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COMPLETE SEASON LISTING OF CRESCENDOS 15th ANNIVERSARY SEASON 2019-20 LATE SUMMER 2019 CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS: A Due Stromenti 17th Century Italian Music with Two Instruments September 7, 2019 at 4 pm - Saint James Place (Great Hall), Great Barrington, MA September 8, 2019 at 4 pm - Trinity Church, Lakeville, CT The season opening concert explores rarely-heard, exquisite repertoire for theorbo and harpsichord by Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger, Giovanni Pittoni and Bellerofonte Castaldi, and keyboard works by Girolamo Frescobaldi and Claudio Merulo. The theorbo is the largest member of the lute family of instruments that was developed around the end of the 16th century primarily to accompany small vocal and instrumental chamber ensembles as well as solo vocal music. Its use as a solo instrument was an afterthought, but innovators on theorbo left behind a small repertoire of high quality. Rarer still was its use as an obbligato instrument in chamber music. Hideki Yamaya, theorbo and tiorbino, and Christine Gevert, harpsichord and organ FALL 2019 CHORAL CONCERTS: Baroque Splendor: Bach's Magnificat and Handel's Coronation Anthems Crescendo Celebrates its 15th Anniversary! October 26, 2019 at 4 pm - Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA October 27, 2019 at 4 pm - Trinity Church, Lakeville, CT Crescendo presents Baroque music for chorus, soloists, and a period instrument orchestra. Together they will perform two of choral musics greatest masterworks, Johann Sebastian Bachs Magnificat BWV 243 and George Frideric Handels Coronation Anthems HWV 258-261. The program will include an Aria and Chorales from Bachs much-loved Christmas Oratorio BWV 248, with opportunities for audience participation. In its splendor and jubilation Bachs Magnificat anticipates the great choruses of Bachs later works, such as the Mass in B Minor. Handel's festive Coronation Anthems were originally commissioned for the coronation of Great Britains George II, and have become standard for later coronations. Crescendo Chorus, and soloists Julianne Baird and Jennifer Tyo, sopranos, Nicholas Tamagna, countertenor, Philip Anderson, tenor, Joseph Charles Beutel, bass with period instrument orchestra, directed by Christine Gevert HOLIDAY 2019 CONCERTS: A Tale of Divine Love and the River Spirit Acis y GalateaA Spanish Baroque Semi-Staged Comic Opera December 28, 2019 at 4 pm - Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA December 29, 2019 at 4 pm - Methodist Church, Lakeville, CT Antonio de Líteress Acis y Galatea (1708) is a zarzuela in two acts with a libretto by José de Cañizares. The work quickly became one of the most famous of zarzuelas, the Spanish popular music-drama form that flourished in the late Baroque. Zarzuelas were a blend of sung and spoken episodes, usually performed by women actors who took both male and female roles, featuring characters that often are a mixture of gods, mythological creatures and rustic or pastoral comedy characters. This work tells of the love between mortal Acis and the sea-nymph Galatea. Líteres brilliantly weaves together Italianate da capo arias, French sung minuets, and Spanish seguidillas (sung popular dances). The singers are accompanied by traditional Baroque instruments and castanets, which give a typical Spanish flavor. A small group of ensemble singers act as a traditional Greek Chorus, commenting in fast-moving and rhythmical choruses on the dramatic action. Salomé Sandoval, mezzo soprano (Acis), Baroque guitar, percussion and co-director, Catherine Hancock, soprano (Galatea), Malina Rauschenfels, mezzo soprano (Tisbe), Roman Testroet, baritone (Momo), Tom Schindler, (Polyphemo), are joined by Crescendos Vocal Ensemble Singers, and period instrument players Tricia Van Oers, recorder, Christa Patton, recorder and Baroque harp, Hideki Yamaya, Baroque guitar. Christine Gevert leads this semi-staged performance from the harpsichord. WINTER 2020 CONCERTS: Thanksgivings for Life and Love 16th Century Spanish Polyphony and Contemporary Latin American Folk Music February 1, 2020 at 4 pm - Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA February 2, 2020 at 4 pm - Methodist Church, Lakeville, CT The concepts of Thanksgiving, The Dove, The Dew, Mary, Weeping and Remembrance are portrayed in Hispanic works of two different eras and styles. Featured are motets for four to six voices by Tomas Luis de Victoria, Francisco Guerrero and Antonio Lobosome of the most remarkable composers of 16th century Spanish polyphony. Works include Victorias Te Deum, Guerreros Maria Magdalena, and Loboss Versa est in luctum, among others. In contrast, choral and instrumental arrangements of Latin American folk melodies of the 20th and 21st centuries by Carlos Guastavino (Argentina), Violeta Parra and Victor Jara (Chile), and others are celebrated as Canto Nuevo (The New Song). Some of the most famous themes are Parras Gracias a la vida, and Guastavinos Se equivocó la paloma. The poetry of these newer works includes texts by Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral, and one of the greatest literary figures of the Silver Age of Spanish literature, Rafael Alberti. Crescendo Vocal Ensemble is joined by Alturas Duo, Carlos Boltes, charango and viola, and Scott Hill, guitar, and Gonzalo Cortés, quena, zampoña and percussion. Directed by Christine Gevert from the organ. EARLY SPRING 2020 CHORAL CONCERTS: Music Across Borders 17th Century and Contemporary Choral Music from Poland, Latvia, Czech Republic and Germany March 28, 2020 at 4 pm - Trinity Church, Lakeville, CT March 29, 2020 at 4 pm - Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA As Italian Baroque music influenced all countries strongly in the 17th and 18th centuries, national styles then developed, and started to influence each other. This program explores repertoire of some of the countries in Eastern Europe and the influence composers there had on composers of other regions such as Germany. The festive Baroque choral works by Szarzyski, Gorczycki, Telemann, Meder and ernohorský feature strings and Baroque trumpets in the orchestra. They will be contrasted with contemporary works by Eenvalds (Latvia), Lukaszewski (Poland), and Luká (Czech Republic). Works include Szarzynskis Completorium, Gorczyckis Laetatus sum, Meders Jubilate Deo omnis terra, Eenvaldss Stars (accompanied with seldom-heard tuned musical glasses), and Lukás Pater noster op. 263 among others. Crescendo Chorus and soloists, with period instrument players, directed by Christine Gevert. SPRING 2020 CONCERT: An Evening in the Home of J.S. Bach Julianne Baird Sings Arias by Bach and His Children April 18, at 6 pm - Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA The world-renowned Early Music soprano, Julianne Baird, offers a solo recital, which provides a glimpse into the domestic music of the 18th century, and the musical tastes of the Bach family. Most of the works are from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena, a manuscript notebook that Johann Sebastian Bach presented to his second wife, Anna Magdalena. The recital will include arias: Gedenke doch, Bist du bei mir, Willst du dein Herz mir schenken, Schlummert ein, arias from Bachs Hunt Cantata BWV 208, and from his Wedding Cantata BWV 202; and harpsichord works, such as the First Prelude of The Well-Tempered Clavier BWV 846/1, and the Aria of the Goldberg Variations BWV 988/1, among others. Songs and arias from his sons Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian Bach, and from his grandson Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach will round out the program. Julianne Baird, soprano, and Christine, harpsichord

