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Berkshire Bach Society Presents
"A Blast of Brass"
Wednesday, December 31st 2014



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$40 Upper Balcony / $65 Orchestra & Mezzanine /
$85 Opera Boxes

Berkshire Bach member discount $5

HAYDN Symphony No. 31 in D major "Hornsignal"
MOZART Five Contredanses, K. 609 + Sleigh Bells
HAYDN Trumpet Concerto in E-flat (1790)
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 1
BACH Orchestra Suite No. 3 in D major

Berkshire’s Celebratory Best for New Year’s Eve!

The Berkshire Bach Ensemble is offering one of its most festive Bach at New Year’s concerts ever with an exciting program of well-known works by Haydn, Mozart and Bach featuring three trumpet virtuosi, four horn virtuosi, a timpani virtuoso, and an expanded string section led by its renowned director, Kenneth Cooper.

The program begins with Haydn's luxurious Symphony No 31 in D, called Hornsignal for its blatant and witty imitations of the Posthorn calls, those octave signals that accompanied mail deliveries (by horse and carriage) in the 18th century. It is one of the few 18th century symphonies that boasts four French Horns. As a sorbet, the Berkshire Bach Ensemble will play five (maybe six) Mozart Contredanses, written for the Viennese court in the last years of his life. This is the ultimate in entertainment music - with some special effects - composed with a mischievous mastery only Mozart could have accomplished.

Also in the 1790s, towards the end of his life, Haydn wrote his famous Trumpet Concerto, which was performed a few times, then not again until the 1920s.  Given the triumvirate of trumpets in the Ensemble, all three of them will play this classic concerto, one movement each. Dr. Cooper, of course, wrote special cadenzas and ornaments for the three soloists.

Closing the program will be two Bach classics in Berkshire Bach’s versions - Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (what would New Year’s be without a Brandenburg?) with its spectacular solos for violin, horns, oboes, bassoon, and percussion - and the brilliant Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D with its three-trumpet-and timpani power and its famous Air for strings.

In addition to Berkshire Bach’s incomparable trumpet players, Allan Dean, Neil Mueller and Gerald Serfass, and horn players, Ann Ellsworth, Rachel Drehmann, John Gattis and Laura Weiner, Berkshire Bach welcomes back many of its devoted artists - concertmaster, renowned violinist Joel Pitchon, violists Liuh-Wen Ting and Irena Momchilova, cellists Roberta Cooper and Lucy Bardo, flutist Alison Hale, oboists Marsha Heller, Meg Owens and Gerard Reuter, bassoonist Stephen Walt, percussionist Ben Harms, and the Ensemble’s ever-present bassist Peter Weitzner, who hasn't missed a Berkshire Bach New Year’s since 1993.

The Berkshire Bach Ensemble also welcomes this year several guest artists in the violin section - Tim Cho, Yoon Jung Yang, Caroline Chin, and Ari Isaacman-Beck.

Come, relax and enjoy this "Blast of Bach" (and Mozart and Haydn) on New Year’s Eve.

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