St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:30pm
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
The Berkshire Bach Society brings back Grammy award-winning,
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble.
Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
The Four Seasons, Op. 8 Nos. 1–4
Join St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble for an evening of Baroque and Classical favorites. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is one of the most popular and evocative pieces in the canon, and Bach’s vibrant Orchestral Suite No. 2 is clearly influenced by Vivaldi’s brilliant Italianate harmonies. Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major traces the transformation of light music into the Classical era.
ABOUT ST. LUKE’S CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble consists of 21 virtuoso artists dedicated to the mastery of a diverse repertoire spanning Baroque to contemporary. The ensemble forms the artistic core of Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL), one of America’s foremost and most versatile orchestras. OSL was formed at the Caramoor International Music Festival in the summer of 1979, after evolving from St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, which was established at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields in New York’s Greenwich Village in 1974.
OSL regularly collaborates with the world’s greatest artists and performs approximately 70 concerts each year—including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series, Chamber Music Series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and summer residency at the Caramoor Music Festival. OSL’s discography of more than 90 recordings includes four Grammy Award-winning albums and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado is OSL’s Principal Conductor.
OSL’s Community & Education programs have introduced audiences across New York City to live classical music. OSL brings free chamber concerts to the five boroughs; offers free interactive music programs at its home, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music; provides chamber music coaching for adult amateurs; and reaches 10,000 public school students each year through free school concerts and in-school instruction. In July 2013, OSL and Police Athletic League (PAL) launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL), an after-school orchestra and instrumental coaching program emphasizing musical excellence and social development.
For more information, visit OSLmusic.org.
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Message from Berkshire Bach Society board member, Richard Collens:
I first met Marianne Lockwood, Executive Director, and Michael Feldman, Music Director, founders of the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, in the early 80’s when, even as an emerging young ensemble, they were already being recognized for their excellence in New York City and beyond.
Since then, I have had a long personal relationship with them – first as a board member, then as a physician to many members of the ensemble, and have enjoyed watching them over the years reach stellar heights in the classical music world. The Ensemble members were the core of the group when it evolved into the Orchestra of St Luke’s at the Caramoor International Music Festival in 1979. Their performances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Morgan Library, the Brooklyn Museum, Caramoor, and Tanglewood under world class Music Directors such as Roger Norrington, Sir Charles Mackerras, Donald Runnicles, and now Pablo Heras-Casado, have earned them the highest acclaim.
Recently, I was thrilled to attend their great performance of Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 4 with Yefim Bronfman, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 at Caramoor, conducted by Peter Oundjian, Music Director of the Toronto Symphony.
The St Luke’s Chamber Ensemble is one of America’s foremost and most versatile ensembles, and I am delighted they have responded to Berkshire Bach’s invitation for their debut in the Berkshires last year and their return this year. Having a mature and diversely talented musical group of this caliber respond to our call is the ultimate compliment to the Berkshire Bach Society, and it sets the bar for excellence here in the Berkshires.
Family Friendly pricing!
- If you are a Berkshire Bach member, you can buy a seat for as low as $20 (plus Box Office fees)
- $15 tickets for 30-years and younger with ID (plus Box Office fees)
- Students free with ID (so bring the kids and grandkids!)