Events

Jun
26
Wed
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Evening at the Beaver Ponds @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 3 & up)
Members: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Nonmembers: Adult $8.00, Child $4.00
Visit our beaver ponds with a naturalist, and search for beavers and other animals attracted to these rich wetlands. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to change the valley’s landscape 85 years after their reintroduction to the area.

Pre-Registration is required at .

Becket, MA–COMPAÑÍA IRENE RODRÍGUEZ Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING: LIVE MUSIC & A WORLD PREMIERE

Compañía Irene Rodríguez is a revered voice in the emerging contemporary Cuban dance scene, known for a particular vision of flamenco that is both Spanish and Cuban. Rodríguez, praised as “intense” and “exacting” by The New York Times, created her company in 2012 that has since “succeeded in positioning itself among the best of the Spanish genre in Cuba” (Granma, Cuba). After a sold-out Pillow debut in 2017, this fiery ensemble of dancers and live musicians returns with audiences favorites and a world premiere, including the Pillow-commissioned Pena Negra based on poetry by Federico García Lorca, among others.

Among many accolades, Rodríguez was recently awarded the Order Isabel la Católica from the King of Spain and the Spanish government. The Festival presentation coincides with a two-week Professional Advancement program in the current and historic traditions of flamenco and Spanish dance, directed by Rodríguez in The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

 

 

 

Lenox, MA–Tanglewood Learning Institute: String Quartet MasterPass @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm

Linde Center Studio E and Cindy’s Café,  Lenox MA

The String Quartet MasterPass takes you on an immersive, highly interactive journey with current and former members of the Juilliard String Quartet that focuses on the beauty, complexity, and collaborative spirit of this sublime, unique genre. Watch the talented Tanglewood Music Center Fellows hone their artistry as they prepare, refine, and perform great works from the string quartet repertoire

Becket, MA–ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 26 @ 8:15 pm

Abby Zbikowski makes her Pillow debut with abandoned playground, an adrenaline-inducing sequence of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity. Creating an intimate setup, nine dancers are pushed to the brink of their capabilities and endurance.

Recipient of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award, Abby Z is highlighted for bold, rhythmic, and high-intensity choreography that draws from tap, hip-hop, West African, postmodern, and a deep-rooted punk aesthetic as primary influences. The New York Times describes abandoned playground as “an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”

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Jun
27
Thu
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 27 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–COMPAÑÍA IRENE RODRÍGUEZ Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING: LIVE MUSIC & A WORLD PREMIERE

Compañía Irene Rodríguez is a revered voice in the emerging contemporary Cuban dance scene, known for a particular vision of flamenco that is both Spanish and Cuban. Rodríguez, praised as “intense” and “exacting” by The New York Times, created her company in 2012 that has since “succeeded in positioning itself among the best of the Spanish genre in Cuba” (Granma, Cuba). After a sold-out Pillow debut in 2017, this fiery ensemble of dancers and live musicians returns with audiences favorites and a world premiere, including the Pillow-commissioned Pena Negra based on poetry by Federico García Lorca, among others.

Among many accolades, Rodríguez was recently awarded the Order Isabel la Católica from the King of Spain and the Spanish government. The Festival presentation coincides with a two-week Professional Advancement program in the current and historic traditions of flamenco and Spanish dance, directed by Rodríguez in The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

 

 

 

Lenox, MA–Tanglewood Learning Institute: String Quartet MasterPass @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm

Linde Center Studio E and Cindy’s Café,  Lenox MA

The String Quartet MasterPass takes you on an immersive, highly interactive journey with current and former members of the Juilliard String Quartet that focuses on the beauty, complexity, and collaborative spirit of this sublime, unique genre. Watch the talented Tanglewood Music Center Fellows hone their artistry as they prepare, refine, and perform great works from the string quartet repertoire

Lenox, MA–The Boston Pops Celebrates Queen with Marc Martel @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm

