(LENOX, Mass.) – The official residency of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) at Tanglewood kicks off this Friday, July 5, with an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring violin virtuoso Joshua Bell in the composer’s beloved Violin Concerto. The following night, Saturday, July 6, the BSO tackles Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 3. Also this holiday weekend, on Thursday, July 4, Tanglewood will hold its annual Independence Day concert at 7 p.m. in the Shed, this year featuring American singer-songwriter and rock legend Jackson Browne.
(HILLSDALE, N.Y.) – There will be an opening reception for The Power of Place, an exhibition featuring oil paintings of contemporary regional scenes by Ken Young and Jeffrey L. Neumann, at Neumann Fine Art on Saturday, July 6, from 5 to 8 pm. The two-man exhibition runs through September 2 and features two painters with different styles but a commonality in depicting scenes which evoke a strong sense of place.
(BECKET, Mass., July 2, 2013) – Jacob’s Pillow showcases the best of international contemporary ballet with New York-based Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and classical South Indian dance in the person of Shantala Shivalingappa this week, in the Ted Shawn and Doris Duke theaters, respectively, Wednesday, July 3, through Sunday, July 7. Shivalingappa’s performance will feature live music.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Bettye LaVette, a hard-working, distinctive R&B singer in the vein of Aretha Franklin, whose career stretches back to the early 1960s as a teen star, who then lost the spotlight for decades only to have it find her again in recent years, will perform at MASS MoCA on Saturday, July 6, at 8pm.
(LENOX, Mass.) – For one night only, Shakespeare & Company will throw away the Bard’s texts in favor of show tunes, when the theater company’s ensemble is joined by a host of talent from Broadway and opera stages for Broadway in the Berkshires, the annual benefit dinner and performance for the company’s internationally-acclaimed education and training programs, taking place on Monday, July 8, at 5 p.m., in the Tina Packer Playhouse. OBIE Award-winner John Douglas Thompson hosts the evening of classic Broadway favorites and beloved songs from contemporary productions performed by an all-star cast of Broadway performers
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Lake Street Dive brings its unique fusion of jazz, classical, pop, swing and soul to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, July 6, at 9pm. Lake Street Dive is a unique quartet featuring four jazz- and classical-trained musicians who met at Boston’s New England Conservatory who formed an indie-pop band featuring a trumpet-wielding guitarist, a bassist, a drummer, and a female vocalist with pipes that can seduce you while at the same time they’re knocking you down with sheer power. The wonderful result produces a lazy, strutting New Orleans-inflected version of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” or a steamy jazz-funk version of Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl.”
RECENT PAINTINGS by LUCY MACGILLIS at HOADLEY GALLERY
(LENOX, Mass.) – There will be an opening reception for Lucy MacGillis: Recent Paintings from Italy, with the artist, a Berkshire native, at Hoadley Gallery on Saturday, July 6, from 5 pm to 7 pm. The exhibition runs from July 4 through August 1.
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Bard SummerScape festival kicks off on Saturday, July 6 at 8pm, with A Rite, a major new dance-theater piece by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company. A Rite commemorates the centenary of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring and its notorious, game-changing Paris premiere. Both A Rite’s opening night and a second performance on Sunday, July 7 at 3pm will take place in Bard College’s Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.
SHORT COMEDIES by DAVID IVES at PS21
(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Long Ago and Far Away and other short comedies by playwright David Ives will be performed by Walking the Dog Theater company at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century from Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 21. Ives is known for his verbal dexterity, theatrical invention, and quirky humor.
(ALBANY, N.Y.) – Four-time Grammy Award-winner Lyle Lovett will perform at the Egg with his five-member Acoustic Group on Friday, July 5, at 8 pm, as part of the “American Roots & Branches” Concert Series. Lovett is one of contemporary pop music’s most brilliant and skilled songwriters and entertainers, and his live performances and bands are the stuff of modern-day legend.
HOLMES BROTHERS BRING SOUL-GOSPEL to HELSINKI HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Bluesy soul-gospel trio the Holmes Brothers bring their unique stew of Southern funk and Northern blues to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, July 5, at 9pm.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – There will be an opening reception for Karl Mullen – Recent Work, the inaugural exhibition at BINGO!, a new gallery run by Crispina ffrench, on Friday, July 5, from 5pm to 8pm.
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – It turns out the Marx Brothers were Marxists in more than just name only. Their pointed, slapstick humor was really social satire way ahead of its time, as can be seen in the terrific, entertaining production of their George S. Kaufman musical, Animal Crackers, running at Williamstown Theatre Festival through Saturday, July 13.