Close Encounters With Music

PRESS RELEASE ARCHIVE 2011-2012

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC PRESENTS
THE DAEDALUS QUARTET: BEETHOVEN, SCHUBERT & BERG
SUNDAY, MAY 19 AT 6 pm
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA

(Great Barrington, MA) The Daedalus Quartet brings an intriguing all-Viennese program to the Mahaiwe stage Saturday, May 19 at 6 pm. Selections include Schubert’s Quartettsatz, brimming with ardor and ecstasy; the majestic Razumovsky, Beethoven’s Opus 59 No.1; and Alban Berg’s Quartet Opus 3, completing a musical journey through Imperial Vienna to the era of Klimt and Freud. Recognized as one of the leading quartets on the scene today (“The refined but passionate Daedalus Quartet gave a riveting performance”—The New York Times), members of the Daedalus are Min-Young Kim, violin; Matilda Kaul, violin; Jessica Thompson, viola; and Thomas Kraines, cello.
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“THE ROARING TWENTIES: BERLIN, PARIS, NEW YORK”
SATURDAY, JUNE 2 AT 6 pm
Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA

The cabaret beckons at Ozawa Hall Saturday, June 2, 6 pm as Close Encounters With Music ushers in the summer season in the Berkshires. In a performance that evokes the twenties of the last century—a time exemplified by Art Deco, Prohibition, the loosening of social restraints, Jazz, the Charleston and flappers—“Roaring Twenties” offers a panorama of composers and styles that defined and shaped the era: Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Alexander Zemlinsky, Hanns Eisler, Cole Porter, Poulenc, Schoenberg, and Erwin Schulhoff provide a bi-continental glimpse into a decade that still looms colorful, mythical and seductive in cultural history.
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A FREE AFTERNOON WITH YOUNG COMPOSERS
SUNDAY, MAY 13 AT 4 pm
Lichtenstein Center for the Performing Arts, Pittsfield

(Pittsfield, MA) Emerging musicians Simon Brown, Brian Simalchik and 12 year old wunderkind Graham Cohen present their compositions Sunday, May 13 in an intimate setting at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. Conversations and music begin at 4 pm, and reflect on inspiration, influences and role models; the creative process; tonality and post-tonality, and how to find one’s artistic voice in a multi-directional anything-goes age. These young spokesmen will be addressing and demonstrating the future of classical music as they explore various compositional streams. The discussion and musical selections are part of the Close Encounters With Music series “Conversations With…”
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“TRADE WINDS: FROM CHINA WITH LOVE”
SATURDAY, APRIL 21 AT 6 pm
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA

(Great Barrington, MA) China’s “Empress of Pipa,” soloist Liu Fang, enchants with counterparts to the lute and zither during “Trade Winds: From China With Love,” a celebration of traditional Chinese classical music. The concert is presented by Close Encounters With Music Saturday, April 21, 6 pm at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Liu Fang is joined by cellist Yehuda Hanani for a premiere of Green by recent Pulitzer Prize winner Zhou Long. Originally written for Chinese bamboo flute and pipa in 1983, the version for cello and pipa was adapted in 2011. Composer Zhou Long elaborates on the intent of the work: “Heaven is blue, Earth yellow, and green all the plants they nurture. Green symbolizes the spirit of life. The music is exquisitely provocative, and its sound filling the distant space evokes the communion between man and nature."
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GRAND PIANO QUARTETS: Schumann and Brahms
SATURDAY, MARCH 24 AT 6 pm
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA

(Great Barrington, MA) Explore the complex relationships between Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and the immortal Clara Schumann when Close Encounters With Music delivers a concert with an enthralling range of emotions Saturday, March 24th at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. The 6 PM “Grand Piano” extravaganza evokes vigor, passion, power and the timeless endurance of music masterpieces. The program includes Piano Quartets in E flat minor, Opus 47 (Robert Schumann) and G minor, Opus 25 (Johannes Brahms). Both were premiered with the participation of Clara Schumann, guiding muse and one of the most distinguished pianists of the day.
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LISZTOMANIA! A 200TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 AT 2 PM

Close Encounters With Music celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Franz Liszt’s birth with “Lisztomania!” at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Sunday, December 4 at 2 PM. The performance showcases his mesmerizing and brilliant compositional style, as well as works by his friends (Saint Saens) and polar opposites (Mendelssohn).
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MASS CULTURAL COUNCIL FELLOW, POET CHARLES COE, READS FROM HIS COLLECTION “PICNIC ON THE MOON”
Joined by Noted Berkshire Poets Michelle Gillett & Leslie Harrison
Refreshments by Chocolate Springs
PICNIC WITH POETS AT THE MOUNT, LENOX, MA, NOVEMBER 12

Close Encounters With Music and The Mount present Charles Coe and Berkshire poets Michelle Gillett and Leslie Harrison at Edith Wharton’s Estate and Gardens Saturday, November 12 at 4 PM. Recognized by Boston Magazine as “one of the finest poets in a place that has more than its share,” Charles Coe is known for his powerful readings and unusually warm and compassionate voice, and for poems that speak to the heart and mind as well as the ear. Combining subjects as diverse as African-American history, myth, jazz, and family, Coe offers poems personal and about music—written for Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Mingus, and other music greats. He is the winner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Poetry Fellowship and author of the collection Picnic on the Moon. A jazz and popular vocalist, he travels widely to perform and record his poetry.
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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
WITH IMAGINATIVE MIX OF PROGRAMS FOR 2011-2012— PLUS NEW EXTRAMUSICAL EVENTS

Chamber Orchestra, String and Piano Quartets, Stars of Opera, the Chamber Music World and Classical Chinese Music Perform at the Mahaiwe PAC in Great Barrington and Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Fall, Winter, Spring

Poetry and Young Composers Celebrated at The Mount in Lenox and The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield

Also presenting second season of CEWM at the Frick Collection in New York City
(Great Barrington, MA…) Going into its 20th year of presenting outstanding chamber music with lively commentary, Close Encounters With Music continues to expand its original programming of classical, contemporary and cutting-edge music. For the 2011-2012 season, CEWM offers world-renowned musicians, brings back the outrageously virtuosic Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, introduces one of the foremost pipa players in the world, marks an important birthday for Franz Liszt and revisits one of the most evocative periods in cultural history—the Roaring Twenties.
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