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Sarasa Ensemble Performs Mendelssohn’s Octet Oct. 19
Our Season Guest Concert series continues Friday, Oct. 19 with a performance of Mendelssohn’s String Octets by the Sarasa Ensemble.
Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet is one of the most adored chamber music pieces in the string repertoire, composed by a very precocious and nimble 16-year-old talent. Rarely performed on original instruments with gut strings, Sarasa offers a fresh view of this energetic work. The particularly innovative program will include contrasting elements of sublime French Baroque music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Sonate à 8) with the soulful expanse of Schnittke’s compelling Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled with Grief, arranged for string octet.
Season Guest Concert Series Continues with Sō Percussion Oct. 20
Join us Saturday, October 20, at 7:30pm in the BMC Auditorium, as we welcome Sō Percussion, a group dedicated to promoting the power of music to unite people and forge deep social bonds.
This groundbreaking Brooklyn-based quartet redefines the meaning of the term “percussion ensemble.” Though established in 1999 to play contemporary classical works, they have worked with a wide range of composers, musicians, and recording artists in everything from tea cups and walnut planks to flower pots and amplified cactus.
This benefit concert, sponsored by Guilford Sound, will support the BMC’s Make a Place for Music capital campaign. The performance also celebrates completion of the BMC’s new percussion studio and the launch of the first full-fledged, year-round percussion program housed at the BMC.
Windham Orchestra Presents Puccini’s ‘Turandot’
The Windham Orchestra’s upcoming production of Puccini’s “Turandot” summons our current issues of living: politics and hierarchies…racial conflict…miscommunication…parenting challenges…and even the disparity of rights between genders.
The performance is set for Thursday, October 18 at 7pm at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA.
New Art Work Installed in BMC Auditorium Lobby
Emily Mason’s Monoprints were recently installed in the BMC auditorium lobby, including “Water Over 2003, monoprint,” which also appears on the cover of this year’s BMC program booklet.
Many thanks to Emily Mason for her glorious talent and to Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts for facilitating the art installations that beautifully enliven our new facility. (For artwork inquiries please contact Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts.)
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