Regional Cultural Preview, July 27-Aug 2, 2020

by Seth Rogovoy




Rhiannon Giddens (photo Ebru Yildiz)

Rhiannon Giddens, Yo-Yo Ma Top Week’s Tanglewood Online Offerings

(LENOX, Mass.) – Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be featured in performances of works by Copland, Bernstein, and John Williams recorded in 2018 streaming tonight, Friday, July 27, at 8pm, as part of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Encore Performances series.

On Wednesday, July 29, at 8pm, Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens joins with the Silkroad Ensemble in three new works pre-recorded for the Recitals from the World Stage series.







Patricia Park

Sue Miller, Patricia Park and Dayna Tortorici in Conversation from The Mount

(LENOX, Mass.) – Novelist and Guggenheim fellow Sue Miller, Fulbright scholar and writer Patricia Park, and n+1 editor-in-chief and debut novelist Dayna Tortorici will discuss their past and present work, their careers, and their experience writing in the home of Edith Wharton in a virtual conversation from The Mount on Thursday, July 30, at 4pm. Author Elissa Altman will moderate the discussion, which will be streamed via Zoom.

The Mount’s three 2020 writers-in-residence will also touch on the legacy of Edith Wharton and her continuing influence on women writers.






The Fremonts (photo Emilie Druss and Matt Lowber)

The Fremonts Bring Americana Cabaret to the Foundry

(WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Husband-and-wife cabaret performers The Fremonts bring their blend of Americana music and storytelling with a theatrical, cabaret aesthetic to the Foundry on Saturday, August 1, at 7pm, as part of the venue’s Emerging Artist Series, celebrating performers creating new work.

Born in New York City and raised in Boulder, Colorado, the Fremonts create unique theatrical experiences for their audiences by blending Americana music and storytelling with a cabaret aesthetic. Stephanie Dodd (originally from Fremont, Nebraska – vocals/accordion) and Justin Badger (originally from Fremont, California – vocals/guitar) present their original music with performance skills honed from years of working as professional actors.





Eliot Fisk (photo Keitaro Yoshioka)

Chamber Series to Livestream Cello-Guitar Duo Concert at Mahaiwe

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Guitarist Eliot Fisk and cellist Yehuda Hanani will present a free virtual recital, From Bach to Bachianas, live from the stage of the Mahaiwe on Sunday, August 2, at 5:30pm, as part of the Close Encounters With Music series.

The program includes works by Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Villa-Lobos, Ernesto Lecuona, Cesar Cui, J. S. Bach and Vittorio Monti’s Gypsy Czardas. All are original arrangements by the two performers. The performance will be streamed live from the Mahaiwe stage to Facebook.










Don Byron (photo by Cori Wells Braun)

Don Byron (photo by Cori Wells Braun)

Bang on a Can & Friends Live at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Bang on a Can will return to MASS MoCA for the 21st summer in a row with a two-day, truncated version of its annual monthlong residency at the cultural laboratory, with two socially distanced, outdoor concerts featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars with guest artists including Don Byron and Zoë Keating, on Friday, July 31, and Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 8:30pm.

Other performers include Bang on a Can stalwarts such as Gregg August, Robert Black, Vicky Chow, David Cossin, Arlen Hlusko, Mark Stewart, Todd Reynolds performing music by Louis Andriessen, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Thurston Moore, Steve Reich and Julia Wolfe.

With a maximum capacity of 100 people, the concerts will be held outside in MASS MoCA’s spacious Courtyard D. Concertgoers will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

The complete set list with artist bios and program notes can be found here.





work by Zach Neven

Regional Artist Exhibit at Art Austerlitz

(AUSTERLITZ, N.Y.) – Works by about a dozen artists from the Berkshire and Hudson Valley regions will be featured in the exhibit Coming Soon at Art Austerlitz. The exhibition, featuring works by Reed Anderson, Great Barrington, Mass.; Peter Bradley-Cohen, Hudson, N.Y.; Ruth Freeman, Newburgh, N.Y.; Ghost of a Dream, Wassaic, N.Y.; Joan Grubin, Hillsdale, N.Y.; Leah Guadagnoli, Austerlitz, N.Y.; Will Hutnick, Wassaic, N.Y.; Meg Lipke, Chatham, N.Y.; Ryan McPhail, Chatham, N.Y.; Zach Neven, Ghent, N.Y.; Liz Nielsen, Newburgh, N.Y., and Dana Piazza, Lenox, Mass., will open with a reception on Saturday, August 1, from noon to 4pm, and run through September 6.







Katryna and Nerissa Nields

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Goes Virtual

(HILLSDALE, N.Y.) – The annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival at Dodds Farm will be presented virtually this summer, with festival stalwarts including the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, the Storycrafters, Gaslight Tinkers, Vance Gilbert, and Susan Werner “returning.” Other favorite performers include The End of America, Oshima Brothers, Alisa Amador, The Empty Bottle Ramblers, Quarter Horse, Donna the Buffalo, Crystal Shawanda, and many others.

The virtual FRFF will be available online via Facebook and YouTube starting Thursday, July 30, through Sunday, August 2, and archived for replay. The total length is 10 hours and is offered free of charge, with tips recommended.







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