Hudson, New York
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5 December 2018 12:32PM
Close Encounters With Music

A feast for the ears, in time for the holidays…

Two great melodists, two young geniuses in one brilliant evening: Bubbly, like fine Champagne, Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet is one of the most joyous pieces ever written. A landmark of classical music, it weaves a net of enchantment with its catchy melodies and fresh exuberance. This piece has it all—elegance, beauty and irrepressible good humor; music from the pen of a 22 year old prodigy inspired by the tragic-comic death of a fish that captures the glories of Nature! The program also features Mozart’s miraculous Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, a reminder that the unearthly beauties of Mozart defy explanation. An all-star ensemble that joins artistic director Yehuda Hanani includes pianist Max Levinson (“Brilliant…He uses his wide spectrum of pianistic mechanics for altogether poetic ends, touching the listener deeply and often” –Los Angeles Times); violinist Itamar Zorman (winner of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition); French violist Katie Lethiec; and David Grossman, double bass of the New York Philharmonic.

“Die Forelle,” Schubert’s own song that used as his theme in the third movement—and based on poetry by Goethe—was originally a warning to young women against being “caught” by “angling” young men, But Schubert didn’t set the final lines of the poem, preferring to concentrate on evoking the image of the trout in water and the reaction to it being caught by a fisherman.

Humor and Gastronomy permeate Close Encounters’ new season. Rossini named many works after foods among his hilarious onomatopoetic parodies (as demonstrated in the “Rossini Extravaganza” opening concert); Haydn could have been a stand-up comedian if he hadn’t been the musical genius he was (to be explored at the February 23, 2019 concert in a concert/master class in musical humor); and Schubert creates a mouthwatering feast for the ears with his “Trout” Quintet, to be enjoyed at the December 8 holiday concert.

Audiences can savor the music and fun as well as the culinary connections with us at our thematic concerts and receptions this season, beginning with a culinary extension of the marzipan and trout theme in our post-concert reception on December 8!

Tickets, $50 (Orchestra and Mezzanine), $27 (Balcony) and $15 for students, are available at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center box office, 413.528.0100. Subscriptions are $250 ($225 for seniors) for the series of 7 concerts tickets are available for purchase at http://www.mahaiwe.org. Season subscriptions are available on our website, http://www.cewm.org.

Concert takes place at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA. mahaiwe.org

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