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Tanglewood, Tannery Pond, Taconic Music, Sevenars Shine
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:52PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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Tanglewood enters its second week of classical programming with inspiring concerts in the Shed and in Ozawa Hall. As always, excellence is the watchword: from Leonard Bernstein’s delightful and brilliant comic opera "Trouble in Tahiti" to classic symphonic works of Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Wagner; from Bernstein's emotionally uplifting "Chichester Psalms" to a semi-staged performance of Puccini's "La bohème," Tanglewood hits all the high notes.

In Manchester, Vt., there's the Taconic Music festival. Taconic's concerts are always thrilling to hear and to experience, both in terms of repertoire and the level of

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Review: Bernstein Goes to 'Town' at Tanglewood
By Nancy Salz, iBerkshires columnist
02:56PM / Monday, July 09, 2018
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What a rare and delicious treat – a large Boston Pops Orchestra playing Leonard Bernstein's musical "On the Town" behind a stellar Broadway cast dancing and singing to perfection. The performance took place at Tanglewood on the evening of July 7 before a huge, enthusiastic audience. It was part of this summer's Bernstein 100 birthday celebration. Even the weather was in the cool, comfortable 60s.

The musical, Bernstein's first, is based on Jerome Robbins's ballet idea, "Fancy Free." With book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, "On the Town" premiered in 1944 during World War II. Between the movie and the four major Broadway

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Jacob's Pillow Names New Deputy Director of Philanthropic Engagement
12:03PM / Friday, July 06, 2018
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BECKET, Mass. —Diane Wortis has joined Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival as deputy director of philanthropic engagement.

"We are so delighted to have such a seasoned and accomplished professional joining our Development team. There are so many opportunities for investing in the Pillow right now, and with Diane's leadership, we look forward to expanding the circle of supporters who want to ensure that this national treasure continues to thrive," Jacob's Pillow Director Pamela Tatge said.

As deputy director of philanthropic engagement, Wortis will work closely with Director of Development Alexandra Groff,  Tatge and the Board of Trustees to set the Pillow's

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Tanglewood Classical Season Opens; Taconic Blossoms
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:38PM / Thursday, July 05, 2018
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Tanglewood opens its classical season this week, with diverse and stimulating programming of classical and modern chamber and orchestral masterworks spanning three centuries, featuring Boston Symphony Conductor Andris Nelsons and the brilliant pianist Lang Lang. There’s diverse musical fare, from Mozart, Brahms and Richard Strauss to Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein.

For intimate and brilliantly performed chamber music, head north on Route 7 to Manchester, Vt., for Taconic Music. Finally, consider spectacular Sevenars Concerts in Worthington, Mass. Their celebratory 50th anniversary seven-week festival season opens on July 8.

There’s so much music to experience

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Coming Back Like A Song: Cabaret or Play?
By Nancy Salz, Special to iBerkshires
01:21PM / Thursday, July 05, 2018
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"Hannah and Her Sisters" had a scene like this. So did many other movies.

Imagine a party in a New York City home. Two former musical performers are urged by the gathering to relive their old hits. Everyone gathers around the piano and off the performers go – amidst "oohs" and "ahhs" in recognition as an old song begins and polite applause as it ends. Then on to the next song.

"Coming Back Like A Song," a new play about Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen that just opened at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, is a lot like the above scene only the composers themselves are the performers. The play has a few

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More Drury Student Art Installed on Cascade Building
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, July 03, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This was the seventh year new artwork by Drury High School students has been installed on the side of the Cascade School Supplies building on Brown Street.

"Again we stand here in awe," Cascade President Pete Cote said Monday during a brief ceremony.

This was the first year that Mayor Thomas Bernard was on hand during the ceremony to see the art and a handful of the artists first-hand.

"It's incredible," Bernard said.

And this was the last year that Drury High art teacher Phoebe Pepper posed with the students whom she shepherded through the process and accepted the annual monetary donation from Cascade, which also donates the wood

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'Incredibles 2': The American Family to the Rescue
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:31PM / Friday, June 29, 2018
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I doubt I've ever said this in a review, so here goes: "Incredibles 2," an intelligently humorous follow-up to the 2004 original, is good fun for the entire family. There, said it.   Just don't let the opportunity for bonding among parents, children and crotchety Aunt Edna, if you deign to charitably invite her, bankrupt the clan. While only an anecdotal bit of accounting, I estimate that the mom two rows in front of me spent at least 21 minutes and about $57.25 going back and forth to the concession stand fetching cheese nachos et al for her flock of five before finally sitting down. Harrumph!   It boggles the mind, but I kind of get it: a phylum of moviegoer

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Music Before, During and After the Fourth of July
By Grace Lichtenstein, Special to iBerkshires
03:20PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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Hi, pop fans. You'll note that today's column covers both this week and next, right through the weekend following the Fourth of July.

 

Berkshire Theatre Group

There will be several new musicals to enjoy, thanks to the Berkshire Theatre Group. "Coming Back Like a Song!" features songs by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen. It was written by Lee Kalcheim and is at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 83 East Main St., in Stockbridge. The show begins previews Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. and runs through Saturday, July 21. The official opening night is Sunday, July 1, with BTG's 90th gala beginning at 5p.m. and the show itself at 6 p.m. Matinees are Thursdays,

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Summer Classical Music Festival Season Heats Up
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:50PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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It's here! The summer concert season is upon us, with stellar programs at Taconic Music, located in idyllic Manchester, Vt., and at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. Concertgoers will have the opportunity to hear great chamber music performed at its artistic best, in inviting and intimate surroundings.

 

Taconic Music

Taconic Music's second Summer Festival week features a masterclass with Grammy-nominated guest ensemble the Enso String Quartet, a Saturday-night concert showcasing canonical masterworks (and also including a touch of the musically exotic), and the first NextGen concert of the 2018 season.

Why go? Taconic Music is a unique and engaging music festival, with outstanding

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Berkshire Museum Seeks Private Sales in Next Round
Staff Reports,
07:16PM / Monday, June 25, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum has selected nine more works of art to be sold toward its goal of $55 million that museum officials say is required to secure the institution's future.    Thirteen pieces have been sold by auction or private sale. Sotheby's will be working with the museum to find private sales for seven more works and will auction two in September.    The century-old museum's decision to deaccession parts of its 40,000-piece collection was announced almost a year ago to fund a $60 million plan to modernize and update the aging institution and develop an endowment to continue its operations. Without the funds, officials say the

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