Reading music notation from a tablet or laptop isn’t terribly unusual. But doing it with handwritten scores? That is something else altogether, especially when you’re trying to decipher Ludwig van Beethoven’s horrific penmanship.
Created by the class of 2019 at Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, “Under Pressure” covers the September 2018 Merrimack Valley Columbia Gas explosions and the natural gas industry in Massachusetts and nationally.
Close Encounters With Music will kick off its 2019-20 season Sunday, Oct. 27, with the American premiere of Andre Hajdu’s ‘Kohelet’ for four cellos narrated by film, stage and television actor Sam Waterston.
The ThinkFOOD conference’s theme, “Berkshire Pollinators,” embraces the community’s interest in bees and pollination, and will also showcase local food entrepreneurs whose ideas can inspire innovation in other communities.
The talk is the first sponsored by the W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee as well as the first in a series of lectures by UMass visiting scholars, co-sponsored by the town of Great Barrington and UMass.
Three Haydn string quartets, including his “Joke” Quartet, will provide an evening of ambiguous beginnings and fake-out endings, mismatched dialogues between instruments, misunderstandings, musical pratfalls, pretend memory lapses, and digressions.
For the ninth year, an international group of violinists, violists, cellists and pianists will converge for intensive instrumental study and chamber music coaching with distinguished faculty during Close Encounters With Music’s High Peaks Festival, this year being held at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass.
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.
UMass professor Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Du Bois’ great-grandson Jeffrey Peck will emcee the event, which will also include a short film of the dedication of the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site, a spoken-word performance and a dance piece.