|Close Encounters ushers in the summer season in the Berkshires with a program devoted to Antonin Dvořák, whose music almost by definition glows with lyricism and melodiousness. We are never far, in this music (Piano Quintet and Dumky Trio), from the Czech countryside and a languid summer’s evening. His Biblical Songs, Gypsy Songs, and selections from the opera Rusalka, reflect another aspect of his output. Grammy Award winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, who captivated audiences in John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary (world premiere staging by Peter Sellars under Gustavo Dudamel) makes her Berkshire debut. “Smoky sound and riveting presence..."—The New York Times.
She is joined by two major international competition laureates, Itamar Zorman (Avery Fisher Award and Moscow) and Roman Rabinovich (Arthur Rubenstein). Major prize winners, a diva, and one of the most beloved figures in classical music.