Berkshire Weekend Cultural Preview, Sept 5-9, 2012

 

Daedalus Quartet (by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

DAEDALUS STRING QUARTET to PERFORM at NEW MARLBOROUGH MEETING HOUSE

(NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass.) – The internationally acclaimed Daedalus Quartet performs music of Mendelssohn, Dvorak and George Perle on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. at the Meeting House on the Village Green as part of the Music & More series.

The renowned string ensemble, praised by the New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” performs Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major; George Perle’s Molto Adagio and Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat major.

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LONDON’S NATIONAL THEATRE TELECAST SEASON KICKS OFF on AREA SCREENS with ‘THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME’

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the novel of the same title by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens, will be telecast live in HD from London’s National Theatre on film screens around the region, including The Clark in Williamstown, Mass.; the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass., and at Time & Space Limited in Hudson, N.Y., on Thursday, September 6, 2012. Showtimes, including encore broadcasts, and ticket prices vary from venue to venue.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the internationally bestselling novel, opens with Christopher, fifteen years old, standing beside Mrs. Shears’s dead dog, Wellington, at seven minutes after midnight. The dog has been speared with a garden fork, and Christopher is under suspicion. Christopher has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at math, yet he is ill equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of the road where he lives, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, undertaken over the objections of his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

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WILLIAMS CHAMBER PLAYERS PLAY 20TH CENTURY CHAMBER MUSIC INFLUENCED BY POPULAR SOUNDS

(l-r) Keith Kibler, Erin Nafziger, Kerry Ryer-Parke, vocal faculty of Williams Chamber Players

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – The Williams Chamber Players will perform works by Shostakovich, Poulenc, Cage, Strauss, and Lehár in a concert themed “The insidious popular vein in the early 20th century” on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public. The concert will also include the world premiere of a piece by Williamstown composer Stephen Dankner, written in tribute to the late Williams College music professor Irwin Shainman.

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ROOTS MUSIC LEGENDS NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND to PLAY INFINITY HALL

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

(NORFOLK, Conn.) – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – one of the key groups to put the roots back into country, folk and roots-rock music in the 1960s and 1970s, paving the way for the full-fledged American roots or “Americana” revival of the 1990s and beyond – performs at Infinity Hall in Norfolk on Friday, September 7, 2012, at 8pm.

Perhaps best known for its hit version of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles” and its critically influential 1972 triple album, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, which featured guest appearances by a host of roots-music legends, including such traditional country artists as Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, and Jimmy Martin, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continues to reach new generations of listeners, with performances at rock festivals such as Bonnaroo and at high-profile events including Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble.

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WORLD’S GREATEST KLEZMER FIDDLER to PLAY YIDDISH BOOK CENTER in AMHERST

Alicia Svigals

(AMHERST, Mass.) – Acclaimed violinist and composer Alicia Svigals, considered by many to be the greatest living exponent of klezmer fiddle, will perform at the Yiddish Book Center on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at 2 p.m., with her ensemble, Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express. During the past two decades, Svigals, a founder of the Klezmatics and the all-women band Mikveh, has almost singlehandedly revived klezmer fiddle playing. She has taught this style to hundreds of students, including most of today’s best professional players. Svigals toured with violinist Itzhak Perlman – to whom she taught the nuances of klezmer violin technique – and was awarded first prize at the Safed, Israel international klezmer festival competition.

Svigals will be accompanied by accordionist Patrick Farrell and bassist Marty Confurius, and will be introduced by Seth Rogovoy, author of The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover’s Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music and programming consultant to the Yiddish Book Center.

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BASILICA FILM SERIES KICKS OFF with APPEARANCE by ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARIAN ALBERT MAYSLES

Albert Maysles

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Albert Maysles, the pioneering documentary filmmaker whose work, in collaboration with his younger brother, the late David Maysles, includes such groundbreaking documentary films as Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens, will help inaugurate the fall film series, Basilica Screenings, at Basilica Hudson, on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Maysles will be on hand for a screening of his half-hour film, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!, featuring never-before seen archival footage from the Rolling Stones performance at Madison Square Garden over Thanksgiving weekend, 1969, documented in Gimme Shelter. Beyond the full-length performances of five Stones songs — presented in surround sound — the film includes a cover shoot, rare backstage footage, a mixing session and more.

Maysles will also bring with him rarely seen footage from films including Meet Marlon Brando (1966), With Love From Truman (1966), Dali’s Fantastic Dream (1966), Muhammad Ali: Zaire (1974), Grey Gardens (1976), and Late Night With David Letterman (1982). The event will be moderated by Jake Perlin.

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