Chatham’s PS21 Announces Summer Season of Concerts, Dance, Film & More [Berkshire on Stage]

May 10th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg
Scott Barkan, Howard Fishman, Andrae Murchison and Andy Cotton

Scott Barkan, Howard Fishman, Andrae Murchison and Andy Cotton of the Howard Fishman Band

Photograph by Rudy Lu

Chatham’s PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century has announced a spirited and diverse 2016 line-up of summer performances of live music, comedy, dance, theater and film. The season kicks off on Saturday, June 25 with the unique circus company YOL! and continues with several captivating music groups performing classical, folk, jazz and Americana music; film programming including “Construct It!,” a festival about buildings and those who design them; and an expanded slate of workshops for kids and adults. The highlight of the season, the annual Chatham Dance Festival, showcases some of today’s most entertaining and imaginative dance companies.

“The pinnacle of our season for many years has been the Chatham Dance Festival, and this year is no exception,” said PS21 President Judy Grunberg. “As the premier dance promoter and presenter in our county, we continue to increase our dance offerings each season. This year the Chatham Dance Festival includes eight evening performances, free daytime performances for kids, dance workshops for kids and adults, and residencies for several professional dance companies.”

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Here’s a round-up of the performances scheduled for PS21’s 2016 summer season:

MUSIC PERFORMANCES

THE JEREMY KITTEL BAND
Saturday, July 2, 7:30pm
$35; $18 students
At the 11th annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert, the spirit of JS Bach is woven throughout these wide-ranging works performed by fiddler/violinist Jeremy Kittel and his exceptional band.

SO PERCUSSION
Saturday, July 9, 8pm
$28; $14 students
This group is redefining the scope of the modern percussion ensemble by performing 20th century classics, contemporary pieces and modern collaborations.

VANAVER CARAVAN’S “TURN, TURN, TURN: CELEBRATING PETE SEEGER IN DANCE & MUSIC”
Friday, July 22, 8pm
Saturday, July 23, 8pm
$30; $15 students
Inspired by Livia and Bill Vanaver’s 40-year relationship with the legendary music maker and activist. A full-length, multimedia production with original choreography and musical arrangements.

THE HOWARD FISHMAN BAND
Saturday, July 30, 8pm
$25; $14 students
A foot-tapping mix of Dixieland, buegrass and Gypsy swing, combining the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz with a storyteller’s sense of drama.

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