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”

Join us for these upcoming events:

UPDATE

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our kick-off celebration has been postponed until Saturday, April 18 at 3pm — we look forward to seeing you then!



FEBRUARY 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm

352 MAIN STREET, GREAT BARRINGTON

Excerpt from Piano Quintet in A major, D.667 “Trout”:

From Solitude to Belonging:

Extreme Melodists

PROGRAM

Augusta Read Thomas:

   Incantation

A. Dvořák:

   Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 87

F. Schubert:

   Piano Quintet in A major, D.667 “Trout”

EUGENE DRUCKER: “To connect musical notes in recognizable, memorable patterns is perhaps one of humanity’s most basic aesthetic impulses.
As performers we try to give voice to the composer’s creations, to reach out to our audiences. Music is for us primarily a means of communication: it is socially inclusive because it requires of all involved an openness to the sound-world of each piece, with its rhythms, colors and currents of feeling. The solitude in which these great composers shaped their visions casts its spell over the hall. Everyone is alone, yet together at the same time. Listeners are pulled into that quiet, sometimes painful, sometimes blissful space the music has created within us.”

WITH

EUGENE DRUCKER
Violin

WILLIAM FRAMPTON
Viola

ROBERTA COOPER
Cello

PETER WEITZNER
Double bass

GILI MELAMED-LEV
Piano

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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”:

WITH

ANAT COHEN
Clarinet

MARCELLO GONÇALVES
Guitar

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.”

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. 

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APRIL 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm

PRIVATE VENUE 

CONCERT & FUNDRAISING CELEBRATION

WITH

JOE MULHOLLAND
Piano

GILI SHARETT
Bassoon

JOEL PITCHON
Violin

RONALD FELDMAN
Cello

GILI MELAMED-LEV
Piano




Join us as we launch our fundraising efforts for Jazz & Classics for Change, at a special private celebration and concert with music, refreshments, and the warmth of good company!

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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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