HudsonValleyWeekend February 23-26, 2017

The Orchestra Now Tackles Bernstein's 'Candide' at Bard

Chloe Zerwick Conjures the Surreal in Exhibition at Hudson Opera House

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, February 23-26, 2017

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HudsonValleyWeekend February 23-26, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including Grammy-nominated Americana and Americana-inspired art; three-dimensional surreal sculptural art; a 20th century American opera classic; and a whole lot more.     LARRY CAMPBELL & TERESA WILLIAMS to BRING AMERICANA SOUNDS to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Husband-and-wife duo…

The Orchestra Now Tackles Bernstein’s ‘Candide’ at Bard

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Orchestra Now, under the baton of James Bagwell, presents a semi-staged concert performance of Leonard Bernstein‘s acclaimed opera “Candide,” at the Fisher Center at Bard College on Saturday, February 25, at 8pm, and Sunday, February 26, at 2pm.  Bernstein’s work is based on the immortal comic classic by Voltaire. Stephen Sondheim and Lillian Hellman contributed to Richard Wilbur’s libretto. The…

Chloe Zerwick Conjures the Surreal in Exhibition at Hudson Opera House

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Inside the Box,” a solo exhibition of sculptural work by Hudson-based artist Chloe Zerwick, opens at the Hudson Opera House on Saturday, February 25, with a reception with the artist from 5 to 7pm. The exhibition, in which the artist transforms everyday objects into enigmatic, three-dimensional statements framed inside boxes, will be…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, February 23-26, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including psychedelic pop; electronic Latin soul; Americana; punk; dance for social justice; new short plays; jazz; Japanese woodblock prints, and a whole lot more.         SAM COHEN BRINGS PSYCHEDELIC POP to MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Pop-rock…

Trio to Perform ‘Ten Flavours of Jazz’ in Pittsfield

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) –  The Matt DeChamplain Trio, featuring vocalist Atla DeChamplain, will present ten jazz styles “Ten Flavours of Jazz” at Flavours of Malaysia on Saturday, February 25, at 8pm, as part of Pittsfield’s annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. The musical menu includes New Orleans/traditional; swing; Brazilian/bossa nova; stride; Kansas City/blues; West coast/cool; and contemporary.…

Free Social Justice Movement Workshop and Lecture/Demonstration by Danza Orgánica

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Boston-based contemporary dance theater company Danza Orgánica, directed by choreographer and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Creative Development Residency Artist Marsha Parrilla, will host a free Dance for Social Justice Movement Workshop followed by a lecture/demonstration performance of Parrilla’s work “Running in Stillness,” at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires in Pittsfield…

Rene Lopez Brings ‘Electric Latin Soul’ to Egremont Barn

(SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass.) – Rene Lopez brings his distinctive brand of Latin soul and rock to the Egremont Barn on Saturday, February 25, at 8pm. Lopez’s music spans funk, disco, salsa, and at times recalls the sort of NYC street-soul of early Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison and the late 1970s art-funk of Talking Heads.…

Punk-Rock Legend John Doe Brings Brings ‘Psychedelic Soul’ to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – John Doe, cofounder of seminal California punk-rock band X, brings his new “psychedelic soul” along with musical selections from his entire four-decade career, to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, February 23, at 8pm. With Exene Cervenka, John Doe was a cofounder, co-vocalist, and chief songwriter of legendary California punk-rock outfit X, which…

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams to Bring Americana Sounds to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Husband-and-wife duo Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams will bring their award-winning Americana music to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, February 25, at 9pm. The Woodstock, N.Y.-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell is a Grammy Award-winning producer and an Americana icon whose career has been inextricably intertwined with the likes of Judy…

Jeffrey Foucault Brings Original Folk-Rock to Colonial

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) –  Singer/songwriter Jeffrey Foucault brings his rootsy folk-rock to the Colonial Theatre in the On the Stage Series on Thursday, February 23, at 7:30pm. The guitar-playing Foucault will be accompanied by drummer Billy Conway, best known for his stint in Morphine. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zak Trojano will warm up the crowd for Foucault.…

Sam Cohen Brings Psychedelic Pop to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Pop-rock singer-songwriter Sam Cohen brings his individual brand of retro-psychedelia and his buzzsaw guitar licks to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, February 25, at 8pm. The former frontman of Apollo Sunshine and The Yellowbirds, who has lent his guitar talents to the likes of Bob Weir and CeeLo, will…

BSO to Build New State-of-the-Art Educational Complex at Tanglewood

(LENOX, Mass.) – This summer, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will break ground for a new four-building educational complex at Tanglewood to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center and to serve as the home of a new Tanglewood Learning Institute for visitors to the summer music festival. The year-round, climate-controlled buildings…

Andy Statman, Alicia Svigals Make Yidstock Debuts This July

(AMHERST, Mass.) – Andy Statman, widely regarded as the world’s greatest klezmer clarinetist and the individual perhaps most solely responsible for the klezmer revival, and Alicia Svigals, a cofounder of the Klezmatics, widely regarded as the world’s great klezmer fiddler, will make their Yidstock debuts this summer during the sixth annual Yidstock: The Festival of…

‘Music Man,’ ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ Top Season of American Classics at Berkshire Theatre Group

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – “The Music Man,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and the jukebox musical “Million Dollar Quartet” top a 2017 summer season heavy on entertainment classics at Berkshire Theatre Group venues including Pittsfield’s Colonial Theatre and the former Berkshire Theatre Festival campus in Stockbridge. The season is rounded out by two plays by Pulitzer Prize-winning…

‘Ragtime’ and Sondheim’s ‘Company’ Top Barrington Stage 2017 Season

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) –  Tony Award-winning musicals “Ragtime” and “Company” top a rich season planned by Barrington Stage Company, which also includes plays by Alan Ayckbourn, Conor McPherson, and Melissa James Gibson, and “Kunstler,” a new play starring BSC veteran Jeff McCarthy as the self-described “radical lawyer” and civil-rights activist William Kunstler. Several of the plays…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Feb 15-19, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including comedy; chamber music; Bach and Beethoven; new short plays; jazz; Japanese woodblock prints, and a whole lot more.       JO FIRESTONE BRINGS ABSURDIST COMEDY to MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Absurdist comedian Jo Firestone performs in…

Duo Performs Beethoven Cello-Piano Sonatas at The Clark

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano on Sunday, February 19, at 2 pm, in the auditorium (the Michael Conforti Pavilion) at the Clark Art Institute. This extraordinary cycle of five sonatas performed in one monumental concert offers a fascinating window into…

A Close Encounter with Bach Cello Suites

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Bach cello suites performed alternately by Yehuda Hanani and Kivie Cahn-Lipman will be showcased in “The Intimate Bach” at Saint James Place on Saturday, February 18, at 6pm, as part of the Close Encounter with Music series. The Bach suites will be performed alternately by Close Encounters artistic director Yehuda Hanani,…