Gt. Barrington, MA--Close Encounters With Music: SOUVENIR DE FLORENCE – An Italian Holiday Celebration

Nov 22 2017

Gt. Barrington, MA–Close Encounters With Music: SOUVENIR DE FLORENCE – An Italian Holiday Celebration

When:
December 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
2017-12-09T18:00:00-05:00
2017-12-09T18:15:00-05:00
Where:
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle St
Great Barrington, MA 01230
USA

$27 Upper Balcony
$50 Orchestra and Mezzanine

An Italian fixation runs deep in the collective artistic psyche. It was de rigueur for 19th century painters, musicians and literary types—Byron, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn—to make the Grand Tour to Rome and Florence, imbibe the classicism, passion, bel canto, and expressivity that are hallmarks of Italian art, and bring them home to their studios where memories of the sunshine sustained them in chilly northern Europe. The centerpiece of the program is Tchaikovsky`s Souvenir de Florence, written as he recovered from a disastrous marriage and developed an infatuation with the city that spawned the Renaissance. Florence worked its magic on Tchaikovsky, and the result is one of the most delightful and charming pieces in the repertory, for string sextet. This Italian showcase includes Chrysanthemums, the only chamber music Puccini ever wrote; works by the Venetian Vivaldi; Hugo Wolf`s Italian Serenade, and a Verdi string quartet. Bellissimo!
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