Posts Tagged ‘Larry Murray’

Mr. Finn Introduces Ridiculously Talented Songwriters [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

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The Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield has announced the return of Tony Award-winner William Finn’s popular Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know, But Should… on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at 8pm on Friday & Saturday, June 10 & 11. As usual Mr. Finn will at as emcee.

The slate of cabaret performers was also announced by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson.

Kicking off BSC’s Mainstage season will be two-time Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist William Finn and the next generation of talented musical theater writers in Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should. This brilliant group of young writers will share some of their newest songs with the help of four extraordinary singers, ridiculous talented in their own right. Mr. Finn walks us through what makes these songs and songwriters stand out! A funny, charming and insightful evening! Directed by Stephanie Yankwitt. Tickets to Songs by the Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists you Probably Don’t Know, But Should… are $30-$40.

Barrington Stage Company also announced the 2016 season of performances at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield.

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Albany Pro Musica Celebrates “A City of Immigrants” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 1st, 2016

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Albany Pro Musica continues to celebrate its 35th anniversary season with a celebration of the different cultures that make up our unique region. A City of Immigrants, a concert featuring Albany Pro Musica and guest artists the Musicians of Ma’alwyck, the Capital District Youth Chorale and Saratoga Springs’ Nacre Dance Company will take place at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 4pm on Sunday (April 3).

The performance is an homage to the rich cultural heritage of Greater Nippertown. Albany’s nickname “City of Immigrants” inspired this unique concert featuring music from many of the cultures which have influenced our region, including Dutch, German, English, Italian, Polish, African-American, Asian, Irish, Jewish and Hispanic. The concert will include the world premiere of a work by Albany Pro Musica composer-in-residence Steve Murray, commissioned exclusively for this event.

This performance is preceded by many events currently being celebrated throughout the Local 518, including art exhibitions and lectures. GO HERE for a complete listing of events coordinated by Sharon Roy and Karen Hitchcock.

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ArtBeat: Paintings by Joe Goodwin @ Berkshire Museum [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 1st, 2016
Vesica Piscis by Joe Goodwin,

Vesica Piscis by Joe Goodwin,

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield will present one of the best known Berkshire-based artists from the LGBTQ community, Joe Goodwin, in a solo show titled Liminal Artifacts: Recent Paintings in the Museum’s Ellen Crane Memorial Room from Saturday (April 2) through Sunday, June 19. An opening reception will be held from 5-7pm on Saturday. Tickets are $10; $5 children; FREE members. Please RSVP to 413.443.7171 ext. 313.

Goodwin’s abstract paintings appear ethereal, enigmatic and reflective, in atmospheric images that reference natural phenomena. Goodwin works in acrylic paint that he mixes from dry pigments and polymer emulsions, applied in an innovative layered process that involves additives such as marble dust and silica. The meticulous layering of paint and texture produces a distinctive sense of depth in the paintings.

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50 Theater Artists + 24 Hours = Five New Plays @ UAlbany PAC [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Theatre Project in 2012: Alexia Trainor, Tony Pallone, and Erin Ouellette. Photo by Enrico Spada

Theatre Project in 2012: Alexia Trainor, Tony Pallone and Erin Ouellette. Photo by Enrico Spada

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is hosting the 24 Hour Theatre Project at 7:30pm on Saturday (April 2). Presented in collaboration with WAM Theatre and in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute, the event boasts the best in theater talent from across Greater Nippertown. Given just 24 hours to write, rehearse and perform five new plays, the project combines the spontaneous creativity of improvisational theatre with the rigorous professionalism and production value of scripted theater.

After a two-year hiatus, this fast-paced, adrenaline-packed event is back. Sponsored for three years by WAM Theatre and MopCo, the event has taken place previously at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy (2011), Shakespeare and Company’s Bernstein Theatre in Lenox (2012) and the John Sayles School of Fine Arts in Schenectady (2013). The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is this year’s host and will welcome all 50 participants on Friday (April 1) to kick off the event. Playwrights will spend the overnight hours creating new work which will be delivered to directors, actors and designers at 8am on Saturday morning leaving them less than 12 hours to rehearse before the 7:30pm curtain.

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FILM: “Batman v. Superman: The Dawn of Disaster” [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

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By Larry Murray

It’s a superhero movie that not even Wonder Woman can save. That is if you have brains and are not easily fooled by video game visuals and pretentious melodrama. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been touted as the kick-off for a whole new DC Comics franchise, and while the opening weekend grosses are impressive, it is Week Two and thereafter that will decide whether BvS is a charmer or a clunker. Truth be told, when Wonder Woman is the best thing in the film, we have a problem, Hollywood.

The film itself suggests it’s trafficking in topical notions of politics, religion and moral ambiguity, but its main currency is our contemporary penchant for hip and affected pessimism. Our heroes must be reduced to fallible human beings and stripped of their god-like stature, so that we may wallow in bloviated pessimism. Henry Cavill’s Superman spends a lot of time wrestling with his definition of good vs. evil, while Ben Affleck’s Batman has grown older, and less appealing without his sidekick Robin by his side. But it is Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor who seems totally lost, without motivation or common sense to guide him.

It is a surprise, given how little screen time she gets, that only Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman manages to pull off the DC archetype correctly, a strong, effective woman in the midst of the doubting superheroes in her midst. She could easily give them a class on consistency and what it means to be a superhero. But in the end, even WW can’t save this unholy mess of a film.

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Barrington Stage Co. Adds Plays by A.R. Gurney, Jiehae Park [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 25th, 2016
Peerless by Jiehae Park follows its premiere at Yale Rep with a Barrington Stage production.

Peerless by Jiehae Park follows its premiere at Yale Rep with a Barrington Stage production.

Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company has announced two additional productions for their 2016 season, in addition to two one-night-only special events.

Following its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theater, Peerless by Jiehae Park (Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Wondrous Strange), and directed by Margot Bordelon (Okay, Bye; At the Rich Relatives), will be the third production for the St. Germain Stage, with previews beginning on Thursday, July 21; opening night set for Sunday, July 24; and running through Saturday, August 6.

How far would you go to get into the college of your choice? When brilliant, ambitious twin sisters L and M realize that perfect academics and superb extracurricular activities aren’t enough to get into their dream college, they decide to take matters into their own hands. Peerless is a comedy … until it isn’t. Casting and creative team will be announced at a later date.

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“M Is Black Enough” Fuses New Music & Spoken Word @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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M Is Black Enough exercises spirited conversation and debate through steel pan, cello, text and voice. Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (of the Kronos Quartet) teams up with composer-percussionist Andy Akiho, poet Roger Bonair-Agard and percussionist Sean Dixon for a work-in-progress program of spoken word and music, both complex and aggressive. Slam poetry meets new music in this electrifying and thought-provoking program of music and words presented by three acclaimed contemporary performers in MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday (March 26).

Jeffrey Zeigler is a versatile cellist known for his work within the classical and new music realms. The New York Times describes his playing as “fiery…with unforced simplicity and beauty of tone.” His debut solo album, Something of Life, features premiere works by notable contemporary musicians, including composers Philip Glass and Paola Prestini, and drummer Glenn Kotche of Wilco. MASS MoCA audiences will remember Zeigler from the 2015 Solid Sound Festival where he performed a duet with Kotche.

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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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