BerkshireWeekend

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Berkshire region.

Regional Cultural Preview, Aug 3-9, 2020

by Seth Rogovoy   Yo La Tengo Brings Indie-Rock Back to MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Yo La Tengo — one of the most celebrated and adventurous bands in rock history — returns to MASS MoCA for two acoustic concerts on Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8, both at 8:30pm. The unassuming, self-effacing…

Danish String Quartet Tackles Shostakovich Quartet Online via Tanglewood

(LENOX, Mass.) – The Danish String Quartet from Copenhagen will perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 10 in A-flat, Op. 118, in a live recording via Tanglewood on Wednesday, August 5, at 8pm, as part of the Recitals from the World Stage series. The program will be hosted by Karen Allen. The Danish String Quartet (actually…

Charming Disaster Brings Goth-Folk to The Foundry

(WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Brooklyn goth-folk duo Charming Disaster will bring their playfully macabre duets about love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the supernatural with two live shows at The Foundry on Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8, 7pm. Like other touring musicians around the world, Charming Disaster was forced to cancel their spring…

Yo La Tengo Brings Indie-Rock Back to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Yo La Tengo — one of the most celebrated and adventurous bands in rock history — returns to MASS MoCA for two acoustic concerts on Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8, both at 8:30pm. The unassuming, self-effacing trio featuring husband-and-wife singer-songwriters Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley and longtime drummer James…

Elif Batuman to Discuss ‘The Age of Innocence’ Online via The Mount

(LENOX, Mass.) – Author Elif Batuman and Wharton scholar Jennifer Haytock will share how their own multiple readings of The Age of Innocence has informed their understanding of social norms, class, and privilege, from Wharton’s old New York through today, in Telling Two Stories, a free, online program offered by The Mount on Thursday, August…

Regional Cultural Preview, July 27-Aug 2, 2020

by Seth Rogovoy       Rhiannon Giddens, Yo-Yo Ma Top Week’s Tanglewood Online Offerings (LENOX, Mass.) – Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be featured in performances of works by Copland, Bernstein, and John Williams recorded in 2018 streaming tonight, Friday, July 27, at 8pm, as part of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Encore Performances series.…

Sue Miller, Patricia Park and Dayna Tortorici in Conversation from The Mount

(LENOX, Mass.) – Novelist and Guggenheim fellow Sue Miller, Fulbright scholar and writer Patricia Park, and n+1 editor-in-chief and debut novelist Dayna Tortorici will discuss their past and present work, their careers, and their experience writing in the home of Edith Wharton in a virtual conversation from The Mount on Thursday, July 30, at 4pm.…

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Goes Virtual

(HILLSDALE, N.Y.) – The annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival at Dodds Farm will be presented virtually this summer, with festival stalwarts including the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, the Storycrafters, Gaslight Tinkers, Vance Gilbert, and Susan Werner “returning.” Other favorite performers include The End of America, Oshima Brothers, Alisa Amador, The Empty…

Chamber Series to Livestream Cello-Guitar Duo Concert at Mahaiwe

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Guitarist Eliot Fisk and cellist Yehuda Hanani will present a free virtual recital, From Bach to Bachianas, live from the stage of the Mahaiwe on Sunday, August 2, at 5:30pm, as part of the Close Encounters With Music series. The program includes works by Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Villa-Lobos, Ernesto Lecuona, Cesar…

Rhiannon Giddens, Yo-Yo Ma Top Week’s Tanglewood Online Offerings

(LENOX, Mass.) – Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be featured in performances of works by Copland, Bernstein, and John Williams recorded in 2018 streaming tonight, Friday, July 27, at 8pm, as part of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Encore Performances series. On Wednesday, July 29, at 8pm, Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens joins with the Silkroad Ensemble…