Movers and shakers: Seen here are (l to r) Lola Jaffe, Beryl Jolly and Maggie Buchwald who was elected chair; she succeeds Lola Jaffe who founded the non-profit organization ten years ago and who championed the campaign to restore the 100-year-old Mahaiwe Theater and create a year-round performing arts center. Ms. Jaffe will continue to serve on the board as founding chair. Jolly is the Executive Director responsible for the the day to day operations of the performing arts center.
Great Barrington, MA: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Executive Director Beryl Jolly announced spring 2013 programming today. Highlights include a talk and slide show presentation by author and illustrator Brian Selznick followed by a screening of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (Sunday, March 17), Masters of the Fiddle with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy (March 24), humorist David Sedaris (April 6), singer/mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau (April 13), acrobatic troupe Cirque Shanghai: Bai Xi (April 26), and a New England premiere by the Paul Taylor Dance Company (May 24 through May 26), along with “Live in HD” broadcasts by the Metropolitan Opera, London’s National Theatre, and the hit radio show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!, as well as classic movies.
“The combination of events we’re announcing for the spring reflects a range of rare opportunities I’m delighted to share with our community-A Caldecott Award-winning author talking onstage with his Berkshire-based editor about how his book became a major motion picture, one of America’s bestselling humor writers, world-class Celtic fiddlers and jazz artists, Chinese acrobats, and our sixth annual performances by the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Each one is a special event and overall they offer a series of fun and intriguing experiences in very different styles-that’s the Mahaiwe Mix,” said Jolly.
The Berkshire Bach Society represents the finest Bach in the Berkshires and boasts one of the greatest ensembles in the country, The Berkshire Bach Ensemble, led by the world-renowned harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper.
This year’s Bach at New Year’s event features nineteen world-class virtuosi in a special concert called Brandenburgs PLUS. On the program will be a delicious Concerto for two horns, two oboes and solo violin by the irrepressible Antonio Vivaldi, the ever-popular Bach Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe in a new reconstruction by Dr. Cooper allowing more of Bach’s original music to be heard than ever before, and the devilish Harpsichord Concerto No. 15 in D minor by Handel (stolen largely from Telemann) with a special cadenza by harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper.
Great Barrington, MA – Motown superstars the Temptations will perform at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 7pm on Sunday (December 2). Tickets are $25 to $80, with a limited number of $15 tickets available for patrons ages 30 and younger. The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Mass. For tickets and information, see www.mahaiwe.org or call 413.528.0100.
Otis Williams is the only surviving member of the quintet, and leads the Temptations in this spectacular marathon of hits, including “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and “My Girl.” In addition to Williams, the current lineup includes Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson. “Their sound defined a generation,” said Mahaiwe executive director Beryl Jolly. “We are honored to present this legendary Motown group in Great Barrington.”
Great Barrington, Mass.- Toots Hibbert is one of the great voices of Jamaica; his career spans every development in Jamaican music, from ska through rock-steady to reggae. Toots and the Maytals have helped to chart the course of Jamaican music with unrivaled delivery and dynamism, setting new standards of excellence, and becoming the most enduring of all Jamaica’s groups.
Toots and The Maytals (initially just The Maytals) have been working together since the 1960s and are even credited with having coined the term reggae on their 1968 single “Do The Reggay.”
In the Berkshire area, music lovers can see Reggae legends Toots and the Maytals-led by Frederick “Toots” Hibbert live on stage when they perform an unplugged acoustic concert at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Sunday, November 4 at 7:00pm.
Over the past few years, Keb Mo has played hundreds of shows on several continents, as well as composed and recorded music for the TNT series “Memphis Beat.” This singular artist’s celebrated recordings and live performances bring together his diverse influences-pre-disco R&B, American folk and gospel, and rock, in addition to the blues-in a sound that is truly and uniquely his own.
A singer, guitarist and songwriter, Keb Mo is a three-time Grammy Award winner for the Best Contemporary Blues Album, and a key figure in the acclaimed 2003 PBS series “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues.”
He’s been booked into the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA and will perform selections from his new album, The Reflection. These songs are the product of an important period of personal and professional growth for the artist formerly known as Kevin Moore. In that time, he started a new family, moved from Los Angeles to Nashville, built a state-of-the-art home studio, and founded his own label, Yolabelle International, distributed by Ryko and the Warner Music Group.
NOTE: In addition to his concert at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Thursday (October 18), Keb Mo will also be leading his band into The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (October 20).
One of the few transgender women officially recognized by the Chinese government, the work of Jin Xing would be extraordinary for its enchanting choreography all by itself, no sex change operation necessary. Adding that second fact goes a long way to explaining why you will neither read nor see much about this artist who was born the son of a policeman and who at the age of nine joined the People’s Liberation Army as a boy, receiving training in both dance and military training.
She became a member of the military’s dance troupe, and eventually attained the rank of Colonel. She experienced strong transsexual desires early in life. She said she would stay outside during rain, and wish that a lightning strike would turn her body female. But for all the tormet, Jin Xing had a sense of humor that is wonderfully exposed in the names of her dances. The Imperial Concubine Has Been Drunk for Ages is one for example, a traditional work that takes on new meaning when danced by someone who is trangendered.
“As a kid, I couldn’t afford to buy albums. We had a place in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where I grew up called the Book and Record Store, where you could go into a listening room and listen to any album that they had there. So I used to go in and listen for hours, but I couldn’t afford to buy anything.
It might have been a Stan Kenton album. I had a dog-earred old box set by Stan Kenton that I remember very vividly, but I don’t know how I ever got it. It was probably either Stan Kenton or Ted Heath’s Big Band from England.
As a much younger kid, I heard Glenn Miller’s recordings and lots of different dance bands. But by the time I got into junior high, it was the more adventurous bands that really were thrilling me.
When I was in seventh grade, my girlfriend sat me down to listen to Maynard Ferguson playing ‘The Hot Canary’ with Stan Kenton. She told me, ‘You should be listening to this stuff, not those sweet bands.’ So I have to credit her with putting me on the right path.”
In support of his recently released album, “Earth Music,” saxophonist Paul Winter leads the Paul Winter Consort in concert at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington at 8pm on Saturday (February 4). Tix are $35 and $55.