Yehuda Hanani on Cello Close Encounters With Music

A composer beyond time and place, and a journey to transcendence! J. S. Bach’s Suites are blueprints for cellists of all generations for the construction of temples of sound in time. Though alone with one instrument, “Unaccompanied” is a bit of a misnomer, as they require the performer to be an acoustic illusionist: Each suite is more like a drama for three or four characters played by one actor, at times presenting a challenge akin to tightrope-walking on a bass line while performing a juggling act! Yehuda Hanani has juggled and wrestled with the suites for decades, and his recording of the six suites is one of the definitive renditions of this holy of holies for cellists.

“In this era of the cello, Hanani is among the best. His Bach was absorbing, imaginative, beautiful in all respects.” –San Francisco Examiner; “A consistently expressive artist” – The New York Times.

Yehuda Hanani, cello

The Sebastians connect with audiences through dynamic and vital performances of music of the baroque and classical eras. Known for their “energetic… youthful, vigorous performance style…” they have been called New York’s “leading young early-music ensemble” (The New York Times). This colorful, varied program will feature Telemann’s “Paris” Quartet, the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, and works by Vivaldi, CPE Bach, Handel and Porpora, with star roles for harpsichord and baroque flute (traverso).

Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord; Daniel Lee and Nicholas DiEugenio, violin; Jessica Troy, viola; Ezra Seltzer, violoncello; Nathaniel Chase, violone; David Ross, traverso; Yehuda Hanani, cello

Chopin and the Mendelssohns

A dazzling pianist, accomplished violinist, composer, conductor, a gifted painter and a gymnast, Felix Mendelssohn enraptured the royal courts and concert halls of Europe before dying at 38, shattered by the sudden death of his beloved sister and musical soul mate, Fanny Hensel. Beyond extravagant, outsize talent and an early death, Frederic Chopin and Mendelssohn shared a warm friendship. No one matched Chopin’s genius in the realm of the keyboard, and, as Schumann declared, hearing the incomparably tender and rousing Piano Trio in D minor, “Mendelssohn is the Mozart of the 19th century.” Fanny’s works were largely consigned to the drawing rooms of fashionable Berlin, but more recently are receiving their due in concert halls and on CD’s, having been rediscovered as works belonging in the classical pantheon. Three faces of Romanticism!

Irina Muresanu, violin; Max Levinson, piano; Yehuda Hanani, cello

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Soprano Sonja Tengblad, contralto Emily Marvosh and pianist Joseph Turbessi present songs of Nature, summer, flowers, meteorology and pollution (!) by composers ranging from Schumann, Handel, Vaughan Williams, and Delibes to Cole Porter, Hanns Eisler, Copland and Tom Lehrer.

Shows at 4PM and 6PM.

Emily-Marvosh-Sonja-Tengblad-Joel-Patterson

Soprano Sonja Tengblad, contralto Emily Marvosh and pianist Joseph Turbessi present songs of Nature, summer, flowers, meteorology and pollution (!) by composers ranging from Schumann, Handel, Vaughan Williams, and Delibes to Cole Porter, Hanns Eisler, Copland and Tom Lehrer.

Shows at 4PM and 6PM.

West Side 5

5PM show is SOLD OUT. Please join us at 7PM. West Side 5, the award-winning New York-based vocal jazz ensemble, bring their innovative take on jazz standards to The Mount. WS5 has created its own unique sound, characterized by original arrangements, complex harmonies, and outstanding musicianship. The event will take place at the main house, with the musicians performing from the Terrace. We have a limited number of lawn chairs available to borrow. Please plan to bring lawn chairs or blankets if able.

Shows at 5PM and 7PM.  CEWM patrons are admitted gratis.

West Side 5

West Side 5, the award-winning New York-based vocal jazz ensemble, bring their innovative take on jazz standards to The Mount. WS5 has created its own unique sound, characterized by original arrangements, complex harmonies, and outstanding musicianship. The event will take place at the main house, with the musicians performing from the Terrace. We have a limited number of lawn chairs available to borrow. Please plan to bring lawn chairs or blankets if able.

Shows at 5PM and 7PM.  CEWM patrons are admitted gratis.

Two weeks of master classes, open classes, talks and performances with our international faculty and students. Strings, piano, vocal and new guitar department this year with renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk! Late night “Moonlight Sonatas” concerts showcase stars of tomorrow. The complete schedule will be posted in June.

PRISM Sax Quartet

The PRISM Quartet’s popular program, Hit Parade, features a cross-section of traditional and contemporary music. New works reflect the enormous range of cultural and aesthetic influences on today’s composers. Praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for its ability to “move effortlessly between styles,” the program includes two stunningly beautiful sets of adaptations: Schumann Bouquet, selections from Robert Schumann’s Album for the Young, arranged for the PRISM Quartet by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom; and selected movements from Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino’s Pagine (Pages), a book of adaptations of works by J. S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, George Gershwin, Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa, and more.