The weekend highlights in our region include three different concerts featuring music by Bach; a Grammy Award-winning banjo and vocal duo, jazz, Mahler, spoken-word, and a whole lot more.
Grammy Award-winning banjo and vocal duo Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn bring their progressive roots music to the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington on Sun at 7pm. Fleck is already considered the most innovative banjoist in the world, and the duo won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. Look for their concert to feature front-porch banjo, country-folk vocals, Appalachian ballads, gospel, chamber, and blues.
The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company brings its legendary unscripted mix of comedy and theater to the Colonial in Pittsfield on Sat at 8pm. Four improvisers at the top of their game perform a high-energy, surprising, and hilarious show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again.
It’s a weekend of Bach in the Berkshires, as works by Johann Sebastian Bach will be featured in three concerts this weekend. Myron Lutzke and Friends perform a Cantata Concert at First Congregational Church in Great Barrington tonight at 7:30pm as part of Berkshire Bach. The Chamber Orchestra of Williams College performs Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins by Bach, as well as works by Biber and Pärt, on Sat at 8pm in Chapin Hall. And Sarah Cunningham and Richard Eggar will offer an all-Bach program at the South Berkshire Concert Series at Simon’s Rock in Gt Barrington on Sun at 3pm.
Guitarist Will Sellenraad, drummer Jeremy Carlstedt, and bassist Lorin Cohen bring their deep grooves and adventurous compositions to the Barn at the Egremont Village Inn in South Egremont on Sat at 8pm. All three are dynamic composers and improvisers who draw beyond jazz to incorporate elements of soul, rock, swing, and pop to create their unique sound.
George Frideric Handel’s monumental oratorio “Israel in Egypt” will be performed by the combined forces of the Broad Street Chorale, the Cantilena Chamber Choir, the Broad Street Orchestra, and star soloists at Kinderhook Reformed Church on Sun at 3pm as part of the Concerts in the Village series. Soloists include sopranos Rose Hunsberger and Katie Roppolo, countertenor Daniel Moody, and tenor Christopher Sokolowski.
The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra will perform works by Hummel, Mahler, and Beethoven in the Fisher Center at Bard College on Sat at 8pm. Conducted by Leon Botstein, the orchestra will perform Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan.”
And finally, Taylor Mali is one of the few authentic poets to have emerged from the competitive slam-poetry scene. He is perhaps best known for the poem “What Teachers Make,” a question he expanded upon in his bestselling book, “What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World.” Mali’s incisive work, which spares no one, especially himself, is often about family, masculinity, marriage, divorce, fatherhood, race, and education. It’s also mostly funny. The former Berkshire resident brings his spoken word art to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sun at 7pm.
Seth Rogovoy is editor of Berkishire Daily and the Rogovoy Report, available online at rogovoyreport.com
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