Close Encounters With Music

February 24 | Saturday | 6 PM
Saint James Place | Great Barrington, MA

Voice of the Baroque--A Close EnCountertenor!

Seldom has there been such a merging of intellectual rigor and emotion as in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Gamba Sonatas. The slow movements reach remarkable spiritual height and the outer movements are bursting with joy. Yehuda Hanani’s legendary musicianship and artistic probing will enrich these challenging sonatas. We also introduce American countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen in selections of English song from Dowland, Purcell and Handel. Identified as one of opera's most promising rising stars, in 2017 he received a Richard Tucker Music Foundation grant, made his European debut at the Theater an der Wien and was named a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition.

“…There was only one complete artist. At just 23, Cohen, a baby-faced countertenor from Brooklyn, already possesses a remarkable gift for intimate communication…Expressive yet dignified, his phrasing confident and his ornamentation stylishly discreet, he brought tears to my eyes.”—The New York Times

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor; Michele Levin, piano; 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.




Annual Luncheon Musicale Benefit
Tra-La, It's May!
May 6 | Sunday | 12:00 PM
The Lenox Club | Lenox, MA

From "Anything Goes" to "Après Un Rêve", Micha Bouvier, baritone

Celebrate the Salon in the Gilded Age elegance of the Lenox Club, a venerable Berkshire presence since 1864! The scintillating atmosphere of the 19th century institution that helped promote artists, painters and musicians as the intelligentsia gathered to exchange ideas, enhanced by gaiety and ambience. Savor a superb lunch and support Close Encounters With Music. La vie est belle!!!


Individual ticket $200
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