(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) — Contemporaneous, a 21-member new-music ensemble that performs the works of living composers through innovative concerts, commissions, recordings, and educational programs, performs a free concert at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 3 pm. The concert will be held outdoors on the Spencer Terrace at the Clark’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill. The program includes Dylan Mattingly’s “A Way a Lone a Last a Loved a Long the Riverrun,” Conor Brown’s “Weave,” and Frederic Rzewski’s “Coming Together.”
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, known for playing salsa-fied versions of indie rock songs by the likes of Arcade Fire, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Santigold, and Animal Collective, kick off the 2015-16 MCLA Presents! season on the MCLA Quad, outside in front of newly renovated Bowman Hall, on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 3pm. Calling Brooklyn, N.Y., home, Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra (WSO) is an 11-member band known for their innovative salsa arrangements of indie rock tunes. WSO’s unique take on Latin American music, with a focus on the traditional percussion heavy sounds of Salsa Dura, combines the attitude of a rock band and the grooves of classic New York salsa.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – “Walking the Sea,” a solo photography exhibit and screening of two films by Anton Ginzburg, opens on Thursday, September 10, 2015, with a reception and screening from 5 to 7pm at the Daniels Art Center at Simon’s Rock College. The exhibition will be on view through December 15, 2015. Drawing on the tradition of American land art from the late 1960z and early 1970s, Ginzburg approaches the waterless sea as a ready-made earthwork in order to make visible a territory, history, and a potential imaginary space that remains largely inaccessible.
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – The Williams Chamber Players will perform an eclectic program of ballads, chamber works by Ravel and Brahms, and a setting of Robert Lowell’s poetry by Frederic Sharaf in their first concert of the season in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus on Friday, September 11, 2015, at 8pm. The event is free and open to the public.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Johnny Irion’s roots-rocking outfit, U.S. Elevator, brings its brand-new collection of original tunes to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, September 12, at 9pm. Perhaps best known as one-half of the husband-and-wife folk duo, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Irion – who now calls the Berkshires home — taps into his own roots as an alt-country rocker on his band’s upcoming eponymous debut album and comes out with a melodic blend of sounds that marry “Tonight’s the Night”-era Neil Young to the more psychedelic side of the Beatles. Irion’s voice unmistakably reminds a listener of Neil Young, but a prettier Neil Young – perhaps the musical love child of Young and his one-time singing partner, Graham Nash, with a touch of George Harrison. And some of U.S. Elevator’s group harmonies will remind listeners of Crosby, Stills and Nash, or perhaps the Hollies. A few tunes on the upcoming album have the spiritual vibe of “All Thing Must Pass”-era George Harrison, while others rock hard like Neil Young with his band Crazy Horse.