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Music Mountain Season

Music Preview
by Kevin T. McEneaney
Mon Jun 3rd, 2019

Benjamin Hochman, pianist

Up the mountain where the air is clear and musical vibes resonate from wooden walls of historic Gordon Hall, the summer season is about to open at Music Mountain. These Sunday afternoon 3 pm chamber music concerts remain one of the summer jewels of our neighborhood.  

The Opening day benefit concert and reception will feature pianist Benjamin Hochman with Alexi Kenney, Violin; Fred Sherry, Cello; Kristyna Petisková, Clarinet. Their program will be:

MOZART: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, K.502 (1786) BRAHMS: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 (1891) BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 #1 “Ghost” (1808).

The following week, the Escher Quartet, one of this country’s leading string ensembles, will offer the following program with guest pianist Soyeon Kate Lee:

SCHUBERT: Quartettsatz in C Minor, D. 703 (1820) BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135 (1826) DVORAK: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 (1887)

A review of the Escher Quartet’s most recent performance may be read here.

A musical snapshot of more modern works will be performed by Cuarteto Latinoamericano with guest pianist Sally Pinkas in the following program:

VILLA-LOBOS: String Quartet #5 (1931) PHILIP GLASS: String Quartet #5 (1991) AMIR BITRAN: Piano Quintet “Kol Haneshama (Psalm 150)” (2018) SCHUMANN: Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 44 (1842)

The Arianna String Quartet with will offer HUGO WOLF: Italian Serenade (1887) SCHUBERT: String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden” (1824) MENDELSSOHN: Viola Quintet in B Flat Major, Op. 87 (1845).

At Gordon Hall the summer jazz series kicks off on June 15 at 5 pm with the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet from Peru; this dynamic ensemble explores the affinities between modern jazz and the Afro-Latin continuum.

One of the annual early events that remain a local favorite is the performance of a surprise program by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players on June 22 at 5 pm.

Both the Saturday evening miscellaneous events and jazz, as well as the Sunday afternoon Chamber Music series, run through August. Gordon Hall now features air-conditioning. These informal concerts with superlative musicians in beautiful mountain landscape attract a varied clientele who prize the affable chat with strangers.