MUSIC AS THE HIGHEST EXPRESSION OF HOPE

OUR MISSION is to present superb music with awareness of social challenges, and, from the music’s transcendent power, draw inspiration to promote inclusiveness, action, and involvement.

‍2020 SEASON: “From Isolation to Inclusion”


‍Dear friends and neighbors:

‍In the midst of uncertainty, each of has had to change our habits and routines, which is hard. But during this time of physical distancing,  we can still connect in many ways.

‍Find ways to stay connected and reach out to family, friends and neighbors. Engage with nature in ways that nurture and inspire: take a walk, listen for the birds, and take in the beauty of Spring in all its glory. Connect to the arts in ways that are healing and hopeful: read a book, paint, sketch, write … or listen to your favorite music!

‍As a new arts organization in the area, we are committed to seeking inclusion beyond isolation. We wish each of you good health, life-affirming connections, and reassuring peace. We look forward to sharing inspiring music with you soon.

‍—Gili Melamed-Lev and the Board of Directors

Sing About It (The Wood Brothers)

Seizoenen koor Amsterdam

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The Artful Mind

HomeStyle Magazine

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MARCH 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm

352 MAIN STREET, GREAT BARRINGTON

From Isolation to Inclusion

Excerpt from “Outra Coisa: The Music of Moacir Santos”:

ANAT COHEN: “Music gives us an immense opportunity for social inclusion. Through music we connect beyond words from one’s heart to another. I fell in love with the music of Brazil when I met fellow Brazilian students in College who invited me to play their music. I made my first trip to Brazil late 2000. I was an outsider, speaking a different language from a different country and culture yet the Brazilians made me feel at home, encouraging me to be myself, through music. Music has the power to bridge gaps, to eliminate borders and to unify. That’s why I play music and that’s, partly, why I fell in love with the music of Brazil.”

WITH

ANAT COHEN
Clarinet

MARCELLO GONÇALVES
Guitar

“Anat does what all authentic musicians do: She tells stories from her own experiences that are so deeply felt that they are very likely to connect listeners to their own dreams, desires and longings.”  —Nat Hentoff

Clarinetist Anat Cohen and 7-string guitarist Marcello Gonçalves team together in a series of intimate, lyrical duets based on groundbreaking compositions by Brazilian composer Moacir Santos. Breathtaking melodies, Brazilian grooves, and elements of jazz highlight the intricate talents of both Cohen and Goncalves on their Grammy Award-nominated album, Outra Coisa: The Music of Moacir Santos. 

“Ever charismatic, prolific and inspired, Grammy-nominated clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has been declared Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association every year since 2007 and has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. The New York Times writes, “Ms. Cohen on the clarinet was a revelation. Using the clarinet’s upper register, she could evoke infectious joy. In the lower register, her playing could conjure a deep, soulful melancholy. On up-tempo numbers, her improvisations weren’t just bebop fast; they had a clarity and deep intelligence that is really quite rare. She made it look effortless, even as she was playing the most technically difficult of all the reed instruments… she took my breath away.”

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MAY 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm

352 MAIN STREET, GREAT BARRINGTON

A Concert for Public Integrity

Photo: Rick Luettke

Excerpt from Armen Donelian’s “Trio 87”:

WITH

ARMEN DONELIAN
Piano

DOMINIQUE EADE

Vocalist

DAVID CLARK

Bass

GEORGE SCHULLER 

Drums

ARMEN DONELIAN: “To me, truth is an overriding and urgent issue of our time, perhaps of all time. We are swimming in lies. The root of lying is fear of the truth. But the truth is our ally in assessing the reality of things as they are, and charting a course for skillful future action that brings harmony and reduces suffering.

Like a ship’s captain, we need to know where we are before we can map our course. Young people relate to this instantly. Disdain for the truth has put our country and the whole world in peril. Truth is often feared because facing it leads to change, which we often resist.

With any issue of significance — climate change, immigration, foreign policy, education, diversity, mental health, the mistreatment of children — the search for truth is the underlying factor.”

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