Close Encounters With Music

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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 13, 2018 at 6 PM
A Rossini Extravaganza!
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington, MA


We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the death of the great Italian composer Gioachino Rossini with an evening illustrating the wide range of his majestic, hilariously wicked and sparkling music—arias and duets from Tancredi, Adina, Cenerentola, and selections from his brilliant piano music Péchés des vieillesse (Sins of Old Age) composed at the end of his life. The enchanting contralto Emily Marvosh is joined by soprano Sonja Tengblad (“crystalline tone and graceful musicality” —The Boston Globe) in a romp through vocal works, that will also include the glorious Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach, whose music Rossini championed. Pianist Roman Rabinovich presents some of the fiendishly challenging Péchés that reveal a portrait of a bon vivant who pushed humor, gastronomy— and technique—to their limits. A finishing flourish will be a performance of a string quartet written at the tender age of twelve!

Pre-Concert Rossini-themed Reception at 4:30 PM for Patrons and Season Subscribers.

Emily Marvosh, contralto; Sonja Tengblad, soprano; Roman Rabinovich, piano

PURCHASED THROUGH MAHAIWE Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. 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. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2.50 restoration fee.



 

 


Saturday December 8, 2018 at 6 PM
Mozart & Schubert
Marzipan & The Trout
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Great Barrington, MA

Two great melodists, two young geniuses in one brilliant evening: Bubbly, like fine Champagne, Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet is one of the most joyous pieces ever written. A landmark of classical music, it weaves a net of enchantment with its catchy melodies and fresh exuberance. This piece has it all—elegance, beauty and irrepressible good humor; music from the pen of a 22-yearold- prodigy inspired by the tragic-comic death of a fish that captures the glories of Nature! The program also features Mozart’s miraculous Quartet in E-flat Major, a reminder that the unearthly beauties of Mozart defy explanation. An all-star ensemble that joins artistic director Yehuda Hanani includes pianist Max Levinson (“Brilliant…He uses his wide spectrum of pianistic mechanics for altogether poetic ends, touching the listener deeply and often” –Los Angeles Times); violinist Itamar Zorman
(winner of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition); and David Grossman, double bass of the New York Philharmonic.

Max Levinson, piano; Itamar Zorman, violin; Karine Lethiec, viola; David Grossman, double bass; Yehuda Hanani, cello

 

PURCHASED THROUGH MAHAIWE Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. 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. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2.50 restoration fee.



MID-WINTER FIRESIDE CONCERT
Saturday February 23, 2019 at 6 PM
Haydn Seek
Humor in the Works of Papa Haydn
Saint James Place,
Great Barrington, MA

What constitutes a musical—or any other kind of—joke? Humor explodes our expectations and takes us by surprise. Three Haydn string quartets, including his “Joke” Quartet, provide an evening of ambiguous beginnings and fake-out endings; mismatched dialogues between instruments, misunderstandings, musical pratfalls and pretend memory lapses and digressions. What about those embarrassing long pauses, that daring modulation, that unexpected excursion into strange tonalities….? It’s all intentional and part of the fun! From the composer of the “Surprise” Symphony who wrote a cat’s meow into another comes a slightly tipsy “high” as well as “low” program of subversive humor. The audiences of Haydn’s day loved the kinds of things he put into his music, and so will you. Yehuda Hanani and colleagues will lead us through this night of musical comedy with their expert playing as well as comments. Call it a master class in musical humor. .


Hagai Shaham and Xiao-Dong Wang, violin; Dov Scheindlin, viola; Yehuda Hanani, cello

This concert is included in a season subscription purchase!

Limited tickets available (open seating) at the box office. Main Street entrance starting at 5:00 pm.

$38.00


Saturday March 23 6 PM
Troika à la Russe
Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Scriabin
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington, MA

Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks (“adventurous and passionate”— The New Yorker) and Yehuda Hanani present a program rich in Russian lore, Slavic emotionalism, Soviet-era sarcasm, and dazzling virtuosity: the cello/piano sonatas by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Scriabin’s Sonata No. 5, which pianist Sviatoslav Richter considered the most difficult piece in the entire piano repertory. Rachmaninoff’s sonata is passionate and emotionally torrential, a survivor from the 19th century. Prokofiev, on the other hand, dubbed “bad boy of Russian music” by the establishment for his earlier avant-garde style, has written here a work that is mellow and reflective. Faliks will evoke Scriabin the mystic who believed he was the musical Messiah. It is music of ecstasy and visions. Faliks, who has appeared with Keith Lockhart, Leonard Slatkin and many of the world’s greatest orchestras, has been praised as a “high priestess of the piano, pianist of the highest order, as dramatic and subtle as a great stage actor.” The concert is a journey in Russian landscapes and into the Russian soul.

