Made in the Berkshires

Oct 9, 2013

Curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims, Made in the Berkshires is a locally-grown festival of new works including theatre, film, dance, poetry, music, short stories, performance and visual art.  

The 2013 Made in the Berkshires Festival being held from October 11 to October 13 at The Colonial Theatre, The Garage, and The Unicorn Theatre. Hilary and Barbara join us to tell us more.

    The Rensselaerville Festival of Writers gets underway on Thursday, August 15 and runs through the 18th in several venues throughout the idyllic Helderberg hamlet of Rensselaerville, NY. Readings, workshops, and receptions feature local and regional writers as well as nationally known professionals including: Joan Walsh, Lizz Winstead, Peter Trachtenberg, Paul La Farge, David Rees, John Bowe, Sara J. Henry and Sarah Van Arsdale.

This summer marks the fourth Rensselaerville Festival of Writers. Festival proceeds benefit the historic Rensselaerville Library. Joining us are festival organizers: Marilyn Olivia and Janet Botaish.

Jazz in the Valley 2013

Aug 13, 2013

    Jazz in the Valley in Poughkeepsie began as an afternoon of music when TRANSART received an individual artist commission from the New York State Council on the Arts to commission Ahmad Jamal to create an original composition for the organization. Inspired by the natural beauty of the area he created “Picture Perfect” and it was first heard in a concert in the summer of 2000.

It has grown into an annual festival, showcasing music performed by world-class musicians, fittingly complemented by breathtaking views of the Hudson River Valley as backdrop.

Jazz in the Valley has an intergenerational programming philosophy. Its programming allows living legends and younger voices to continue to expand the jazz idiom. TRANSART’s President Greer Smith joins us for a preview.

    The Lake George Music Festival was founded three years ago with the goal of bringing some of the world’s most promising musicians to Lake George.

As executive director of the festival, Alexander Lombard, has seen his vision of bringing free classical music to the people thrive. This year's festival opens this Friday and runs through Aug. 22. It will, once again, bring celebrated composers and an original commission to audiences. Seventy musicians, including some of the most prestigious names in classical music, will perform at venues around the village.

Alexander Lombard, joins us this morning as does Barbora Kolarova, the festival’s Artistic Director and their Music Director – Roger Kalia.

  The Cooperstown Music Festival began with three events in 1999, and since then the Festival has offered the region nearly 100 concerts, from classical to contemporary, jazz to bluegrass, cabaret to kids’ concerts.

Festival Artistic Director (and flutist) Linda Chesis saw Cooperstown as an ideal location for a music festival, with its picturesque lake setting, small town charm, restaurants and attractions.

This year’s Cooperstown Music Festival has a few remaining concerts and Linda Chesis joins us know to tell us what is upcoming – and a bit about what we’ve missed.

    The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours d'Elegance is a three-day destination event over three-day event that draws an audience of close to 6,000 from Montreal to Northern New Jersey.

Quickly becoming known as the most original Wine and Food Festival north of New York City, Saratoga Wine & Food provides over 200 premiere wine and food exhibitors, invitation-only, collector Italian luxury vehicles as well as one-of-a kind seminars. The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours d'Elegance is SPAC’s largest fundraiser is just over a month from now - September 6th, 7th & 8th.

We are joined by Capital Region restaurateur, caterer, and the Honorary chair of this event, Angelo Mazzone of Mazzone Hospitality.

Yidstock 2013

Jul 15, 2013

    Continuing with the theme established in their inaugural year, Yidstock 2013 will bring the best in klezmer and new Yiddish music to the stage at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.

There will be performances from Klezmer Conservatory Band, Golem, Klezperanto and Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys – as well as workshops and lectures.

Seth Rogovoy, Yidstock’s Festival Programmer, and Lisa Newman, Director of Communications for The Yiddish Book Center join us to tell us more.

    The Sixth Annual Mount Tremper Arts Festival presents adventurous artists, intimate audience experiences and unique “Art-B-Qs,” - all nestled in the Catskill Mountains.

The festival features 11 weeks of programming where art can be a radical adventure and audiences, along with artists, can have a relaxing environment for nourishing their shared curiosity.

Here now to tell us more are Mount Tremper Arts Artistic Director Mathew Pokoik and Aynsley Vandenbroucke.

    Old Songs is a family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance, known for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops, hands-on experience and participatory nature.

In addition to three concerts there are 120 daytime workshops given by performers, a juried craft show, food and instrument vendors, and a children's activity area.

The 33rd Annual Old Songs Festival is taking place this weekend at the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY and Roger Mock, Assistant Director of the festival joins us now to tell us more.

    Chesterwood, the country home, studio, and gardens of America’s foremost public sculptor – Daniel Chester French is holding their Vintage Motorcar Festival this Sunday, May 26th – rain or shine – from 10am to 4pm.