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  • Star Wars Begins at New York Philharmonic

    A Splendid Start to the Series

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Sep 18th, 2017

    There would be no Star Wars without the music of John Williams. On Friday night, the composer's stirring opening music sent hairs standing on end as the New York Philharmonic gave its second performance of the complete orchestral score of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Their task: accompanying George Lucas' 1997 remastered "Special Edition" of the beloved 1977 science fiction classic.

  • Berkshire Museum Financials

    Follow the Money

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 18th, 2017

    Based on an extensive Berkshire Eagle background check of Van Shields, and a failed attempt to create a radical new museum in South Carolina, it appears that he arrived in Pittsfield, a month after being fired, with an agenda. Funding plans that failed there entail selling 40 treasures of the Berkshire Museum. Through intensive study of non profit reports filed with the charity desk of the Attorney General, Thomas White, with knowledge of these matters, has sent us bullet points. They shed light on the "dire straits" forcing the museum to decimate its legacy to rebuild for the future.

  • We Shall Not Be Moved Premieres

    A Moving Hip-Opera at Opera Philadelphia

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 17th, 2017

    Years of work between the Philadelphia community and Opera Philadelphia were realized in a Hip-opera by Daniel Bernard Roumain and Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Bill T. Jones, a maker, came in for the finishing touches.

  • Opera Philadelphia Launches a Festival

    Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell Strike Again

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 17th, 2017

    Opera Philadelphia is the 'it' opera company in the United States. No one has been more successful in developing new opera, honing talent and developing audiences. The festival displays many facets of their work.

  • Shanghai Opera at the Metropolitan Museum

    Farewell My Concubine

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 15th, 2017

    The Metropolitan Museum uses it galleries and collections to present events. The Shanghai Opera's production of Farewell My Concubine, based on a 3rd century BC story, fit perfectly in the Chinese Courtyard modelled on the Ming Dynasty Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets.

  • North Adams Primary Vote September 19

    Mayoral Candidate Tom Bernard Makes a Loft Call

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 16th, 2017

    For the first time in three decades there is an open race for Mayor of North Adams. On Tuesday, September 19, there will be a primary vote for Mayor. Five names will be on the ballot for Mayor- Tom Bernard, Rachel Branch, Robert Martelle, Robert Moulton Jr. and Peter Oleskiewicz. Of these Oleskiewicz has withdrawn from the race. Bernard was invited to the Eclipse Mill to speak with artists and members of the community.

  • The Roads of North America - Part 6

    San Francisco Bay and Sausalito Houseboats

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Sep 14th, 2017

    This is our second article from the San Francisco area and continuation of The Roads of North America. More than 50 photographs accompany this report. The views along the Bay and other discoveries are well worth seeing - no doubt!

  • How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel

    At Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 16th, 2017

    This production that delves into molestation is a worthy realization of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning and otherwise highly decorated play, How I Learned to Drive. The story of Li’l Bit unfolds in a non-linear, but clearly demarcated fashion, from the character’s eleventh year until she is 35.

  • Last of the Red Hot Lovers

    Neil Simon Comedy at North Coast Rep Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 15th, 2017

    North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT) artistic director David Ellenstein’s selection of “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers”, is a definite winner in kicking off its 36th season. It’s one of Simon’s best comedies. Deftly directed by Christopher Williams, the four person cast takes to this play like ducks to water.

  • 'Fresh Grass' Festival Day One At Mass MoCa

    Be There Or Be Square

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 15th, 2017

    The Annual 'Fresh Grass' Festival of Bluegrass Music opens its doors at 5:30 pm, today, at Mass MoCa in North Adams, Massachusetts. It will be a fun filled three day weekend.

  • Greenland

    A journey South of the Polar Circle

    By: Zeren Earls - Sep 13th, 2017

    Greenland, the world's largest island, offers majestic mountains, green valleys and picturesque fjords dotted with icebergs along its eastern coast. Towns of Tasiilaq and Kusuluk are home to Inuits, who have a unique way of life mediated by their environment.

  • Japan Society Presents Osada Opera

    East Meets West in Four Nights of Dream

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 14th, 2017

    Moto Osada’s first opera, Four Nights of Dream, is, like the composer, a cross over between East and West. Osada composed the music and libretto. The flexibility that gave him has yielded a work of exquisite sensibility.

  • Star Wars Comes to New York Philharmonic

    Magical Combination, Fillm and Live Music

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Sep 12th, 2017

    The reason for doing live performances of the Star Wars films goes far beyond their place in popular culture. Each of these films features a magnificent score by John Williams, the Boston-based composer who rose to national prominence with his 1975 score for Jaws.

  • Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte

    Produced by Opera San Jose

    By: Victor Cordell - Sep 13th, 2017

    Opera San Jose opened its 34th season with a handsome production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s popular opera buffa, Cosi Fan Tutte. A winsome cast of strong singers with fine acting chops yields a highly entertaining outcome.