Koussevitzky Music Shed Lenox MA
On Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m., the Boston Pops and special guest Marc Martel join together for a celebration of the legendary rock band Queen. Martel, known for his striking vocal resemblance to Freddie Mercury, Queen’s lead singer, has been fronting Queen’s official tribute show, The Queen Extravaganza, since 2011. Now, eight years later, Martel also tours all over the world with his own Queen tribute show, The Ultimate Queen Celebration, and orchestral show, Symphonic Queen, and was a vocalist for the 2018 Oscar-winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, along with Freddie Mercury and Rami Malek. Leading this Pops program in the Koussevitzky Music Shed is James Burton, Tanglewood Festival Chorus conductor and choral director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Becket, MA–ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 27 @ 8:15 pm

Abby Zbikowski makes her Pillow debut with abandoned playground, an adrenaline-inducing sequence of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity. Creating an intimate setup, nine dancers are pushed to the brink of their capabilities and endurance.

Recipient of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award, Abby Z is highlighted for bold, rhythmic, and high-intensity choreography that draws from tap, hip-hop, West African, postmodern, and a deep-rooted punk aesthetic as primary influences. The New York Times describes abandoned playground as “an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”

Ticketed Performances

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Jun
28
Fri
Lenox, MA–Earth, Wind & Fire @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm

Koussevitzky Music Shed Lenox MA
Earth, Wind & Fire returns to Tanglewood, bringing its U.S. tour to the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Earth, Wind & Fire are a music institution.

Becket, MA–COMPAÑÍA IRENE RODRÍGUEZ Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING: LIVE MUSIC & A WORLD PREMIERE

Compañía Irene Rodríguez is a revered voice in the emerging contemporary Cuban dance scene, known for a particular vision of flamenco that is both Spanish and Cuban. Rodríguez, praised as “intense” and “exacting” by The New York Times, created her company in 2012 that has since “succeeded in positioning itself among the best of the Spanish genre in Cuba” (Granma, Cuba). After a sold-out Pillow debut in 2017, this fiery ensemble of dancers and live musicians returns with audiences favorites and a world premiere, including the Pillow-commissioned Pena Negra based on poetry by Federico García Lorca, among others.

Among many accolades, Rodríguez was recently awarded the Order Isabel la Católica from the King of Spain and the Spanish government. The Festival presentation coincides with a two-week Professional Advancement program in the current and historic traditions of flamenco and Spanish dance, directed by Rodríguez in The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

 

 

 

Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Firefly Watch @ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

audience: All (suitable for children 0 & up) Fee: Free.
Experience a magical summer light show and help us track firefly numbers and diversity through the Firefly Watch program. Learn about fireflies and how best to view or gently catch and release these mystical glowing lights of summer! We’ll take an evening walk in the meadows for firefly viewing while keeping our eyes open for stars, planets, and twilight birds and mammals!
Suggested contribution: $4/person or $10/family
Pre-Registration is required

Lenox, MA–Tanglewood Learning Institute: String Quartet MasterPass @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm

Linde Center Studio E and Cindy’s Café,  Lenox MA

The String Quartet MasterPass takes you on an immersive, highly interactive journey with current and former members of the Juilliard String Quartet that focuses on the beauty, complexity, and collaborative spirit of this sublime, unique genre. Watch the talented Tanglewood Music Center Fellows hone their artistry as they prepare, refine, and perform great works from the string quartet repertoire

Becket, MA–ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 28 @ 8:15 pm

Abby Zbikowski makes her Pillow debut with abandoned playground, an adrenaline-inducing sequence of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity. Creating an intimate setup, nine dancers are pushed to the brink of their capabilities and endurance.

Recipient of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award, Abby Z is highlighted for bold, rhythmic, and high-intensity choreography that draws from tap, hip-hop, West African, postmodern, and a deep-rooted punk aesthetic as primary influences. The New York Times describes abandoned playground as “an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”

Ticketed Performances

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Jun
29
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Becket, MA–ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 29 @ 2:15 pm

Abby Zbikowski makes her Pillow debut with abandoned playground, an adrenaline-inducing sequence of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity. Creating an intimate setup, nine dancers are pushed to the brink of their capabilities and endurance.

