Mohawk Trail Concerts 2012: Preview and Concert Schedule

Charlemont Federated Church
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Charlemont Federated Church
Charlemont Federated Church

The Mohawk Trail Concerts have been taking place in the Federated Church in Charlemont, Massachusetts since 1969, when Arnold Black, the distinguished violinist and composer, discovered the outstanding acoustics of this attractive old church. Since then, the festival has presented a rich variety of standard repertoire, modern, contemporary, and less familiar older works. Regulars look forward to the annual concert of Joan Morris and William Bolcom, who will celebrate Bastille Day this year.

In particular, the festival will take on a unique character with the performances of works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Fritz Kriesler, and Charles Griffes, along with works like a late string quintet by Mozart and Dvořák’s beloved piano quintet.

Friday concerts begin at 7pm and Saturday concerts begin at 7:30pm.

June 29/30
Sonata, Serenades, Sketches

Debussy – Sonata for cello & piano (1915)
Coleridge Taylor – Piano Quintet in g minor Op.1
Coleridge-Taylor – from Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, Op.16
Beethoven – “Adelaide”
John Cage – In a Landscape (1948)
Vaughan Williams – from On Wenlock Edge (1909)
Performers: William Hite,tenor; New England Piano Quintet – Gregory Hayes, piano; Colleen Jennings and Kathy Andrew,violin; Marcia Cassidy, viola; John Dunlap, cello

July 4 at 4pm
Jazz with John Clark and Friends

Independence Day, Free Family concert on Riverbank, Charlemont Bridge/Rte 8A
Performers: John Clark, French Horn; Michael Rabinowitz, Bassoon; Freddie Bryant, Guitar;

Mark Egan, Bass ; Abe Fogle, Drums

July 6/7
Tribute to Kreisler, Mozart, for Abba

from String Quartet in a minor (1922) – Fritz Kreisler
Caprice Viennois & Liebeslied – Fritz Kreisler
Old refrain and Cradle Song – Fritz Kreisler
Five songs – Louis Moreau Gottschalk
String Quintet in g minor K.516 – W.A. Mozart
Performers: Maria Ferrante, soprano; Estela Olevsky, piano; Masako Yanagita, and Joel Pitchon, violin; Ronald Gorevic, and Peggy McAdams,viola; Volcy Pelletier, cello

July 13/14
Bolcom and Morris

A French Connection for Bastille Day

Chants négresses and Three Rags-Caprices – Milhaud
Songs and more – announced from the stage – Prévert/Kosma
Monsterpieces for young students
The Mad Monster, The Sad Monster
The Bad Mister, The Glad Mister – Bolcom
William Bolcom, composer/piano; Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano
Guests: Julia Belyung, Hanna Ruhl – Students of local teachers

July 20/21
Parker Première and Harp Debut

Parker/Purington – Singing At Dawn Première
Debussy – Three Piano Études (1915)
Debussy – Syrinx (1913)
Fauré – Une chatelaine en sa tour Op.110 for harp (1904)
Debussy – Sonata, flute, violin, and harp (1915)
Jolivet – Chant de Linos, flute, string trio and harp
Gail Blache-Gill, mezzo-soprano; Barbara Poeschl-Edrich, harp; Christopher Krueger, flute; Sharif Mamoun, percussion; Anne Koscielny, piano; Ronald Gorevic, violin: Masako Yanagita, viola; Mark Fraser, cello

July 27/28
Cultures Near & Far
Moravia, France, Ancient Far East, USA

Dvorak – Slavonic Dances (1904)
John Cage – Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs
Chausson – Le Temps de Lilas
Charles Griffes – Poems from the Ancient Far East
Dvořák – Piano Quintet in A Op.81
Performers: Anne Koscielny, Estela Olevsky, piano; Eileen Ruby, mezzo-soprano
The Bahn Quartet: Alicia Casey, Benjamin Van Vliet, violin; Hannah Van der Swaagh, viola; Nicole Fizznoglia, cello

About Michael Miller

Michael Miller, Editor and Publisher of New York Arts and The Berkshire Review, an International Journal for the Arts, was trained as a classicist and art historian at Harvard and Oxford, worked in the art world for many years as a curator and dealer, and contributed reviews and articles to Bostonia, Master Drawings, Drawing, Threshold, and North American Opera Journal, as well as numerous articles for scholarly and popular periodicals. He has taught courses in classics, the English language, and art history at Oberlin, Rutgers, New York University, the New School, and Williams. Currently, when he is not at work on The Berkshire Review and New York Arts, he writes fiction, pursues photography, and publishes scholarly work. In 2011 he contributed an introductory essay to Leonard Freed: The Italians / exh. cat. Io Amo L’Italia, exhibition at Le Stelline, Milan, Il Museo di Roma a Trastevere, etc. and wrote the revised the section on American opera houses in The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is currently at work on a libretto for a new opera by Lewis Spratlan, Midi, an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea set in the French West Indies, ca. 1930.

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