  • Deirdre of the Sorrows at City Lit Theatre

    Irish Drama by John Millington Synge

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 13th, 2017

    John Millington Synge, who is best known for his plays Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea, left an unfinished draft of Deirdre of the Sorrows when he died in 1909. The play was finished by William Butler Yeats and Synge’s fiancée, Molly Allgood.

  • Five Candidates for State Rep

    Race for First Berkshire District

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 12th, 2017

    Last night at Bounty Fair, a North Adams restaurant, five candidates were given ten minutes. They are running to serve the final year of former Rep. Gail Cariddi, who passed away while in office. Running unopposed the Republican, Christine Canning, spoke first. Drawing lots she was followed by Stephanie Bosley, Lisa Blackmer, Kevin Towle and John Barrett III.

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Barstow Performing Arts Center

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 12th, 2017

    There are several versions of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” that have been performed. Each production company gets to select the version that suits their audiences the best. Director Havely has chosen the “meta-mix” version for Theatre 29. Audiences will be seeing an all-singing and dancing production. No written dialogue. Director Havely is fortunate in that her cast – all twenty-three singer/dancer/performers – are committed, dedicated, and eager to strut their stuff in this format.

  • Three Artists Out on a Limb

    Eclipse Mill Gallery Shows Pendell, Sutro and Vera

    By: Eclipse - Sep 12th, 2017

    Out on a Limb explores the creative process and how it engenders a final product. The exhibiting artists employ painting, collage, fiber art, and preliminary drawing to embody how new ideas push change. The exhibition at Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams features work by Debi Pendell, Sarah Sutro and Betty Vera. The opening will occur Saturday, September 30, from 6-8pm.

  • Conspiracy to Decimate Berkshire Museum

    Protests Planned for September 9

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 08th, 2017

    Barring intervention by the Attorney General, at best a long shot, plans to sell 40 works of art with two paintings by Norman Rockwell worth as much as the remaining 38 lots, the fall auctions by Sotheby’s in New York appears to be a done deal .For the second time protestors will picket in front of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield from 10 am to 2 pmon Saturday, September 9. This past week Sotheby’s announced a presale estimate of “thirty pieces of silver.”

  • New York City Opera Presents Spirited Spaghetti Western

    Kristin Sampson Sings The Girl Minnie

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 08th, 2017

    Puccini loved to compose and after the success of La Boheme, Madama Butterfly and Tosca he was looking for a new story. He wrote that these three operas already bored him. He had also had trouble with the librettists with whom he’d worked on these operas. Luigi Illica, co-librettist, even suggested that he get another composer to collaborate with him. Instead Puccini found new librettists. La Fanciulla del West is the upshot.

  • Iceland: Part Three

    Wonders of the North and South Coasts

    By: Zeren Earls - Sep 05th, 2017

    Traveling from the northern fjords near the Arctic Circle by way of Lake Myvatn to the south coast, Iceland offers breathtaking displays of geological wonders. Craters, hot springs, lava fields, roaring waterfalls, geysers glacial rivers and black sand beaches are all within easy reach. Landscapes of beautiful farmlands and cliffs with seabirds are the added bonus.

  • Everything Old Is New Again

    David Hockney at Eighty

    By: Edward Rubin - Sep 05th, 2017

    Happy Birthday Mr. Hockney: Self Portraits and Photographs at Getty Museum in Los Angeles remains on view through November 26. On the occasion of his 80th birthday there are many incentives to evaluate the British born artist who for many years has resided in Santa Monica. Paintings of his pool are among the most admired of his works that range from self portraits to "joiners" or photo collages.

  • Frank Gehry to Design Northern Berkshire Museum

    Bilbao Effect Anticipated for North Adams

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 02nd, 2017

    In May the world's foremost architect, Frank Gehry, signed on to design The Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum in North Adams. It is one of 11 projects being developed by visionary museum director Thomas Krens. There is a daunting sticker price of some $300 miliion for construction anticipated to start as early as June, 2018.

  • Quadrophenia at Tanglewood

    Pete Townsend’s Rock Opera

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 03rd, 2017

    In 2015 Pete Townsend’s long time musical collaborator Rachel Fuller scored the rock opera for orchestra. They were married in February. It was performed to mostly favorable but mixed reviews with the 90-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the 80 members of the London Oriana Choir. This version was performed last night at Tanglewood with Keith Lockhart conducting the Boston Pops. Opera tenor Alfie Boe, Townsend, and British rocker Billy Idol performed the vocals.

  • Noni Stapleton at 59E59 Theater

    Turn de Force One Woman Quartet

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 01st, 2017

    Noni Stapleton is a mesmerizing artist. Her writing gifts launch the characterization of a quartet of characters at 59E59 Theaters. Stapleton plays three humans and a charming, and then not so charming cow. You can't take your eyes off her.

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