On Saturday, October 5th at 4:00 PM, a chamber music concert series will be launched at the new Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
This inaugural concert is the latest in Pittsfield’s growing array of cultural offerings in the downtown area.
Performing at the concert will be special guest violinist Susanna Ogata, viola da gamba player Anne Legene, and harpsichordist Larry Wallach.
The program will include Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in B Minor.
Susanna Ogata, one of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society’s rising stars, will be the featured artist. The Boston Musical Intelligencer recently cited her for playing with “sensitivity and a fire”.
Anne Legene trained on the cello at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague and on the viola da gamba at The Longy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is heard in concert throughout the Berkshires.
Harpsichordist Larry Wallach, a musicologist at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, is well known as a baroque music performer. As a composer his works have been heard in New York, Boston, Amherst, the Berkshires, and at Bard College.
“We are very excited to have these talented musicians come to Pittsfield and bring celebrated baroque masterpieces to our handsome new hall at The Whitney Center,” commented Ghazi Kazmi, the director of the Center. “We hope that through bringing quality musical offerings like these to the Whit, we will be enhancing the quality and quantity of the opportunities to experience top notch classical music performances in Pittsfield throughout the year,” he added.
The Whitney Center for the Arts was founded by Pittsfield native Lisa Whitney in 2012 to provide a platform for established and up-and-coming visual and performing artists to showcase their talent and promote arts and culture in Pittsfield. It is located in the historic Colt House in the city’s Upstreet Cultural District.
A reception for the artists and attendees will be held following the concert.
Admission is $30 per person at the door. Children 18 and under are free.