Berkshire Pulse: Young Choreographers Initiative

Sun December 9 | 3:00 p.m.

Berkshire Pulse—the dance and performing arts education center based in downtown Housatonic—will host a works-in-progress performance of choreography created by teen students in the Young Choreographers Initiative (YCI) at Saint James Place (352 Main Street, Great Barrington). The presentation will feature group and solo works, including improvisations and in-the-moment choreography involving audience participation. The work explores issues that matter most to the students, including sexual assault, consent, and explorations of gender.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10-$20. All donations will assist Pulse to further launch and foster educational workshops and events for the YCI.

Further details about this and other Berkshire Pulse events can be found HERE.
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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

This program features two “Requiems” and two “Jubilates” of different eras. From the 17th century: Henry Purcell’s “Funeral Sentences and Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary” and Purcell’s “Jubilate Deo,” also written for Queen Mary the year before her death. From the 20th and 21st centuries: composer Scott Perkins’ “A New England Requiem,” his “Jubilate Deo,” and Sir John Taverner’s “A Song for Athene,” that was performed at Lady Diana’s funeral.

 

 

The Crescendo Chorus and Vocal Ensemble will be joined by soloists including internationally-renowned countertenor Nicholas Tamagna, period brass, strings, basso continuo and organ. Christine Gevert conducts.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fanna-Fi-Allah: Sufi Qawwali Music from Pakistan & Northern India

Friday August 31 | 8:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Fanna-Fi-Allah continues to carry on the ancient wisdom of Sufi Qawwali in their music, a wisdom that is not only heard, but is profoundly felt. They embody a universal message of devotion and tolerance that is crucial to our time.
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Crescendo: Summer 2018 Chamber Music Concert
Melancholy, Desire & Joy – The Sonatas of Corelli, Bach & Handel

Friday August 24 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Please note that this concert takes place in Great Hall, not the Sanctuary.
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Berkshire Opera Festival: Meet Joe Green
Featuring the music of Giuseppe Verdi

Wednesday August 15 | 7:30 p.m. | RESERVE FREE TICKETS: HERE


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Olga Dunn Dance Company: A Dance, Song, and Art Festival

Friday July 27 | 7:30 p.m. | TICKETS AT THE DOOR


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Curtis on Tour: The Nina von Maltzahn Touring Initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music

Wednesday July 25 | 7:00 p.m.

Mozart: Duo in G major, K. 423
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
Ravel: Quartet in F major

Pre-Performance Lecture at 6:00 p.m.


Curtis on Tour with Roberto Diaz and Students


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Aston Magna: Beethoven Septet, Mozart Quartet, Bernhard Romberg Trio

Saturday July 14 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Eric Hoeprich, classical clarinet
Daniel Stepner, baroque violin
Jacques Lee Wood, baroque cello
Anne Trout, bass
Todd Williams, natural horn
Andrew Schwartz, baroque bassoon

Pre-Performance Lecture at 5:00 p.m.
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Aston Magna: Brahms: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin

Saturday July 7 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Robert Levin, 1869 Streicher pianos
Daniel Stepner, violin

Pre-Performance Lecture at 5:00 p.m.
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Lucien Aigner: Journalist, Photographer, Favorite Son
Photographic Collection

Mon June 25 – Sun July 8 | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Daily | MORE INFO: HERE

Showcase of over 50 of Aigner’s most iconic photos and backstories (some never seen by the public). Special display of the Leica cameras similar to those used by Aigner.
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Aston Magna: Dueling Violins, Genial Gambas
Music of Leclair, Stradella, Caldara, Marais, Ste. Colombe, Couperin

Saturday June 30 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Edson Scheid and Daniel Stepner, baroque violins
Sarah Cunningham and Laura Jeppesen, violas de gamba
Michael Sponsellor, harpsichord
Catherine Liddell, theorbo

Pre-Performance Lecture at 5:00 p.m.
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Aston Magna: Bach and Burtzos
Dominique Labelle, Soprano

Saturday June 23 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
“Ich habe genug,” Cantata No. 82
Handel: Two German Arias
Telemann Sonata for Violin, Bassoon, and Continuo
Burtzos: The Hourglass Equation, a new work on period instruments, commissioned by Randolph and Cynthia Nelson

Pre-Performance Lecture at 5:00 p.m.


