Tea & Concert, Sunday, December 6, 3:00 pm
A Very Special Holiday Tea
Please join us for an elegant Victorian tea featuring assorted tea sandwiches, tea cakes and cookies made from recipes from our Tea at the Mansion cookbook. There will be 10 random giveaways including five of our cookbooks. Cookbooks are also available for purchase. Entertainment will feature pianist Karen Tchougourian, playing classical and contemporary music. The mansion will be decorated for the holidays.
Tchougourian has been performing at the renowned hotel, Blantyre, here in Lenox since 2006. He is a native of Armenia and has lived in the United States since 1993. As a winner of the annual Artists International Competition in New York City he debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 1996 and has won many concert awards both here as well as in Western and Eastern Europe. A graduate of the Tchaikowsky Music School in Yerevan, Armenia, he holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music, a Master of Music degree from the University of Central Arkansas and a Bachelor of Music degree, with homors, from the Armenian State Conservatory.
He was introduced to the piano and later mentored through post-graduate studies by his mother, professor Inessa Tshughuryan, whose own musical knowledge and pianistic tradition can be traced back, via several generations, to Beethoven.
This event is by reservation only. Reservations please, by Friday, November 27th. See our event calendar for more details.
Tea & Concert, Sunday, December 13, 2:00 pm
The Berkshire Concert Choir present Voices of Christmas
Known County wide for the joy of singing and commitment, the women of the Berkshire Concert Choir will perform a Christmas program here followed by a Victorian tea. The mansion will be beautifully decorated for the holidays.
Led by conductor Paula Nuss and accompanied by Aurora Cooper, the eighteen-women ensemble of sopranos and altos will sing a wide range of songs including the ten-movement “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten, “Ave Maria” by Jacob Arcadelt, “The Sleigh” by Ricard Kountz, “How far Is It to Bethlehem?,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Quem Pastores” and “Silent Night.” The group has rehearsed for the last six months in preparation for the concert.
Many performers here consider our acoustics among the best.
Tea & Concert, Sunday, December 27, 3:30 pm
Songs of the Flow of Life and Love: Schubert’s Romantic “Water Music”
The great composer of German lieder (songs), Franz Schubert created a vast output of 600 pieces for
solo voice and piano accompaniment incorporating the imagery of early 19th century romantic poets. The songs express every type of universal emotion: tender love, gaiety, hatred, sadness, contemplation of nature, religious devotion. As a special holiday treat, tenor Doug Schmolze and pianist Larry Wallach have selected a program that conveys the theme of nature and water: “Die Forelle” (The Trout), “Am Meer” (By the Ocean), “Der Lindenbaum” (The Linden Tree) among others.