berkshire bach society

The Berkshire Bach Society presents “Bach at New Year’s” with a program of all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti at three locations in our region: Monday, December 30 at 3 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton, Massachusetts; Tuesday, December 31 at 6 p.m. at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Wednesday, January 1 at 3 p.m. at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York.

Berkshire Bach Ensemble Director and soloist, Eugene Drucker, violinist and Co-Founder of the Emerson String Quartet joined us.

The Berkshire Bach Society returns this Saturday afternoon with a concert at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Housatonic, Massachusetts. Back by popular demand, organ-master Peter Sykes will showcase the 1893 Johnson Organ, a hidden gem of the Berkshires, playing works by J.S. Bach and Bach’s idol, the great organ master Dieterich Buxtehude.

Peter Sykes has been described as “one of the major musical intellects and imaginations of our time.”

On the evening of Saturday, June 15, the Berkshire Bach Society will present violinist Joe Silverstein in concert for a celebratory event in honor of his 80th birthday.

The founder of the Berkshire Bach Society has died. A memorial service was held on Tuesday.

Simon Wainrib died Sunday at a Framingham retirement home at age 90.

The Berkshire Bach Society was formed 1990 by Wainrib after settling in the Berkshires in the 1980s. The Society hosts concerts performing the music of the late composer throughout the region.

Wainrib documented his early life in Europe and his families’ escape from Nazi Germany in his memoir titled “Escapes”.

Wainrib also served as a music critic for the Berkshire Record newspaper.