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GhostLit Repertory Theatre Company: The Tempest, A Musical

Thurs June 14 – Sun June 17 | Times Below | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Text by William Shakespeare – Music by Jackson Teeley – Directed by Caitlin & Jackson Teeley

Thursday June 14th 8:00pm
Friday June 15th 8:00pm
Saturday June 16th 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday June 17th 1:00pm & 7:00pm


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Berkshire Children’s Chorus: 2018 Spring Concert
Featuring Junior & Senior Choirs, and Coda

Sunday June 10 | 4:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


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Crescendo: Laudate Pueri Dominum – Praise the Lord, Ye Children

Saturday June 2 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


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Crescendo: Dixit Dominus – The Voices of Order Over Chaos

Saturday May 5 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Masterworks By Two Baroque Giants: Handel and Vivaldi. Soli, Crescendo Chorus with Baroque period instrument orchestra.
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Crescendo: Songs of the Soul – Sensual & Spiritual Renaissance Voices

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

Josquin des Prez’s Mass L’Homme Armeé and Leonhard Lechner’s The Song of Solomon. Crescendo Vocal Ensemble, organ, dramatic recitation, and dancers.
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Close Encounters with Music: Mid-Winter Fireside Concert

Saturday February 24 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


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Crescendo: Three Wise Kings Follow a Star

Saturday December 29 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


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GBAM: Delightful & Delectable Holiday Market

Fri Dec 15 – Sun Dec 17 | DETAILS BELOW

A unique holiday sale featuring the best of the Berkshire’s handmade gifts and delicious giftable treats.

Friday December 15th from 5:00pm-8:00pm: Preview Party. Food, drinks, and music by The Lucky 5.
Saturday December 16th 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday December 17th 10:00am-4:00pm

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Berkshire Children’s Chorus

Saturday December 9 | Concert begins after Holiday Stroll


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Close Encounters with Music: The Politics of Opera

Sunday November 12 | 3:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Join Author and Scholar Mitchell Cohen for this intimate seminar in SJP’s Great Hall. Your next night at the opera won’t be the same!
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Crescendo: Through Truth We Triumph – From Martin Luther to J.S. Bach

Saturday October 28 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Music by Bach, Telemann, Schütz, Luther and others. Honoring the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary. Crescendo Chorus with Chris Belluscio, natural trumpet, and Baroque period instruments.
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Clarion Concerts: Leaf Peeper Concert Series

Saturday October 21 | 5:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


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Aston Magna: Bach: Father & Son & Their Peers

Saturday October 7 | 7:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Pre-concert talk at 6:00p.m. with Artistic Director Dan Stepner. Tickets: $40 in advance; $45 at the door. Discounts for students and patrons under 30. Children free with ticketed adult. Visit Aston Magna’s website for more specific concert information HERE
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Green Fire Press: Book Launch for Second Edition of Writing Fire

Sunday September 24 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | FREE

This event is happening at Saint James Place’s Great Hall, located in the back of the building. Join Green Fire Press as they celebrate the new and expanded edition of their celebrated anthology, featuring the voices and visions of more than 75 women of all ages, from many walks of life. Listen to their stories and stay for a celebratory reception.
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The Hoping Machine: Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Concert

Thursday September 14 | 7:00 p.m. |SUGGESTED MIN DONATION OF $20 AT DOOR

The recipient of this concert’s funds will be the Houston Food Bank. Performers will be Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway, The Hoping Machine, John Kirk and Trish Miller, Bernice Lewis, the Beeline Ramblers, and Graham and Barbara Dean. This concert is sponsored by The Hoping Machine and Saint James Place. Please call 413-528-0248 for more information or visit The Hoping Machine’s Facebook Page. Doors open at 6:15pm. Reception to follow.
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Clarion Concerts: Leaf Peeper Concert Series

Saturday September 9 | 5:00 p.m. |PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


This first concert of the Leaf Peeper 2017 Season, features members of the award winning Imani Winds in collaboration with Latin Jazz Grammy winning pianist Alex Brown and Leaf Peeper’s own Music Director and flutist, Eugenia Zukerman.

