Close Encounters with Music to Present “Beethoven Journey-Early, Middle and Late”

FEBRUARY 3, 2017

(Great Barrington, MA) On Saturday, March 18, Close Encounters With Music presents three stops along Ludwig’s journey, from disciple of Haydn to Olympian master and from historical time and place to transcending earthly connections: the early cello sonata No. 2 in G minor, a middle-period violin sonata No. 7 in C minor, and the glorious “Archduke” Trio Opus 97.

The program makes a case for art as biography. With representative works from his three periods, audiences will take away a composite portrait of Beethoven as a cultural giant steered oftentimes by his personal life.

“By the time we arrive at the majestic Archduke Trio, Beethoven is a changed person,” says artistic director and cellist Yehuda Hanani, who introduces each performance with guideposts for listening. “Gone are the rage, the self-pity and sentimentality of the earlier periods. It is a noble panoramic view from the mountain top.”

Close Encounters With Music concerts are broadcast on WMHT-FM, and audiences are encouraged to tune in to the new weekly broadcasts of “Classical Music According to Yehuda” on WAMC Northeast Radio or visit

Close Encounters With Music stands at the intersection of music, art and the vast richness of Western culture. Entertaining, erudite and lively commentary from founder and Artistic director Yehuda Hanani puts composers and their times in perspective to enrich the concert experience. Since the inception of its Commissioning Project in 2001, CEWM has worked with the most distinguished composers of our time: Paul Schoenfield, Robert Beaser, Osvaldo Golijov, Lera Auerbach, Jorge Martin, John Musto, and Thea Musgrave among others to create important new works that have already taken their place in the chamber music canon and on CD. A core of brilliant performers includes pianists Adam Neiman, Roman Rabinovich, Walter Ponce and Jeffrey Swann; violinists Yehonatan Berick, Vadim Gluzman, Itamar Zorman and Erin Keefe; clarinetists Alexander Fiterstein and Charles Neidich; vocalists Dawn Upshaw, Jennifer Rivera, Kelley O’Connor, and Lucille Beer; the Amernet, Muir, Manhattan, Avalon, and Dover quartets, and Cuarteto Latinamericano; and guitarist Eliot Fisk. Choreographer David Parsons and actors Richard Chamberlain, Jane Alexander and Sigourney Weaver have also appeared as guests, weaving narration and dance into the fabric of the programs.