Recipient of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award, Abby Z is highlighted for bold, rhythmic, and high-intensity choreography that draws from tap, hip-hop, West African, postmodern, and a deep-rooted punk aesthetic as primary influences. The New York Times describes abandoned playground as “an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”

Ticketed Performances

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Lenox, MA–String Quartet Marathon @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jun 29 @ 2:30 pm
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 29 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–COMPAÑÍA IRENE RODRÍGUEZ Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING: LIVE MUSIC & A WORLD PREMIERE

Compañía Irene Rodríguez is a revered voice in the emerging contemporary Cuban dance scene, known for a particular vision of flamenco that is both Spanish and Cuban. Rodríguez, praised as “intense” and “exacting” by The New York Times, created her company in 2012 that has since “succeeded in positioning itself among the best of the Spanish genre in Cuba” (Granma, Cuba). After a sold-out Pillow debut in 2017, this fiery ensemble of dancers and live musicians returns with audiences favorites and a world premiere, including the Pillow-commissioned Pena Negra based on poetry by Federico García Lorca, among others.

Among many accolades, Rodríguez was recently awarded the Order Isabel la Católica from the King of Spain and the Spanish government. The Festival presentation coincides with a two-week Professional Advancement program in the current and historic traditions of flamenco and Spanish dance, directed by Rodríguez in The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

 

 

 

Lenox, MA–Tanglewood Learning Institute: String Quartet MasterPass @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm

Linde Center Studio E and Cindy’s Café,  Lenox MA

The String Quartet MasterPass takes you on an immersive, highly interactive journey with current and former members of the Juilliard String Quartet that focuses on the beauty, complexity, and collaborative spirit of this sublime, unique genre. Watch the talented Tanglewood Music Center Fellows hone their artistry as they prepare, refine, and perform great works from the string quartet repertoire

Pittsfield, MA–Mass Audubon – Firefly Watch @ Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 0 & up) Fee: Free
Experience a magical summer light show and help us track firefly numbers and diversity through the Firefly Watch program. Learn about fireflies and how best to view or gently catch and release these mystical glowing lights of summer! We’ll take an evening walk in the meadows for firefly viewing while keeping our eyes open for stars, planets, and twilight birds and mammals!
Suggested contribution: $4/person or $10/family
Pre-Registration is required

Becket, MA–ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 29 @ 8:15 pm

Abby Zbikowski makes her Pillow debut with abandoned playground, an adrenaline-inducing sequence of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity. Creating an intimate setup, nine dancers are pushed to the brink of their capabilities and endurance.

Recipient of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award, Abby Z is highlighted for bold, rhythmic, and high-intensity choreography that draws from tap, hip-hop, West African, postmodern, and a deep-rooted punk aesthetic as primary influences. The New York Times describes abandoned playground as “an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”

Ticketed Performances

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Jun
30
Sun
Lenox, MA–Mass Audubon – Canoeing the Housatonic River @ Decker Boat Launch
Jun 30 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Audience: All (suitable for children 10 & up)
Members: Adult $25.00, Child $25.00 Nonmembers: Adult $35.00, Child $35.00

This leisurely paddle will take us through the ecologically rich Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area in Lenox. We’ll watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River and learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires.
Pre-Registration is required

Lenox, MA–Brass and Percussion Extravaganza @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am
Becket, MA–ABBY Z AND THE NEW UTILITY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 30 @ 2:15 pm

Abby Zbikowski makes her Pillow debut with abandoned playground, an adrenaline-inducing sequence of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity. Creating an intimate setup, nine dancers are pushed to the brink of their capabilities and endurance.

Recipient of the 2017 Juried Bessie Award, Abby Z is highlighted for bold, rhythmic, and high-intensity choreography that draws from tap, hip-hop, West African, postmodern, and a deep-rooted punk aesthetic as primary influences. The New York Times describes abandoned playground as “an onslaught of thwacking arms, emphatic kicks, dizzying spins, swift somersaults, perilous balances and slippery contortions.”

Ticketed Performances

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Lenox, MA–Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jun 30 @ 2:30 pm

Koussevitzky Music Shed Lenox MA
As part of their Mettavolution tour, Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela has over their 20-year-long career blended the sounds of metal, jazz, and Hispanic roots music in their own unique, un-mistakable style.

