Music and More Announces 2016 Season


Music and More announces its 2016 series of six events scheduled for Saturday afternoons, from August 27 to October 2, at the historic Meeting House on the Village Green. With five concerts and a literary event, the 25th season offers the Berkshires audiences a chance to experience some of the world’s best performing artists right in their own backyard.

The 2016 season will see the several newcomers to the 25th anniversary year of the Music and More series. The lineup includes the Neave Piano Trio, A studio visit with Douglas Trumbull, World Music with Simon Shaheen, Pianist Simone Dinnerstein, The Sebastians, a dynamic and vital musical ensemble specializing in music of the baroque and classical eras, and Clarinetist Paul Green and combo playing Klezmer and Jazz. The season will conclude with the annual literary program, Award Winning Authors, with returning host, internationally renowned author and correspondent, Simon Winchester.


Neave Trio

AUGUST 27: The Neave Trio
Performing Haydn Trio in D major Hob.XV no.16, Dvorak Trio in f minor op.65, Piazzolla “Estaciones Porteñas”.
One of the finest emerging young chamber ensembles, the Neave Trio has been enjoying tremendous international success on concert series and at festivals worldwide—fast distinguishing itself as an ambassador of music to a wider audience through innovative concert presentations.
Current recording projects include an all-American début CD, for the Chandos label, which will feature the world premiere recording of Copland’s “Lament” in the composer’s own arrangement for piano trio, as well as works by Korngold, Foote and Bernstein.
Highlights of their 2016 season include tours of the US, England, Spain and Germany, and the world premiere, at their Chicago début, of a commissioned work by Augusta Read Thomas.
Trio members hail from the United States, Japan and Russia. They are graduates of the Yale, Manhattan, Mannes and Longy Schools of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Chopin Academy in Moscow. They have been recipients of the Lilian Fuchs Chamber Music Prize, the Gartoff Foundation Prize and the Yale School of Music Chamber Music Prize.
A reception follows in the Meeting House Gallery.


DougTrumbullSEPTEMBER 3: Douglas Trumbull – Advance Tickets Required
Join us at Trumbull Studios in Southfield for a presentation and demonstration in the Magi Theater Pod where you will see works-in-progress of a revolutionary new movie technology. Doug is a multiple Academy Award winner, and is known for his visual effects work on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek-The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, and others. He also wrote and directed Silent Running and Brainstorm, as well as other alternative media projects including Back To The Future – The Ride in IMAX. Doug is an inventor and multiple patent-holder, with patents for simulation rides, Virtual Reality, high frame rate cinema, Giant Screen Theaters, and now the Magi process. Advance tickets required.
A reception follows in the studio.


Simon ShaheenSEPTEMBER 10: Simon Shaheen
Simon Shaheen is joined by a percussionist and a qanun player (qanun is a type of hammered dulcimer) for From Cairo to Andalusia, a program of traditional Egyptian and Syrian music, plus improvisations and original compositions by Simon Shaheen. Shaheen is a Palestinian-American virtuoso and composer who holds Israeli and American citizenship. Shaheen founded the Near Eastern Music Ensemble and heads the Arabic Music Retreat, held annually at Mt. Holyoke College. In 1994 he received a National Heritage Foundation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Shaheen, a Catholic Arab, lives in New York City where he leads an Arabic ensemble called Qantara, which he formed.
A reception follows in the studio.


Simone DinnersteinHarold Lewin Memorial Concert
SEPTEMBER 17: Pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs Schubert and Glass

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive concert and recording artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches.
A native New Yorker, Dinnerstein studied in the pre-college program at the Manhattan School of Music with Solomon Mikowsky. At age 15 she auditioned in London with Maria Curcio, a student of Artur Schnabel, and at 18 began six years of study in London with Curcio. She later attended Juilliard and was a student of Peter Serkin.
Dinnerstein’s performance schedule has taken her around the world since her triumphant New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2005, to venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and London’s Wigmore Hall; and performances with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Symphony, among many.
Dedicated to her community, in 2009 Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series hosted by and benefitting the New York City public schools. Dinnerstein has also played concerts throughout the United States for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. Notably, she gave the first classical music performance in the Louisiana state prison system and at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.
She was a winner of the Astral Artist National Auditions, and has received the National Museum of Women in the Arts Award and the Classical Recording Foundation Award. Dinnerstein lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son.
A reception and wine tasting by Domaney’s follows in the Meeting House Gallery.


