The joyous music of Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms is the subject of Wistaria’s forthcoming concerts at the Pushkin Gallery in Greenfield (May 10) and Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke (May 12).

“This is our fifth program devoted to this circle of composers, who were so intimately connected by love, friendship, and musical inspiration,” said Wistaria’s founder and artistic director David Perkins. “Their music always seems spun from one bright, beautiful cloth. I might almost say there are no other composers for spring!”

Highlights of the program include

¨      Robert Schumann’s Six Canonic Studies, for piano, four hands, performed by the piano duo of Gary Steigerwalt and Dana Muller;

¨      Brahms’ Liebeslieder waltzes, sung by four solo voices, as Brahms intended, and piano-four hands (Diana Brewer, soprano, Eileen Ruby, mezzo-soprano, Peter W. Shea, tenor, and David Perkins, baritone, and the Steigerwalt-Muller duo);

¨      The three Romances of Clara Schumann for violin and piano, played by Sarah Briggs and Dana Muller;

¨    And, the climax of the program: Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, with pianist Monica Jakuc Leverett and string quartet: Sarah Briggs, Kaila Graef, violins, Delores Thayer, viola, and Volcy Pelletier, ’cello.

The May 10 performance will be Wistaria’s first visit to the Pushkin Gallery in Greenfield, and will be preceded by a wine-tasting of German white wines at 6:45 p.m. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, and an additional $10 for the wine-tasting.

The following Sunday is the society’s annual spring return to Wistariahurst Museum in a  Mother’s Day concert that will include tea and a tour of the restored Belle Skinner gardens (weather permitting). Mothers who come with their children will be admitted for $10, or half price. 

Reservations are recommended. For reservations to the Pushkin concert, please call 413-634-5716. For the Wistariahurst concert, please call 413-322-5660.  For more information, visit

These concerts conclude Wistaria’s seventh season, which began with its annual Schubertiad in November and concerts of Latin American music in February and March, including the society’s first visit to the Boston area.



The “Concerts at 7” series in Plainfield, MA, and Wistaria have announced three free programs in August 2013 in the beautiful, acoustically excellent Plainfield Congregational Church. This will be the society’s first summer residency. The concerts are scheduled for three Monday evenings: August 5, 19, and 26, at 7 p.m. “We’re very pleased to offer these concerts in the Hilltowns, and, generously, the Plainfield church, area arts councils, and private donors have made it possible for these concerts to be free to the public,” said David Perkins, Wistaria’s artistic director. Details can be found at and at

For more information, please contact David Perkins at, or at 4134-634-5716.  *


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