Town & Country—Mendelssohn and Dvorak

Saint James Place 352 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA

Glittering cosmopolitan Berlin and the village of Nelahozeves, Bohemia (now Czech Republic, population 2,200) are the respective places of origin of Felix Mendelssohn and Antonin Dvorak. Mendelssohn’s Trio in C minor offers some of his most exquisitely crafted music, with a magical scherzo right out of Midsummer Night’s Dream. The spirit of Slavic folk music […]

“Pictures at an Exhibition”— A Gallery Stroll

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA

A work in ten movements by Modest Mussorgsky that was inspired by a visit to an art exhibition, "Pictures at an Exhibition" is a showpiece where only the most virtuosic pianists dare to tread! It is also a perfect point from which to explore the common language of music and art, which share not only […]

The Escher String Quartet – Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Ruth Crawford Seeger

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA

The Souvenir de Florence String Sextet takes us on a musical excursion to Italy, where Tchaikovsky spent some of his happiest times— reflected in the unforgettable tunes and warm cantabile style. Assessments of the work’s national style—Italianate or inescapably Russian—differ, but the sextet is quintessential Tchaikovsky, suffused with his characteristic longing and incomparable melodies. Ravel’s […]

Gala Concert: Schubert “Trout” and Schumann Piano Quintet

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center 14 Castle Street, 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 […]