Lenox, MA–Tanglewood Learning Institute Cinematics @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm

7 pm Sundays, June 30 – August 25  AT Linde Center Studio E,  Lenox MA

Cinematics inspires you to explore the unique relationship between music, cinema, and the human spirit. This curated series of films will expand your perception of classical music and provide emotional depth to your concertgoing experience. Presented in collaboration with the Berkshire Film Festival.

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Becket, MA–ALL STYLES DANCE BATTLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm

It’s back! For the third year in a row, we host an all styles dance battle featuring Festival artists, participants of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, regional street artists, surprise judges—and of course, one winner.

Tickets to this event are general admission: be a part of the action as you circle around some of the best dancers across multiple genres, as they battle it out right in front of you.

Ticketed Performances

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Jul
3
Wed
Becket, MA–COMPAGNIE CNDC-ANGERS/ROBERT SWINSTON Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 3 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC

Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston makes its Pillow debut with work by one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration. The company is led by current director of the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France, Robert Swinston, a longtime dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, later assistant to the choreographer and finally director of choreography. A revered holder of Cunningham’s body of work and revelatory technique, Time Out lauds, “If we can trust anyone to uphold Merce Cunningham’s choreographic legacy, it’s Robert Swinston.”

Commemorating a special Pillow history—the last time Cunningham saw his company perform was through a live stream of the company’s closing performance on the Ted Shawn Theatre stage—the program opens with archival film of Merce Cunningham at Jacob’s Pillow followed by Suite for Five (1953-1958), Inlets 2 (1983), and the frolic How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), which Swinston was awarded a Bessie Award for his role as a dancer and for his participation with Cunningham and Carolyn Brown in the reconstruction of the 2003 revival. Swinston is an original trustee on the Merce Cunningham Trust, whose mission is to carry Merce Cunningham’s legacy into the future.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Jul
4
Thu
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 4 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–COMPAGNIE CNDC-ANGERS/ROBERT SWINSTON Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 4 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC

Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston makes its Pillow debut with work by one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration. The company is led by current director of the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France, Robert Swinston, a longtime dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, later assistant to the choreographer and finally director of choreography. A revered holder of Cunningham’s body of work and revelatory technique, Time Out lauds, “If we can trust anyone to uphold Merce Cunningham’s choreographic legacy, it’s Robert Swinston.”

Commemorating a special Pillow history—the last time Cunningham saw his company perform was through a live stream of the company’s closing performance on the Ted Shawn Theatre stage—the program opens with archival film of Merce Cunningham at Jacob’s Pillow followed by Suite for Five (1953-1958), Inlets 2 (1983), and the frolic How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), which Swinston was awarded a Bessie Award for his role as a dancer and for his participation with Cunningham and Carolyn Brown in the reconstruction of the 2003 revival. Swinston is an original trustee on the Merce Cunningham Trust, whose mission is to carry Merce Cunningham’s legacy into the future.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Jul
5
Fri
Becket, MA–COMPAGNIE CNDC-ANGERS/ROBERT SWINSTON Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 5 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC

Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston makes its Pillow debut with work by one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration. The company is led by current director of the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France, Robert Swinston, a longtime dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, later assistant to the choreographer and finally director of choreography. A revered holder of Cunningham’s body of work and revelatory technique, Time Out lauds, “If we can trust anyone to uphold Merce Cunningham’s choreographic legacy, it’s Robert Swinston.”

Commemorating a special Pillow history—the last time Cunningham saw his company perform was through a live stream of the company’s closing performance on the Ted Shawn Theatre stage—the program opens with archival film of Merce Cunningham at Jacob’s Pillow followed by Suite for Five (1953-1958), Inlets 2 (1983), and the frolic How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), which Swinston was awarded a Bessie Award for his role as a dancer and for his participation with Cunningham and Carolyn Brown in the reconstruction of the 2003 revival. Swinston is an original trustee on the Merce Cunningham Trust, whose mission is to carry Merce Cunningham’s legacy into the future.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Jul
6
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Becket, MA–COMPAGNIE CNDC-ANGERS/ROBERT SWINSTON Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 6 @ 2:00 pm

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC

Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston makes its Pillow debut with work by one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration. The company is led by current director of the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France, Robert Swinston, a longtime dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, later assistant to the choreographer and finally director of choreography. A revered holder of Cunningham’s body of work and revelatory technique, Time Out lauds, “If we can trust anyone to uphold Merce Cunningham’s choreographic legacy, it’s Robert Swinston.”

