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Parties & Openings

March 9 – Pittsfield
Pittsfield Education Foundation

March 3 – New Lebanon
Culinary Crossroads Tea

Feb. 22 – Dalton
Taste Of The Berkshires

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The Show Must Go On

At their season finale gala performance, Close Encounters with Music‘s artistic director and cellist,  Yehuda Hanani, managed to deliver his inimitable opening remarks to an evening of Czech music, then announced that he could not play, as usual.  Felled by a persistent (rumored to be tick-related) fever, he then told the audience that at 10 p.m. the evening before, when it had become clear that if the show were to go on, it would be without him, the other musicians huddled, then played a long shot and called Wilhelmina Smith, an accomplished cellist known for her broad repertoire.  Reached at home in New York City, Smith said, yes, she knew the intended program well—pieces by Dvorák, Smetana, and Janácek.  Then she pluckily agreed to step in, arriving in Great Barrington next day, kids and husband in tow, just in time for a quick rehearsal.  The ensemble proceeded to deliver an exhilarating performance of some very challenging music, bringing the audience to its feet.  A benefactors’ reception followed at Taggart House in Stockbridge.  The Hananis, Yehuda and his wife Hannah, were missed.

Pianist Lydia Artymiw, violinist Erin Keefe, cellist Wilhelmina Smith, violist Lily Francis

            CEWM board member Claudio Pincus and Helene Berger; Virginia Giddens and Linda Beech

            Betty Fontaine and CEWM board member Edith Velmans; Clayton Kirking and Bill Higgins

Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings
      Joe Goodwin, Tony Chojnowski, Jerome Yavarkovsky, and Catherine Lowe.

Jerry Dreher and Joanne Dreher; Evan G. Hughes, Annabel Lee, a marketing associate with Close Encounters with Music and Marcie Setlow, President of the CEWM board.

                    Lynne Galler and Penny Pincus; Jeannine Janssen and Dave Janssen

                                              The scene at the after party at Taggart House.

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