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Matt Haimovitz, Ashley Bathgate, Mike Block, and Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
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J.S. Bach composed his Six Suites for Solo Cello around 1720 and they remain the Everest of the cello repertoire to this day.

There will be a celebration concert on Saturday night at 7:30 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York will which will feature a complete Bach Cello Suite, contemporary works inspired by and composed in tribute to Bach, and the world premiere of a dance in homage to Bach choreographed by the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company.  

Three exceptional cellists, Matt Haimovitz, Mike Block, and Ashley Bathgate, will play a captivating and illuminating variety of solo, duet and trio pieces that underscore the deep influence of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites on them and how that music fuels their artistry today.

Marc Violette and Margaret Lanoue are President and Vice President of Bach Cello Suites Workshop.

Emmy Award-winning musician, author and philanthropist Peter Buffett has been performing "A Concert and Conversation" all over the United States, Canada, and China since 2010.

He will be performing on Tuesday March 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York – he’ll sing and play piano accompaniment by cellist Michael Kott.

Peter tells stories about growing up, career choice, and philanthropic learning while taking questions from the audience throughout the show.

The brand new LIFT Concert Series at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall will feature four performances of new, independent music that all take place on Wednesday nights with both the audience and performers on stage at the historic hall. The series kicks off with cellist Ashley Bathgate on January 29.

The LIFT Concert series is curated by Sophia Subbayya Vastek and Sam Torres.

Daniel Shapiro, world-renowned expert on negotiation and conflict resolution, founding director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, and bestselling author of “Negotiating the Nonnegotiable” will be speaking on Saturday, August 24 at 5 p.m. at the Tanglewood Learning Institute’s Big Idea Event at Ozawa Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts.

This keynote speech also features cellist Maya Beiser and coincides with the August 25 performances of Schoenberg’s “Peace on Earth” featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by James Burton, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony which culminates in the choral movement popularly known as the “Ode to Joy.”

Composed more than 80 years apart, the two works present powerfully contrasting portraits of protest, freedom, peace, and shared humanity.

Darlingside (four men arranged in a cool band photo)
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The quartet, Darlingside, (named for the creative advice attributed to William Faulkner that in writing you must kill your darlings), is playing two sold out shows at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs tomorrow night and they'll be at The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York on Friday. 

Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, Harris Paseltiner, and David Senft have been making music together since they were students at Williams College. Their most recent release is a six song EP entitled “Look Up and Fly Away.” All of their recordings are available on More Doug Records.

Harris Paseltiner plays cello and guitar in Darlingside and he joined us to talk about the band and how they write and perform together.

Olivier Marger and Julian Schack
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This year, The Tanglewood Music Center has three Fellows from the Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig, Germany as an exchange that’s part of the BSO’s alliance with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. It’s the first-ever Musician Exchange Program between Tanglewood and Leipzig's acclaimed Music Academy programs.

This morning we welcome two of those three. They’re both playing in the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra performance with Andris Nelsons and Yo-Yo Ma on Sunday in The Shed at 2:30 PM.

Cellist Olivier Marger will perform in all four pieces and Julian Schack on horn will perform during the Copland, Williams, and Bartok pieces.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue a series of conversations about fakes, forgeries, and lost or misattributions.

Music: Cassadó: Toccata (in the Style of Frescobaldi) by Gaspar Cassadó, Mstislav Rostropovich, Herbert Tachezi - album “Cello & Organ Recital”

Casals in 1917 at Carnegie Hall
George Grantham Bain collection at the Library of Congress

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue a series of conversations about fakes, forgeries, and lost or misattributions - discussing a François Couperin suite that was actually written by ​Paul Bazelaire.


  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of conversations about quoting, sampling, borrowing in music.

 

Close Encounters with Music’s next presentation, THE POLITICS OF OPERA with author and scholar Mitchell Cohen will take place on Nov 12.

Musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as friends and family of longtime BSO Principal Cellist Jules Eskin will gather to pay tribute to their beloved colleague and friend during a special performance at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, on Sunday, July 30, at 7 p.m.

Jules Eskin, who led the BSO cello section for an unparalleled 53 years, passed away at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts, on November 15, 2016, after a long struggle with cancer.

