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Weekend Cultural Highlights

It's a weekend jam-packed with music recitals, chamber concerts, and headliner acts at the region's venues.

On Friday at 8, cellist Ronald Feldman performs a recital entitled Before and After, in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This event is free and open to the public. The first half of the concert features two suites by Johannes Sebastian Bach for solo cello.The second half begins with Cries and Echos, a Futuristic Vision of the Past for cello, a world premiere by American composer Priscilla McLean. The Cello and Piano Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, opus 38 of Johannes Brahms follows the McLean. The program concludes with Joe Rose's arrangements of compositions by jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. Pianist Joe Rose will accompany Feldman performing "Strange Meadowlark," "In Your Own Sweet Way." and "Blue Rondo a la Turk."

Feldman is a former member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, having joined the ensemble at the age of 19 in 1967. While continuing his career as a cellist, he has an active conducting career, most recently conducting the National Orchestra of Costa Rica. A vigorous proponent for the performance of new music, Mr. Feldman has won two ASCAP awards for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music; with the New England Philharmonic and the Berkshire Symphony.
concert hotline: 413-597-3146
On Saturday night at 8 at the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, the Berkshire Bach Society presents Simone Dinnerstein playing Bach's Concerto no. 1 for keyboard and strings, Bach's French Suite No. 5 and a piece inspired by Bach written by American composer Philip Lasser.


On Saturday at 6, Tannery Pond Concerts will conclude its 19th season with a concert by violinist Joan Kwuon and pianist Teddy Robie.
Concerts take place in the Tannery on the grounds of Mount Lebanon Shaker Village and Darrow School, New Lebanon, New York,
And on Sunday at 3, the famed Emerson String Quartet will be joined by Paul Neubauer on viola to perform works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Dvorak at South Mountain Concerts in Pittsfield, Mass.
413 442-2106

Legendary folk music icon Arlo Guthrie will begin an epic trek across North America alongside three generations of Guthries for "Guthrie Family Rides Again," commencing with his Annual Fall Revival at The Guthrie Center (Old Trinity Church) on Friday, October 2 - Sunday, October 4. To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock, Arlo will release a recently discovered lost tape from 1969, titled Arlo Guthrie: Tales of '69 (Rising Son Records, 8/18/09).
Another veteran of the Woodstock Festival, Richie Havens, is in town this weekend, performing at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Saturday night at 8. Havens set at Woodstock became legendary, when he opened the festival and played for over three hours, as the promoters kept sending him back onstage because no one else was prepared to follow him. Having run out of songs to play, Havens improvised upon the old spiritual, "Motherless Child," which morphed into the improvisational composition, "Freedom," which became something of an anthem of the festival and the sixties generation. Berkshire-born and bred singer-songwriter Meg Hutchinson will warm up the crowd for Havens at the Colonial.
Also on Saturday night in Great Barrington, FODfest, Friends of Daniel Pearl, returns to the Mahaiwe, kicking off the annual national tour commemorating the late journalist whose career began right here in the Berkshires. This time around, the bill includes a mix of local musicians and headliners including Bernice Lewis, Sonia of Disappear Fear, Rob Sanzone, and Ellis Paul.
Saturday, October 3, 8pm FREE online at www.mahaiwe.org or call 413-528-0100
Where: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Who: Mahaiwe performers include Ellis Paul, Ben Senterfit, Bernice Lewis, Caroline Mack, Todd Mack, David Reed, Graham and Barbara Dean, JoAnne Spies, Kurt Henry Band, Lindsay Mac, Nick Veinoglou, Sam Weiser, Sharon Klein, SONiA, Berkshire Children's Chorus, Jessica Roemischer, The Joint Chiefs, Youth Alive, Rob Sanzone and Frank Felix.
On Tuesday night, October 6, rock-jazz singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby performs with his band at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington.

PBS journalist David Brancaccio will appear in person to screen his film, On Thin Ice, an exploration of glacial melt, on Monday, October 5 at 7 pm at the Triplex Cinema, Great Barrington. A ticketed reception at Castle Street Café will follow.
On Thin Ice is part of NOW on PBS's Planet Watch, a series of ten special broadcast features to air in 2010 and 2011. The programs will explore real strategies and real solutions to the climate crisis. "Planet Watch looks at the root causes of the crisis [and also] explores innovative solutions that are accessible, do-able and productive."

In On Thin Ice we follow David Brancaccio and top climber Conrad Anker to Gangotri Glacier in India and, closer to home, to Glacier National Park in Montana. They show us the existing state of our fast-disappearing glaciers and explore answers to the question, what to do next?

The event is sponsored by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and is the second collaboration between NOW on PBS, MCLA, and WGBY. The screening at the Triplex Cinema marks the first community engagement partnership between WGBY and the Berkshire International Film Festival.

www.wgby.org or call at 413 781-2801.


