Regional Cultural Preview, Aug 3-9, 2020

by Seth Rogovoy


Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo Brings Indie-Rock Back to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Yo La Tengo — one of the most celebrated and adventurous bands in rock history — returns to MASS MoCA for two acoustic concerts on Friday, August 7, and

Saturday, August 8, both at 8:30pm. The unassuming, self-effacing trio featuring husband-and-wife singer-songwriters Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley and longtime drummer James McNew has been making influential, below-the-radar music for three-dozen years, maintaining an ardent cult fan base and support from both critics and peers.






Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound to Perform Live at PS21

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound will perform the New York State premiere of John Luther Adams’s Ten Thousand Birds — originally composed for the group in 2014 – live at PS21 on Friday, August 7 at 4pm. The performance will also be live-streamed and is part of a week-long residency.








Elif Batuman (photo Beowulf Sheehan)

Elif Batuman to Discuss ‘The Age of Innocence’ Online via The Mount

(LENOX, Mass.) – Author Elif Batuman and Wharton scholar Jennifer Haytock will share how their own multiple readings of The Age of Innocence has informed their understanding of social norms, class, and privilege, from Wharton’s old New York through today, in Telling Two Stories, a free, online program offered by The Mount on Thursday, August 6, at 4pm.

This online program will be streamed live via Zoom. Registration closes one hour prior to the event.





Danish String Quartet

Danish String Quartet Tackles Shostakovich Quartet Online via Tanglewood

(LENOX, Mass.) – The Danish String Quartet from Copenhagen will perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 10 in A-flat, Op. 118, in a live recording via Tanglewood on Wednesday, August 5, at 8pm, as part of the Recitals from the World Stage series. The program will be hosted by Karen Allen.




11th Annual 2017 Hudson Jazzworks Concert at Hudson Hall (photo Rich Thomson)

Hudson Jazzworks Host Concert and Workshops Online from Hudson Hall

(HUDSON, N.Y.)  – A free, live-streamed Hudson Jazz Workshop Concert featuring HJW co-directors pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas with bassist Jay Anderson on Sunday, August 9, at 4pm, is the culminating event of a series taking place as part of the 14th annual 2020 Hudson Jazz Workshop, including a two-day Online Composers Forum (Friday and Saturday) and an Online Masterclass with Jay Anderson (Sunday).






Charming Disaster (photo Shervin Lainez)

Charming Disaster Brings Goth-Folk to The Foundry

(WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Brooklyn goth-folk duo Charming Disaster will bring their playfully macabre duets about love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the supernatural with two live shows at The Foundry on Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8, 7pm.


Charming Disaster was formed in 2012 by Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris. Inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir storytelling of Raymond Chandler, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, and the dramatic flair of the cabaret, they write songs that tell stories, using two voices to explore dark narratives and characters with a playfully macabre sensibility.



Paquito D’Rivera (photo AMNH R Mickens)

BSO Musicians to Play Nico Muhly and Paquito D’Rivera

(LENOX, Mass.) – An octet of BSO musicians will play works by Nico Muhly and Paquito D’Rivera among others as part of Tanglewood’s online BSO Musicians in Recital series on Friday, August 7 at 8pm. Musicians including Bonnie Bewick, Mickey Katz, and Lawrence Wolfe will perform traditional, folk, and contemporary selections arranged and composed by Bewick and Wolfe themselves, as well as a performance of #cellominute – a world premiere compilation of small works for solo cello. Cynthia Meyers, Robert Sheena, Michael Wayne, Richard Ranti, and Jason Snider round out the program with a performance of Umoja by celebrated composer Valerie Coleman. The event is hosted by Lauren Ambrose.




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