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Close Encounters With Music

(800) 843-0778| http://www.cewm.org

Close Encounters with Music presents concerts each season in the Berkshires. To date, over 100 themes have been explored in the series' programs. A core group of leading artists appears regularly as guests at Close Encounters concerts. Close Encounters with Music has also been a commissioning organization and has worked with some of the most outstanding composers of our day.


Upcoming Events

Mid-Winter Fireside Concert: Voice of the Baroque—A Close EnCountertenor!

February 24, 2018|6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saint James Place

Seldom has there been such a merging of intellectual rigor and emotion as in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Gamba Sonatas. The slow movements reach remarka... MORE

The Ariel String Quartet—Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Shostakovich

March 17, 2018|6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Three 19th and 20th century Russian works create a trajectory through recent Russian history. Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 is the first notabl... MORE

Conversations With… Russian and Soviet Film Music: A Tuneful Survey

April 22, 2018|3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Mount

In a lecture illustrated with film clips, Professor Timothy Sergay of SUNY Albany will present an overview of Russian and Soviet film music, f... MORE

Grand Piano Trios—Mendelssohn and Smetana

April 29, 2018|3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The remarkably versatile composer-pianist-conductor-painter Felix Mendelssohn personifies genius and musical prodigy and his second Piano Trio in C mi... MORE

The Faux and the Fabulous--ACRONYM Baroque String Ensemble

May 12, 2018|6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Perhaps because it is so distant and its style so ingratiating and universally pleasing, the Baroque period inspired many imposters. Leaving the baby ... MORE

GALA: Lenny at 100--Feel the BERNstein!

June 9, 2018|6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Acknowledged as possibly the greatest conductor the U.S. has ever produced, Leonard Bernstein was dashing, brilliant and eloquent; a dazzling pianist,... MORE