When: Sep 7, 2019 4pm to Oct 26, 2019 4pm in Great Barrington, MA
Cost: 155 - 420 USD

Many Voices, One World

Boston Children’s Chorus is honored to host the Dresden Philharmonic Children’s Choir during their 2020 North American Tour.

When: Oct 18, 2019 7pm in Great Barrington, MA

"True Dreams" with Douglass Truth

"True Dreams" the one man show!  In conjunction with his one man art show at Lauren Clark Fine Art opening Saturday, October 12th, Douglass Truth will perform his other one man show, “True Dreams”, Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm and Friday, October 18 at 7:30pm.  Consider the premise-“If Scheherazade were a frog trying to cross a river and there was a guy who makes friends with an ant that has a bent for philosophy who then told a story—the ant, that is—about a frozen Halibut, but it might have all been a dream that some random dude has, but you'll never convince the ant, or the scorpion, for that matter, that it wasn't all completely real. If an animal speaks, that means it's a True Dream”. Come early and enjoy light refreshments on us!   FAQs   What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? There is parking right outside our door.   How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Call 413.528.0432. Email Lauren@LaurenClarkFineArt.com   Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? Yes  

When: Oct 18, 2019 7:30PM in Great Barrington, MA

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About Great Barrington, MA
The Town of Great Barrington was founded in 1761 and is located in the southwestern corner of Massachusetts in Berkshire County.

Tourism is of major importance in the town which is encouraged by a combination of outdoor activities and cultural offerings as well as restaurants, B&B's and small inns. There are activities that help carry tourism though the four seasons like skiing for winter, fall foliage and summer culture along with the beauty of spring.

Residents note that Great Barrington is a wonderful community to raise a family or run a business and enjoy the pleasure of small town living.