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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 is at the heart of the “Dumky” Trio, opus 90—showcasing Dvorak’s gifts of melody and inventiveness. The suave salon vs. fireside village dance; city lights and rural utopia, if you will.

Renana Gutman, piano; Xiao-Dong Wang, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello


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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 terms such as “line, rhythm and color,” but also considerations of structure, narrative, counterpoint, etc. The program offers other “pictures in time”: Granados’ musical portraits from his opera Goyescas; Franz Liszt’s St. Frances walking on the waves; Debussy’s Sonate with its commedia dell’arte storyline; and the Hogarth-Stravinsky connection for the opera The Rake’s Progress. The final picture of Mussorgsky’s work is a majestic depiction of his friend Victor Hartmann’s sketch, “The Great Gate of Kiev.” Images will be projected to accompany the music.

Max Levinson, piano; Danielle Talamantes, soprano; Yehuda Hanani, cello

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Bringing a “mellifluous blend of vigorous intensity and dramatic import, performed with
enthusiasm, technical facility and impressive balance,” the 13-strong Manhattan Chamber Players make their Close Encounters With Music debut this season. In a program both orchestral (Brandenburg No. 3 and Copland’s iconic Appalachian Spring and reduced to octet for Mendelssohn’s early work (“Its youthful verve, brilliance and perfection make it one of the miracles of nineteenth-century music”), they demonstrate their versatility and virtuosity. First written as a ballet for Martha Graham and telling the story of 19th century pioneers celebrating spring after building a new Pennsylvania farmhouse, Copland’s reworking of the Appalachian Spring Suite has become one of the staples of the concert hall.

In addition to numerous engagements across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, MCP regularly tours throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and in Asia and the Middle East. Its players are current and former members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, and the Amphion, Attacca, Dover, Escher, and Ying Quartets, as well as top prizewinners in the Banff, Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, Naumburg, Osaka, Primrose, Queen Elisabeth, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, Tertis, and Young Concert Artists Competitions.

Manhattan Chamber Players, chamber orchestra

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Annual Luncheon Musicale Event

Celebrate the Salon in the Gilded Age elegance of a private Berkshires club. 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!!! Reserve the date! Tickets will go on sale in March.

Escher String Quartet Event

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 Quartet in F Major is decidedly impressionistic and non-European, with exotic modes and mysterious, ethereal beauty. Listening to it is almost akin to exploring a foreign planet. The “1931” Quartet by Ruth Crawford Seeger, the first woman composer to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, is a tour-de-force for string ensemble.

Escher String Quartet: Adam Barnett-Hart
and Brendan Speltz, violin;
Pierre Lapointe, viola; Brook Speltz, cello
With Daniel Panner, viola; Yehuda Hanani, cello

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Photos of chamber music musicians gala 2023

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
from the pen of a 22-year-old prodigy inspired by the tragic-comic death of a fish that captures the glories of Nature! The program also features Schumann’s miraculous Piano Quintet in E-flat
Major—the first work ever conceived and written for this combination of instruments. An all-star ensemble that joins artistic director Yehuda Hanani includes returning Van Cliburn Gold
Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo (“superbly assured pianism”—BBC Music) and violinist Giora Schmidt
(“Impossible to resist, captivating with lyricism, tonal warmth, and boundless enthusiasm”— Cleveland Plain Dealer). So ends Season 31 of Close Encounters— bookended by the most sublime output of Franz Schubert.

Yekwon Sunwoo, piano;
Giora Schmidt and Helena Baillie, violin;
TBA, viola;
Yehuda Hanani, cello;
Jeremy McCoy, double bass


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