GREAT BARRINGTON >> Close Encounters With Music focuses on "Music That Shook the World" in its gala concert 6 p.m. Saturday at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St.
Pianist Michael Chertock, violinist Yehonatan Berick, and CEWM founding artistic director, cellist Yehuda Hanani will perform music by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Antheil, Messiaen, Schoenfeld and Debussy.
The first half of the program includes Claude Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano; Olivier Messiaen's "Louange a l'Éernité de Jésu" from his transcendent Quartet for the End of Time; as well as Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" in its piano version.
The program also will include Beethoven's final violin sonata, No. 10 in G Major Opus 26; and "Café Music" by Paul Schoenfield.
Passages from Igor Stravinsky's and Antheil's memoirs will be threaded through the program, read by comedienne Alison Larkin.
Chertock has fashioned a career as an orchestral soloist, collaborating with conductors such as James Conlon, Jaime Laredo, Keith Lockhart, Erich Kunzel and Andrew Litton. Thwe [ianist's many orchestral appearances include solo performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, l'Orchestre Symphonique du Montreal, Toronto Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony
Prizewinner at the 1993 Naumburg competition and a recipient of the 1996-97 Prix Opus, Berick has performed internationally as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. The violinist has collaborated with many world renowned artists, and toured as a member of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, the Lortie-Berick-Lysy Piano Trio, and the Huberrman String Quartet among other ensembles.
Larkin — an actress, award-winning audio book narrator and comedienne — is the bestselling author of "The English American," a novel that sprang from her hit one-woman show about an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents — and true love — in the United States.