Posts Tagged ‘Great Barrington’

Close Encounters with JS Bach… And PDQ Bach [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
Acronym Baroque String Band

Acronym Baroque String Band

The Berkshires’ premiere chamber music organization, Close Encounters With Music, celebrates Johann Sebastian Bach and his progeny at 6pm on Saturday (March 19) at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington with “J.S. Bach and Sons: Legitimate and Otherwise.” The Bach brood boasts an illustrious cluster of great musicians who act as a bridge into the classical style. Family members represented include Bach’s uncle Heinrich and his sons Johann Christoph Friedrich, Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel.

Also appearing on the program is Johann Sebastian’s “illegitimate” son (the 21st of Johann’s 20 children!), P.D.Q. Bach (aka, Peter Schickele), in a concerto for “Four Handed Viola” that combines musicological scholarship, the conventions of Baroque and the antics of slapstick comedy.

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The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Arrives March 12-20 [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

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The month of March in the Berkshires is known for maple syrup, as the sap starts flowing in our beautiful forests. But there have been other kinds of creative juices rising in these hills every March since 2010. The Berkshires is also known for celebrating Women’s History month with an outpouring of women’s creative voices and visions, thanks to the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, now in its sixth year.

This year, BFWW presents a new conference-style festival, offering 33 events beginning on Saturday (March 12). For nine full days more than 60 nationally renowned and local women writers will present workshops, discussions, readings, performances and talks. Many events are free, although some do require pre-registration and tickets.

Among this year’s featured presenters are the young adult authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, a mother-daughter team, as well as the celebrated food writer and restaurant critic, Ruth Reichl, who will give a brunch talk on Saturday, March 19 at Hotel on North in Pittsfield. Other popular Berkshire writers include Laura Didyk, Lara Tupper, Sonia Pilcer, Alison Larkin and many more.

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Bach Rings in the New Year in Great Barrington, Troy & Northampton [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, December 28th, 2015
The gorgeous strings of the  Berkshire Bach Society.

The gorgeous strings of the Berkshire Bach Society

By Larry Murray

This week the new year will dominate our thoughts. Decisions. Whether to celebrate the birth of the new year by getting a little tipsy, or to mark it with a salute to the past is always a choice to be made. The Berkshire Bach Society gives us the chance to do a little of both. With refinement and tradition and absolutely no silly noisemakers anywhere in sight.

This year, the Berkshire Bach Society is celebrating its 25th season by bringing baroque music to the Berkshires, Troy and the Pioneer Valley with Johann Sebastian Bach as the focal point. While its iconic “Bach at New Year’s” series most often includes all six of the Brandenburg Concerti led by the Society’s music director and harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, this year is one of the occasional departures from that programming.

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Thanksgiving Eve at the Mahaiwe: Arlo Guthrie & “Alice’s Restaurant” [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

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The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and the Guthrie Center will co-present an on-stage conversation with Arlo Guthrie, moderated by WAMC-FM’s Alan Chartock, at 7pm on Wednesday (November 25), followed by a screening of Arthur Penn’s 1969 film Alice’s Restaurant. The Mahaiwe will also present its annual Thanksgiving weekend screenings of The Wizard of Oz at 4 & 7pm on Saturday (November 28).

“The Mahaiwe team is very happy to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with two special community classic films,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “We also invite the public to participate in the StoryCorps’ ‘Great Thanksgiving Listen’ by interviewing family elders over the holiday weekend and to help local families and pets in need by bringing contributions to the donation bins in the Mahaiwe lobby.”

The Mahaiwe is partnering with the People’s Pantry and the Berkshire Community Diaper Project to help provide for families in need this holiday season, including accepting pet food donations. From now until the end of the year, donation boxes will be available in the theater lobby between the hours of 12noon-6pm, Wednesday-Saturday. Non-perishable food items, as well as paper/cleaning products and disposable diapers (which are not covered by WIC or food stamps) can be dropped off during these hours.

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NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson Lands @ the Mahaiwe on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, September 28th, 2015
NASA Astronaut Stephanie WIlson.

NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson.

NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson is headed to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for two free talks. Co-sponsored by the Mahaiwe and Flying Cloud Institute, the Berkshire-raised astronaut will be in Great Barrington on Friday (October 2) at 10am (school field trip) and 7pm.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Executive Director Beryl Jolly reports that “We have had enthusiastic interest from across Berkshire County for these appearances and eagerly look forward to these unique presentations about her extraordinary education, training, and multiple missions in outer space.”

