Bach at New Year’s:  Brandenburgs PLUS 

Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 3pm
The Academy of Music, Northampton, MA
$45, $35, $20 ~ Berkshire Bach member discount $5/ticket
Students free with ID
Tickets: 413 584-9032 x105 or

Monday, December 31, 2012 at 6pm
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA
$77, $57/$37 ~ Berkshire Bach member discount $5/ticket
Tickets: 413 528-0100 or

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4pm
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, New York
$75, $58/$48/$38/$28 ~ Berkshire Bach member discount $5/ticket
Tickets: 518 273-0038 or

Kenneth Cooper conducting

The Berkshire Bach Ensemble   

Marjorie Bagley          Neil Mueller
Lucy Bardo                 Meg Owens
Roberta Cooper          Gerard Reuter
Allan Dean                  Gerald Serfass
Eugene Drucker          Joseph Silverstein
Alison Hale                  Liuh-Wen Ting
Marsha Heller             Stephen Walt
Alistair MacRae           Peter Weitzner
Irena Momchilova       Patrick Wood

THE PROGRAM (approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes running time)

Vivaldi: Concerto in F (RV 568)
Bach: Concerto in c for violin & oboe (new reconstruction)
Handel: Harpsichord Concerto #15 in d
Bach: Brandenburgs #2 and #3


The Berkshire Bach Society represents the finest Bach in the Berkshires and boasts one of the greatest ensembles in the country, The Berkshire Bach Ensemble, led by the world-renowned harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper.

This year’s Bach at New Year’s event features nineteen of our world-class virtuosi in a special concert we are calling Brandenburgs PLUS.

On the program will be a delicious Concerto for two horns, two oboes and solo violin by the irrepressible Antonio Vivaldi, the ever-popular Bach Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe in a new reconstruction by Dr. Cooper allowing more of Bach’s original music to be heard than ever before, and the devilish Harpsichord Concerto No. 15 in D minor by Handel (stolen largely from Telemann) with a special cadenza by harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper.

The musical party will be rounded out by Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 2 and 3, the latter in Berkshire Bach’s own special version with lots of winds, an idea that originated with the old master himself. And who knows? – there may be an extra surprise. Guest artist for the evening will be violinist Joseph Silverstein, who has been a great friend of Berkshire Bach for many years.

This year Berkshire Bach takes pleasure in making its first appearance – as a Pre-First Night celebration – at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA, while enjoying the hospitality of its two traditional venues, The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY.      

ALL ARE WELCOME – Please join us for Bach at New Year’s!