Close Encounters With Music
Conversations With... Intimate and stimulating conversations about music and ideas.

Sunday November 11, 2018 at 3 PM
West Stockbridge Historical Society Old Town Hall
9 Main Street
West Stockbridge, MA
Reconsidering the Legacy of Haydn
Caryl Clark

Is Haydn, Father of the symphony and the string quartet, the underappreciated Classical composer, a duller, rougher antecedent to Mozart and Beethoven? (The answer is “Hardly”!) Caryl Clark, Professor of Music History and Culture at the University of Toronto, will provide a window into the breadth and greatness of his oeuvres—his sacred music, comic operas, quartets and symphonies as well as the changing social, cultural, and political spheres in which he studied and worked. Take a virtual tour of his Burgenland and nearby western Hungary where the palace of Eszterháza is located. Author of Haydn’s Jews: Representation and Reception on the Operatic Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and commissioning editor for the Cambridge Companion to Haydn (Cambridge University Press, 2005), Caryl Clark is currently writing a book on Haydn, Orpheus and the French Revolution, and co-edited the just published Cambridge Haydn Encyclopedia. This talk complements our February Haydn concert.


Sunday April 28, 2019 at 3 PM
Casana T House, Hillsdale, NY
Composer, Song Writer, Fashionista
Tamar Muskal

Undaunted by new forms or new frontiers, Tamar Muskal has written everything from pop songs to symphonies to her new opera-in-progress, set in the world of high fashion, that tells the story of Diana Vreeland and Andre Leon Talley and examines the constant rises and falls of the industry. Her score for the historic, silent, film about the Mexican revolution, a song cycle commissioned by ASCAP and music for a documentary film about finding a cure for blindness (narrated by Robert Redford), exemplify the diverse material and platforms she uses. Her work “The Yellow Wind,” based on the novel by Israeli author David Grossman, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Ms. Muskal has been the recipient of many other awards from institutions such as ASCAP, Meet-the-Composer and American Music Center and a grant from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, with commissions from the 92nd Street Y and the Library of Congress as well as from orchestras and ensembles— including Close Encounters With Music!

$20.00 includes light refreshment

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