Events

Event Calendar for The Berkshires and Litchfield County

Nov
17
Sun
Mass Audubon – Birding the Berks Series – Waterfowl on Berkshire Lakes & Ponds @ Mass Audubon's Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries
Nov 17 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: at Berkshire Lakes, in various towns
Audience: Adult Members: $10.00 Nonmembers: $15.00

Spend the morning visiting several Berkshire lakes in search of migrating waterfowl that only briefly stop in the area. Culminating with a stop at Bartlett’s Apple Orchard for hot cider and donuts, we’ll search for loons, grebes, and the hundreds of ducks fleeing the cold of the north.

Please register at massaudubon.org/pleasantvalleyprograms

mhall@massaudubon.org
413-637-0320

Nov
21
Thu
Gt. Barrington, MA–“The Polar Express (2004)” movie showing @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm

$5 kids / $8 adults

A boy embarks on a holiday adventure when a train arrives bound for the North Pole. Tom Hanks plays six different roles in this computer animated feature from Robert Zemeckis.

Mahaiwe Box Office Hours:
Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4:00pm (and three hours before showtimes)
413.528.0100 |

Nov
22
Fri
Stockbridge, MA–Berkshire Chamber Players Concert @ Stockbridge Library
Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to announce that a Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

Program:

Giuliani Gran Sonata Eroica, Op. 150 for solo guitar (1821)

Giuliani Serenade for guitar, violin, and cello, Op. 19 (1810)
Serenade
Scherzo
Alla Polacca

Pierre-Jean Porro Grand Trio extrait de Mozart (1810)
Allegro non tanto
Tempo di Minuet non troppo

I N T E R M I S S I O N

Rodrigo Invocacion y Danza for solo guitar (1961)

Paganini Terzetto for guitar, violin, and cello, MS 69 (1833)
Allegro con brio
Minuetto
Andante larghetto
Rondo

Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged. Tickets are $20 each. Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

 

Gt. Barrington, MA–Hip Hop Theatre with Open Thought Productions @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm

$5
This special performance will be the culmination of a four day school residency featuring students from Monument Valley, Mt. Everett and Herberg Schools performing with the professional artists from Open Thought Productions.

Mahaiwe Box Office Hours:
Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4:00pm (and three hours before showtimes)
413.528.0100 |

Nov
30
Sat
Gt. Barrington, MA–The Wizard of Oz (1939) @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Nov 30 @ 4:00 pm

$5 kids / $8 adults / $10 movie & drink at Number Ten

The Mahaiwe continues its annual tradition screening The Wizard of Oz over Thanksgiving weekend. Starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, joined by her companions the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, this musical adventure is the quintessential family film for all.

Mahaiwe Box Office Hours:
Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4:00pm (and three hours before showtimes)
413.528.0100 |
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Gt. Barrington, MA–Berkshires Jazz Performance with Miro Sprague, Marty Jaffe, Jason Ennis and Claire Daly @ St. James Place
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening of fresh and familiar music with Berkshire stalwarts Miro Sprague, Marty Jaffe, and Jason Ennis, with special guest Claire Daly. This concert marks Berkshires Jazz’ first collaboration with the stunning new performance venue.

The Sprague/Jaffe/Ennis Trio is an exciting new ensemble featuring long time collaborators Miro Sprague (piano), Marty Jaffe (bass), and Jason Ennis (guitar). Though they always include a few surprising interpretations of familiar tunes, the trio mainly performs original jazz compositions by each band member. Infused with influences from Brazil, classical chamber music, funk and more, the trio’s music features intricate group improvisation, inventive arrangements, and a deep sense of beauty and groove.

Joining the trio for this evening is award-winning baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, who is right at home with the mix of familiar and original. Recognized as an interpreter of such legends as Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan, she has appeared in a wide range of ensembles, and has appeared in the Berkshires in both a big-band and small-group setting.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the concert, and are available here.

Berkshire native Miro Sprague is a pianist and composer, known for his inspiring creativity, dynamic and passionate performance style, and artistic versatility. He has performed at many of the world’s top venues and festivals in settings ranging from solo piano to septet. He leads his own trio and quintet, and is a member of the cooperative septet “Holophonor”. He has performed with many renowned artists, and is an in-demand vocal accompanist. Since 2015 has been the pianist of choice for vocalist Karrin Allyson, appearing with her at the 2017 Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, along with bassist Marty Jaffe.

Guitarist Jason Ennis is an exciting voice in the world of jazz guitar. His unique sound, deep groove and sensitive feel, along with a diverse background in jazz, blues, Brazilian music and classical music have made him highly in demand as a soloist, sideman, bandleader and musical director. Jason leads his own instrumental group, Trio Jota Sete, and co-leads the world jazz trio, La Voz de Tres, which has toured extensively throughout the United States and Chile and has released two CDs. His searing blues style is a cornerstone of the NYC-based jazz/blues powerhouse group, Opius Bliss.

