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…

Berkshire High Peaks Festival Continues with “Years of Pilgrimage”

SHEFFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS- “Years of Pilgrimage,” Thursday, August 1, 7 PM in the Allen Theatre, Berkshire School in Sheffield, traverses two centuries of Italian brilliance and demonstrates how it inspired its famous tourists (Mendelssohn, Byron, etc.) and residents. This concert showcases selections from the mercurial keyboard music of Baroque-era Domenico Scarlatti, the humor and exuberance of…

Close Encounters With Music Presents 10th Annual Berkshire High Peaks Festival

HIGH PEAKS MUSIC FESTIVAL JULY 23-AUGUST 2 BRINGS “THE GRAND ITALIAN TOUR” TO THE BERKSHIRES WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED MUSICIANS AND STARS OF TOMORROW AROUND THE CLOCK FESTIVITIES: ITALIAN-THEMED CONCERTS, LECTURES, MASTER CLASSES AND FILM! SHEFFIELD, New York — “The Grand Italian Tour” is the theme of the tenth edition of the Berkshire High Peaks Festival:…

Shakespeare & Company Announces their 2019 Season Gala

(Lenox, MA) – Shakespeare & Company celebrates its 42nd Season, Saturday, June 29th with its annual summer Gala. This year, Artistic Director Allyn Burrows has invited Academy Award-winning filmmaker and visual effects pioneer, Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Star Trek: The Motion Picture), to share with us his vision and invention of cutting edge…

Close Encounters with Music Presents Season Finale Gala

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC PRESENTS ITS SEASON FINALE GALA: LIKE FATHER-IN-LAW, LIKE SON-IN-LAW: ANTONIN DVOŘÁK and JOSEF SUK SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019, 6PM, MAHAIWE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER WITH PATRON’S DINNER TO FOLLOW AT THE STOCKBRIDGE CLUB (Great Barrington, MA.) Czech nationalist composer Antonin Dvořák rose to fame in Prague, paving the way for his favorite…