Concert Dates (Download your Season Brochure)

October 24 | December 12 | March 19 |  April 17 | May 14 | June 11
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.

Walter Ponce

Saturday | October 24 | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Grand Piano Quartets—Brahms and Dvorák

TWO GIANTS whose lives intersected, both nurtured by the traditions of Central Europe; two epic works of symphonic scope, with their unbuttoned, folksy fi nales; and four superb soloists who convene to play some of the most vivacious and appealing music in the repertoire. The program features Brahms’ G minor Piano Quartet Op. 25, with its animated Hungarian idioms and whirlwind coda; and the Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major Op. 87, one of Dvořák’s most sublime works. The two composers, friends and fellow admirers during their lifetime, stand side by side with these powerful masterpieces that display the seemingly endless inventiveness of both in architecture, melody, instrumental interplay, and sheer sonic beauty.

Walter Ponce, piano; Ara Gregorian, violin; Xiao-Dong Wang, 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.

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

December 12 | Saturday | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
"DUALLY" NOTED
Music for Four Hands


DOUBLING the sonorities and dazzle of the piano, and turning the solitary recital into an eloquent dialogue, this duo piano evening features the brilliant husband-wife team of Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank in a panoply of styles together and separately. In the spirit of the holiday, the program includes Beethoven’s ever-popular “Moonlight Sonata” and a bravura arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”—plus Debussy’s Preludes, Barber’s “Souvenirs,” Mozart’s Four Hand Variations in G Major K. 501, and Scriabin’s mystical Fantasy in B minor. The precise coordination of four hands is thrilling, the more so with a couple united in music and matrimony!

“Four Hands and Two Hearts Beating as One” —The New York Times

Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank, piano

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.

Mahaiwe Balcony tickets - $25 (Orchestra & Mezzanine $45)
$45.00
$25.00

Acronym Baroque String Band

March 19 | Saturday | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
J.S. BACH & SONS Legitimate and Otherwise


THE BACH FAMILY tree boasts an illustrious cluster of great musicians who act as a bridge into the Classical style. Presented with reverence are the works of Johann Sebastian, the Oboe Concerto by Carl Philippe Emanuel, and the Cello Concerto by Johann Christian. Presented with mischievous irreverence is his “illegitimate” son, P.D.Q. Bach (a.k.a. Peter Schickele) in a concerto for “Four Handed Viola” that combines musicological scholarship, the conventions of Baroque, and slapstick comedy. The program concludes with the timeless Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. Acronynm is a 12-member string orchestra that is distinguished by an ambitious program to unearth and revive forgotten masterpieces of the Baroque era, often unheard since the 17th Century.

Acronym Baroque String Band; James Austin Smith, oboe; 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.

Mahaiwe Balcony tickets - $25 (Orchestra & Mezzanine $45)
$45.00
$25.00


Sarah McElravy

Alex Richardson

April 17 | Sunday | 3 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
"Fiddler OFF the Roof"


THE FASCINATING phenomenon of Jewish music, spanning multitudes of cultures and centuries—its ancient roots, its meandering trails as it wends it way across continents, and its contribution to the American voice. Works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Milhaud, Bloch, and Max Bruch, who adopted Jewish modes and themes. And of course, a touch of Klezmer, the toe-tapping Eastern European celebratory music imbued with spirituality. Medieval Iberian ballad repertoire meets German Enlightenment (Bruch’s Kol Nidre and Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor) and a rendition by Maurice Ravel of the ancient Kaddish, which dates back to the 1st century. A kaleidoscopic exploration of diverse traditions and the symbiosis of East and West, as exemplified in the world premiere of Paul Schoenfield’s Evocation, an adaptive reshaping of liturgical material to concert hall spirit.

Michele Levin, piano; Paul Green, clarinet; Alex Richardson, tenor; Sarah McElravy, violin; 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)
$45.00
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Dover String Quartet

May 14 | Saturday | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
The Art of the String Quartet

INTRODUCING a rising quartet—the Dover String Quartet—dubbed by The New Yorker “the young American string quartet of the moment” and catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The program’s triad of Beethoven, Dvořák and Alban Berg offers up the “American” Quartet, a triumph of Dvořák’s astonishing melodic vision, disarming immediacy, Beethoven’s cosmic “Razumovsky” Quartet; and Alban Berg’s Second String Quartet Op. 3 (1908), written during a turbulent courtship with his wife-to-be Helene. It is the composer at a compositional as well as personal crossroads and, in spite of its rigor, is full of Viennese flavor—somewhat like eating a Sachertorte with cream.

The Dover String Quartet: Joel Link, violin; Bryan Lee, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola;
Camden Shaw, 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.

Mahaiwe Balcony tickets - $25 (Orchestra & Mezzanine $45)
$45.00
$25.00

Michael Chertock

 

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June 11 | Saturday | 6 PM
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
"Music That Shook the World!"


THE 20TH CENTURY saw a series of cultural earthquakes that shook the music establishment and scandalized audiences. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Debussy’s breaking through the German hegemony with Impressionism; granting Jazz concert hall respectability; coupling music with fi lm (from “Bad Boy of Music” George Antheil and Fernand Léger’s 1924 Ballet Mécanique); and the advent of Latin American vernacular—all radically transformed our notion of classical music. This program brings to the fore some of the direct predecessors of John Cage, Philip Glass and John Adams.Amplifying the music, passages from Igor Stravinsky’s and Antheil’s memoirs will be threaded through the program. In Paris of the 1920s, Antheil’s concerts regularly incited huge riots. Ballet Mécanique is scored for multiple pianos, percussion, electric buzzers and airplane propellers and we offer a segment of the film. (Bring your riot gear!)

Michael Chertock, piano; Yehonatan Berick, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello; Special Guest Narrator, tba

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.

$50 Orchestra and Mezzanine  
$30 Balconies  
 

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!)



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