Also a Berkshire native, Marty Jaffe comes from a musical family that includes his father, the educator, composer and bandleader Andy Jaffe, a former Board member of Berkshires Jazz. A Juilliard graduate, Marty is the youngest member of the group, and is already in demand as an ensemble player and soloist. He has performed in venues around the world, and has appeared in the Berkshires with Samirah Evans and Karrin Allyson, among others, as well as with Jason Ennis and Miro Sprague.

Guest artist Claire Daly’s career has included anchoring the sax section in the Diva Big Band, freelancing in New York doing every imaginable kind of gig, recording five CDs with the band “People Like Us”, as well as several CDs as leader. She has appeared at many festivals and venues, including Pittsfield, where her last appearance was with Sharel Cassity and Ada Rovatti and the Empire Jazz Orchestra. President Clinton’s Library requested a copy of her first CD, Swing Low, to be included in a listening station as a CD that was significant to the former president while in office. A four-time winner of the Downbeat Critic’s Poll “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition,” she was also recognized by the Jazz Journalist Association as Baritone Sax Player of the Year.

Check back for updates, tickets are on sale now (click here). The venue is amazing, both visually and acoustically. It’s great to be holding an event in this remarkable performance space. Seating is limited, don’t miss out on this highlight of the holiday weekend.

Dec
7
Sat
Pittsfield, MA–Albany Berkshire Ballet: The Nutcracker
Dec 7 @ 2:30 pm

and at 6:30 pm

Barrington Stage Company
122 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
Box Office:413-236-8888
Email:boxoffice@barringtonstageco.org

Pittsfield, MA–Albany Berkshire Ballet: The Nutcracker @ Barrington Stage Company
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm

Box Office:413-236-8888
Email:boxoffice@barringtonstageco.org

Victorian Christmas Concert @ Academy Building
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Victorian Christmas Concert

Saturday December 7, 7:00 PM
Academy Building, 24 Main Street

Salisbury Association presents the annual Victorian Christmas concert by candlelight – featuring the Hevreh Ensemble led by Judith Dansker. The group will perform works from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods and music of the season. Tickets are $30 and include a Victorian dessert buffet. Reservations may be made by calling the Salisbury Association at 860-435-0566.

Gt. Barrington, MA–John Pizzarelli with his Big Band @ The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center 1
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Box Office: 413-528-0100 Admin: 413-644-9040

$44 Upper Balcony (Limited)
$79 Reserved
$99 Preferred
$124 Premium
(Members receive $5 off each ticket)

$15 Youth Tickets – call the Box Office for information

John Pizzarelli is bringing his big band to the Mahaiwe this time around in what’s becoming an annual holiday tradition from this renowned jazz guitarist and vocalist.

Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and the Beatles. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.

Dec
8
Sun
Lenox/Richmond, MA–Charcoal Trail Hike at Yokun Ridge South with Berkshire Natural Resources Council
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

No leaves? Let’s look at buds and bark!

For hike and event details/difficulty/directions, click on the name of the hike,
visit bnrc.org/upcoming-hikes, or email Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org

Berkshire Natural Resources Council

20 Bank Row, Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 499-0596

Pittsfield, MA–Albany Berkshire Ballet: The Nutcracker @ Barrington Stage Company
Dec 8 @ 1:30 pm
Pittsfield, MA–Albany Berkshire Ballet: The Nutcracker @ Barrington Stage Company
Dec 8 @ 4:30 pm
Dec
13
Fri
Gt. Barrington, MA–Sunset Stroll at Housatonic Flats, with Berkshire Natural Resources Council @ Housatonic Flats
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Enjoy the setting sun and a quiet stroll of the flats.

For hike and event details/difficulty/directions, click on the name of the hike,
visit bnrc.org/upcoming-hikes, or email Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org

Berkshire Natural Resources Council

20 Bank Row, Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 499-0596

Dec
15
Sun
Gt. Barrington, MA–Selected Shorts for the Holidays @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm

Tickets start at $30! ($15 ages 30 and under)
Mahaiwe Member & Youth Discount Event
The hit public radio series Selected Shorts takes the stage at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center with an afternoon of festive stories filled with love, laughter, and nostalgia.
The stories are mostly fiction, sometimes classic, sometimes new, and always performed by great actors from stage and screen. With performances by Teagle F. Bougere, Jane Curtin, James Naughton, and Parker Posey!

Mahaiwe Box Office Hours:
Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4:00pm (and three hours before showtimes)
413.528.0100 |

Dec
20
Fri
Gt. Barrington, MA–“It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)” movie showing @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm

FREE event
General Admission – first come, first served

Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday drama It’s a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, is a seasonal favorite. In Mahaiwe tradition, this will be a FREE screening for the community. Designated the most inspirational movie of all time by the American Film Institute, It’s a Wonderful Life is a wonderful, feel-good movie to experience with friends and family.

Runtime: 2 hours 15 mins.

Mahaiwe Box Office Hours:
Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4:00pm (and three hours before showtimes)
413.528.0100 |