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(Dance Review) Jodi Melnick and David Neumann at Jacob’s Pillow

David Neumann in Tough the Tough (redux) (photo by Cherylynn Tsushima)

JACOB’S PILLOW Jodi Melnick and David Neumann August 10-14, 2011 Review by Anna Rogovoy (BECKET, Mass., August 10, 2011) – Fanfare, choreographed and performed by Jodi Melnick with Dennis O’Connor, is a limpid, fluid work with an innovative set designed by Burt Barr. Barr places two chrome fans on pedestals several yards away from each…

Cousin Jerry: Soul Man

by Seth Rogovoy  I’ve been asking the questions of musicians over the course of my quarter-century career as a music journalist. But the question I’ve regularly been asked by musicians on the other end of the phone — as well as by fans, industry people, and music geeks — has been, “Are you by any…

(Dance Review) Jonah Bokaer at Jacob’s Pillow

Jonah Bokaer in 'Why Patterns' (photo Robert Benschop)

JACOB’S PILLOW Jonah Bokaer Doris Duke Theatre August 3, 2011 Review by Anna Rogovoy (BECKET, Mass.) – Jonah Bokaer possesses a syrupy yet precise movement quality and the sort of unaffected stage presence one might not have expected from such an arguably precocious individual — at 18, he was the youngest person ever to join…

For Trio con Brio Copenhagen, 2+2=3

Trio con Brio Copenhagen (photo by Soren Svendsen)

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) — Trio con Brio Copenhagen, one of today’s most exciting young chamber ensembles, performs an eclectic program featuring works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Frank Martin at The Clark on Tuesday, August 9 at 8 pm. Korean sisters Soo-Jin and Soo-Kyung Hong and Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer created the trio in Vienna in 1999…

Avant-Garde Pop Singer-Songwriter Lia Ices at Club Helsinki

Lia Ices

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The ethereal pop songstress Lia Ices brings her seductive melancholy to Club Helsinki on Friday, August 5, at 9. The Connecticut native, who heads to Chicago immediately after her Helsinki gig to perform at the Lollapalooza Festival and then back to New York City to play the Mercury Lounge, before opening a…

A New Look for BerkshireDaily

The new BerkshireDaily logo, designed by Jen Ødegaard

On Monday, August 1, 2011, BerkshireDaily introduces a new look, a new brand, and some new features. Mostly, however, the changes are on the surface, and BerkshireDaily remains the same – your free one-stop for the day’s news, features, reviews and information you need, gathered from around the corner and around the globe via the…

Louise Lecavalier: Total Dancer

Louise Lecavalier and Patrick Lamothe in 'Children' (photo by Andre Cornellier)

Louise Lecavalier and Patrick Lamothe in ‘Children’ (photo by Andre Cornellier)   JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL Louise Lecavalier Doris Duke Theatre July 15, 2011   by Seth Rogovoy   (BECKET, Mass.) – Children, which may have been choreographed by Nigel Charnock and featured two dancers (the other being Patrick Lamothe) and which received its U.S.…

Jacob’s Pillow Kicks off 2011 Season with Lively, Diverse Gala

Text and photos by Seth Rogovoy (BECKET, Mass., June 19, 2011) – The Jacob’s Pillow season opening gala is always a high point of the season, both for the programming, which serves as a kind of sampler for the work that goes on at the Pillow, including the educational component as well as a sprinkling…

The Morning’s Haul from Berkshire Organics

Take a look at the accompanying photo portraying lush greens, avocadoes, a generously overflowing quart of strawberries and bright red baby beets with their greens still attached. All of these are organic fruits and veggies, almost all were in the ground in the greater Berkshire/Pioneer Valley region just a day or two ago, and the…