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

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

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Feb 15-19, 2017

Duo Performs Beethoven Cello-Piano Sonatas at The Clark

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‘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,…

Jo Firestone Brings Absurdist Comedy to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Absurdist comedian Jo Firestone performs in Club B10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, February 18, at 8pm. Joe Pera returns to MASS MoCA to warm up the crowd for Firestone, whose off-kilter talents are on display in the HBO series “High Maintenance” and in her writing for the Chris Gethard Show…

Tanja Hollander Exhibition Explores Friendship in Virtual Age at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – “Are you really my friend?”, an exhibition of hundreds of photographs by Maine-based artist Tanja Hollander that explores the nature of friendships real and virtual, opens at MASS MoCA on Saturday, February 18. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Saturday, March 18, from 5:30pm to 7pm, in…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Feb 8-12, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including soul-folk; an Americana art exhibit; chamber music; bluegrass banjo; a literary reading; and a whole lot more.       BIRDS OF CHICAGO BRING SOUL-FOLK to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Folk-soul duo Birds of Chicago brings…

20th Century Music for Strings and Women’s Voices at The School

(KINDERHOOK, N.Y.) – “20th Century Music for Strings and Women’s Voices,” a program of works by Vaughan Williams, Britten, Saint-Saëns, Poulenc and Foote, takes place at The School | Jack Shainman Gallery on Sunday, February 19, at 1pm, as part of the Concerts in the Village (CITV) series. CITV artistic director David Smith will conduct…

Music Inspired by ‘Candide’ at Hudson Opera House

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Works inspired by Voltaire’s “Candide” by Haydn, Schumann, Prokofiev, Brahms, Golijov, and others will be performed by musicians from The Orchestra Now in “Candide’s Journey” at the Hudson Opera House on Saturday, February 11, from noon to 5pm. The casual event, to be held in the Opera House’s intimate West Room, is…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, February 8-12, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a jazz-funk band; an experimental multimedia concert; a soul-folk duo; new short plays; a tenor saxophone master; Japanese woodblock prints, and a whole lot more.       So PERCUSSION BRINGS MULTIMEDIA CONCERT ABOUT GUNS to MASS MoCA (NORTH…

Gruppo Mondo Brings Jazz-Funk to Egremont Barn

(SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass.) – Jazz-funk outfit Gruppo Mondo, featuring superstar drummer Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Indigo Girls, Orleans), brings its unique blend of improvised soul music to the Egremont Barn on Friday, February 10, at 8pm. Gruppo Mondo, based in Pittsfield, is led by bassist Fran Tokarz and includes Peter Primamore on…

Barrington Stage Hosts 10X10 New Play Festival

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The sixth annual 10X10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage Company takes place Thursday, February 16, through Sunday, March 5, at BSC’s newly renovated St. Germain Stage, located at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center. The event, part of the 2017 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival in Pittsfield, features ten new 10-imnute…

Mark Turner Quartet Brings Modern Jazz to Williams

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – The Mark Turner Quartet, led by the acclaimed tenor saxophonist, performs in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall at Williams College on Monday, February 20, at 8pm. The concert is free and open to the public. Mark Turner is one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, renowned for his exploratory intellect and intimate…

So Percussion Brings Multimedia Concert About Guns to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — The innovative ensemble So Percussion explores America’s fraught relationship with guns in “A Gun Show,” a theatrically staged concert in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, February 11, at 8pm. “A Gun Show” gives the Second Amendment a soundtrack in this affecting foray into America’s gun culture. Taking mallets…

Noam Pikelny Brings Inventive Bluegrass to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-nominated musician Noam Pikelny, the preeminent banjoist of his generation, will play old favorites and preview new songs from his upcoming album, “Universal Favorite,” at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, February 10, at 9pm. Pikelny is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a three-time Grammy Award nominee, and was awarded the…

Birds of Chicago Bring Folk-Soul to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Folk-soul duo Birds of Chicago brings its unique blend of rock ‘n’ roll and “secular gospel” to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, February 12, at 8pm. Husband-wife duo JT Nero and Allison Russell anchor Birds of Chicago, a sprawling collective of soul-inflected, groove-based Americana from the Midwest. Birds of Chicago’s music seamlessly…