A brief overview of Mr. Eskin's long and accomplished career appears below, followed by a program listing for the July 30 tribute concert. The public, un-ticketed event is open to anyone who wishes to celebrate the life and legacy of Mr. Eskin.

We are joined by BSO violist Mark Ludwig, who organized the event. 

An Iliad At TheRep

Mar 17, 2017

Running now through April 2nd, Cap Rep’s production of An Iliad is a sprawling yarn based on Homer’s epic poem. This Obie Award-winning adaptation spins the familiar tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and battles of The Trojan War told through an original and immediate narrator -- whose knowledge cuts across time -- to bring the past and present together.

We are joined by actor David Barlow, cellist Kathleen Bowman, and director Margaret E. Hall.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of discussions about women who influenced classical composers. Today’s composer is Felix Mendelssohn.

  The Boston Cello Quartet was founded in 2010 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra cellists Blaise Dejardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu and Alexandre Lecarme.

Since its acclaimed debut concert, the BCQ has quickly won the hearts of music lovers through their own arrangements of staples of the classical music repertoire, as well as jazz, contemporary works, and even comic medleys, all which showcases the limitless possibilities of the instrument they love.

The Quartet will perform the Tanglewood Family Concert tomorrow afternoon at 2:30PM in Ozawa Hall. 

  From the director of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom; The Music of Strangers, tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

The feature-length documentary follows The Silk Road Ensemble -- a group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers -- as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.

The Music of Strangers is the Berkshire International Film Festival's opening night film at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on June 2nd at 7 p.m. Yo-Yo Ma will participate in a Q&A following the film.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock speaks with Yehuda Hanani about the Chimei Museum in Taiwan.

On Saturday, September 26th, Master of the Scottish fiddle Alasdair Fraser will be performing in the Hudson Valley alongside renowned California cellist Natalie Haas.

  Robert Cafaro played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and was a member of the Baltimore Symphony before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1985.

He is an avid soloist and chamber musician and has performed recitals and appeared as a soloist in major cities of the world. An active teacher as well, Mr. Cafaro has been on the cello faculty of the University of Virginia, the Philadelphia College of Bible, the College of New Jersey, the Hartwick Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, NY, Strings International, and the Summer Strings Seminar in Rhinebeck, NY.

He has been a member of the Rachmaninov Trio since 2003. 

He joins us to talk about music and the orchestra, as well as his overcoming multiple sclerosis.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

  Virtuoso American cellist, Zuill Bailey and guests will perform works by Bach, Brahms, Chopin and Mendelssohn at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday night at 8pm as a benefit for the Bach Cello Suites Workshop to be held this summer at Russell Sage College in Troy.

For this concert, a celebration of cherished works for the cello, Zuill Bailey will be accompanied by concert pianist, Navah Perlman, daughter of Ithzak Perlman and frequent collaborator with Bailey.

The Bach Cello Suites Workshop’s primary focus is to hold an annual one-week residential workshop on the Bach Cello Suites for adult amateur cellists. The inaugural Workshop will take place August 2-8 at Russell Sage College in Troy.

    Dubbed a “cello goddess” by the New Yorker, Maya Beiser has captivated audiences worldwide with her virtuosity, eclectic repertoire, and relentless quest to redefine her instrument’s boundaries.

Tonight at 8:30pm, Maya will perform with special guest pianist, Donal Fox in the Spiegeltent at Bard College as part of their SummerScape season. Tonight’s program is entitled The Music of Astor Piazolla and Beyond. Beiser and Fox will perform their unique take on the music of Astor Piazzolla and the early style of tango. The evening will also include original works and arrangements by Fox, and new works developed by Beiser during her residency at the Spiegeltent over the last few days.

    Cellist Yo-Yo Ma's multi-faceted career is testament to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, he strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

He will perform at Tanglewood twice this month, once in a program of Stravinsky and Dvořák on 8/4 and with The Goat Rodeo Sessions on 8/15.

The legendary cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, will join the Albany Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night in a special one-night event at the Palace Theater. Ma will perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto. The performance will also include "Elegy" by John Williams.