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Parties & Openings

Feb. 10 – Hudson
BlkQueer Romantics Reception

Feb. 3 – Hudson
Winter Blast

Jan. 25 – North Adams
The 50 Card Project Reception

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Cherchez La Femme: CEWM Celebrates Women Composers

Amy Krzanik reports from Stockbridge. “Cherchez la femme. Look for the woman,” said Yehuda Hanani in his introductory remarks at Close Encounters With Music’s 2017 gala concert, Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman – Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, on Saturday, June 10 at the Mahaiwe. The oft-quoted French phrase was used, in this case, to spotlight the fact that women, sometimes billed only as “anonymous,” were the composers behind some very famous works credited to men. CEWM celebrated them in a concert that began with pieces from the past by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and others, and ended with commissioned world premieres by Joan Tower, Patricia Leonard, Tamar Muskal and others. Performers included pianists Renana Gutman and Ieva Jokubaviciute, Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes, violinist Peter Zazofsky, and cellist and CEWM’s artistic director Yehuda Hanani. A dinner and cocktail reception at the Stockbridge Golf Club allowed guests to mingle with the evening’s musicians and composers in attendance. [Above: pianist Renana Gutman, left, performed a piece by Joan Tower, right.]

Danielle Talamantes with Mark Cannon and Marcia Levy; Betsy and Jonas Dovydenas with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute.

Composer Tamar Muskal poses with her husband; board member Michael Wise, Susan Pettee, who sang as a “suffragette” in the concert’s opening a cappella number, and composer Patricia Leonard.

Penny and Claudio Pincus, Beverly Zabriskie, Carrie Chen and Stanley Cohen.

Violinist Peter Zazofsky with Joan Tower and Yehuda Hanani; Muskal, Hanani, Gutman, Zazofsky and Jokubaviciute on stage. (Photos by Alena Bergmann)

Johanna Janssen, Lorraine Abraham, Helene Berger and Penny Pincus; Aso Tavitian and Isabella Meisinger.

Trevor and Denise Forbes with Timothy, Melanie and Michelle Manuel.

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