Mohawk Trail Concerts

In 1969, violinist and composer Arnold Black discovered the charm and superb acoustics of the small Federated Church in Charlemont, MA. As a result, Mohawk Trail Concerts is dedicated to bringing chamber music in many styles, of all historical periods, and from multinational places of origin to the hills of western Massachusetts. The performing artists represent distinguished visitors and outstanding local residents of international renown together with young performers of great potential embarking on promising careers.

Although the mainstay of Mohawk Trail programs is the traditional chamber music repertoire, there is also a generous sprinkling of light music, rarely heard masterpieces, and, occasionally, new compositions. The informal concerts are also designed to be informative; musicians interact with the audience, often talk about the music they’re performing, and always welcome meeting for discussion at the post-concert receptions.

Mohawk Trail Concerts will mark its 51st consecutive season of fine chamber music this summer. The wonderful acoustics of the air-conditioned Federated Church of Charlemont, 175 Main Street (Rte. 2), will host seven concerts from June 22 through July 27 this year. Tickets are $25; those 16 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at our website and at the door.  More information on the concerts is also on our website.
The season opens on June 20 with Alice Ivy Pemberton, violin, and Dimitri Dover, piano.
June 27 will feature the Atlantic Brass Quintet.
The annual free July 4 program will include the Swing Set jazz vocal ensemble as well as special guest and juggler Rob Peck, in a 4 pm concert for all.
July 11 offers a concert with Masako Yanagita, violin, Mark Fraser, cello, and Estela Olevsky, piano.
July 18 concludes the series with Astrid Schween, cello, of the Juilliard Quartet, and Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano.
This season will see a continuation of our ‘Bring a friend’ policy: bring a friend who has never been to a Mohawk Trail concert before for free.  They will be forever indebted to you!
There will also be free concert passes available at three local libraries – Arms in Shelburne Falls, Griswold Memorial in Colrain, and Tyler Memorial in Charlemont.

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