For over 30 years, the South Berkshire Concert Series has brought extraordinary musical experiences to the Simon's Rock campus and Berkshire region. Organized by faculty member Larry Wallach, the series hosts a wide variety and styles ranging from classical to contemporary to jazz to genres from across the globe. Recent acclaimed performers include pianists Peter Serkin, Gilbert Kalish, and Frederic Chiu; the Colorado, Lydian, Hawthorne, and Bard Festival Quartets; Triple Helix Piano Trio; the Walden Chamber Players; and the Prometheus and Simon's Rock's own Piano Quartets. The series also presents an annual solo piano recital to honor the memory of Frederick R. Reynolds, a trustee of the College who made it possible to acquire the extraordinary Hamburg Steinway model D that is housed in the Daniel Arts Center.
This fall, the South Berkshire Concert series opened in September with the 2009 Harpsichord Festival. A concert for multiple instruments featuring Bach and Vivaldi, solos spanned from the late Renaissance to the late Baroque. Larry Wallach, Christine Gevert, Mariken Palmboom, and William Carragan all played on handmade instruments by local harpsichord maker, Carl Dudash. After the concert, attendees were given an opportunity to speak with the musicians and instrument maker and get a close-up look at some of the unique designs.
In October, the fall series continued with soprano Hai-Ting Chinn and the Proteus Ensemble in Arnold Schoenberg's seminal work, "Pierrot Lunaire." This twentieth-century masterpiece of symbolism and surrealism was portrayed expertly by the Proteus ensemble who leant itself seamlessly to the pieces beauty, humor, poetry, and satire.
On April 18, the 2009/2010 series concludes with the Walden Chamber Players, who are returning after an acclaimed appearance here at the College in 2007. This innovative ensemble of flute, harp, and strings will perform works by Roussel, Krenek, Rands, Hindemith, and Beethoven. According to the Chamber Music America Magazine, "A season spent with the Walden Chamber Players is a time for discovery."