3-Hole Punch, a trio of new plays by Hudson Valley writer James Sheldon, will debut at the Grange Theatre in Copake, N.Y., Friday, October 2 at 8 and will run for two weekends ending October 11.
“Each of these one-act plays deals with how far people are willing to go to fend off disillusionment with their lives,” said Mr. Sheldon, a resident of Columbia County, NY, who has also been a local newspaper columnist and consultant on land use issues in the Berkshire-Taconic region. “The cast and crew assembled for this premiere bring a wealth of talent and resources that should insure a first-rate, professional production.”
The first play, Patterns of the Sky, portrays a financier and his much younger wife struggling to overcome the secrets that keep their marriage on the brink. In the middle piece, Cowboys and Indians, two brothers uncover a long-buried rivalry from their childhood and resort to extreme measures to settle a dispute over their inheritance. In the finale, Closing Bars, a black bellhop challenges the delusions of a would-be songwriter and leads him to redemption.

Guided by director Thomas Gruenewald, a veteran of New York and regional theatre, the cast is comprised of actors well-known to stages in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley, including Jim Beaudin, Paul Carter, Gary Cookson, Karen Lee, Mark Sternlof, and Charlie Tirrell. The sets are designed by Tavia Ito and the lighting by Jason Goldman.

3-Hole Punch will be presented October 2-4 and October 9-11. Tickets are $20. Friday performances begin at 8:00pm. There will be two shows each Saturday, at 5:00 and 8:00pm. Sundays will be held at 2:00pm. For ticket purchase, information or directions, please call 845.677.4446 or email James Sheldon at jsheldon@littletownviews.com.
The Copake Grange is a 95-seat theater located at 628 Empire Road in Copake, NY.
Mixed Company presents Five Flights, Adam Bock’s comic drama—a dreamy and poignantly funny take on family, spirituality, love, and birds. Five Flights will open Thursday Oct 1 and run Thursday-Saturday nights at 8 pm through October 24th.

Five Flights centers on siblings Ed and Adele who inherit an enormous aviary that their late father built for his deceased wife, whose soul, he believed, had transformed into the body of a wren. The grown children are faced with the dilemma of what to do with the crumbling structure. Sister-in-law Jane wants to build tidy new houses; friend Olivia wants to build The Church of the Fifth Day honoring birds and the Fifth Day of creation; Ed wants to let the building fall to the ground. Folded into this debate are issues of religious conviction, fear of commitment, the way Russian ballet resembles a hockey game, and the courtship of Ed by Tom, a professional hockey player.
The production stars Diane Prusha, Hanuman Goleman, Stephanie Hedges, Ryan Marchione, Enrico Spada and Jennifer Young, and is directed by Emma Dweck. Lighting design by Maia Robbins-Zust, and sound design by Peter Wise.
Five Flights will be performed at Mixed Company, 37 Rossetter St, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Tickets are $15. For reservations call (413) 528-2320.
On Saturday, at 4:30, in the Music and More series at the New Marlborough Meeting House, nationally recognized authors Roy Blount Jr, Jayne Anne Phillips and Elizabeth Kolbert will share the process of writing their recently published works and its related triumphs and frustrations, in an event hosted by Mitchel Levitas of The New York Times. There will be a reception and book signing afterwards in the Meeting House Gallery.

Writer and humorist Roy Blount Jr. has authored twenty-one books on everything from the Pittsburgh Steelers to Robert E. Lee to what dogs are thinking. He is currently a popular panelist on the NPR news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. He will be discussing his most recent book, Alphabet Juice of which Garrison Keillor writes, “Blount is the best. He can be literate, uncouth, and soulful, all in one sentence.”

Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of four novels and three collections of stories. Her works have been translated and published in twelve languages. Her most recent book, Lark & Termite was described by the New York Times as “intricate, deeply felt…[it] reverberates with echoes of Faulkner, Woolf, Kerouac, McCullers.”

Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1999. Prior to that she was a reporter for The New York Times. Her most recent book, Field Notes From a Catastrophe chronicles Ms. Kolbert’s travels to Alaska, Iceland, Washington DC and beyond as she reports on the impact of global warming on communities around the world.

Mitchel Levitas has been at The New York Times for over 40 years in various senior editorial positions, including as editor of The Book Review.

Tickets are $20 and $15.
(413) 229-2785 or www.newmarlborough.org. All events are held in the newly renovated performance space of the New Marlborough Meeting House, a landmark 1839 Greek revival building located on Route 57 on the village green of New Marlborough. Music & More is sponsored by the New Marlborough Village Association.

Enjoy a 10% discount at the Old Inn On The Green following each event. Advance reservations are required. Call (413) 229-7924.

And finally, at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Sherlock Holmes is being revitalized in a comic farce version of the murder mystery, the Hound of the Baskervilles. It's a riotously funny rendition of the story, in an American premiere of a new adaptation that draws on Monty Python, movie slapstick, in-jokes, and the incredible talents of Shakespeare & Company's ensemble of actors, directors, and technical crew. I can't think of a more enjoyable way of spending 90 minutes indoors this weekend.

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