Notes from Behind the Scenes…


Caffè Lena has received a 2011 Grammy Foundation Grant which will go to help preserve Caffè Lena’s rare recordings of live performances from 1960-1975 with help from three-time Grammy Award-winning sound preservationist Steve Rosenthal. They are currently planning the restoration of recordings by Pete Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt, Jean Ritchie, Don McLean, Kate McGarrigle and others, with listening copies made for the Library of Congress. If you or someone you know made an audio or video recording at Caffe Lena, please contact the Caffe in order to help preserve its rich recorded history.

Amy Williams, president and CEO of the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, will leave the organization on July 15 to become project manager at Exhibit Planning & Management International in Menands. Former WMHT executive Deborah Onslow will become ACCR’s interim president. Williams has held the top job at ACCR since 2008 and served as vice president for more than 20 years. Best of luck, Amy!

Nearly seven months after two of Berkshire County’s theaters announced their intention to join forces, they have unveiled the official name of their new joint organization – Colonial Theatre/Berkshire Theatre Festival Merger Corporation. Pretty sexy, eh? “The new name, of course, is an interim ‘mouthful,'” says artistic director and chief executive officer Kate Maguire, “so we welcome suggestions for something with more pizzazz from our broad based audiences in Berkshire County and beyond.” Let the name game begin…

The Albany Symphony was one of 26 American orchestras to be honored with a 2010-2011 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming at the recent League of American Orchestras annual meeting in Minneapolis. The League and ASCAP present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire and increase interest in contemporary music. The Albany Symphony has been honored with more ASCAP awards for adventurous programming than any other orchestra in the country.

Jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon – who will be the special guest at the annual Proctors Summer Jazz Institute in Schenectady next month – was honored as Best Trombonist of the Year at the recent Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards in NYC.

Now in its sixth year, the Responding to Art Involves Self Expression (RAISE) program of the Clark Art Institute of Williamstown has been recognized with a Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Award for Outstanding Arts Collaborative in Visual Arts. A collaboration between the Berkshire County Juvenile Court and the Clark, the alternative sentencing model shifts the sentencing paradigm from punishment to education, offering participants a new way to think about their lives and their potential, as RAISE participants take part in gallery talks, group meetings and writing and self awareness exercises.

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