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Caleb Blansett

  The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival is underway at MASS MoCA in North Adams for the 13th year. This year, the Festival culminates with an 8-day new music extravaganza called "Bang on a Can Plays Art" from July 26 through August 2. Fourteen concerts over this 8-day period will draw inspiration from the visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA.

  Maverick Concerts is celebrating its 99th summer of Music in the Woods!

This season will celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, the last Romantic, with an exploration of his chamber music and of the rich trove of Central European music at the dawn of the 20th century. They will also renew their commitment to American music with new and recent repertoire, from the cutting-edge work of young composers to America’s master of the string quartet, Elliott Carter.

Alexander Platt, Music Director of Maverick, joins us to tell us more.

  Now in its twentieth year, PianoSummer at New Paltz is an international summer institute and festival dedicated solely to piano music. It features an integrated approach to learning and performance under the artistic direction of master pianist and teacher Vladimir Feltsman.

Gifted students from around the world join with devoted musicians and teachers to learn more about the art of the piano and, ultimately, more about themselves and their place in the world of music.

PianoSummer takes place July 12th through August 1st.

  The Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival is taking place next Friday through Sunday – June 20th-22nd at The Saratoga Fairgrounds.

125 artists and artisans will display and sell their original works, there will be live entertainment and music and ongoing craft demonstrations, there will be activities for kids – oh, and 20 hot air balloons will launch.

Christian Dutcher is the balloon component organizer or The Saratoga Ballon and Craft festival and he joins us now.

    Big Gay Hudson Valley is holding their first-ever Queen City Pride celebration in Poughkeepsie the weekend of June 5th through 8th. They’ve given their classic “Pride Preview Weekend” a new date, new time, and a host of all-new events.

Events include Night Out At Vassar on Thursday June 5th; Big 80s Cosmic Bowling hosted by Trixie Starr on Friday, June 6th; Hudson Valley Gay Life Expo on Saturday June 7th; Beefcake Dinner also on the 7th; and the Big Gay Summer Picnic on Sunday, June 8th.

Here now to tell us more is Stephan Hengst, Co-Founder of Big Gay Hudson Valley.com and the organizer of Queen City Pride.

    

  Kingston’s Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History is sponsoring the second annual Kingston Community Block Party on June 8th from noon to 4pm at Kingston's T.R. Gallo West Strand Park. The multicultural festival is a free, family-friendly, multicultural festival which will feature live ethnic music, dance and comedy, along with handicrafts and children’s activities, including arts and crafts, games, singing and storytelling.

Here to tell us more are Geoff Miller, chairman of Kingston’s Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, and Gerry Harrington.

The 9th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival will spotlight 75 features, documentaries and short films, as well as parties, filmmaker Q&As, workshops and awards, from May 29th to June 1st in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, Mass.

    

  The Hudson Project is a new 3-day music festival from Michael Lang, the co-creator of the Woodstock Music & Art Festival. The festival will feature The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Kendrick Lamar, a DJ set by Moby and so much more.

Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY will host four stages along with a 5th interactive performance area at the center of the site highlighting local musical acts and performance artists.

In addition to the musical talents, a wide range of interactive activities will keep attendees stimulated throughout the weekend filled with music, food, and camping.

    

  There is nothing like a good literary festival, especially when it takes over an entire municipality.

The 3rd Annual Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival will take place next weekend, April 11th and 12th, throughout the village. The festival is full of free events celebrating local authors and featuring the likes of James Romm, Valerie Martin and Gail Godwin.

We get a preview this morning from two of the organizers - Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books and Music and Juliet Harrison of Red Hook Community Arts Network.

   The annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with many local partners, celebrated county-wide in the month of March, Women’s History Month.

In 2014, the Fourth Annual Festival will feature more than 150 women of all ages and from many backgrounds, sharing their talents through readings, lectures, workshops, performances and screenings held at 36 Berkshire County venues from Sheffield to Williamstown.

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