Leaf Peepers is proud to have commissioned a world premier from the Imani Winds’ flutist, Valerie Coleman.
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Great Barrington Land Conservancy: Riverside Trails Seminar with Peter Jensen

Saturday September 9 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Coffee & Registration 9:45 a.m.

Explore the complexities of riverside trail development through the lens of Great Barrington River Walk where 30 years of community volunteerism and vision have resulted in community access along a stellar National Recreation Trail and rehabilitated river bank.

Renowned trail builder, Peter Jensen will illustrate the key components to sound riverside trail development at this workshop which will include an indoor presentation and guided tour of River Walk , please dress for the weather. Morning refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Registration is required, please email info@gbtrails.org to save your spot today.

For More Information on GBLC, visit their website HERE


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Berkshire Playwrights Lab: Some Old Black Man

August 10 – 27 | Thurs-Sat 8:00 p.m. | Sat-Sun 3:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

When College Professor, Calvin Jones, moves his 82-year-old doggedly independent, blue collar, ailing, southern father, Donald Jones, from Greenwald, Mississippi into his Harlem penthouse, an argument over what to eat for breakfast turns into a generational clash over race, opportunity, and a decision that Calvin made years ago.

Previews: August 10-12 ($20) *Preview price for August 12 is for 3pm matinee*
Opening: August 12, 8:00pm – Join BPL for a reception after the show! ($55)

For More Information on Berkshire Playwrights Lab, visit their website HERE
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Berkshire Opera Festival: Gods & Monsters: A concert featuring cast members of Ariadne auf Naxos and the Berkshire Opera Festival Chorus

Tuesday August 8 | 7:30 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


For More Information on Berkshire Opera Festival, visit their website HERE
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Berkshire Playwrights Lab: 2017 Staged Reading Series

3 Wednesdays: June 28, July 12, July 26 | 7:30 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

For More Information on Berkshire Playwrights Lab, visit their website HERE

Coming in August: Some Old Black Man
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Aston Magna Music Festival

6 Saturdays: June 17 – July 22 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE


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Berkshire Playwrights Lab: 10th Anniversary Celebration

Friday June 9 | 7:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Join Berkshire Playwrights Lab for a one-night-only party and performance!

-Delicious drinks and nibbles by Simon’s Catering, including a refreshing signature cocktail
-A fun auction with items from local businesses and beyond
-Performance featuring some of our best plays from past Galas
-Mingling with artists and all of your Berkshire friends right here at Saint James Place

Performance contains some mature language and content. Cast subject to change.

For More Information on Berkshire Playwrights Lab, visit their website HERE
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Bach on Parade: Voices, Strings and Keys

with Mendelssohn Glee Club String Quartet and Soloists Gene Wisoff, conductor

Saturday May 20 | 7:30 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

The Berkshire Bach Society’s upcoming spring concert rolls out a musical parade of some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most beloved works, showcasing both choral and chamber works, and highlights the program with dramatic vocal, string and keyboard solos. The many dimensions of this program offer the listener the opportunity to marvel at the scope and depth of Bach’s genius.

For More Information: BerkshireBach.org
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Curtis on Tour Presents  FiddleFest  in Partnership with Saint James Place

April 14, 2017  |   7:00 p.m.   |    PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Curtis on tour – The Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music – Photo by Pete Checchia | Curtis.edu

Ida Kavafian and student violinists visit venues in the northeast performing a creative program of music featuring the violin. This unique program showcases classic works and virtuosic showpieces, all composed for ensembles featuring only violins. 

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April 1, 2017  |  3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.   |    PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

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