Rogovoy Report 9/8/17

Sep 8, 2017

The weekend highlights in our region include several chamber music concerts; a literary reading; a roots music festival, an art opening; and a whole lot more.

New York City-based Imani Winds will perform the world premiere of “Cancion de Flores,” a composition by the group’s flutist, Valerie Coleman, at St. James Place in Great Barrington, Mass., on Saturday at 5pm, as part of the Leaf Peepers concert series. The program will include works by Delibes, Scott, and more by Coleman, and feature guest artist Eugenia Zukerman on flute.

German violinist Axel Strauss, Russian pianist Ilya Poletaev, and American clarinetist Todd Palmer will team up to perform works by Darius Milhaud, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, and Igor Stravinsky at Tannery Pond Concerts in New Lebanon, N.Y., on Saturday at 8pm. Austrian actor Markus Hirnigel will read the poems upon which Barber’s “Hermit Songs” are based.

Foghorn Stringband, the Revelers, Jesse Legé, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys, and Karl Shifflet and Big Country Show headline the 3rd annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival at Cool Whisper Farm in North Hillsdale, N.Y.. The festival features traditional mountain fiddling, bluegrass, hot swing, classic country, brass, Cajun and contra music, as well as kids’ activities, dancing, and hands-on instrument workshops. That’s today through Sunday.

Fiction writer Samantha Hunt, essayist Adrian Shirk, and novelist Anne Korkeakivito will read from their works at Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, N.Y., on Saturday at 7pm, as part of Volume, the free monthly reading and music series every second Saturday of the month. The readings will be followed by book-signing and a DJ set by Jann Wenner biographer Joe Hagan.

River Paintings, an exhibition featuring a series of landscape paintings by Marianne Van Lent that explore the imagery of the earth, its cycles, and psychology, opens with a reception at the Foundation Art Gallery at Columbia-Green Community College on Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Van Lent, whose work is influenced by the Hudson River School and Northern European Romanticism, will present 22 individual works that explore the dream of place, sanctuary, and separation.

Looking ahead to next weekend: MASS MoCA’s annual FreshGrass Music Festival offers another insane lineup of superstars of Americana, bluegrass, and progressive roots music, this year featuring Brandi Carlile, Railroad Earth, the Del McCoury Band with special guest David Grisman, Del & Dawg, the Wood Brothers, Bill Frisell, Alison Brown, Carrie Rodriguez, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, and dozens of others over the course of the three-day event held on four stages and in every nook and cranny of MASS MoCA’s 26-building, 16-acre campus. That’s next weekend, Friday through Sunday.

Seth Rogovoy is editor of Berkishire Daily and the Rogovoy Report, available online at

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