Close Encounters marking Bernstein centenary

GREAT BARRINGTON— Close Encounters With Music is marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein 6 p.m. Saturday at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center with a program of his vocal and piano music and that of composers he championed.

Featured will be songs from Stephen Sondheim's "Marry Me a Little" and "Anyone Can Whistle;" selections from Kurt Weill's "Threepenny Opera;" and Lucas Foss' "Capriccio" and Aaron Copland's "El Salon Mexico," which Bernstein arranged for piano. "Anniversaries," a collection of brief musical portraits that pay tribute to Bernstein Tanglewood collaborators and friends Sergei Koussevitzky, William Kapell and others also are on the program.

Performers include Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes, baritone Kerry Wilkerson, pianists Michael Chertock and Mikael Darmanie and cellist Yehuda Hanani.

Complete ticket information is available through the Mahaiwe box office at 413-528-0100, online at or by phone at 800-843-0778

800.843.0778 or email

PATRON'S PREFERRED PACKAGE: $160 includes Preferred Patron seat and Patron-only dinner reception. Reception tickets: $100 (Season Subscribers and donors can purchase reception tickets here as well).


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