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Stephen Waarts, violin Albert Cano Smit, piano

Tannery Pond 110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, NY, United States

Winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition, this young Dutch violinist has already soloed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and other leading international ensembles. Françaix: Sonatine Ysaÿe: Extase Poulenc: Sonata Ravel: Sonate posthume Stravinsky: The Firebird (selections) Wieniawski: Faust Fantasia, Op. 20

$40

Stephanie Zyzak, violin Alexander Hersh, cello Evren Ozel, piano

Tannery Pond 110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, NY, United States

We close the summer season with young stars from the renowned Marlboro Festival performing early and late Beethoven piano trios featuring the composer’s beloved ‘Archduke’ Trio. ALL-BEETHOVEN G-major Trio, Op. 1, No. 2 B-flat major Trio, Op. 97, Archduke

$40

CEWM Presents: Nocturne – Night and Dreams

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA, US

Nuances of the night are explored in this multi-faceted program. Release from the brightness of daylight, from consciousness into sleep and dreaminess, the night’s seductive, mysterious potion-like allure has fascinated artists throughout the ages. Lullabies celebrate repose, the restful charm; serenades celebrate love. Other works mark the fear of darkness, the unseen and what may lurk beneath the veil of night. Composers from Mozart and Schubert to Borodin and Bernstein have been transfixed, lulled, soothed and aroused. Beethoven evokes the enchantment of the moon in his iconic “Moonlight” Sonata; Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is a perennial favorite and will be

Close Encounters With Music presents: The Art of the String Quartet – The Avalon

Saint James Place Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA, United States

The notable Avalon String Quartet returns with another Berkshire premiere, “For Such a Time as This,” a retelling of the biblical Esther story for string quartet and vocalist, from a feminist perspective. Composer Stacy Garrop’s (recent commissions from the Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Louisiana symphony orchestras) intent is to remind us “we each possess agency to make changes happen in our lives, to act upon injustices, and leave the world a better place.” Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 2 pulsates with young love before landing in fairyland with a shimmering scherzo right out of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Puccini’s verismo-style “Chrysanthemums,” a seldom-performed gem,

$52

Close Encounters With Music presents “Celtic Baroque Band Makaris – A Bach Family Concert with an Irish Twist”

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA, US

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 musical heritage of Scotland and the following year released its disc Wisps in the Dell, to critical international acclaim (“Absolutely wonderful…one of the very best releases of 2019 – MusicWeb International). A makar (pl. makaris) was a royal court troubadour of medieval Scotland and the program

$28 – $52

Close Encounters With Music presents “Celtic Baroque Band Makaris – A Bach Family Concert with an Irish Twist”

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA, US

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 musical heritage of Scotland and the following year released its disc Wisps in the Dell, to critical international acclaim (“Absolutely wonderful…one of the very best releases of 2019 – MusicWeb International). A makar (pl. makaris) was a royal court troubadour of medieval Scotland and the program

$28 – $52