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Close Encounters Shakes Things Up At Gala Concert
Lisa Green reports from Great Barrington. Close Encounters With Music closed out its season with its annual gala concert on Saturday, June 11 at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. This year’s theme was “Music That Shook The World!” and its multi-media approach, complete with vintage film and narration, rather shook up the regular concert experience as well. Following the concert, patrons regathered at the rustic Wyantenuck Country Club to enjoy a food-filled reception. Close Encounters With Music is in its 24th year presenting thematic concerts of chamber music accompanied by the always-enlightening commentary of artistic director and cellist Yehuda Hanani. [Above, author/commedienne/audiobook narrator Alison Larkin, who at the concert read passages from the memoirs of George Anthiel, aka the early 20th-century’s “bad boy of music;” pianist Michael Chertock, Annette Miller, an actor who will play a featured role this year at Shakespeare & Co., and cellist and artistic director Yehuda Hanani.]
Connie Culley and Richard Culley; Penny Pincus, Claudio Pincus and Rabbi Max Roth.
Carole Hyatt, author and founder and CEO of MISSION: GETTING TO NEXT, and Michael Miller, former trustee chairman and current member of Shakespeare & Company’s board; John Spain and Leslie Gold.
Pavel Hillel, Susan Hillel, ceramicist Paul Chaleff, Carrie Chen and Stanley Cohen.
Bobbie Paley, Marcie Setlow, president of CEWM’s board of directors, and Hannah Hanani; Gisa Botbol, Rene Schnetzler and Ruth Ketay.
CEWM board members Purcell Palmer and Michael Wise along with Susan Pettee enjoy the lovely evening from the terrace; Elaine Cohen, Zvi Cohen and Beatrice Cohen, owners of Our Daily Bread in Chatham, surround the inimitable Judy Grunberg.