NEW ORLEANS LEGEND ALLEN TOUSSAINT LEADS PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND at MASS MoCA
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who between them encapsulate a century of New Orleans music, perform in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Thursday, October 23, at 8pm. While names like Dr. John and the Neville Brothers may be better known than Allen Toussaint, he is in a sense the Quincy Jones of New Orleans — a brilliant pianist and the city’s premier composer, arranger, songwriter and producer whose influence – well beyond such hometown mainstays as Dr. John, the Meters, and the Nevilles – extends outward to rock legends like Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Warren Zevon, the Rolling Stones, and the Band, as well as Glen Campbell and Devo.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Close Encounters With Music opens its 2014-15 season of chamber music concerts with an all-Mozart program at the Mahaiwe on Saturday, October 25, at 6pm. The program includes Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F, Flute Quartet in D, the Piano Quartet in E-Flat, the Rondo in A minor for solo piano, and the rarely heard Quintet for Glass Harmonica, the instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin.
(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – The five-day FilmColumbia festival – running Wednesday, October 22 through Sunday, October 26 – celebrates its 15th anniversary with screenings of internationally award-winning films and film-related activities in both Chatham and Hudson. This year’s festival features an array of prize-winning films and audience favorites from prestigious international film festivals including Cannes, Toronto, New York, Berlin and Sundance.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The Secret Science Club, a regular gathering in New York City featuring mind-bending lectures, volatile experiments, and thematic chemical libations, makes its MASS MoCA debut in Club B-10 on Saturday, October 25, at 8pm, with a screening of “Particle Fever,” a “dazzling, dizzying documentary” that follows six high-energy scientists as they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Physicist Chad Orzel (who blogs at Uncertain Principles, teaches at Union College, and is an alumnus of nearby Williams College) will be on hand to answer questions before and after the screening.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Folk music legends John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful) and Happy Traum – a session guitarist for Bob Dylan – will be joined by fingerstyle guitarists Kinloch Nelson, Craig D’Andrea and Maycn Taylor performing in a guitars-in-the-round setting at Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, October 23, at 8pm.
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y. ) – Works by Schubert and Chopin are on tap for the opening concert for the 2014–15 season of the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in the Fisher Center at Bard College on Friday, October 24, and Saturday, October 25, at 8 p.m. The program includes Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11, with Maryna Kysla ’15, piano; and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major (“Great”). The concert will be conducted by Leon Botstein, music director.