November 1 2013

Wistaria brings a program of early and late masterpieces by Franz Schubert to two venues in the Pioneer Valley: The Pushkin Gallery, Greenfield (Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.) and the Unitarian Society of Northampton (Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.).  In addition the society makes its first seasonal appearance at Centre Church in Brattleboro on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m.

“Schubertiad” was the name given by the composer and his friends to their lively gatherings in 19th-century Vienna salons where wine, laughter, and dancing combined with performances of Schubert’s latest masterpieces.

Wistaria’s Ninth Annual Schubertiad features several little known early works—including Schubert’s vocal tribute to his teacher Antonio Salieri and the Fantasy in G minor, one of his first pieces for piano, four hands—as well as several late works that show the composer at his height, including the great Piano Trio in B-flat major and the Impromptu in B-flat major.

Performers include pianists Monica Jakuc Leverett and Deborah Gilwood, tenors Peter W. Shea and James Mead, soprano Diana Brewer, baritone David Perkins, violinist Sarah Briggs, and ’cellist Rebecca Hartka.

In addition, the Arts Block and Wistaria have collaborated in building a series of high quality baffles that make the Pushkin an exceptionally fine venue acoustically, as well as visually, for chamber music.

For the Pushkin program on Friday, Nov. 8, tickets are $20 at the door. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. A cash bar in opens at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended through www.theartsblock.com or by calling David Perkins at 413-634-5716 or emailing contact@wisgtariachgambermusic.com.

The Brattleboro concert on Sunday, Nov. 10, begins at 4 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door.

The Saturday, Nov. 16, concert in the Unitarian Society of Northampton’s Great Hall marks the first performance by Wistaria in Northampton. Tickets are $20 at the door. Reservations are recommended by calling David Perkins at 413-634-5716.

Now in its eighth season, Wistaria has been praised for the originality and drama of its programs as well as the consistently high quality of the performers. John Montanari of New England Public Radio described the society as “a New England pleasure.”

 

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