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Early Music Festival Goes for Baroque

Kevin D. Skelton, Yulia Van Doren, Karen Modigh, and Caroline Copeland in 2011 BEMF Centerpiece Opera production of Steffani's 'Niobe, Regina di Tebe' (credit André Costantini)

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) –  The Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF), which the New York Times just called “consistently imaginative,” returns to the Berkshires with two opera productions at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center from Friday, June 24 through Monday, June 27. The four performances will include the fully-staged North American premiere production of Steffani’s Niobe,…

New ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Ballet Has U.S. Premiere at Jacob’s Pillow

(BECKET, Mass, June 21, 2011) – Switzerland’s acclaimed Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève returns to Jacob’s Pillow for the first time since its 2007 U.S. debut, Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26 in the Ted Shawn Theatre, with a world premiere of its new staging of Romeo and Juliet, created by French choreographer…

Nationally Acclaimed Poet Kevin Young to Read at The Mount

(LENOX, Mass.) – National Book Award finalist Kevin Young will read from his poetry at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s historic estate, on Saturday, July 9. The event includes a reading, reception, and book signing and will begin at 4. A 1992 graduate of Harvard College, a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University (1992-1994) and the recipient…

Colonial and Berkshire Theatre Festival Formalize Merger

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Nearly seven months after two of the Berkshire’s top producing and performing theaters said that they intended to join forces, artistic director and chief executive officer Kate Maguire announced that both have merged into one organization: Colonial Theatre/Berkshire Theatre Festival Merger Corporation. “The new name, of course, is an interim ‘mouthful,’” said…

Lucie Arnaz Stars in Latin Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Award-winning Broadway, film and television star Lucie Arnaz brings her one-woman cabaret, Latin Roots! to the Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield on Monday, June 20 at 7. The program is a musical celebration of Arnaz’s Cuban heritage, as Arnaz playfully winds her way through pop contemporary sounds from south of…

Local Author Hosts Pie Contest to Benefit Community Radio Station

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Housatonic-based writer Gina Hyams will host the WBCR-lp Anything Goes Pie Contest to celebrate publication of her new book/kit, Pie Contest in a Box: Everything You Need to Host a Pie Contest, on Sunday, July 10 at 3 at Route 7 Grill (999 Main Street in Great Barrington, Mass.). Admission is…

Gala Kicks Off Jacob’s Pillow Season with Philip Glass, Annie Leibovitz

(BECKET, Mass.) – Recently honored by President Barack Obama with the National Medal of Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival officially kicks off its 2011 season on Saturday, June 18, with a star-studded Season Opening Gala featuring performances by dancers of Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève performing Benjamin Millepied’s (fresh off his role in Black…

Wilco to Release New Single at Solid Sound Festival

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The first single from Wilco’s forthcoming album and the first release on its own dBpm Records will be a limited-edition, clear vinyl 7-inch of the new Wilco tune “I Might” backed with a cover of Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label.” The limited-edition single will be available at the band’s Solid…