Chamber series wrapping 2018-19 season with gala event

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Close Encounters With Music wraps up its 2018-19 season June 8 with "Like Father-in-Law, Like Son-in-Law: Antonin Dvorak and Josef Suk."

The gala program begins at 6 p.m. at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, followed by a patrons' dinner at Stockbridge Club.

Joining CEWM founding artistic director, cellist Yehuda Hanani, onstage at the Mahaiwe are Soyeon Kate Lee, piano; Irina Muresanu and Peter Zazofsky, violin; and Michael Strauss, viola, performing Dvorak's Rondo and his Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, and Suk's rarely performed Balada and Pisen Lasky love song.

Dvorak's rise to fame in Prague paved the way for his favorite student and later son-in-law Josef Suk.

Suk's wife — Dvorak's daughter Ottilie — died after only a few years of marriage.

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Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has been guest soloist with, among others, the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony. Her recent appearances include New York's Zankel, Weill, Merkin and Alice Tully halls; Washington's Kennedy Center, Cleveland's Severance Hall, the Ravinia Festival's "Rising Stars" series, Auditorio de Musica de Nacional in Madrid, and Finland's M ntt Music Festival. She frequently collaborates in festivals throughout the U.S., including Santa Fe and Music Mountain.

Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu's recent solo engagements include appearances with the Boston Pops, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva), Syracuse Symphony, the Orchestre de la Radio Flamande (Brussels), and the Boston Philharmonic. Festival appearances have included Bay Chambers and Bowdoin in Maine, Strings in the Mountains and San Juan Music Festival in Colorado, Maui Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, and the Renncontres des Musiciennes Festival in France.

Violist Michael Isaac Strauss is a founding member of the new Indianapolis Quartet, in residence at the University of Indianapolis since 2016, where he also serves on the faculty. He was principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years and has served on the faculty of several prominent schools including Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, Philadelphia's University of the Arts, and Swarthmore College. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and performs on a viola attributed to Matteo Albani of Bolzano, Italy in 1704.

Violinist Peter Zazofsky has performed with the Boston Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Philadelphia Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony, among others. As a recitalist, he has given programs in Carnegie Hall, Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aries. He also tours as first violinist of the Muir String Quartet. A native of Boston, Zazofsky is professor of violin and chamber music at Boston University and serves as a jury member for the violin competitions in Montreal, Brussels and Odense, Denmark.

Complete ticket information is available in person at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center box office; by phone at 413-528-0100; or online at mahaiwe.org

Information regarding the Preferred Patron's Gala Package, which includes concert ticket and dinner at the Stockbridge Club, is available by phone at 800-843-0778, or online at cewm.org.


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