Aston Magna: The World of Henry Purcell

The Seasons, Squabbling Couples, Sleep Aids, Comical Duos, Vocal Quartets, and Trio Sonatas

Saturday July 20 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Daniel Stepner and Julie Leven, baroque violins
Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; Catherine Liddell, theorbo; Michael Sponseller, harpsichord
Kristen Watson, soprano; Deborah Rentz Moore, mezzo-soprano Jason McStoots, tenor; David McFerrin; baritone

Tickets $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Pre-concert talk 45 minutes before program.

Concert followed by “Meet the Artists” wine and cheese reception.


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Aston Magna: Pachelbel, Bach, Vivaldi, and Villa Lobos

Saturday July 27 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Pachelbel’s Canon and Gigue
J.S. Bach:
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, BWV 1049
Cantata for Soprano: “Non sa che sia dolore,” BWV 209
Vivaldi’s Concerto for sopranino recorder in A Minor
Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

Daniel Stepner, Edson Scheid and Danielle Maddon, baroque violins
Christopher Krueger, baroque flute and recorder; Laura Jeppesen, baroque viola;
Loretta O’Sullivan, baroque cello; Peter Sykes, harpsichord

Tickets $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Pre-concert talk 45 minutes before program.

Concert followed by “Meet the Artists” wine and cheese reception.


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Close Encounters with Music: “Souvenir de Florence,” – Music from High Peaks Festival

Sunday July 28 | 5:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


Tchaikovsky’s own musical souvenir of his visit to Italy as he recovered from a disastrous marriage and developed an infatuation with the city that spawned the Renaissance. Florence worked its magic on Tchaikovsky, and the result is one of the most delightful and charming pieces in the repertory, for string sextet. Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes Soprano Danielle Talamantes sings favorite coloratura arias that typify the bravura of Italian vocal tradition (Puccini, Verdi, Rossini). Violinist Miranda Cuckson performs Salvatore Sciarrino’s technique-stretching Caprices that inject Niccolo Paganini’s demonically difficult violin caprices (1819) with a 20th century vocabulary and timbral palette and otherwise startling innovations. And no Italian showcase would be complete without Vivaldi’s Double Concerto for two violins!

Peter Zazofsky and Miranda Cuckson, violin; Michael Strauss, viola; Yehuda Hanani and Sae Rom Kwon, cello; Danielle Talamantes, soprano; Mikael Darmanie, piano; The High Peaks Festival Chamber Orchestra


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Aston Magna: Schubert and Beethoven

Saturday Aug 3 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Schubert’s “Die schöne Müllerin”
Beethoven Horn Sonata Op. 17
Schubert’s “Auf dem Strom”

Frank Kelley, tenor; Joshua Rifkin, fortepiano
Todd Williams, natural horn

Tickets $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Pre-concert talk 45 minutes before program.

Concert followed by “Meet the Artists” wine and cheese reception.


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The Olga Dunn Dance Company

Sunday August 4 | 7:30 p.m. | FREE (Suggested donation at the door)

The Olga Dunn Dance Company presents its core members in an exciting, short, and free performance featuring the group’s eclectic style of modern, theater, and comedy dance. A summer event, not to be missed!


Dunn Company Dancers in rehearsal in Great Hall of Saint James Place
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Clarion Concerts: Elegantly Classical

Saturday September 21 | 5:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

This concert features the fabulous Manhattan Piano Trio, with our Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman playing trios and rare classical works.

The concert will include:

Andante and Rondo for Flute, violin, cello and piano – Franz Doppler
Dumky Trio – Anton Dvorak
Trio No 1 – Felix Mendelssohn


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Rebels with a Cause: A Provocative Lecture Series
The Great Barrington Historical Society and Saint James Place Saturday Afternoon Lecture Series

Saturday October 5 | 2:00 p.m.

Shay’s Rebellion in the Berkshires: Enduring Legacies & Questions


For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please call 413-591-8702. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 or on www.gbhistory.org (please indicate series or specific lectures). Programs include lecture, tour of Saint James Place, and refreshments. Free parking available at Berkshire Community College South. Seating is limited.

