The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a string quartet; an acrobatic dance troupe; photography from Burma; Haitian music; noir-folk; and a whole lot more.
The Escher String Quartet will perform works by Mendelssohn, Bartok, and Beethoven at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Mass., on Saturday at 6pm, as part of the Close Encounters With Music series. The concert marks the critically acclaimed rising quartet’s Berkshire debut. The program includes three landmark works of chamber music: Mendelssohn’s Quartet in E minor, opus 80, written in memory of his beloved sister Fannie; the Bartók Quartet No. 3, a fusion of folk and Western art music; and Beethoven’s “Razumovsky” Quartet in E minor, opus 59, No. 2.
Theatrical movement troupe LAVA performs “A Goddessey,” a program suitable for the entire family, in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., on Saturday at 3pm. A survival story that vaults the audience from a patriarchal present into a rainbow-colored feminist future, “A Goddessey” - developed in part at MASS MoCA - is the amalgamation of 15 years of empowering performances exploring the human body as a social landscape, featuring ropes, nets, hoops, mats, and trapeze.
Award-winning photographer Scott Barrow presents “Mystical Myanmar,” a new exhibition of photographs taken on his first visit to Southeast Asia this past winter, at the Scott Barrow Photography Gallery in Lenox, Mass., from Saturday through Thursday, June 15. There will be a free opening reception for the exhibition, featuring photographs from Myanmar, formerly Burma, on Saturday from 5 to 7pm.
Haitian band Lakou Mizik performs in Chapin Hall at Williams College next Wednesday, April 19, at 8 pm. The concert is free and open to the public. Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength, and hope to their countrymen and to the world.
Brooklyn-based folk-noir duo Charming Disaster brings its darkly comic duets about love, death, crime, and the supernatural to Dream Away Lodge in Becket, Mass., on Sunday at 8pm. Admission is free. Charming Disaster’s songs explore the different sorts of trouble two people can get into with a ukulele and a guitar, playing out against a backdrop of nightclubs, car chases, circus tents, the afterlife, and beyond.
And finally, “Fiddlefest,” showcasing the Curtis Institute of Music’s violin students, takes place at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, tonight at 7pm. The program, designed by internationally acclaimed violinist Ida Kavafian, showcases classic works as well as virtuosic showpieces, and features a broad range of styles, from the Baroque master Telemann to modern icons Toru Takemitsu and Luciano Berio. Also included is the folk charm of Bartok, the zest of Prokofiev, and a set of variations by Dancla on the well-known and loved “Twinkle, Twinkle.”
Seth Rogovoy is editor of Berkishire Daily and the Rogovoy Report, available online at rogovoyreport.com