What's happening in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

Andris Nelsons era at Tanglewood begins

Anne-Sophie Mutter and Andris Nelsons perform Dvorak's Violin Concerto with the BSO (Hilary Scott)

Andris Nelsons era at Tanglewood begins Article by Dave Read The era of Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood got underway with an All-Dvorák program featuring violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, Nelsons’ first concert here since being named the fifteenth Music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, starting with the upcoming fall season at Symphony Hall. As if it  Read more…

James Taylor at Tanglewood July 4, 2014

James Taylor sings How Sweet It Is at Tanglewood

James Taylor at Tanglewood July 4, 2014 Article by Dave Read As if the ghost of Paul Revere had gotten loose, with a mind to make mischief in the Berkshires, in the days and hours leading up to James Taylor’s 4th of July concert at Tanglewood, a quiet rumor rose to a dull roar that  Read more…

2014 A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood

Pre-show serenade by Garrison Keillor and Heather Masse Tanglewood June 28, 2014

2014 A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood Article by Dave Read With a bevy of harmonious beauties in tow, and bluesman Keb Mo, Garrison Keillor returned to the Koussevitsky Music Shed at Tanglewood for the 15th year in a row. This is a case where familiarity breeds competition and comparison. Audience members were heard bragging  Read more…

Tanglewood ready for 2014 season

Tanglewood Main Gate

Tanglewood ready for 2014 season Article by Dave Read As these June 22 photos show, Tanglewood is ready for the 2014 season, which opens with the Kenny Barron Trio in Ozawa Hall on June 27, followed by A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood with Garrison Keillor, live broadcast from the Koussevitsky Music Shed on Sat.  Read more…

A Prairie Home Companion turns 40

A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood

A Prairie Home Companion turns 40 Article by Dave Read Happy 40th Anniversary Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion, broadcasting the final program of their 39th year on June 28, 2014 at Tanglewood. The Berkshires have been on the show’s itinerary every year since 2000; the July 2, 2006 show, featuring Meryl Streep, was  Read more…

PBS film of Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at Tanglewood

Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble opens Tanglewood schedule on June 22, 2012

PBS film of Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at Tanglewood Article by Dave Conlin Read. The June 24, 2012 concert by Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood was great fun, as we reported at the time. We haven’t seen the DVD from the show, but  Read more…

Williamstown Theatre Festival 2014 schedule

Williamstown Theatre Festival '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown, MA

Williamstown Theatre Festival 2014 schedule Article by Dave Read Williamstown Theatre Festival will open their 60th annicersary season on July 2, 2014 with June Moon, by Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman. Directed by Jessica Stone, June Moon runs through July 13, and will be followed by Living on Love, July 16 – July 26,  Read more…

Boston Symphony announces 2014-15 season

Andris Nelsons Conducts the Boston Symphony on July 15 2012; photo:Hilary Scott

Boston Symphony announces 2014-15 season Article by Dave Read View live stream here The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present a live stream of the announcement of the 2014-15 season, marking Maestro Andris Nelsons first full season as Music Director of the BSO. He was was appointed the 15th music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra  Read more…

Berkshires weather

Church and Housatonic Sts. Lenox, MA Feb. 2014 snowstorm

Berkshires weather Article by Dave Read Updated Feb. 15, 2014 – New photos of downtown Lenox village after the February 13, 2014 snowstorm showing how an abundance of the white stuff on an overcast day draws you eye to the delights of basic colors. How’s the weather in the Berkshires? There is no shortage of  Read more…

MASS MoCA performing arts events

MASS MoCA performing arts events

MASS MoCA performing arts events Article by Dave Read. MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA has converted a huge 19th century industrial complex, once home to Sprague Electric, into an assortment of performing arts venues to complement their principle mission in support of contemporary art. Parallel to long-term exhibitions such as Sol LeWitt: A Wall  Read more…

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