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Close Encounters With Music's High Peaks Festival

Yehuda Hanani
Yehuda Hanani

Close Encounters With Music is making history this summer by moving its High Peaks Festival to the scenic campus of The Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts, providing students and faculty from around the world a new setting in which to study, perform and share their talent with the community.  

Created as a logical extension of the mission of Close Encounters, the festival was most recently held in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Bringing it to CEWM’s home turf in the Berkshires means it will now be convenient to audiences and supporters who have enjoyed 26 years of concerts during CEWM’s winter season.

For the ninth year, an international group of violinists, violists, cellists and pianists will converge for intensive instrumental study and chamber music coaching with distinguished faculty. The High Peaks Festival has evolved into a training program designed to imbue players with new ideas, inspiration, and tools for technical advancement.

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