Commemorating a special Pillow history—the last time Cunningham saw his company perform was through a live stream of the company’s closing performance on the Ted Shawn Theatre stage—the program opens with archival film of Merce Cunningham at Jacob’s Pillow followed by Suite for Five (1953-1958), Inlets 2 (1983), and the frolic How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), which Swinston was awarded a Bessie Award for his role as a dancer and for his participation with Cunningham and Carolyn Brown in the reconstruction of the 2003 revival. Swinston is an original trustee on the Merce Cunningham Trust, whose mission is to carry Merce Cunningham’s legacy into the future.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 6 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–COMPAGNIE CNDC-ANGERS/ROBERT SWINSTON Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 6 @ 8:00 pm

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC

Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston makes its Pillow debut with work by one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration. The company is led by current director of the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France, Robert Swinston, a longtime dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, later assistant to the choreographer and finally director of choreography. A revered holder of Cunningham’s body of work and revelatory technique, Time Out lauds, “If we can trust anyone to uphold Merce Cunningham’s choreographic legacy, it’s Robert Swinston.”

Commemorating a special Pillow history—the last time Cunningham saw his company perform was through a live stream of the company’s closing performance on the Ted Shawn Theatre stage—the program opens with archival film of Merce Cunningham at Jacob’s Pillow followed by Suite for Five (1953-1958), Inlets 2 (1983), and the frolic How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), which Swinston was awarded a Bessie Award for his role as a dancer and for his participation with Cunningham and Carolyn Brown in the reconstruction of the 2003 revival. Swinston is an original trustee on the Merce Cunningham Trust, whose mission is to carry Merce Cunningham’s legacy into the future.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Jul
7
Sun
Becket, MA–COMPAGNIE CNDC-ANGERS/ROBERT SWINSTON Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 7 @ 2:00 pm

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC

Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston makes its Pillow debut with work by one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration. The company is led by current director of the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France, Robert Swinston, a longtime dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, later assistant to the choreographer and finally director of choreography. A revered holder of Cunningham’s body of work and revelatory technique, Time Out lauds, “If we can trust anyone to uphold Merce Cunningham’s choreographic legacy, it’s Robert Swinston.”

Commemorating a special Pillow history—the last time Cunningham saw his company perform was through a live stream of the company’s closing performance on the Ted Shawn Theatre stage—the program opens with archival film of Merce Cunningham at Jacob’s Pillow followed by Suite for Five (1953-1958), Inlets 2 (1983), and the frolic How to Pass, Kick, Fall, and Run (1965), which Swinston was awarded a Bessie Award for his role as a dancer and for his participation with Cunningham and Carolyn Brown in the reconstruction of the 2003 revival. Swinston is an original trustee on the Merce Cunningham Trust, whose mission is to carry Merce Cunningham’s legacy into the future.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Lenox, MA–Tanglewood Learning Institute Cinematics @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm

7 pm Sundays, June 30 – August 25  AT Linde Center Studio E,  Lenox MA

Cinematics inspires you to explore the unique relationship between music, cinema, and the human spirit. This curated series of films will expand your perception of classical music and provide emotional depth to your concertgoing experience. Presented in collaboration with the Berkshire Film Festival.

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Jul
9
Tue
Gt. Barrington, MA–Thomas & Palmer Brook Preserve: Family Scavenger Hunt Hike
Jul 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Family Hiking Series with BNRC, GBLC, and CHP
Description: Join us for a scavenger hunt hike! We’ll bring hand lenses and a field microscope to take a look at the little things. Please bring water and snack and wear sturdy footwear.

Directions: Thomas and Palmer Brook is on State Road (Route 23) east of Great Barrington. Look for a sign between 301 and 309 State Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230.
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Jul
11
Thu
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 11 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Jul
13
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Jul
14
Sun
Lenoxdale, MA–Join the Housatonic Valley Assoc.for a FREE (Almost) Full Moon Paddling Trip on the Housatonic River at Woods Pond
Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the evening and watch the moon rise as we paddle a flatwater stretch of the Housatonic River through the Darey Wildlife Management Area.