Sebastians_web SEPTEMBER 24: The Sebastians
The Sebastians (www.sebastians.org) are a dynamic and vital musical ensemble specializing in music of the baroque and classical eras. The Sebastians have also been praised for their “well-thought-out articulation and phrasing” (Early Music Review) and “elegant string playing… immaculate in tuning and balance” (Early Music Today).
Winners of the Audience Prize at the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition, the Sebastians were also finalists in the 2011 York International Early Music Competition and the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Recording Competition. They have participated in the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop with L’Arpeggiata, and have performed at Music Matters (LaGrua Center in Stonington, CT), Friends of Music at Pequot Library (Southport, CT), Juilliard in Aiken (Aiken, SC), in the Twelfth Night Festival and Concerts@One at Trinity Wall Street (New York, NY), and on the Early Music in Columbus series (Ohio).
The Sebastians present Over the Alps, tracing the musical evolution of the Italian style as it migrated over the mountains to the Austro-German regions. Take a musical journey with baroque violin, cello, harpsichord, and the stunning soprano Awet Andemicael. Vocal and instrumental works by Alessandro Stradella, Handel, Buxtehude, Biber, and other baroque masters.
A reception follows in the studio.


PaulGreenWeb OCTOBER 1: Clarinetist Paul Green and combo playing Klezmer and Jazz
Paul Green has been called a Renaissance man; an extraordinary clarinetist equally at home in classical, jazz and Klezmer music. One of the leading clarinetists of our time, virtuoso Paul Green began his illustrious career as a 13-year-old guest artist with the New York Philharmonic in a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts. He hasn’t stopped breaking new ground since.
Combine the intellectual rigor of a law professor with the heart and passion of the consummate musician and you have Paul Green. He is always questioning, forever exploring new ideas. Fortunately for his audiences, Green shares his quest to mine the contributions of other musical genres, particularly Klezmer and jazz. And what he has discovered…and offers audiences…is insightful and thought provoking, making him a popular performer and lecturer to music lovers of all ages.
Whether playing chamber, Klezmer or jazz music in South Florida or the Berkshires, or bringing his Jewish Jazz fusion to audiences throughout the world, Paul Green ignites his audiences with an exuberant blend of musicality, exceptional scholarship and joy.
A reception follows in the studio.


Simon Winchester OCTOBER 8: Award-Winning Authors hosted by Simon Winchester with guest Nicholson Baker – both of whom are celebrating new books

Simon Winchester: Simon Winchester, OBE, is a British author and journalist who resides in The Berkshires. Through his career at The Guardian, Winchester covered numerous significant events, including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal. As an author, Winchester has written or contributed to more than a dozen nonfiction books, has written one novel, and his articles have appeared in several travel publications, including Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian Magazine, and National Geographic. Pacific, Winchester’s most recent book, was published in October 2016.

Nicholson BakerNicholson Baker: Novelist Nicholson Baker is an American novelist and essayist. His fiction generally de-emphasizes narrative in favor of careful description and characterization. He often focuses on minute inspection of his characters’ and narrators’ stream of consciousness. Baker has written about poetry, literature, library systems, history, politics, time manipulation, youth, and sex. He has written about libraries getting rid of books and newspapers and created the American Newspaper Repository. He received a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001 for his nonfiction book Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper and the International Hermann Hesse Prize in 2014. Baker has also written about and edited at Wikipedia. A pacifist, he has also written about the buildup to World War II.
A reception follows in the studio.



Music and More is sponsored by the New Marlborough Village Association. For the complete schedule, event details, and ticket information call 413.229.2785, email contact@newmarlborough.org.  or visit www.newmarlborough.org.

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