Escher Quartet, gala bring Close Encounters With Music season to a close

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Close Encounters With Music is bringing its 27th season to a close with a performance by the Escher String Quartet on Saturday and a gala June 8 featuring the music of Antonin Dvorak and his son-in-law Josef Suk (Sr.).

The Escher String Quartet will perform Mozart's String Quartet No. 23 in F major (the third of the "Prussian Quartets") and Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings. They will be joined by CEWM founding artistic director, cellist Yehuda Hanani, for the Schubert Quintet. The concert begins at 6 p.m

The ensemble has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. They served as BBC New Generation Artists and gave debuts at the BBC Proms. The Eschers — Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Danbi Um, violin; Pierre La Pointe, viola; Brook Speltz, cello — are winners of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and perform as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

The June 8 Gala begins at 6 p.m. at the Mahaiwe with "Like Father-in-Law, Like Son-in-Law: Antonin Dvorak and Josef Suk (Sr.)," featuring music by the renowned Czech nationalist composer and his favorite student and later son-in-law. The program includes Dvorak's Rondo and Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, and Suk's rarely performed "Balada" and "Pisen Lasky" love song. Performing will be Soyeon Kate Lee, piano; Irina Muresanu and Peter Zazofsky, violin; Michael Strauss, viola; and Yehuda Hanani, cello.

The concert will be followed by a dinner at the Stockbridge Club.

Complete ticket and reservation information about both programs is available by calling (800) 843-0778 or online at cewm.org.

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