Focus on instruments and intimacy bring Berkshire Bach season to vibrant close

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The Berkshire Bach Society concludes its 2017-2018 performance season with a double-bill on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, with concerts in Great Barrington and Hillsdale, NY. *

Myron Lutzke, cellist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; submitted photo, will perform in a season-closing performance of the Berkshire Bach Societ.

Myron Lutzke, cellist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; submitted photo

On Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 pm at the First Congregational Church, the Society presents Go for B’roque!, a program of sparkling Baroque music directed by baroque early music specialist and principal cellist of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Myron Lutzke, who is performing along with fellow members of the OSL.

“Go for B’roque!”
Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.
Myron Lutzke, Principal Cellist, Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Performs with his Ensemble of Eight, all players from the Orchestra of St. Luke’s
First Congregational Church
251 Main Street, Great Barrington, Mass.

The program is specifically designed to give the audience an opportunity to compare the distinctive sounds of period and modern instruments side by side. The debate about the “right” instruments for Baroque music takes a back seat to the delights of the repertoire presented, which rewards listeners with virtuosic playing from all eight members of the ensemble, which includes five strings, flute, trumpet and harpsichord. Those who are already a fan of Baroque music will enjoy the mix of familiar pieces and soon-to-be favorites. For those new to music before 1750, this concert presents a winning combination that promises to surprise with the vitality and charm that defines the Baroque. A meet and greet reception with the musicians follows the concert.

Home Concert | Benefit
Sunday, May 20, 3:00 p.m.
David Chan, Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Performs with his Quartet 212, all players from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Hillsdale, NY

David Chan, Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, performs with his Quartet 212, all players from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; submitted photo.

David Chan, Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,
performs with his Quartet 212, all players from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; submitted photo.

On Sunday, May 20, at 3 pm, the Society presents a home concert and fundraiser at the mountain-top home of an aficionado in Hillsdale, NY, who has a dedicated, intimate performance space for chamber ensembles. The concert features a string quartet from New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, led by concertmaster David Chan, and steps outside the Baroque repertoire to present a stirring program of Haydn, Janacek, and Schubert. A wine and cheese reception follows the concert and provides an opportunity to meet the performers and enjoy the lovely surroundings.

 

 

* This article was created, in whole or in part, using submitted officially released information.

 

For more program details, musician bios, and detailed ticketing information, visit www.berkshirebach.org.

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