This coming weekend there will be an explosion of music in the Berkshires! and I can strongly recommend three concerts taking place on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon. They are all free, but there is a suggested $10. donation for Saturday afternoon. Read on…
1. Friday, September 25 at 7:30 pm in McConnell Auditorium, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Debut performance of The Orchestra Now, a new pre-professional training orchestra from the Bard Conservatory directed by Leon Botstein. The program includes symphonies by Haydn and Beethoven, and a concerto by Mozart played by the brilliant pianist Anna Polonsky
2. Saturday, September 26 at 5 pm in the Roe-Jan Library of Hillsdale New York
Baroque chamber music from the Netherlands (mostly) played by the Ensemble Nieuw Nederland: Tricia van Oers, recorder; Anne Legêne, viol; and Mariken Palmboom, harpsichord (NB: all performers from the Netherlands)
3. Sunday, September 27 at 3 pm in McConnell Auditorium, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Piano recital by Arthur Greene, brilliant pianist, head of the Music Department of the University of Michigan, and originally a native of Sheffield; he will perform (among other things) Charles Ives’s “Concord” Sonata with a visual accompaniment of images related to the theme of the sonata: the writers and thinkers of the Transcendentalist movement centered in Concord in the 19th century.