Music from Brazil and Beyond
In a solo recital entitled "Music from Brazil and Beyond," the eminent guitarist Gianni Donati will return to perform in his native Berkshire County, at the First Congregational Church on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. The program features music across the stylistic spectrum with works by composers Villa Lobos, Anibal Augusto Sardinha, known as "Garoto," Dilermando Reis, Marco Periera, Joao Pernambuco, Frederic Hand, Manuel De Falla, Johann Kaspar Mertz, and Maximo Diego Pujol.
Donati, a 1970 graduate of Mount Greylock Regional High School, studied horn with Andre Speyer, composition with Lewis Spratlan and Donald Wheelock, and classical guitar with Alice Artzt. He performs frequently in New Jersey, where he practiced law for many years before turning to music as a second career.
Why go? Mr. Donati had this to say about coming home: "I’m really excited about seeing many of my old friends at this recital. The music is intimate, beautiful and heartfelt and explores the expressive depth of feeling and range that the guitar possesses - all of which will sound wonderful in Williamstown’s physically and acoustically beautiful First Congregational Church." The First Congregational Church is located at 908 Main Street, Williamstown, at the intersection of Route 2 and Spring Street. Admission is free.
Music & More
Music & More presents the acclaimed Boston Classical Piano Trio in a themed program, "Music from Turn-of-the Century Vienna," Saturday, Sept.
Why go? Beethoven’s Trio, Op. 70, No. 1 - composed in 1808 and aptly nicknamed the "Ghost Trio," will be the major work on the program.
This piece is highly unusual. It’s in three movements, instead of the usual four, and features a terrifying and mysterious slow movement, which is full of foreboding. This music will give you goose bumps! With this concert, Halloween arrives early in New Marlborough. The concert will take place at the historic Meeting House on the village green in New Marlborough. A post-concert reception will follow in the Meeting House gallery. Tickets are $25/$20; students with ID and children with parents are admitted at no charge. For further information, visit online at newmarlborough.org or call 413-229-2785.
Close Encounters with Music
Close Encounters With Music, the outstanding chamber-music series that bridges the seasons from October to June, has announced its concert season. The series is curated by Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani. I’ll have the details on each of these programs one week in advance of each performance. For now, here’s a capsule listing of all the concerts and events:
Oct. 20: "Music for Four-Hands," for one and two pianos. Natalia Lavrova and Vassily Primakov, pianists.
Dec. 9: "Tragicomedia, - a Baroque Holiday Celebration." Voice with early music ensemble.
Feb. 23, 2013: "A Midwinter Fireside Concert." The Amphion String Quartet.
March 23, 2013: "An Evening with Guitarist Eliot Fisk." Music for voice, guitar and cello.
April 14, 2013: Annual Luncheon Musicale Benefit at Blantyre Castle in Lenox.
April 20, 2013: "Grand Piano Trios I." Works for violin, cello and piano by Schubert and Paul Schoenfield.
May 18, 2013: "Grand Piano Trios II." Mozart, Beethoven and Ravel trios.
June 8, 2013: "Grieg Revival." Vocal, violin and piano and piano trio works by Grieg and Brahms.
Subscriptions are $185 ($160 for seniors) for a series of 7 concerts, which is a discount of 35 percent. Note: Tickets for the June 8 concert at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall can be purchased only through CEWM. Call The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center box office at 413-528-0100 or online at mahaiwe.org. Subscriptions can be purchased through Close Encounters With Music at 800-843-0778 or online at cewm.org.
According to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood had its third-best year in its 75-year history on its campus in Lenox. Here are the details, direct from the BSO Press Office: "The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2012 Tanglewood season attendance was 375,776, marking the third-highest attendance ever. As part of the 75th-anniversary celebration, the BSO invested significantly more in special projects, including the 75th Anniversary Gala celebration on July 14 and the John Williams 80th-birthday celebration on Aug. 18, which contributed to increased attendance during this special season." Congratulations to the BSO and to the extraordinary people at Tanglewood who provide the throngs of avid local and visiting music lovers with a cornucopia of great music, year after year. Here’s a raised glass to the 76th season, only 10 months away!