A Bach Family Concert — Celtic Baroque Band Makaris

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

In his dance suites, J. S. Bach ventures into Spanish sarabandes, French bourrées and British gigues. He and family members delighted in arranging Celtic and Scottish folk music. They will be joined by Beethoven and Haydn, who also forayed into Irish folk music with their own arrangements. Makaris formed in 2018 to explore the broad […]

Something Borrowed, Something Blue — Cross-Cultural Synergy

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

The Romans appropriated the entirety of classical Greek culture, and the Renaissance rediscovered and revitalized it.  Then came Rodin and Greek Revival in American architectural style. An Egyptomania craze gripped 19th century Europe and found its way into operas (Aida, Samson and Delilah), couture (harem pants as high fashion), architectural idioms, decorative arts, music and […]

Café Vienna — Nervous Splendor

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

The imperial “City of Song” has played an essential role as a leading European cultural center, hosting major personalities in the development of music, as well as literature, painting, psychiatry and intellectual thought, from the 16th to 20th centuries. As in the architecture, musical styles that sprang up are a mix of Baroque, Classical, Art […]

Great Quintets — Dvořák and Brahms

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

Dvořák’s sublime Piano Quintet in A Major occupies a lofty place in the chamber music canon, at the same elevation as Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F minor, op. 34.  Simply put, both works are majestic, symphonic in scope, and invite the listener into a lost world of powerful beauty, profundity, and nobility of sentiments, peppered […]