Bach and progeny subject of upcoming Close Encounters concert


GREAT BARRINGTON >> Close Encounters With Music celebrates Johann Sebastian Bach and his progeny Saturday evening at 6 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center with "J.S. Bach and Sons — Legitimate and Otherwise."

Family members represented include Bach's uncle Heinrich and his sons Johann Christoph Friedrich, Wilhelm Friedemann, and Carl Philipp Emanuel.

Also appearing on the program is Johann Sebastian's "illegitimate" son P.D.Q. Bach (a.k.a. Peter Schickele), in a concerto for "Four Handed Viola" that combines musicological scholarship, the conventions of Baroque, and the antics of slapstick comedy.

Cellist and Close Encounters' artistic director Yehuda Hanani will perform early 20th century composer Henri Casadesus' Concerto in C Minor, originally ascribed to Johann Christian Bach before scholars confirmed that it was in fact only written in his style.

Johann Sebastian's Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor, will be performed by violinist Edwin Huizinga and oboist James Austin Smith.

The 12-piece Baroque string band, Acronym, will conclude with the timeless glory of the patriarch's "Brandenburg Concerto" No. 3.

Award-winning harpsichordist Gabriel Schuford will join the ensemble.

Formed in 2012 to create the first recording of the complete "Alphabet Sonatas" of Johann Pezel, Acronym is a 12-member string band distinguished by an ambitious program to discover and revive forgotten masterpieces of the Baroque era,

The ensemble's director, Kivie Cahn-Lipman, is founding cellist of the International Contemporary Ensemble. He also is a gambist and lironist.

Tickets are available directly at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center box office; by phone at (413) 528-0100; or online at


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