(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt, the contemporary bard of wry romance, will perform an alphabetically ordered concert of 26 songs from his vast catalog, which includes the Magnetic Fields’ masterpiece “69 Love Songs” and two dozen albums under four different band names, in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, November 21, at 8pm. In this stripped-down, intimate performance, Merritt will be accompanied by Magnetic Fields bandmate and cellist Sam Davol.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Already a quartet featuring four stars of the contemporary bluegrass scene, Mr Sun augments its lineup when it performs with special guest Tony Trischka, perhaps the most influential banjoist in the world, at Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, November 19, at 8pm. Led by legendary fiddler Darol Anger, a founding member of both the David Grisman Quintet and the classical-bluegrass fusion outfit, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Mr Sun is the living embodiment of bluegrass history stretching from Bill Monroe to today’s most progressive sounds, which are in large part unimaginable without the path laid out by Trischka and Anger, who are also bandmates in Psychograss.
(AMHERST, Mass.) – The Adaskin String Trio, with clarinetist Pascal Archer and violinist Annie Trepanier, will perform Grammy Award-winning composer Osvaldo Golijov’s landmark 1994 composition, “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind,” and a piece by Mozart, at the Yiddish Book Center on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at 2pm.
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Mark Peskanov will be the featured soloist when the Berkshire Symphony performs the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in Chapin Hall at Williams College on Friday, November 20, 2015, at 8pm. The program will also include Roy Harris’s Symphony No. 3 and Johannes Brahms’s Third Symphony.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Justin Hillman celebrates the release of his new album, “Have I Not Found You Yet?,” with a concert at the Whitney Center for the Arts on Friday, November 20, 2015, at 7:30pm. Hillman performs with his band, Good Company. Ryan Hommel warms up the crowd with a solo acoustic set.
(LENOX, Mass.) – The new comedy “Holy Laughter” by Catherine Trieschmann receives its first developmental workshop production by WAM Theatre at Barrington Stage’s Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center through Sunday, November 22. “Holy Laughter” is a poignant comedy that follows Abigail, an Episcopal priest who finds that the reality of leading a church is radically and hilariously different than what she learned in seminary. Hymns, liturgical dance and a wicked tongue lift this antic portrait of a small, struggling congregation to comic heights.