Inna Faliks, piano; Yehuda Hanani, cello

PURCHASED THROUGH MAHAIWE Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. 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. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2.50 restoration fee.


Saturday April 13, 2019 at 6 PM
Prestige Performance: The American Brass Quintet
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Great Barrington, MA

The American Brass Quintet is peerless among brass ensembles, sculpting new repertoire and setting the artistic standards for the modern classical brass ensemble. The Quintet evening begins with a staple of Romantic brass music—Victor Ewald’s Brass Quintet No. 2, from late 1800’s Russia. Common Heroes, Uncommon Land, a recent commission through the Juilliard School, where they have been in residence for three decades, is a work with an Americana sound by Philip Lasser requiring each player to recite poetry. Three Fantasies in Church Modes by Thomas Soltzer, a European priest and court musician, dates back to the 15 th century. The night ends with Eric Ewazen’s engaging Frost Fire which evokes from the composer adjectives such as “gentle,” “mysterious,” “playful, sonorous and waltz-like” and “heroic and dynamic.” The New York Times has written that “among North American brass ensembles none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet.” Prepare to be “blown” away!

The American Brass Quintet: Kevin Cobb and Louis Hanzlik, trumpet; Eric Reed, horn; Michael Powell, trombone; John Rojak, bass trombone

PURCHASED THROUGH MAHAIWE Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. 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. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2.50 restoration fee.


Saturday May 18, 2019 at 6 PM
The Art of the Quartet
The Escher String Quartet
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington, MA

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 Mozart’s powerfully compelling String Quartet No. 23 in F major (third of the “Prussian Quartets”) and to Samuel Barber’s spellbinding Adagio for Strings. They are joined by Yehuda Hanani for the incomparable Schubert Quintet, regarded as one ofthe greatest compositions in all of chamber music, other-worldly in its beauty and miraculous melodies.

“Mr. Hanani was rightly rewarded with cheers from the audience.” —The New York Times

The Escher String Quartet: Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Danbi Um, violin; Pierre La Pointe, viola; Brook Speltz, cello, with Yehuda Hanani, cello

PURCHASED THROUGH MAHAIWE Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. 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. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2.50 restoration fee.


Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 6 PM
GALA: Like Father-in-Law, Like Son-in-Law: Antonin Dvořák and Josef Suk

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Nationalist composer Dvořák rose to fame in Prague, paving the way for his favorite student and later son-in-law Josef Suk. There was great closeness and spiritual kinship between them, andboth were championed by Brahms (who confessed to envying Dvořák his melodic gifts!). Dvořák’s Rondo and Suk’s Balada and Pisen Lasky love song are rarely performed gems, and the more familiar Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major by Dvořák is acknowledged as one of the masterpieces in the form, along with those of Schumann and Brahms. In fact, Dvořák assimilated Brahm’s techniques and methods, while his exuberance, earthiness and the warmth of his sublime melodies ennoble Bohemian folklore. This program will transport listeners to those cobbled streets of the old town and back to an era when music served as the voice of the Czech people. An all-star ensemble of superb performers brings their extraordinary virtuosity and musicianship to this joyous and heartwarming repertoire!

Soyeon Kate Lee, piano; Irina Muresanu and Peter Zazofsky, violin; Michael Strauss, viola;
Yehuda Hanani, cello

PURCHASED THROUGH MAHAIWE Tickets available for online purchase up to 2 hours prior to show time and by calling the Box Office at 413.528.0100 right up until the show. Box office opens at 12:00 pm. 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. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2.50 restoration fee.


GALA PATRON’S RECEPTION:
(Does not include concert ticket)
Subscribers, donors and patrons attend
Gala Patrons dinner reception
$85 per person.
GALA PATRON’S PREFERRED PACKAGE:
Preferred concert seating and a Gala Patrons
dinner reception. 
$125 per person.
 
   

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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!)