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South Berkshire Concerts kicks off the new season at Simon's Rock

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA – Bard College at Simon’s Rock has announced the 2007-2008 season of South Berkshire Concert Series. Pianist Gilbert Kalish will perform on October 20, at 8 p.m. in the McConnell Theater. His concert will include: Charles Ives' Concord Sonata; Beethoven's Bagatelles Opus 119; Aaron Copland's Four Blues; and Joseph Haydn's Sonata no. 52 in E Flat.

Gilbert Kalish is a pioneer of the contemporary piano performance and a major figure in American music. Not only is he a renowned piano soloist, his collaborations with cellist Joel Krosnick, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and his 30-year collaboration with mezzo soprano Jan de Gaetani are recognized as some of the best recordings this century. He has made over 100 recordings and has been nominated for three Grammy awards. Of special note are his solo recordings of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata and Sonatas of Joseph Haydn, vocal music with Jan de Gaetani, and landmarks of the 20th Century by composers such as Carter, Crumb, Shapey and Schoenberg. In 1995, he was recipient of the Paul Fromm Award by the University of Chicago Music Department for distinguished service to the music of our time.

Mr. Kalish is also a frequent guest artist with many of the world's most distinguished chamber ensembles, including the Emerson and Juilliard Quartets, and the Orion String Quartet, and he regularly performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players from 1969 to 1998. He was also a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a pioneering new music group that flourished during the 1960's and '70's.

As an educator, Mr. Kalish has been a professor at SUNY Stony Brook since 1970, and is currently the Director of Performance Activities there. He has also served on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Banff Centre, and the Steans Institute in Ravinia.

This season of South Berkshire Concert Series includes five performances.

On November 10, the Prometheus Piano Quartet will perform the premier of “Odyssey Quartet” by Simon’s Rock faculty member Laurence Wallach. On February 9, 2008, Hiroaki Honshuku and Simon’s Rock faculty member John Myers will bring jazz flute and guitar duos to campus. Musicworks of the Berkshires will present American Music at Midcentury on March 15; and on April 12, the Walden Chamber Players will present a trio of premier performances of Berkshire composers.

All concerts are held the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center on the Simon’s Rock campus and take place on Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, and free to all students and members of the Simon’s Rock community.

For more information, call 413-528-7212.