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Encores and Curtain Calls

Summer is almost over, honest

We’re at that mysterious Maginot line just now where the summer is well under way, and yet we feel there’s still plenty of summer left us. The rains have come (and come, and come and come) and gone; July 4th’s festivities and fireworks have fizzled and are behind us, and the hot and humid dog-days of summer seem to be taking over.

But I have this theory — well, more than a theory, a recurring deja vu — that the way to somewhere is a far slower, fuller, deeper journey than the way from. Try this: do what I have done, from time to time, since I was a kid and wondering how the second hand on my watch or the clock seemed to move so quickly during some time periods and so slo-o-o-wly during others.

Settling in to contemplate a clock, the second hand would cross and depart from the noon and I would have enough world and time to think three or four good thoughts and even glimpse a couple of neat insights before it finally, like a marathoner cruising in at the end of his long haul, five expansive seconds later, it would reach the 1.

Wow! That’s time; real, honest-to-goodness time, full of the stuff of life.

Fast forward to evening, when I would betake myself back to that long-forgotten second hand again. This time it was plunging forward like sprinter to the finish line, giving me scarcely enough space for one — let alone three or four — bona fide insights.

Which is all by way of saying: beware, though all appearances may deceive you into believing the contrary, the summer’s nearly over!

How do I know? Well, for one, the final of the already brief series of four Mohawk Trail Concerts is fast approaching, with a string quartet by short-lived (see?) Spanish composer Arriaga, Schumann’s Piano Quintet performed by Anne Koscielny and MTC’s String ensemble (Yanagita, Pitchon, violin; Gorevic, viola; and Pelletier, cello). Also, Molly Aronson and Kezia Gorevic Fisher, each two young cellist, will make their debuts with solo works.

Did you mean to catch one of these cozy musicales but got distracted? Here is your final chance!
Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, in the air-conditioned Federated Church, Route 2 in Charlemont. Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30. Tickets, $15-$20. 413-625-9511.

Summer Sing Tuesday

I also know the end of summer is near because it’s also the last Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus Summer Sings for 2013. As Jonathan Harvey muses, “How could that be? But you really won’t want to miss this one! We’ll have four soloists ... and as many orchestra members and local instrumentalists who want to come and read through Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s “Paukenmesse”  (also known as Mass in Time of War).

Be sure to reserve ahead of time, so we know how many scores we’ll need.”

Did you secretly dream, one day, of standing there and letting all the world hear your song? This is your final departure-call; the train’s almost ready to pull out of the station!

It will be held Tuesday, July 23, 7:30 p.m., at All Souls Church, Main Street, Greenfield. $10, Tickets: www.mohawktrailconcerts.org, 413-773-3664, or pay at the door. Advance purchase is recommended.

Pioneer Consort Sunday

Were you beguiled by my earlier descriptions of the Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert Series? Then look sharp! The (highly entertaining) Pioneer Consort will be featured in a program of chamber music for violin, cello, guitar, mandolin, and the banjar — a seven-string classical banjo — Sunday, July 21, at 3 p.m. It will be held in the Music Room of Memorial Hall Museum in Old Deerfield.

The Pioneer Consort explores unique and colorful arrangements of traditional classical repertoire, Brazilian Choro, Classical Mandolin music, folk, jazz and original compositions.

Admission to the concert is $10, $5 for students and seniors. For more information call 413-774-3768 ext. 10 or see the Memorial Hall Museum Calendar of Events on www.deerfield-ma.org.

Peter Blanchette Sunday

Did you hope to take in that rare blend of nature and music — an outdoor concert this summer? Seize the moment, the time has come. The Center for the Arts and the Laurel Park Association will host an open air Tabernacle at Laurel Park for a special afternoon of music with Peter Blanchette on Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m. The program features music from the golden age of the European lute, the late 15th to 18th centuries. It includes music of the Elizabethan masters John Dowland and Anthony Holborne, French court lutenist Pierre Attaignant and Spanish Vihuelistas, “the virtuosos who entertained the court of Ferdinand and Isabella.”

There is a $5 suggested donation for admission. No advance reservations are required. Directions and parking information are at www.nohoarts.org.

And for heaven’s sakes — don’t dare waste what little time is left staring at your watch!

An author and composer, columnist Joseph Marcello of Northfield focuses on music and theater. He can be reached at josephmarcello@verizon.net.

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