A 1984 graduate of Pittsfield‘s Taconic High School, Wilson has logged more than 42 days in space as a veteran of three space flights (STS-121 in 2006, STS-120 in 2007, and STS-131 in 2010), serving as flight engineer and robotic arm operator.

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TONIGHT @ the Mahaiwe: Pink Martini, a Musical Travelogue from Rio to Paris [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, July 13th, 2015
Pink Martini has a nostalgic big band sound, but with a fresh and lively viewpoint.

Pink Martini has a nostalgic big band sound, but with a fresh and lively viewpoint.

Pink Martini swings into Great Barrington’s Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 8pm tonight (Monday, July 13). The Portland, Oregon-based “little orchestra” offers a multi-lingual musical travelogue from samba in Rio to cabaret music in Paris. “As part of the Mahaiwe’s 10th anniversary season, we are presenting some of our audience members’ favorite artists, and we’re thrilled to welcome back this delightful ensemble, led by Thomas Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes. They packed the house in 2013, and are about to do so again!” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly.

The group draws on diverse influences to weave a seamless musical fabric that defies immediate classification, but has been lauded by critics throughout the world for its international flavor and ability to entertain. First attaining recognition during the lounge music revival of the mid- and late-1990s, Pink Martini sought a wider variety of styles, from Japanese torch songs to Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero.”

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Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca Meld Spanish Dance with Classic Greek Drama [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, June 29th, 2015
Noche Flamenca (photo: Chris Bennion)

Noche Flamenca (photo: Chris Bennion)

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, whose vitality, energy and passion have won accolades around the world, return to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington from Wednesday-Sunday (July 1–5) with Antigona, their visually arresting adaptation of Sophocles’s Antigone. The dance drama merges live music, theatrical spectacle and dance to create a production that propels the classic Greek play to new heights. In the production, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca bring the inherent theatricality of flamenco to bear on this classical tragedy – reigniting the theatrical potential of the Greek chorus as the lyrical and rhythmic heart of the drama.

Noche Flamenca’s lead dancer and choreographer, the celebrated Soledad Barrio, will embody Antigone, the classical Greek heroine. Daughter of Oedipus and sister of the shunned Polyneices, Antigone follows her heart and defies Creon by burying her brother. Sentenced to death, Antigone then kills herself. Ms. Barrio will bring her usual fire to the role. “Powerfully athletic,” says The Washington Post, “Soledad Barrio burst forth with a chain reaction of staccato footwork and pumping knees, whipping her head as hairpins flew. Not to join her in this captivating journey would be to lose a chance at love, both its ecstasy and its agony.”

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FEST: Berkshire International Film Festival to Screen 80 New Indie Films This Week [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s “H.” has already been been earning buzz before a frame has been screened. Middle-aged Helen lives with husband Roy and finds comfort from a “reborn” baby doll. Meanwhile, successful young artist Helen is expecting a child with her noncommittal partner. Foreboding signs begin to appear: a meteor reportedly crashes nearby; people go missing, and inexplicable, life-altering changes spiral the Helens’ inert realities into a terrifying journey through unknown terrain.

Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s “H.” has already been been earning buzz before a frame has been screened. Middle-aged Helen lives with husband Roy and finds comfort from a “reborn” baby doll. Meanwhile, successful young artist Helen is expecting a child with her noncommittal partner. Foreboding signs begin to appear: a meteor reportedly crashes nearby; people go missing, and inexplicable, life-altering changes spiral the Helens’ inert realities into a terrifying journey through unknown terrain.

The four-day festival features 31 documentaries, 27 narrative features and 20 short films

The 10th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its weekend line-up of films that is marked with stronger international programming and continues its dedication to programming the best in documentary film and highlight films from our region. BIFF will showcase nearly 80 new independent feature, documentary, short and family films from a record 23 countries.

The festival, which takes place from Thursday-Sunday (May 28–31) in Great Barrington and Friday-Sunday (May 29–31) in Pittsfield, will bring films, filmmakers, industry professionals and fans together for a four-day festival celebrating independent film featuring 31 documentaries, 27 narrative features and 20 short films. Some of the countries represented this year are Egypt, Afghanistan, New Zealand, India, Brazil, South Korea, UK, Germany, Mexico, Ukraine, Norway, Sudan, Israel, France and Krygyzstan.

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