A Close Encounter with Bach Cello Suites

Kivie Cahn-Lipman

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Bach cello suites performed alternately by Yehuda Hanani and Kivie Cahn-Lipman will be showcased in “The Intimate Bach” at Saint James Place on Saturday, February 18, at 6pm, as part of the Close Encounter with Music series.

The Bach suites will be performed alternately by Close Encounters artistic director Yehuda Hanani, whose recordings, masterclasses and seemingly direct line to the Baroque master are acknowledged as definitive interpretations of the works, and Kivie Cahn-Lipman, founding cellist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and director of the period instrument ensemble ACRONYM. Equally at home between the two bookends of music history, he has served on the faculties of Smith College and Mount Holyoke, and has recorded on the Naxos, Bridge, John Zorn’s Tzadik, and Nonesuch labels. As a chamber musician, Cahn-Lipman has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Rose Theatre and other major venues on three continents. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Oberlin and Juilliard and received his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

Hanani’s performances are acclaimed for their blend of intellectual rigor and intuition and spontaneity. Says Hanani, “The title ‘Unaccompanied’ attached to the suites is a misnomer.  They are as unaccompanied as any of the numerous keyboard works in the sense that they are played by a single person. Musically, however, they are very much accompanied — by a bass line, above which two of three additional voices are spun. The challenge is to create an acoustic illusion of continuity. These suites are blueprints for cellists of all generations for the construction of temples of sound in time; and as long as time is, the task remains unfinished.”

Yehuda Hanani

Cellist and artistic director, Yehuda Hanani, who provides incisive commentary at each CEWM concert, is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and lecturer around the globe. He has been guest soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, BBC Welsh Symphony, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, and Seoul Symphony as well as Columbus, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, New Orleans, Honolulu, Chattanooga, and many more in the US and on four continents.


Yehuda Hanani, cello; Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Baroque cello

Mid-Winter Fireside Concert—The Intimate Bach

Saturday, February 18, 6PM

Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA

Tickets: $35

In the Close Encounters with Music tradition, each performance is followed by an AFTERGLOW reception, with hors d’oeuvres and wine provided by local restaurants.



Tickets are $35. Open seating. Purchase at Close Encounter with Music or

call 1-800-843-0778, or email cewmusic@aol.com.





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