Shakespeare Unchained: Playlets, Parodies and Punditry
written by Steve Otfinoski

Sunday September 23 | 3:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Four comic Skits; Five Actors; Costumes, and a very funny evening of what might have happened to Will Shakespeare and his plays. “Groundlings”, “My Horse, My Horse”, “Waiting on Will”, and “It’s a Tragedy”

Performed by The Sandisfield Players; Directed by Ben Luxon and Jesse Howard

Since making the move to Sandisfield, author Steven Otfinoski has had his plays performed in the Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s first Radius Playwrights Festival, two BPL Writers’ Workshop Showcases, Ventfort Hall in Lenox, and most recently at the International Playwrights Festival at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Connecticut. Steve divides his time between the Berkshires and Stratford, Connecticut, where some twenty of his short plays have been performed with the playwrights group Squarewrights, in their “Quickies in the Stacks” series. Steve reviews theater in the Berkshires for the New England Theatre Journal and teaches composition and creative writing at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He is also the author of more than 190 Young Adult (YA) books.

Please note that this concert takes place in Great Hall, not the Sanctuary.
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Clarion Concerts: Leaf Peeper Concert Series
The Neave Piano Trio

Saturday September 29 | 5:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Josef Haydn: Piano Trio in D Major, Hob. XV:16 (1790)
Dale Trumbore: “Another Chance,” for Piano Trio (2018) – World Premiere
Leonard Bernstein: Piano Trio (1937)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87 (1882)
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Clarion Concerts: Leaf Peeper Concert Series
The Amernet String Quartet

Saturday October 13 | 5:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Beethoven: Piano Sonata Pathetique, arr. for String Quartet by Jeff Briggs
Friedrich Kuhlau: Andante from Flute Trio, Op. 51, No. 1 in D Major (1823)
Alberto Ginastera: Impresiones de la Puna, for Flute and String Quartet (1934)
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132 ‘Heliger Dankgesang’ (1825)
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Berkshire Music School Faculty Members
Celebrating Leonard Bernstein to honor the 100th anniversary of his birth

Sunday October 14 | 4:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: $20 in advance (413-442-1411); $25 at door

An afternoon concert of music by or inspired by Leonard Bernstein, in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Selections will include works from West Side Story, On The Town, Mass and other song cycles. Performers are Berkshire Music School voice faculty members Sherri James Buxton, Marjorie Dix and Keith Spencer; piano faculty members Rahima Hohlstein and Jean Stackhouse; flute faculty member Tari Wheeler Roosa; and cello faculty member Beth Craig.

Berkshire Music School is a nonprofit organization providing quality music instruction since 1940. It has 35 professional musicians/educators as faculty members and a student body of 300 of all ages and levels of abilities. The School is located at 30 Wendell Avenue in downtown Pittsfield. For more information, visit the website at berkshiresmusicschool.org or call 413-442-1411.

Please note that this concert takes place in Great Hall, not the Sanctuary.
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38th Annual E.F. Schumacher Lecture
Towards a New Reconstruction: Land, Racism, and Economic Emancipation

Saturday October 27 | 1:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

On Saturday, October 27th, Leah Penniman and Ed Whitfield will deliver the 38th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of W. E. B. Du Bois. The talks will take place at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, at 1:00pm.

W. E. B. Du Bois was born in Great Barrington on February 23, 1868. He would become a figure of international importance—the first black man to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a tireless advocate for the rights of marginalized people everywhere, a founder of the Niagara Movement and the NAACP, and the author of countless influential works of scholarship.

Du Bois believed that racial justice was inseparable from economic justice and that economic inequality was the engine and not simply the consequence of a deeper social inequality. Speakers Leah Penniman and Ed Whitfield are doing work that builds on the legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois— his commitment to black economic development, cooperative structures, and fair access to land.

Penniman, co-founder of Soul Fire Farm, is working to end racism in the food system. The title of Penniman’s talk is “Farming While Black: A Legacy of Innovation and Resistance.”

Whitfield, co-founder and co-managing director of the Fund for Democratic Communities, has written and spoken extensively on non-extractive finance, reparations, and building investment structures that support community self-determination.
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Aston Magna Chamber Players: A Baroque Concert for a Fall Afternoon

Sunday October 28 | 4:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)
Dietrich Buxtehude (1737-1807)
Plus excerpts from J.S. Bach’s “A Musical Offering” (1747)
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Crescendo: The Sound of the Trumpet
Celebrating Life in England & New England

Saturday November 10 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


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Crescendo: Sublime Love
The Life of the Mexican Nun, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz in 17th Century Latin American Music, Poetry and Images

Friday December 28 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


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Crescendo: Concerto delle Donne – Consort of Ladies
Revolutionary Italian Vocal Music of the Late Renaissance

Saturday February 16 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Please note that this concert takes place in Great Hall, not the Sanctuary.
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Crescendo: The Mystical 16
The 1616 Settings of Psalm 116, and Contemporary Versions

Saturday April 6 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


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Crescendo: Prince of Light and Prince of Darkness
Motets and Madrigals by Monteverdi & Gesualdo

Saturday May 18 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


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