May 13. Arts organization Close Encounters with Music has worked with some of today’s most distinguished composers to help them create important new works, and continues to promote Western Massachusetts events highlighting the best in classical, jazz, and world music. The group’s much-heralded “Conversations With…” series allows artists the chance to perform and discuss the creative process and related topics. This afternoon installment at the LichtensteinCenter for the Arts presents emerging musicians Simon Brown, Brian Simalchik, and “12-year-old wunderkind” Graham Cohen in an intimate setting. (CEWM presents the Daedalus Quartet at Great Barrington’s Mahawie Theater May 19; and “The Roaring Twenties-Berlin, Paris, New York,” a Jazz Age cabaret revue at Tanglewood in Lenox, June 2.) 4pm. Free. Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (800) 843-0778; Cewm.org.