Close Encounters With Music

PRESS RELEASE ARCHIVES 2010-2011

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC PRESENTS
FIESTA! A LATIN SPLASH OF MUSIC AND DANCE at
SEIJI OZAWA HALL, TANGLEWOOD, LENOX MA
CEWM’s 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION BEGINS
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 6 PM

The 2011-2012 season will mark the 20th anniversary of CEWM’s presence and contribution to the cultural life of the Berkshires. To kick off the celebration of this landmark year, CEWM announces a gala concert at Tanglewood’s famed Ozawa Hall on Saturday, June 4. Fiesta!
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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC PRESENTS
CULTURAL VOYAGE TO THE EAST:
“THUS SPAKE GERMAN ROMANTICISM” at
THE MAHAIWE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, GREAT BARRINGTON
January 24, 2011

Songs about lotus flowers and pagodas, chamber music by German Romanticist par excellence Richard Strauss, and the Berkshire debut of opera star Jennifer Rivera highlight the Close Encounters With Music March 12 concert “Thus Spake German Romanticism” 6 PM at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA. “Radiant…ravishing mezzo soprano bloom from top to bottom” is how Opera News recently described Rivera’s opulent voice.
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EARLY FESTIVITIES AT CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC:
“BAROQUE PANTHEON, A HOLIDAY CONCERT!”
THE MAHAIWE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, GREAT BARRINGTON
November 8, 2010

It’s an evening of Baroque composers, but with a twist: Vivaldi’s sun-dappled orchestral work appears on the program, of course; but there’s also Francesco Geminiani’s Concerto for Two Violins, the lesser-known Giuseppe Valentini, and Henirich Ignatz Frantz von Biber’s Battalia, designed for exhibition and entertainment and demonstrating an experimentalism not generally associated with the Baroque. Welcome to the Close Encounters With Music early holiday celebration where the Baroque pantheon just took on a few worthy new members!
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Composer-In-Residence Jorge Martin
Speaks on his opera Before Night Falls
November 21 at the Hudson Opera House
October 29, 2010

“Conversations With…,” Close Encounters With Music’s intimate and stimulating series of talks with musicians, artists and scholars, presents this year’s composer in residence

In a talk illustrated musically and visually on Sunday, November 21, 3PM, Cuban-born Jorge Martín presents excerpts from his first full-length, large-scale opera, Before Night Falls, based on the autobiography of Reinaldo Arenas. The book by the same name, which chronicles the persecution of gays under Fidel Castro, will be familiar to movie aficionados from the film version by Julian Schnabel, starring Javier Bardem. This installment of “Conversations With…” takes place at the Hudson Opera House.
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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC NEW AND EXPANDED 2010-11 SEASON
Chamber Orchestras, String Quartets, Stars of Opera, Dance, Theatre, and the Chamber Music World Perform at the Mahaiwe PAC in Great Barrington, Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, The Clark Art Institute, the Hudson Opera House and Lenox Athenaeum Fall, Winter, Spring
August 27, 2010

Inaugural season of CEWM at the Frick Collection in New York City

(Great Barrington, MA) As the Berkshires blaze with Autumn splendor, Close Encounters With Music offers a bountiful harvest of classical, contemporary, and cutting edge music. Now in its 19th season, CEWM presents world-renowned musicians, dancers, composers, and others in works that span the Renaissance to the 21st century, the brilliance of the Italian baroque to the introspection of the Russian masters, the spirituality of the late German Romantics to the extroversion of Latin fusion artists.
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