Concert Dates (Download your Season Brochure)

October 19 | December 21 | March 22 |  April 27 | May 17 | June 15

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.


October 19 | Saturday | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Anatomy of a MelodyBeethoven, Brahms and Schoenfield

The Heavenly Brahms Piano Quartet Opus 26 is as close to symphonic scale as you get in chamber music. With its drama and gypsy vigor, it delivers an enthralling range of emotions. Beethoven’s Trio in B-Flat Major was intended to please the Viennese public, and to ensure its success, Beethoven incorporated a tune from a popular comic opera.

This will be followed by a performance of a justpenned piece built on the same theme with its own fresh variations. Paul Schoenfield (of Café Music fame), too, is part of a tradition of including improbable popular themes to sublime. Be part of a thrilling—and surprising—world premiere. An evening of enduring classics with a contemporary twist.

Renana Gutman, piano; Miriam Fried, violin; Paul Biss, viola; Yehuda Hanani, cello

Tickets available for online purchase on our web site until 12:00 noon concert day. Tickets purchased on-line within 6 days of the concert will be available at the "Will Call" desk one hour before concert on performance day. Tickets can be purchased through the box office on concert day. Box office opens at 12:00 pm 413-528-0100 or at the Mahaiwe. PLEASE NOTE: All Mahaiwe tickets include a $2 restoration fee.

NEW Mahaiwe Balcony tickets - $25 (Orchestra & Mezzanine $45)

December 21 | Saturday | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
The Miraculous Violin: An Evening with Vadim Gluzman & Angela Yoffe

In technique and sensibility, Vadim Gluzman harkens back to the Golden Age of violinists of the 19th and 20th centuries, while demonstrating the passion and energy of the 21st century. Lauded by both critics and audiences as a performer of depth, virtuosity and technical brilliance, he has appeared throughout the world as a soloist and in a duo setting with his wife, pianist Angela Yoffe.

Gluzman’s warm tone, developed out of his miraculous “ex-Leopold Auer” Strad (on which the Tchailovsky Violin Concerto was premiered!) takes its inspiration from the timeless examples of Mischa Elman, Nathan Milstein and David Oistrakh. A legendary violin in the hands of a master, and a dazzling holiday program with music of Mozart, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Vadim Gluzman, violin Angela Yoffe, piano


NEW Mahaiwe Balcony tickets - $25 (Orchestra & Mezzanine $45)

March 22 | Saturday | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Linden String Quartet

The centerpiece of the program in Tchailovsky's Souvenir de Florence, written for a St. Petersburg chamber music society as a musical souvenir of his visit to Italy as he recovered from a disastrous marriage and developed an infatuation with the city that spawned the Renaissance. Florence worked its magic on Tchikovsky, and the result is one of the most delightful and charming pieces in the repertory, for string sextet.

The young energetic Linden Quartet (“Fire and Flare”—The Strad) also performs Tchaikovsky's Andante Cantabile and Brahms’ dramatic and turbulent quartet Opus 51 No. 1, which he wrote, in his own words, “hearing the footsteps of Beethoven” behind him, the survivor after twenty destroyed quartets.

Linden String Quartet
Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; Felix Umansky, cello;
Pierre-Henri Xuereb, viola
Yehuda Hanani, cello

NEW Mahaiwe Balcony tickets - $25 (Orchestra & Mezzanine $45)

April 27 | Sunday | 3 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Authentic Hungarian sounds—from the cimbalom, the national folk instrument, to the sophistication of Liszt's fiery Rhapsody, and Brahms's majestic Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major. All reflect the cadences and rhythm of Hungarian speech.

Bartok’s 1938 Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, commissioned by jazz legend Benny Goodman, is an amalgam of abstracted Hungarian folk music combined with Romanian dance melodies. It’s a study in contrasts: the tone color of the three different instruments, different musical idioms and jazz and classical modes; and both violist and clarinetist require two instruments apiece to capture the dual character.

The stage is set with a bravura performance on the folk hammered dulcimer (cimbalom) by Hungarian trained Cosmo Gorsci.

Erin Keefe, violin; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Lydia Artymiw, piano;
Yehuda Hanani
, cello; Cosmo Gorcsi, cimbalom

May 17 | Saturday | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Beethoven and the Dawn of Romanticism

An all-Beethoven program that follows his pathway from disciple of Haydn, from whom he inherited his audacity and humor, to prophet and hero of the Romantic Movement. His music stands as a glorious bridge between two eras— classical and romantic—and the selected works cover a good distance of this journey.

In the Cello/Piano Sonata No. 2, he is a young artist working within the forms of his day. The rare transitional String Quintet Opus 29 (poking fun at Rossini, among other antics) points the way to his middle period. The Archduke Trio represents the pinnacle of his writing in that genre, perhaps in this period.

Yehonatan Berick and Joana Genova, violin; Amadi Azikiwe and Ariel Rudiakov, viola;
Jeffrey Swann, piano; Yehuda Hanani, cello

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June 15 | Sunday | 2 PM (new date & time)
Ozawa Hall | Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Antonin DvořákA Bohemian Idyll

Close Encounters ushers in the summer season in the Berkshires with a program devoted to Antonin Dvořák, whose music almost by definition glows with lyricism and melodiousness. We are never far, in this music (Piano Quintet and Dumky Trio), from the Czech countryside and a languid summer’s evening. His Biblical Songs, Gypsy Songs, and selections from the opera Rusalka, reflect another aspect of his output. Grammy Award winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, who captivated audiences in John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary (world premiere staging by Peter Sellars under Gustavo Dudamel) makes her Berkshire debut. “Smoky sound and riveting presence..."—The New York Times.

She is joined by two major international competition laureates, Itamar Zorman (Avery Fisher Award and Moscow) and Roman Rabinovich (Arthur Rubenstein). Major prize winners, a diva, and one of the most beloved figures in classical music.

Kelley O'Connor, mezzosoprano; Itamar Zorman, violin; Roman Rabinovich, piano;
Yehuda Hanani, cello; violin and viola tba

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Tickets available for online purchase on our web site until 11:30 am concert day.

Premier Seating and Gala Patron's Reception in Lenox $125.00

General Audience Seating $40-$50.00


Photo Michael Lavin Flower 

About Our Location

Close Encounters With Music presents five concerts this season at the landmark Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington plus our season finale at Tanglewood’s stunning Ozawa Hall. 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! Situated in the heart of Great Barrington's historic district, the Mahaiwe offers modern comfort in the nostalgic atmosphere of a 100-year-old theater.

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!)

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