Close Encounters With Music

PRESS RELEASE ARCHIVE 2012-2013

June 25, 2013
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC CONCERTS LAUNCHED AT THE CLARK ART INSTITUTE IN WILLIAMSTOWN
ON SUNDAY, JULY 14 AT 3 PM
“WHITE NIGHTS” PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS RUSSIAN MELODIC MASTERY: PROKOFIEV, RACHMANINOFF, TCHAIKOVSKY

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Celebrating “White Nights” of the Russian tradition, two charismatic international performers—pianist Vassily Primakov and cellist Yehuda Hanani—join forces to present a program of Russian masters Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky, in the inaugural concert of Close Encounters With Music at the Clark Sunday, July 14 at 3 PM.
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May 21, 2013
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS’ “NORDIC LIGHTS: GRIEG REVIVAL,”
JUNE 8 OPENS BERKSHIRE SUMMER SEASON AT TANGLEWOOD’S OZAWA HALL
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHTS INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL MUSIC OF EDVARD GRIEG, NATIONAL COMPOSER OF NORWAY,
AND HIS FRIEND JOHANNES BRAHMS
SHAKESPEARE & COMPANY’S TINA PACKER TO READ FROM HENRIK IBSEN’S “PEER GYNT” AND “DOLL’S HOUSE”

LENOX, Mass. – Fjords, forests and fairy tales will be conjured up in an evening of music and readings, Saturday, June 8, at 6 PM at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall in Lenox, Mass. “Nordic Lights: Grieg Revival,” the final Close Encounters with Music concert of the 2012–2013 season, brings to the fore the national composer of Norway, Edvard Grieg, and two of his contemporaries, German composer Johannes Brahms and Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen.
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April 2, 2013
MOZART, BEETHOVEN, AND RAVEL ON TAP IN
“GRAND PIANO TRIOS II,” PRESENTED BY CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC, MAY 18, 6 PM
AT THE MAHAIWE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Top Prize Winners of Tchaikovsky Violin Competition and Arthur Rubinstein International Competition Make their Berkshire Debuts

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The great masters of the German tradition—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven—and the man who challenged their aesthetic, Maurice Ravel, will be celebrated in a Close Encounters With Music concert on Saturday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St. “Grand Piano Trios II” features violinist Itamar Zorman, pianist Roman Rabinovich and Close Encounters’ artistic director, cellist Yehuda Hanani. This is the second in a series showcasing piano trios that reflect significant junctures in classical music.
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February 26, 2013
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC BRINGS ALL STAR LINE UP TO "Grand Piano Trios"
Saturday April 20, 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The engaging chamber music series Close Encounters With Music returns on April 20 to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, presenting two magnificent piano trios—a 20th century classic side by side with Schubert at the summit. Franz Schubert’s B-Flat Piano Trio opus 99 is juxtaposed with Paul Schoenfield’s Café Music, one of classical music’s most popular works.
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January 14, 2013
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC PRESENTS A CONVERSATION WITH BERKSHIRE RESIDENT
BENJAMIN LUXON, MARCH 3 AT 2 PM AT THE LENOX CLUB;
Luxon to share stories of his international career in opera

LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire resident Benjamin Luxon will share anecdotes of his rich and varied career as an opera singer on Sunday, March 3, at 2 pm at the elegant Lenox Club, 111 Yokun Avenue here. Luxon will also discuss his artistic credo and the current state of the music and opera world in “An Afternoon with Benjamin Luxon,” one in a series of conversations about music and ideas presented by Close Encounters with Music.
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January 11, 2013
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC PRESENTS GUITARIST EXTRAORDINAIRE ELIOT FISK,
JOINED BY SOPRANO JENNIFER ZETLAN AND CELLIST YEHUDA HANANI IN A WORLD PREMIERE BY
ROBERT BEASER, MARCH 23, 6PM AT THE MAHAIWE PERFORMING ARTS CENTERL

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Eliot Fisk demonstrates the versatility and appeal of the classical guitar in a Close Encounters With Music concert on Saturday, March 23 at 6 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St. The diverse program, titled “Old, New, Borrowed and Blues,” features J.S. Bach, tango, Schubert lieder, American folk music, improvisations and the world premiere of a commissioned work by Grammy Award-nominated composer Robert Beaser.
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October 3, 2012
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC PRESENTS
A BAROQUE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION WITH THE EARLY-MUSIC ENSEMBLE TRAGICOMEFDIA
SUNDAY MATINEE PERFORMANCE OFFERS RARE HANDEL CANTATAS AND ITALIAN CANTATAS
THAT SPEAK OF LOVE, LONGING AND BETRAYAL

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The drama and emotion of the Italian cantata takes center stage when the early-music ensemble Tragicomedia performs on Sunday, December 9, 2 PM at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

“Tragicomedia: A Baroque Holiday Celebration” is the second concert in the 2012–13 Close Encounters with Music season. This festive performance features a soprano and bass-baritone accompanied by rarely heard Baroque instruments such as the mandolin, lirone, chitarrone and viola de gamba. The program includes 17th- and early 18th-century cantatas by George Frideric Handel—whose compositions represent the pinnacle of the cantata form—as well as Barbara Strozzi, Francisco Guerau, Agostino Steffani and Carlo Arrigoni.
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October 3, 2012
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC AND THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM SCREEN PETER ROSEN’S “SHADOWS IN PARADISE,”
DOCUMENTING EUROPEAN EXILES IN 1930s HOLLYWOOD

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The European diaspora’s influence on Hollywood culture in the 1930s and ’40s is the focus of Peter Rosen’s documentary film “Strangers in Paradise,” to be shown at the Berkshire Museum here on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m.

Rosen will introduce his 2009 film and answer questions following the screening, which is co-presented by the museum and Close Encounters With Music.
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June 6, 2012
HIGH PEAKS MUSIC FESTIVAL BRINGS CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD TO THE GREAT NORTHERN CATSKILLS
WITH DISTINGUISHED ARTISTS AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
"FROM BERLIN TO AMERICA" IN MUSIC, LITERATURE AND FILM"
Catskill Mountain Foundation

(Hunter, NY) Between August 15 and 25, the Catskill Mountain Foundation, the premier multi-arts center in the Northern Catskills, will host its third Catskill High Peaks Festival: Music with Altitude!” a ten-day chamber music festival offering an exciting combination of concerts, literary lectures, films and master classes open to the public and led by distinguished faculty artists with talented young musicians from around the world. Serving as backdrop for the High Peaks Festival are the magically beautiful summer landscapes of the Northern Catskill Mountains, drawing musicians, listeners and culture lovers alike to visit a destination where artists and musicians have gathered for over a hundred years.
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