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  • Tippet Rise Makes Music in Place

    The Montana Ranch Home to Concerts and Sculpture

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 09th, 2023

    Tippet Rise Art Center welcomes musicians and concertgoers for its eighth concert season, beginning August 18 and running through September 17. With more than 15 indoor and outdoor performances planned over five weekends, the season features a wide range of repertoire performed by artists who can be young trailblazers or legendary musicians. A highlight of this summer’s season is the debut of the new Wander series, which moves musicians and audiences between different works of art installed at the art center

  • The Nightingale & Erwartung - A Double Bill

    West Edge Opera Offers a Dynamic Duo of Short, Atonal Operas

    By: Victor Cordell - Aug 08th, 2023

    Stravinsky's "The NIghtingale" sets a simple but thoughtful Hans Christian Anderson tale to music. Production values sizzle. With Schoenberg's "Erwartung," the setting of the psychologically-driven soliloquy is switched from forest to hospital. The use of dancers as mute characters adds depth and diversity to the narrative.

  • Rusalka

    Fine Performances Benefit This Appealing Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Aug 06th, 2023

    “Rusalka” ranks as Dvorák’s most popular opera and with good reason.  Applying Wagnerian principles with leitmotifs and in sung-through fashion, it also draws from Czech folk music.  The thoroughly romantic, luxuriant music possesses extractable set pieces of compelling melody and emotion.  The fairy tale story draws on several sources, mixing light and dark, with a resulting dramatic outcome.

  • Blues for an Alabama Sky By Pearl Cleage

    At Barrington Stage Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 06th, 2023

    In his first season as artistic director Alan Paul has selected the 1995 play by Pearl Cleage. Set during the Harlem Renaissance its a good but not great play given a flawed production directed by Candis C. Jones for Barrington Stage Company.

  • Letting Go: Stillness

    By: Cheng Tong - Aug 07th, 2023

    The Law Of The Heart, an ancient scroll, speaks of the Three Treasures:  The Way, The Teacher, and The Scripture. Each plays an important role along the spiritual path we walk.

  • Pelléas et Mélisande

    Santa Fe Opera's Take on a Brooding Tale from Debussy and Maeterlinck

    By: Victor Cordell - Aug 05th, 2023

    Claude Debussy sought a prospective opera libretto in which characters seemed out of place, out of time, and only half disclosed. For “Pelléas et Mélisande,” he found his soulmate in future Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck, whose opaqueness suited Debussy so well that he adapted the playwright’s work almost verbatim. The result was a turn-of-the-century landmark - Debussy’s only completed opera.

  • August Wilson's Masterpiece

    Fences at Shakespeare & Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 04th, 2023

    The power of Fences derives from the mastery with which August Wilson conflated the mojo of the blues with the paradigms of Greek tragedy. This play is as intricately structured as works by Sophocles and Aeschylus. While rooted in the African American culture of Pittsburgh, Wilson was at heart every bit a classicist.

  • At the Precipice

    Design Museum of Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Aug 04th, 2023

    The beauty of art and the tragedy of the climate crisis live side by side in a stunning new exhibit at the Design Museum of Chicago. Some 30 pieces ranging in size from framed art to wall-length tell the story of why we are “At the Precipice” in this record-breaking hot and stormy summer of 2023.

  • Orfeo

    A Scintillating World Premiere Orchestration of This Oldest Opera

    By: Victor Cordell - Aug 03rd, 2023

    The uniqueness of Santa Fe Opera's facility and setting make for a stunning visualization of Monteverdi's early masterpiece. With the back stagewall initially open to nature, the scenario begins in literal and figurative brightness; followed by a threatening storm in the mesas behind; leading to brutal darkness on stage with deliciously harsh lighting effects. Modern orchestration smooths the Baroque edges of the music.

  • Margaret Swan Flow

    Ar Boston Sculptors

    By: Sculpture - Aug 04th, 2023

     Margaret Swan’s solo exhibition Flow investigates the duality of free-flowing forms versus structures of containment, choreographing an elegant dance between the two. The fluid, curving planes of her polychrome aluminum sculpture suggest movement, while contrasting latticed frameworks create tension and a sense of restraint. The final effect is that of water passing through nets or vessels—triumphantly finding its own way.

  • Sorrow, Fear and Stillness

    By: Cheng Tong - Aug 01st, 2023

    Each of us, each of us all, have lost someone or something.  Each of us has faced fear – fear of loss, fear of failure, fear of death.  In the moments of experiencing those fears,  and of the sorrow that can accompany them, they were real.  In some instances, they were debilitating.

  • Jazz in the Berkshires

    Bousquet Jazz Festival

    By: Jazz - Aug 01st, 2023

    A series of august jazz programming, is the upcoming month. With our friends at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute paying increased attention to jazz, two local dates by itinerant pianist Peggy Stern, and the second annual Bousquet Jazz Festival, there’s plenty to choose from.

  • Annisquam Seafair

    Books Games and Cotton Candy

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 31st, 2023

    Noted for its Wax Works the Annisquam Seafair is now 178-years-old. We attended this past weekend.

