Classical Concerts: No Tickets Necessary
We’ll never know if it’s liberal (arts) guilt that motivates them, but we are grateful that the elite boarding schools and private colleges that dot our region often open their doors to the community for gratis lectures, concerts and exhibits. This Friday night, April 4 at 7 PM, the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville will host a free concert by Eugenia Zukerman, the world reknowned flutist. Pianist Anthony Newman will accompany her on the program entitled “Beethoven and Friends,” which includes works by Mozart, Kuhlau and Czerny.
One of the treats of seeing Zukerman at Hotchkiss is the incomparable setting: the architecturally and acoustically magnificent, Katherine M.Elfers Hall [photo above],which opened in the fall of 2005. Designed by Centerbrook Architects of Connecticut, the 715-seat glass pavilion is in harmony with the landscape and has stunning views of the surrounding lakes and hills. It has a flat floor orchestra based on the one at Boston Symphony Hall, parterre seating and a balcony in the round, which means there’s not a bad seat in the house.
Williams College in Williamstown is hosting a free concert with the New England Baroque Soloists at stately Chapin Hall [photo above] at 8 PM on Friday, April 4. The chamber music group specializes in the works of Bach, Handel and Telemann. For those of us who need a refresher course in classical music, these concerts are an easy way to get back in the groove.
Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington is offering a free concert on Friday April 11 with Gideon Freudmann, the innovative musician known for establishing a genre called CelloBop—a fusion of blues, jazz, folk and other styles The concert will be held at the Alumni Performance Center of Livingston Hall Studen Union. As this video suggests, Freudmann is a contemporary cellist with a sense of humor.