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Close Encounters — Nocturne, night and dreams

December 3, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cello strings gleam. Creative commons courtesy photo.
Photo by J. Dimas

Fabio Bidini in piano, baritone John Viscardi, Kobi Malkin and Grace Park on violins, Luke Fleming on viola and Lizzie Burns on double bass explore nuances of the night in a multi-faceted program of Beethoven, Mozart and more with Yehuda Hanani on cello,

Beethoven evokes the enchantment of the moon in his iconic “Moonlight” Sonata; Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is a perennial favorite and will be performed in its original scoring. Lieder by Schumann, Debussy, Fauré, arias from Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet and selections from favorite musicals (West Side Story and Man of La Mancha) demonstrate the universality of the theme.

Composers from Mozart and Schubert to Borodin and Bernstein have been transfixed, lulled, soothed and aroused by the night, Close Encounters says, Released from the brightness of daylight, from consciousness into sleep and dreaminess, the night’s seductive, mysterious potion-like allure has fascinated artists throughout the ages. Lullabies celebrate repose, the restful charm; serenades celebrate love. Other works mark the fear of darkness, the unseen and what may lurk beneath the veil of night. To paraphrase Walt Whitman, only the darkness of the night reveals all the stars—in the Heavens and on stage.

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Date:
December 3, 2023
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Event Location

Mahaiwe
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA
413-528-0100

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