Close Encounters with Music Presents Skylark, A Cappella Vocalists: Hidden Symbols, Secret Codes

What might happen if Robert Langdon, acclaimed professor of Symbology at Harvard University (and fictional hero of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels, including The Da Vinci Code), were enlisted to explore hidden symbols, secret codes, and long-forgotten historical connections buried in manuscripts of choral music over the centuries?   Join GRAMMY-nominated Skylark to find out. Featuring…

Close Encounters with Music Presents “The French Connection: Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Fauré”

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC PRESENTS: The French Connection—Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Fauré SATURDAY, March 21, 6 PM AT THE MAHAIWE The greatest period of creativity among French composers coincides with the emergence of Impressionist art. Attempting to define that French “je ne sais quoi” is as elusive as describing a bottle of Château Petrus.  But, as exemplified…

Close Encounters With Music Presents A Mid-Winter Fireside Concert

(Great Barrington…) Two enduring treasures of the chamber music canon lift us into the realm of the transcendent and channel the Viennese tradition: Schubert’s Trio in B flat Major and Brahms’ in B Major were both written or rewritten towards the end of the composers’ lives. Both display masterful sculpting of heavenly melodies coupled with…

Close Encounters with Music Presents A Viennese Buffet of Genius, Neurosis and Melodrama…

Three Gentlemen of Vienna—Beethoven, Schubert and Mahler THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF ITS 2019-20 CONVERSATIONS WITH….SERIES… INTIMATE AND STIMULATING AFTERNOONS ON MUSIC AND IDEAS (Lenox, MA…) Music speaks the language of the irrational, and it cannot, as Freud frustratingly found, be intellectualized or rationally explained. Musician and analyst, Melinda Haas is ideally suited to explore the…

Close Encounters With Music Announces Winter/Spring Schedule

Presenting String and Piano Virtuosos and Stars of the Chamber Music World in Concerts at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington Fall, Winter, Spring 2019-2020 (Great Barrington, MA…) Embarking on its 28th year of presenting outstanding chamber music with lively commentary, the Berkshires’ premier chamber music organization Close Encounters With Music continues its…