The June 2014 issue of Berkshire Homestyle has a great preview of the June 21 opening concert of the Aston Magna Music Festival! Take a look, and learn a bit about Bach. Thanks to our writer and friend Richard Houdek, classical music guru.
In Aston Magna’s first season, 1972, this concert was performed on the lawn of the magnificent property named “Aston Magna,” owned by the festival’s co-founder, Lee Elman. The artists, as those below, were among the finest in the early music field.
Classical musicians’ publicity photos are getting edgier, cooler and downright intoxicating. Take, for instance, the photos of Joan Plana, a violinist who hails from Catalunya, a region of Spain, who will play in the final concert of the Aston Magna 2014 Festival, in a program of Italian Trio Sonatas. He’s got a musical gift, and he’s got great PR photos. We’d like to share, just because we ca
Aston Magna will join our arts and culture neighbors and friends Thursday, May 1 in Great Barrington to share flyers, brochures, ticket raffles and some general excitement about the upcoming cultural season. We look forward to seeing all of our friends and neighbors, the ones who make our region so lively every year — and not just in the summer!
Dear Friends, We begin our 42nd season with a tribute to a father-son relationship. Carl Philip Emanuel Bach — whose 300th birthday we celebrate this year — inherited his father’s bent for improvisation and colorful instrumentation, even as he cut a path into the new world of the galant. His father paid tribute to the new trends in his Musical Offering, composed after a trip to visit his employer a
Aston Magna Music Festival 2014: A Season of Romance, War and other Human Follies Daniel Stepner directs Bach, Corelli, Mendelssohn, Muhly and more, on period instruments at nation’s longest-running early music festival, with celebrated, world-class musicians The 42nd Aston Magna Music Festival launches its 2014 season celebrating 16th-19th century music – plus a new work by acclaimed young composer Nico Muhly.
We are thrilled to announce the 2014 Aston Magna Music Festival, and we can’t wait to see you at one or all of our four wonderful concert venues! This year, we introduce ART/SMART, a $15 ticket program for patrons under 30. Once you view our schedule, you’ll want to go straight to astonmagna.org’s calendar for more details and ticket instructions. Meanwhile, for a taste of what’s to come, read
Aspiring musicians with talent and a love of early music can work with the masters again this summer. The Aston Magna at Brandeis University Summer Music Workshops are six-day intensive laboratories for violinists, clarinetists, and oboists. Students, serious amateurs and professionals engage in private coaching, private practicing, complimentary communal lunches, informal performan
In the summer of 2013, music critic Elisa Birdeye reviewed “a remarkable concert” for the Boston Musical Intelligencer, after experiencing Aston Magna’s performance of music from the collection of Thomas Jefferson. That concert, “Music from the Library of Thomas Jefferson,” included Sharon Baker, soprano; Michael Sponseller, harpsichord; and Aston Magna’s Artistic Director, Daniel