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2018 Season: August 6 -16, 2018

Festival passes and tickets to individual concerts:

Festival Pass - All Events Faculty Artist Concerts - August 11 & 14, 2018
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Timothy Sergay talk
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Non-pass holders, admission by voluntary contribution to Resident "Moonlight Sonatas" performances and master classes.

Tuesday, August 7

The Musical Architecture of the French Baroque – Distinction, Practices, Style 
Paul Dwyer, Adriane Post and Markin Palmboom

Wednesday, August 8

The Russian School of Piano Playing—What Made It Great
Alexander Shtarkman

7:30 PM
Moonlight Sonatas (High Peaks Festival Residents Perform)

Thursday, August 9

A Tale of Two Traditions—French and Russian Violin Sound Production and Aesthetics
Irina Muresanu and Peter Zazofsky

The Fearless Violist – Michael Strauss

7:30 PM
Moonlight Sonatas (High Peaks Festival Residents Perform)

Friday, August 10

The French Revolution—A New Path in Western Music and Painting
Yehuda Hanani

7:30 PM
Moonlight Sonatas (High Peaks Festival Residents Perform)

Saturday, August 11

Bridges and Crossings—A Cultural Survey of the French-Russian Connection
Professor Timothy Sergay

“Between East and West—A Russian Journey”
Works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Borodin, Cesar Cui
(High Peaks Artist Faculty Perform)

Sunday, August 12

The Art of Illusion – How to Make the Piano Sing 
Mikael Darmanie and Alexander Shtarkman

Viola Repertoire—Hearing Inner Voices – Su Zhen and Pierre Henri Xuereb

7:30 PM 
Moonlight Sonatas (High Peaks Festival Residents Perform)

Monday, August 13

The Art of the Quartet 
Peter Zazofsky

7:30 PM
Moonlight Sonatas (High Peaks Festival Residents Perform)

Tuesday, August 14

The Fearless Cellist 
Chagit Glaser

2:30 PM (TALK) to complement other events of the day:
Music and Cognitive Enrichment -- Does Classical Music Make You Smarter?
A talk by New York psychiatrist Dr. Arnold Cohen, who'll speak on how playing a musical instrument advances development; how ensemble playing makes kids more socially "philanthropic"; and how cognitive enrichment
(as from classical music) creates a cognitive reserve for life!
Dr. Arnold Cohen

A joint performance by High Peaks Festival Residents and local young musicians from CHIME Albany and Kids 4 Harmony Pittsfield

“That French Je ne sais quoi”
Works by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure, Maurice Ravel, Lily Boulanger, Cecile Chaminade, Camille Saint-Saëns
(High Peaks Artist Faculty Perform)

Wednesday, August 15
Viola Repertoire 
Su Zhen and Pierre Henri Xuereb

7:30 PM
Moonlight Sonatas (High Peaks Festival Residents Perform)

**Faculty concerts and Moonlight Sonatas Concerts take place in the Allen Theater at the Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA. Locations on the campus for talks and master classes will be posted.

Additional Information About the Festival:

For the ninth year, an international group of violinists, violists, cellists and pianists will converge for intensive instrumental study and chamber music coaching with distinguished faculty. At the base of Mount Everett, The Berkshire School’s 400-acre campus in Sheffield, Massachusetts offers a breathtaking setting and a destination for world-renowned arts and culture in the heart of the Berkshire Hills. The Berkshire High Peaks Residency (formerly Catskill High Peaks Festival) has evolved into a training program designed to imbue players with new ideas and approaches, inspiration, and tools for technical advancement. There is a robust schedule of private and instrumental lessons, coaching and master classes, led by eminent faculty members. Students prepare pre-selected chamber music works, with numerous opportunities to play in public performances. For recreation, one can take a guided hike on the Appalachian Trail, in the splendorous beauty and rich culture of the Berkshires. Rehearsals, master classes and concerts will be open to the public throughout the Festival.

About High Peaks Festival Artistic Director: 
Yehuda Hanani has received acclaim across the globe for his charismatic playing and profound interpretations. An extraordinary recitalist, he is equally renowned for performances with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Belgrade Symphony, Irish National Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Seoul Symphony, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, and the BBC Welsh Symphony. His engaging chamber music with commentary series, “Close Encounters With Music,” has captivated audiences from Miami to Kansas City, Omaha, Calgary, Scottsdale, the Berkshires, and at the Frick Collection in New York City. He has been the subject of hundreds of articles and interviews in the media, and his weekly program on NPR affiliate station WAMC Northeast Radio, “Classical Music According to Yehuda,” attracts thousands of fans. A prolific recording artist, his pioneering recording of the monumental Alkan Cello Sonata received a Grand Prix du Disque nomination. He is Professor of Cello at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and presents master classes internationally at conservatories and for orchestras, including the Juilliard School, University of Indiana at Bloomington, New England Conservatory, McGill University, Peabody Conservatory, Paris Conservatoire, Berlin Hochschule für Music, Royal Academy of Music in London, Tokyo National University, Jerusalem Academy of Music, Guildhall School in London, Central Conservatory of Shanghai and Central Conservatory of Beijing, and the New World Symphony in Miami. In recognition of his distinguished teaching, he was given the title of honorary professor of the Tianjin Conservatory, China.


Berkshire High Peaks Festival   PO Box 34  Great Barrington, MA  01230 
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