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February 28, 2021|7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Close Encounters With Music:
Forever Bach - The Celestial Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Yehuda Hanani, cello

Music Undefeated! Close Encounters With Music and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center present a virtual winter/spring series of three concerts, from the Historic Mahaiwe stage to your screen.

Forever Bach: A composer beyond time and place, and a journey to transcendence! J.S.Bach’s Suites are blueprints for cellists of all generations for the construction of temples of sound in time. Though alone with one instrument, “Unaccompanied” is a bit of a misnomer, as they require the performer to be an acoustic illusionist: Each suite is more like a drama for three or four characters played by one actor, at times presenting a challenge akin to tightrope-walking on a bass line while performing a juggling act! Yehuda Hanani has juggled and wrestled with the suites for decades, and his recording of the six suites is one of the definitive renditions of this holy of holies for cellists.

“In this era of the cello, Hanani is among the best. His Bach was absorbing, imaginative, beautiful in all respects.” —San Francisco Examiner

“A consistently expressive artist” —The New York Times

Also available to view: A Night at the Opera: Familiar and beloved arias from Italian, French and German operas stud the program, both in their original as well as transformed to become vehicles for instrumental virtuosity and new delight. No lesser figures than Paganini, Liszt, Vladimir Horowitz—and even Beethoven—borrowed from Wagner, Bizet, Mozart and Rossini to create equally captivating progeny. Metropolitan opera soprano Danielle Talamantes, baritone Kerry Wilkerson, violinist Peter Zazofsky, pianist Max Levinson and cellist Yehuda Hanani share the adventure.

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