(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The 19th century will rub shoulders with the late 20th on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 6pm at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center when the Close Encounters With Music chamber series features back-to-back piano trios by Franz Schubert and Paul Schoenfield, performed by pianist Jeffrey Swann, violinist Erin Keefe, and series artistic director and cellist Yehuda Hanani.
The three will tackle Schubert’s B-Flat Piano Trio opus 99 and Schoenfield’s Café Music. Often described as a post-modern Gershwin, Schoenfield combines ingredients of jazz, klezmer, and whimsy in his compositions. Irresistible and full of energy, humor and nostalgia, as well as dazzling virtuosity, Café Music is music at its most entertaining, instantly accessible despite its rich complexities. Read more on Schoenfield here.
Franz Schubert’s final year was staggeringly productive. The B-Flat Trio captures the meteoric luminosity of his inevitable death, as well as his inimitable melodic lyricism. Both composers utilize folklore and the point of departure for each is the easy charm of the institution of the Viennese café.
Tickets are $32/42 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 413.528.0100, or by going online to Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.