“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.
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.”
The Berkshire Bach Society has put together a fascinating program titled “Bridging the Baroque” which connects early music with the Baroque era, from which came the classical period. With the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble – the artistic core of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s – it is an evening of Baroque and Classical favorites.
Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” is one of the most popular and evocative pieces in the canon, and Bach’s vibrant “Orchestral Suite No. 2″ is clearly influenced by Vivaldi’s brilliant Italianate harmonies, while Mozart’s “Divertimento” in D Major traces the transformation of light music into the Classical era.
The welcome classical music event takes place on Saturday (September 27) at 7:30pm at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. 413 528-0100 Tickets: $25-$70 (Box Office fees apply.) Berkshire Bach membership discount $5 $15 for 30-years and younger with ID. Students free with ID.
“Natalie Merchant is a new Mahaiwe audience favorite, having sold out her performance here with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic last year,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “We are delighted to welcome her back to Great Barrington to celebrate the release of her new album.”
Over her 30-year career, Merchant has earned a distinguished place among America’s most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a prolific songwriter with a compelling artistic vision and a unique and captivating performance style. With her latest and highly acclaimed Nonesuch recording, Leave Your Sleep, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 17, she embarks on a new artistic path, creating songs from literary inspiration which are composed for expanded musical ensembles and orchestra.
In technique and sensibility, violinist Vadim Gluzman harkens back to the Golden Age of violinists of the 19th and 20th centuries, while demonstrating the passion and energy of the 21st century. Lauded by both critics and audiences as a performer of depth, virtuosity and technical brilliance, he has appeared throughout the world as a soloist and in a duo setting with his wife, pianist Angela Yoffe. Gluzman’s warm tone, developed out of his miraculous “ex-Leopold Auer” Strad (on which the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto was premiered!) takes its inspiration from the timeless examples of Mischa Elman, Nathan Milstein and David Oistrakh. A legendary violin in the hands of a master, and a dazzling holiday program with music of Mozart, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Castelnuovo-Tedesco will be heard on Saturday, December 21, at 6pm at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington with Angela Yoffe as his chamber music partner.
Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry both sustains the great violin tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries and enlivens it with the dynamism of today. A recent music critic captured the singular quality of his approach to violin playing: “Most remarkable was his ability to sustain Tchaikovsky’s romantic emotionalism without falling into vibrato-drenched clichés,” wrote Chris Waddington of New Orlean’s Times-Picayune. “Gluzman did it by unleashing an astounding palette of colors from his violin: a golden hive-like droning, finger-snap pizzicatos, and a plunging dive-bomber wail that had me thinking of klezmer — and of Jimi Hendrix calling down fire from heaven in ‘Machine Gun.’” He goes on to say, “For folks who prefer the classics, I’d sum up Gluzman this way: He is better than Itzhak Perlman, better than Midori, better than Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and all the other big-name string titans who have soloed with the LPO [Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra] in recent years.”
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, in partnership with The Mount, cordially invites you to attend a lecture by food historian Francine Segan titled “Downton Abbey and Gilded Age Holiday Entertaining” on Sunday (December 15) at 3pm, followed by a 4pm screening of “Somewhere in Time.” NOTE: This is a schedule change for Segan’s previously announced lecture on Saturday, December 14 at 6:30pm.
“Downton Abbey and Gilded Age Holiday Entertaining” will be an amusing lecture about the fascinating time period when high society was at its peak. It was a time of calling cards, horse-drawn coaches, high tea, cotillions, lawn parties, formal dinners – a time when even picnics were served on fine china.
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington will host a festive array of events this holiday season, including Darlene Love’s “Love for the Holidays” concert on Friday, November 29 at 8:00pm and jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli and Broadway singer and actress Jessica Molaskey with guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli in a cabaret concert celebrating the Great American Songbook and other classics on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 8:00pm. In honor of Love’s live appearance, the Mahaiwe will screen the hit documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” in which she plays a starring role, on Saturday, November 23 at 7:00pm. Food historian Francine Segan will give a talk about Gilded Age holiday entertaining on Saturday, December 14 at 6:30pm. In addition, the theater will screen two Met: Live in HD opera broadcasts and several family-friendly classic movies detailed below.
Darlene Love’s “Love for the Holidays” concert will feature songs from the holiday season performed with her full band and backup singers. Every year since 1986 (with the exception of the writers’ strike in 2007), Love has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” during the last episode of the calendar year to perform her classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Rolling Stone proclaimed Love “one of the greatest singers of all time” and The New York Times declared that her “thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics.” In the 1960s, she sang lead on a string of Phil Spector-produced hits, including “He’s a Rebel,” “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” “(Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home,” “Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts?” and the seasonal classic “(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home.” In the 1970s and early ’80s, she joined Dionne Warwick, singing back-up for her on records, on tour and on the Warwick-hosted TV show “Solid Gold.” She also starred in Broadway musicals, including “Leader of the Pack” and “Hairspray,” as well as taking on dramatic roles in all three “Lethal Weapon” movies and a stage adaptation of Stephen King’s “Carrie.” In 2007, she released a holiday album, It’s Christmas of Course and in 2010, she released a live retrospective, The Concert of Love. In 2011, Love received the highest honor in rock music: she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She is featured in “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” the hit documentary film about the world of back-up singers, which opened the Berkshire International Film Festival at the Mahaiwe in June, where Love wowed the audience with her live rendition of “Stand by Me.” Tickets are $30 to $80.
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film “20 Feet From Stardom,” award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the back-up singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, the film boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of back-up singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film, including most of all: the incomparable Darlene Love. Tickets are free for Mahaiwe members who have purchased Darlene Love concert tickets or $7 (general admission).
Great Barrington, MA: The Paul Taylor Dance Company will return to the Mahaiwe for its sixth consecutive summer season on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and May 25 at 8pm and Sunday, May 26 at 3pm and 7pm. “We are proud to be the Berkshire home for America’s national treasure Paul Taylor Dance Company,” said Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “Mr. Taylor’s dazzling, thought-provoking, and entertaining dances are a perfect kickoff to the summer season.”
The renowned modern dance company will perform the New England premiere of Mr. Taylor’s Perpetual Dawn (2013), which depicts young people experiencing the awakening of love, perhaps for the very first time. The new work is set to sprightly concertos by Baroque composer Johann David Heinichen. Other repertory favorites to be performed include Cascade (1999, music by J.S. Bach), Kith and Kin (1987, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Lost, Found and Lost (1982, music by Donald York), Last Look (1985, music by Donald York), and Offenbach Overtures (1995, music by Jacques Offenbach).
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