(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – On Saturday, July 21, 2012, at 8p.m., the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform their brand-new, evening-length masterpiece, Field Recordings, with guests Nick Zammuto and Todd Reynolds, as part of the 11th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, part of Bang on a Can’s 25th birthday year.
Field Recordings is Bang on a Can’s major new project, featuring nine hot-off-the-press commissioned works by Tyondai Braxton, Mira Calix, Florent Ghys, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Christian Marclay, Todd Reynolds (performing live), Julia Wolfe, Nick Zammuto (performing live), and Evan Ziporyn (performing live).
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Far From Heaven, a new musical based on the acclaimed, award-winning 2002 motion picture written and directed by Todd Haynes, begins a preview production on the Main Stage at Williamstown Theatre Festival on Thursday, July 19, 2012, running through July 29, 2012. The musical features a book by Tony Award-winner Richard Greenberg and an original score by the Tony-nominated team of Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics). The production stars four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific) as Cathy Whitaker, Steven Pasquale of FX’s Rescue Me and NBC’s upcoming series Do No Harm as Frank Whitaker, and Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) as Raymond Deagan. The show, directed by Michael Greif (Next to Normal, Rent), will receive a run at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in Spring 2013
(LENOX, Mass.) – Kurt Masur, who turns 85 on July 18, 2012, will share the Tanglewood podium with his son Ken-David Masur for the Boston Symphony Orchestra Sunday afternoon all-Mozart program on July 22, 2012. Maestro Masur, who canceled most of his appearances through September after taking a fall during a concert in Paris last April, maintained his July 22 Tanglewood date, though he has decided to share the conducting duties with his son, Ken-David, as he is still recuperating from the accident.
Ken-David Masur, a 2011 and 2012 Tanglewood Music Center Conducting Fellow, will make his BSO conducting debut leading Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Piano Concerto in C minor, K.491, with Gerhard Oppitz as soloist. Kurt Masur will lead the orchestra in the second half of the program, Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, Linz.
(LENOX, Mass.) – In the great tradition of its fidelity to the text combined with freewheeling imagination, Shakespeare & Company is staging the Bard’s final play, The Tempest, in a fresh and provocative take helmed by company artistic director Tony Simotes, featuring Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis playing the lead role of the banished Duke as a woman, here called Prospera. The Tempest runs from July 19, 2012, through August 19, 2012, in the newly renamed Tina Packer Playhouse (formerly Founder’s Theatre).
In addition to Dukakis, this production of The Tempest also features an all-star cast drawn from Shakespeare & Company’s prodigiously talented ensemble, including Kristin Wold, Rocco Sisto, Jonathan Epstein, David Joseph, and Ryan Winkles. Lighting is by Matthew Adelson.
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at 6 pm, The Clark presents the Latin world-fusion group Incendio as the final concert in its series of free, family-friendly outdoor summer band concerts.
With a unique alchemy of composition, technique, and performance that combines seductive melodies with explosive improvisatory journeys, Incendio takes instrumental Spanish guitar music to new and uncharted artistic levels.
The band has released seven critically acclaimed international CDs, with the bold, romantic Spanish guitar at the heart of every track and its timeless sound recast in powerful modern arrangements. Incendio — which performs more than 150 shows throughout the United States every year — is renowned for their onstage energy and fretboard wizardry.
Barbecue fare will be available for purchase and the galleries will remain open for visitors until 6 pm. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the auditorium.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – REMIX, a celebration of artistic innovation inspired by the mission to support emerging artists and the development of new work, kicks off the Berkshire Fringe‘s first international season on Monday, July 23, 2012, at 6p.m., in the Daniel Arts Center at Simon’s Rock College. REMIX will feature five short performances by local artists who have all been inspired by identical source materials.
Artists participating in the 2012 Berkshire Fringe season were each asked to “donate” something from their own shows that they believed would be inherently inspiring to someone else’s creative process. Participating gala artists will then work with these specific “donations” — including props, set pieces, concepts and lines of text — all of which will be taken out of context and used to inspire brand new short performances.
Featured REMIX artists include actress and dancer Karen Lee and collaborator Colin Gold; composer/singer Anna Dagmar; improv duo Barby Cardillo and Alexia Trainor (AKA Frog and Toad from RBIT-Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe); theater/music collective My Redneck Image (featuring composer Mark Kelso, director Meg Agnew and writer Cindy Parrish); and comedy writer/actor/filmmaker Zachary Green.