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Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen performs at Saint James Place in Great Barrington Saturday, Feb. 24, in a program presented by Close Encounters With Music.

REVIEW: Close Encounters with Music: Baroque at Saint James Place

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By Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018 Arts & Entertainment

Great Barrington — On the evening of Saturday, February 24, Close Encounters With Music presented a program of mostly Baroque music at Saint James Place in Great Barrington. The main draw for this show was countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, who delivered exactly what the crowd had come to hear: a vocal sound of inexplicable beauty combined with equally remarkable interpretive skill.

Also on the program, cellist and CEWM artistic director Yehuda Hanani performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord, with Bach specialist Michele Levin performing the harpsichord parts on piano (Levin also accompanied Nussbaum Cohen).

As usual for Close Encounters With Music concerts, CEWM artistic director Yehuda Hanani warms up the crowd with his insightful and entertaining opening remarks on the evening’s program at Saint James Place in Great Barrington Saturday, Feb. 24. Photo: David Noel Edwards

Pianist Michele Levin and countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen take their bows from the stage of Saint James Place in Great Barrington on Saturday, Feb. 24. Photo: David Noel Edwards

Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen performs at Saint James Place in Great Barrington Saturday, Feb. 24, in a program presented by Close Encounters With Music. Photo: David Noel Edwards

Cellist Yehuda Hanani and pianist Michele Levin perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord at Saint James Place in Great Barrington Saturday, Feb. 24, in a program presented by Close Encounters With Music. Photo: David Noel Edwards

Cellist Yehuda Hanani and pianist Michele Levin perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord at Saint James Place in Great Barrington Saturday, Feb. 24, in a program presented by Close Encounters With Music. Photo: David Noel Edwards


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