To reserve seats ($20 per lecture), mail your check, payable to Great Barrington Historical Society with “Rebels with a Cause” and the specific lecture(s) you would like attend in the memo line to:

Great Barrington Historical Society
P.O. Box 1106
Great Barrington, MA 01230


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Clarion Concerts: Astonishing Accordion

Saturday October 12 | 5:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


This concert features the first accordionist to ever join the roster of Young Concert Artists in its fifty-seven years of existence, Hanzhi Wang, who will dazzle us with her virtuosity.

The program will include:

J.S BACH Arr. Busoni
Chaconne in D Minor, BWV 1004

SCARLATTI
Sonata in A, K323L 95
Sonata in F, K378: L276
Sonata in E, K162: L21

RAMEAU
Selections from Piece du Clavecin
L’ Egyptienne
La Livri
Le rappel des oiseaux

SCHNITTKE
Revis Fairy Tale

GRIEG
Holberg Suite
Prélude
Sarabande
Gavotta
Air
Rigaudon


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Bach & Handel: Crescendo’s 15th Anniversary Concert

Saturday Oct 26 | 4:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Tickets are $35 for general; $100 for premium; $10 for students

Crescendo presents its fall 15th Anniversary concerts with Baroque music for chorus, soloist and period instrument orchestra. The two main works of this celebratory program, Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat” BWV 234 and George Frideric Handel’s “Coronation Anthems” HWV 259-261, are considered some of the great masterworks of choral music of all times.

Bach’s “Magnificat” was written 1723 in Leipzig for the Christmas Vespers, and later revised by him, in part to make it more suitable for the trumpets. It is conceived on a grand scale, requiring five soloists, a five-part choir and, for its time, an unusually large orchestra consisting of three trumpets, two flutes, two oboes, strings and continuo. In its splendor and jubilation the piece anticipates the great choruses of Bach’s later works, such as the Mass in B minor. The extraordinary impact of Bach’s great choral works derives essentially from his remarkable ability to balance, yet at the same time to exploit to the full, the spiritual and dramatic elements of each text. The Magnificat, the canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary, has been set to music more often than any liturgical text other than the Mass itself. Magnificat settings by the greatest composers vary in style, and range from Palestrina’s polyphony, Monteverdi’s large-scale settings for the acoustics of San Marco to Mozart’s almost symphonic setting.

Handel’s four coronation anthems use text from the King James Bible and were originally commissioned for the coronation of George II of Great Britain, but have become standard for later coronations. Right from their composition the four anthems, Zadok the Priest, Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, The King Shall Rejoice, and My Heart Is Inditing, have been popular and regularly played in concerts and festivals even during Handel’s own lifetime. They were originally composed for an enlarged choir of the Chapel Royal, with an orchestra which reached perhaps 160 people. These exuberant works express the solemn ceremonial pomp and of the other anthems.

The Crescendo Chorus will be joined by soloists including countertenor Nicholas Tamagna, hailed by the New York Times as “a standout…singing with a luminous countertenor, strong coloratura and dramatic conviction.” The period instrument orchestra is comprised of trumpets, timpani, oboes, bassoons, traversi (Baroque flutes), strings and basso continuo, played by of Early music specialists from Boston and New York city. Crescendo’s Founding Artistic Director Christine Gevert will conduct.
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Rebels with a Cause: A Provocative Lecture Series
The Great Barrington Historical Society and Saint James Place Saturday Afternoon Lecture Series

Saturday November 2 | 2:00 p.m.

Laura Secord: Rebel for the Wrong Cause?


For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please call 413-591-8702. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 or on www.gbhistory.org (please indicate series or specific lectures). Programs include lecture, tour of Saint James Place, and refreshments. Free parking available at Berkshire Community College South. Seating is limited.

To reserve seats ($20 per lecture), mail your check, payable to Great Barrington Historical Society with “Rebels with a Cause” and the specific lecture(s) you would like attend in the memo line to:

Great Barrington Historical Society
P.O. Box 1106
Great Barrington, MA 01230


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