BerkshireWeekend

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

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, August 9-13, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including Kentucky’s answer to Wilco; a tribute to Monk; a festival of Chopin; abstract art at the Clark; a jazzy, urban-folk singer-songwriter at Club Helsinki Hudson, and a whole lot more.       MY MORNING JACKET BRINGS INDIE…

Bard Music Festival Celebrates All Things Chopin

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin, who transformed the aesthetic potential of the piano, will be celebrated at the Bard Music Festival, running for two weekends (August 11-13 and August 18-20) in the Fisher Center at Bard College. Twelve themed concert programs will be complemented by pre-concert lectures, panel discussions, two special events, and…

Elizabeth Kolbert to Speak on a Dying Planet at Hancock Shaker Village

(HANCOCK, Mass.)  –  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert will discuss the current environmental crisis, including the imminent threat of planetary extinction, in the Food for Thought dinner series at Hancock Shaker Village on Friday, August 11, at 6pm. A resident of Williamstown and visiting fellow at Williams College, Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at…

Caleb Teicher Taps Into PS21

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Caleb Teicher & Company brings its mix of tap, lindy hop, and vernacular jazz dance to PS21 on Friday-Saturday, August 11 and 12, at 8pm, as part of the Chatham Dance Festival. The PS21 program will include Variations, in which three tap dancers make Bach’s Goldberg Variations leap from the page; Small…

Jazz Workshop Culminates with Freddie Bryant at Hudson Hall

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Jazz guitarist/composer Freddie Bryant headlines the 11th annual Hudson Jazz Workshop concert at Hudson Hall on Sunday, August 13, at 4:30pm. Bryant will perform with Hudson Jazzworks artistic directors Armen Donelian (piano) and Marc Mommaas (saxophone) as well as an international line-up of workshop participants. The concert is preceded by a free…

Ted Rosenthal Quintet Salutes Thelonious Monk at Lee Meeting House

(LEE, Mass.) – The Ted Rosenthal Quintet will perform a centennial salute to Thelonious Monk at the Lee Meeting House on Saturday, August 12, at 7:30pm, in a program presented by Berkshires Jazz, Inc. Pianist Ted Rosenthal burst into popular consciousness when he won the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Since that time,…

Claire McMillan to Discuss New Novel at The Mount and Spotty Dog

(LENOX, Mass., and HUDSON, N.Y.) – Claire McMillan, author of the brand-new novel, “The Necklace,” will discuss her new book at The Mount on Thursday, August 10, at 3:30pm, and at Spotty Dog Books, as part of the free Volume Reading Series, on Saturday, August 12, at 7pm. McMillan’s “The Necklace” was inspired in part…

High Peaks Festival Celebrates Female Composers at Basilica Hudson 

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Catskill High Peaks Festival brings its summer-long focus on women composers to Basilica Hudson on Friday, August 11, at 8pm. The event features various chamber music combinations and crossover repertoire including cello chorus, violin and mandolin ensembles, and the High Peaks Chamber orchestra, in works by Vivaldi and notable women composers,…

My Morning Jacket Brings Indie Rock to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Indie-rock group My Morning Jacket, a perennial contender for the Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammy Awards, brings its moody, rootsy sound to MASS MoCA on Saturday, August 12, at 7:30pm. Pennsylvania rock group The Districts will warm up the crowd for My Morning Jacket. My Morning Jacket has been…

Camille A. Brown, Elvis Presley and Donald Rumsfeld Meet at Jacob’s Pillow

(BECKET, Mass.) – Camille A. Brown brings her evening-length work, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, to Jacob’s Pillow, along with dendy/donovan project’s Elvis Everywhere, from Wednesday, August 9, through Sunday, August 13. Brown’s work explores representations of black women through modern dance, hip-hop, African-American social dances, ballet, and tap dance with throbbing rhythms, color chalk scenery,…