Tag Archive for: Chamber Music

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A virtual symphony for three musicians, expansive and noble—like the Austrian Archduke who was the dedicatee—the great “Archduke” is more than a trio. It offered Beethoven the perfect vehicle for the development of his compositional techniques and the exploration of instrumental brilliance and virtuosity with three independent, powerful voices. In the “Ghost” Trio, conjuring up images from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Beethoven plays with strangeness and eeriness.

Both works are among his most Olympian and are in the best possible hands: Pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute has been described as “an artist of commanding technique, refined temperament and persuasive insight” by the New York Times. Violinist Hye-Jin Kim won First Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at the age of nineteen and has been guest soloist with major orchestras in the U. S., Europe and Asia since. They join internationally acclaimed music director Yehuda Hanani in compositions of tremendous scope, drama and wit.

Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano;
Hye-Jin Kim, violin;
Yehuda Hanani, cello

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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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**SOLD OUT**

Join us on May 15th at 12:00pm for our annual luncheon musicale benefit! Celebrate the Salon, the nineteenth century institution that helped promote artists, painters and musicians as the intellige

ntsia gathered to exchange ideas, enhanced by gaiety and ambience. Savor a superb lunch and support Close Encounters With Music in the e

legance of Wyndhurst Manor (formerly known as Cranwell), a venerable Berkshire presence since 1916! La vie est belle!

Our featured performer is vibraphonist, marimbist, improviser and composer Patricia Brennann.

CEWM’s Commissioning Program has supported the creation and premiere of 22 new works by 18 composers.

If you would like to fill out and mail our RSVP card, click here. Or simply call 800.843.0778 or email [email protected]: Please let us know your meal preference: seared salmon, roasted chicken breast, vegetarian risotto. See full invitation here.

Moonlight Sonata Concert

Hear our brilliant young current participants, international faculty and alumni on an array of instruments — violin, viola, cello, guitar, voice and piano — and with varied repertoire. Everything from Vivaldi to Villa-Lobos, Rossini and Puccini to Brahms and Boulanger. These performances are fresh and free!

Close Encounters with Music’s Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/CloseEncountersWithMusic

Moonlight Sonatas Concert

Hear our brilliant young current participants, international faculty and alumni on an array of instruments — violin, viola, cello, guitar, voice and piano — and with varied repertoire. Everything from Vivaldi to Villa-Lobos, Rossini and Puccini to Brahms and Boulanger. These performances are fresh and free!

Close Encounters with Music’s Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/CloseEncountersWithMusic