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Bernstein, Bang on a Can, and Everything In Between
By Grace Lichtenstein, iBerkshires.com
01:38PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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All varieties of popular music blanket the Berkshires in mid-July. At Tanglewood, it's Bernstein. At Mass MoCA, it's singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett and the start of the 17th annual Bang on a Can Festival. At Jacob's Pillow, it's a remarkable group of musical theater dancers plus Dorrance Dance.

Yes, I'm stretching the word by calling the upcoming shows "pop." But they are popular in the best sense of the word —they appeal to everyone. For me, great music knows no boundaries.

 

Tanglewood

How about a zesty lesser-known Bernstein? Thursday evening, July 12, at Ozawa Hall, catch the semi-staged version of Leonard Bernstein's "Trouble in

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Review: 'Hair' is a Must See
By Nancy Salz, iBerkshires columnist
01:12PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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It didn't have to be this good.

Just hearing one or two songs from the 1968 rock musical "Hair" – like "Let the Sunshine In" or "Good Morning Starshine" – would have been enough to bring tears to our eyes and a longing for a time when the youth of America could and did change our country.

That's what happened when Kate Maguire, artistic director and CEO of the Berkshire Theatre Group, heard a young woman sing the above songs at an American Theatre Wing event not long ago. She told us in a talkback that on the spot she decided to bring a revival of the show in the intimate space of the Unicorn Theatre, where the audience could be a part

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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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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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Callboxes Decorated by Drury Students to Be Installed Downtown
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, July 02, 2018
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The Public Arts Commission hears about the callbox project. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Arts Commission has given the go-ahead for a student-art project along Route 2, pending an installed example.    Emily Schiavone, outreach coordinator for the North Adams Public Schools, presented the plans to the commission on Thursday.    Ten callboxes that were recently decommissioned by the Fire Department were given to Drury High School for an art project. Schiavone said the boxes were painted by six students to displayed downtown.    "The thought was to display them along the Route 2 corridor, along the backside of downtown, and loop along to Main

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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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DownStreet Art Kicks Off 2018 Season With New Partners
10:31PM / Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Beginning on Thursday, June 28, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' DownStreet Art's 2018 season knits together the significant progress that's been made for the city of North Adams. This year, new businesses, new museums, new tourists and new residents have partnered with DSA to create a series of arts events that go well beyond Main Street, and well beyond your typical arts event.

The 2018 DSA arts events – all of which are free and open to the public – will kick off on Thursday, June 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. Held on the last Thursday of every month, DownStreet Art will offer plentiful art, music, and fun as it expands to create more

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