
Brook Speltz, cello

Tickets available for online purchase on our web site until 12:00 noon concert day. 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. Tickets can be purchased through the box office on concert day. Box office opens at 12:00 pm 413-528-0100 or at the Mahaiwe. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.

Mahaiwe tickets - Orchestra & Mezzanine $45, Balcony $25

$45.00
$25.00



May 6 | Saturday | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
The preeminent ensemble performs works from Spain, Italy, France and Latin America

The Grammy Award-winning LAGQ is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre, consistently playing to sold-out houses world-wide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. Haunting music from the time of Cervantes, breathtaking transcriptions from the opera Carmen, Copland Mexican songs, Jazz, and an arrangement of the Bach Brandenburg as well as Far East and Irish classics will transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience!

“The world’s hottest classical ensemble or its tightest pop band? However it helps you to think about the LAGQ, keep the emphasis on superlatives for its unrivaled joy, technical élan and questing spirits.”
—Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet: John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser and
Scott Tennant, guitars

Tickets available for online purchase on our web site until 12:00 noon concert day. 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. Tickets can be purchased through the box office on concert day. Box office opens at 12:00 pm 413-528-0100 or at the Mahaiwe. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.

Mahaiwe tickets - Orchestra & Mezzanine $45, Balcony $25

$45.00
$25.00

 

 

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June 10 | Saturday | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
GALA: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman--
Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage!


Anonymous may have been a woman composer. Clara Schumann, Fannie Mendelssohn, Germaine Tailleferre, Maria Theresia von Paradis, Ethel Smythe, Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach, Marianna Martinez, and Augusta Holmès (120-some songs!), move from footnotes to forces in the annals of classical music as women gain the vote and their artistic voices. Extraordinary works by these fearless female composers include songs and sonatas displaying the genius of Fannie, Clara, Amy and Augusta; Tailleferre’s richly romantic Piano Trio; von Paradis’ shimmering Sicilienne; Piano Sonata in G Major by Martinez, a study in beauty and classicism, plus the Mozart four-hand piano sonata she performed with Amadeus himself. Additionally, to kick off a multi-year celebration of women in music, CEWM has commissioned a “quilt” of miniatures by composers Thea Musgrave, Tamar Muskal, Joan Tower, and Judith Zaimont, musical portraits of suffragettes and other women of valor—Smythe, Emma Lazarus, Sojourner Truth, and Candace Wheeler—who advanced the causes of everyone with their steadfastness, ingenuity and idealism.

Renana Gutman and Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano; Xiao-Dong Wang, violin; 
Danielle Telemantes, soprano; Yehuda Hanani, cello

Tickets available for online purchase on our web site until 12:00 noon concert day. 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. Tickets can be purchased through the box office on concert day. Box office opens at 12:00 pm 413-528-0100 or at the Mahaiwe. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.


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$30 Balconies  
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Includes preferred seating and a ticket to the Patrons Reception
 

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!)



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