Grand Piano Trios—Beethoven’s “Ghost” and “Archduke”

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

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 […]

“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 […]

From Bach Brandenburg to Appalachian Spring with Manhattan Chamber Players

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

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 […]

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 […]