  • Eric Gauthier at Jacob's Pillow

    Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 01st, 2023

    Now 47, the French Canadian dancer, artistic director, and choreographer Eric Gauthier joined Stuttgart Ballet in 1996, where he rose to the rank of soloist. Initially with six dancers, in 2007 he founded Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart.

  • Is it Thursday Yet at La Jolla Playhouse

    Jenn Freeman and Sonya Tayeh Join Forces in Dance and Drama

    By: Sharon Eubanks - Aug 01st, 2023

    "Is it Thursday Yet", playing at the La Jolla Playhouse, tells the story of dancer Jenn Freeman, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when she was 33 years old.  Using actual recordings of her therapy sessions and home videos Jenn’s father recorded as she grew up, the play is essentially a documentary of Jenn Freeman’s life from infancy to young adulthood. Neither Jenn nor her family knew she had ASD.  

  • Katrin Hilbe at Berlin Opera Academy

    Acting Skills Now Fundamental

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 28th, 2023

    he advent of Freudianism somehow severed the mind from the body, but over the past decades, there has been a return to the wisdom of late 19th century philosopher William James who saw the body and mind as deeply interrelated.  

  • Bach by Bike in Leipzig

    A Trio Stops in the Summersaal

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 31st, 2023

    An enthusiastic cyclist, violinist Marieke Neumann was the developer of the “Bach Bicycle Route” in central Germany, featuring guided tours to important locations from the composer’s life. Mezzo-soprano Anna-Luise Oppelt joins her for Bach by Bike to visit towns and cities where Johann Sebastian Bach lived and worked.

  • Berkshire Opera Festival Brings in Boheme

    Epic Love and Loss of Innocence Central to the Drama

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 28th, 2023

    Berkshire Opera Festival continues its 2023 summer season with a mainstage production of La Bohème on August 26, August 29, and September 1 at The Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, MA. One of the most beloved operatic love stories of all time, La Bohème is based on Henri Murger's 1851 novel, Scènes de la vie de Bohème, which follows the lives of young people living in the Latin Quarter of Paris

  • Cruzar la Cara de la Luna: A Mariachi Opera

    Mariachi Music Makes it to the Opera House

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 25th, 2023

    The story is about Laurentino, a man in New York who immigrated from Mexico half a century before.  On his deathbed, he reveals an undisclosed past to his family.  He had a first wife in Mexico who died in the crossing and a son who returned to his native land. A poignant metaphor of the butterfly recurs in the music and conversation.   When the butterfly emerges from its chrysalis and moves on from its life as a caterpillar, it never returns to the same location, reenacting life’s transformation in a new land.  It is only the descendants that circle back to the homeland of earlier generations.

  • The Coronation of Poppea

    West Edge Opera Right Sizes a Classic

    By: Victor Cordell - Jul 24th, 2023

    The narrative is historical only in the broadest sense.  While the plot points actually occurred from AD 58 to AD 65, not only are they condensed into one day, but their order is shifted!  Further, the librettist fancifully changes the character of characters, making some good who were actually bad and vice versa.  Who would have thought of the barbaric and narcissistic Nero as also having room for love and magnanimity?  So, for those who lambaste Hollywood for being fast and loose with the facts, let it be known that it had models to draw on

  • Marina Carr at the Abbey Theatre

    Dublin Looks at Girl on the Altar

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 23rd, 2023

    Marina Carr has joined Lady Augusta Gregory in the pantheon of playwrights pictured on the walls of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.  Her new play "Girl on the Altar" is playing now.

  • Tony Bennett at 96

    Performed at Tanglewood with Lady Gaga

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 21st, 2023

    Tony Bennett who won 20 Grammys has died at 96. With a raspy voice that defied description he was a master of phrasing, swing, and insightful interpretation. I saw him upclose in a 1980s pairing with pianist Dave McKenna for PBS. Then more recently at Tanglewood.

  • Jacob's Pillow Week Eight

    Martha Graham Dance Company

    By: Pillow - Jul 19th, 2023

    Jacob's Pillow is pleased to announce programming for the eighth week of the 2023 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, when the world-renowned Martha Graham Dance Company will perform Graham’s Cave of the Heart and Errand Into the Maze, and Hofesh Shechter’s CAVE, in the Ted Shawn Theatre from Aug. 16-20.

  • Barrington Stage Company's Black Voices Matter

    3rd Annual Celebration of Black Voices

    By: Barrington - Jul 19th, 2023

    Barrington Stage Company, as part of its Black Voices Matter initiative, is sponsoring the 3rd annual “Celebration of Black Voices” community festival.  For 2023, “Celebration of Black Voices” will take place over 4 days - from Thursday, August 10 through Sunday, August 13 on Pittsfield’s West Side.  The festival will feature six free events celebrating the local Black community through artistic engagement.

  • Artist and Rastafarian Peter Dudek

    Publishing a Limited Edition Book

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 18th, 2023

    For the past 15 years artist Peter Dudek has been a part of a team of three that manage Bascom Lodge on Mount Greylock. Prior to that, with Maggie Mailer, he managed Storefront Artists Project in Pittsfield. It brought life to the moribund downtown. Recently we met to discuss a limited edition facsimile of a 1951 Met catalogue American Sculpture.

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