Well the big story in the Berkshire this weekend is undoubtedly the 9th annual Berkshire International Film Festival. The BIFF takes place primarily at the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington, but also at the Mahaiwe, the Beacon in Pittsfield, and at the Mount in Lenox, through Sunday. This year, the festival boasts over seventy-five films, including many features of international origin and numerous documentaries.
For twenty-two years, under Founding Conductor and Artistic Director Anna Dubrova, Ne'imah Jewish Community Chorus has served as the voice of Jewish choral music in the Capital District, exploring a rich musical heritage ranging from original works written by contemporary American and Israeli composers to choral arrangements of existing Jewish folk and liturgical music.
For the last few years their annual concert has taken place at The Linda in Albany, NY. This year’s concert is entitled "Songs of Freedom" and will feature guest artist, Peri Smilow. Peri has been touring the world for over twenty years, emphasizing music that promotes social progress and breaks down social barriers. She joins us now to tell us more about her music and her career.
The Upstate Artists Guild is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, open to all, which promotes the appreciation, practice, and enjoyment of art. Their mission is to promote art education and artistic endeavors throughout the community; to maintain a space in which to meet for the purpose of exhibitions, lectures, and instruction; and to work with the community to stimulate an interest in the arts.
Act one of award-winning opera composer Evan Mack's new work Roscoe will be part of Opera Saratoga's 2014 summer festival. The opera is based on the novel of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winning author, William Kennedy.
The 80 minute concert performance will give Saratoga audiences a first look at this brand new piece at The Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College on June 8th at 2pm.
Composer Evan Mack joins us along with Opera Saratoga's General Director, Curtis Tucker.
Pittsfield, Mass. – One of the many good things about Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass. is they don’t play it safe. “The Other Place,” the opening play of their summer season, is a rewarding and complicated work that demands concentration from the audience.
The Emerald Tour has a wealth of entertainment for audiences as it infuses Irish and modern music with colorful costumes and lighting as well as dancing. The group also has a new album entitled Emerald: Musical Gems and a DVD entitled Emerald: Musical Gems LIVE in Concert.
Celtic Woman Fiddle player, Mairead Nesbitt and singer Lynn Hilary join us now to tell us more.
On the evening of June 7th, two modern dance companies will share the stage at the McKenna Theater at SUNY New Paltz in a program entitled “Welcome to the World” -- featuring groundbreaking choreography and a celebration of the human spirit.
Figures in Flight 4, a professional youth dance company made up of high school students from the Hudson Valley will be joined by Figures in Flight Released, a group of adult men whose dance training began through a rehabilitation program in prison. In spite of their obvious differences in race, age, and background, these two groups share something that shines through on stage and in rehearsal: a love of dance, and a commitment to mutual respect between people of all kinds.
They also share a dance teacher and choreographer. Both companies are being presented under the direction of renowned dance educator and artistic director Susan Slotnick.
Susan joins us now along with Charles Defraia, a promoter, fundraiser, and the father of a Figures in Flight 4 dancer.
Blue Gold: American Jeans is a feature-length documentary about how one unlikely garment ended up connecting us all. Following vintage jeans hunter Eric Schrader around the world, Blue Gold searches for the reason we all wear blue mining pants from the late 1800s.
An ambassador of Americana, Eric trades in the history, myth, and intrinsic values that have made blue jeans the most expensive and fetishized piece of vintage clothing on the planet. From fashion history and subculture aspiration to the lost tradition of American manufacturing, Blue Gold explores Americana in our globalized world, where cultural exchange and social responsibility demand greater transparency and inspire innovation.
Blue Gold: American Jeans will have its festival premiere at The Berkshire International Film Festival this weekend -- screening at 11:30am on Saturday at The Beacon in Pittsfield and again at 11:30am on Sunday at The Triplex in Great Barrington.