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 49th 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 six concerts from June 30 through July 28 this year. Ticket prices remain at $20; 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 30 with the Adaskin String Trio, joined by Thomas Gallant, oboe, and Sally Pinkas, piano. Music by Mozart, Martinů, Dubois, and Bridge is on the program.
The annual free July 4 program will feature Miro Sprague, piano, Erik Miller, trombone, and Marty Jaffe, bass, a 4 pm jazz concert for all.
July 7 will feature UMass faculty Cobus du Toit, flute, with Nadine Shank, piano. Cobus and Nadine present exciting programs, this will be no exception.
July 14 will feature another wonderful UMass faculty member, William Hite, tenor, with Estela Olevsky, piano. William wowed everyone in our audience three years ago, we are delighted to have him back.
July 21 will feature the renowned Steigerwalt and Muller piano duo, performing works of Schubert, Spratlan, Mendelssohn, and Ravel.
The season concludes on July 28 with the perennial favorites, ‘The Directors,’ featuring Masako Yanagita, violin, Mark Fraser, cello, and Estela Olevsky, piano. Works of Bach, Brahms, and Shostakovich are on the program.
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!