Suitable for families with children 10+yrs. Canoes provided or register to bring your own boat.

Explore the beauty of the Housatonic River on this free paddle trip offered by the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA). The paddle trip is a great chance for area residents to learn where to access the river, understand some of the current issues and appreciate the river as a natural resource. Register to use one of HVA’s canoes or bring your own boat.

While this trip is free, pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Once registered, participants will receive trip information that will provide detailed information about what to bring, directions and meeting location.

This free paddle trip is in partnership with the Housatonic Heritage Area.

For more information and to register, please contact Alison at 413-298-7024 or adixon@hvatoday.org

Alison Dixon, Berkshire Outreach Manager
Housatonic Valley Association
14 Merwin Street, PO Box 496
Stockbridge, MA 01262
413-298-7024

Lenox, MA–Tanglewood Learning Institute Cinematics @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jul 14 @ 7:00 pm

7 pm Sundays, June 30 – August 25  AT Linde Center Studio E,  Lenox MA

Cinematics inspires you to explore the unique relationship between music, cinema, and the human spirit. This curated series of films will expand your perception of classical music and provide emotional depth to your concertgoing experience. Presented in collaboration with the Berkshire Film Festival.

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Jul
17
Wed
Becket, MA–MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP & MUSIC ENSEMBLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 17 @ 8:00 pm

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris is celebrated for deep, witty, poetic dance and an unwavering commitment to live music.

“A tour de force of artistic storytelling” (The Los Angeles Times), this audience favorite returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre for the first time in five years with seven performances, having amassed one of the most extensive Pillow performance record of any artist, appearing more than 20 times since 1986.

In a special remounting, the company performs Prelude and Prelude, an early work set to Henry Cowell that has not been performed since 1992; excerpts from Words, lauded as “expressing poetry beyond words” (Wall Street Journal); the beloved Grand Duo considered “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th Century” (The Guardian); and a new work set to music by French composer/pianist Erik Satie.

 

 

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Becket, MA–UMANOOVE/DIDY VELDMAN Performance, FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 17 @ 8:15 pm

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman launched her company Umanoove in 2016 with The Happiness Project, a choreographic investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfillment. The London-based company makes their U.S. debut with this intricate, physical, and theatrical full-length work for four dancers, made in collaboration with celebrated violinist/composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live.

“Joy at every turn” (Scotland Herald), the dancers of Umanoove are praised for the way in which their “skillful, shared sense of exploration keeps things fresh and engaging” (The Times). Veldman is a prominent figure in the European contemporary dance scene, known for her performance career with Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland) and Rambert Dance Company (Britain) as well as choreography credits that boast over 45 works for 25 leading international companies.

 

 

 

Jul
18
Thu
Becket, MA–MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP & MUSIC ENSEMBLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 18 @ 2:00 pm

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris is celebrated for deep, witty, poetic dance and an unwavering commitment to live music.

“A tour de force of artistic storytelling” (The Los Angeles Times), this audience favorite returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre for the first time in five years with seven performances, having amassed one of the most extensive Pillow performance record of any artist, appearing more than 20 times since 1986.

In a special remounting, the company performs Prelude and Prelude, an early work set to Henry Cowell that has not been performed since 1992; excerpts from Words, lauded as “expressing poetry beyond words” (Wall Street Journal); the beloved Grand Duo considered “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th Century” (The Guardian); and a new work set to music by French composer/pianist Erik Satie.

 

 

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Pittsfield, MA–3rd Thursday Cultural Street Festival: Jacob’s Pillow Pop-Up Performance–Teelin Irish Dance Company
Jul 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us in the Dance Zone at the north end of Pittsfield’s Third Thursday cultural street festival for this family-friendly pop-up performance! Based in Columbia, Maryland, the Teelin Irish Dance Company’s innovative style fuses traditional Irish step dance with contemporary dance.

A Jacob’s Pillow-curated dance series presented in the Dance Zone at the north end of Pittsfield’s Third Thursday cultural street festival. Third Thursday runs from 5-8 pm where North Street is closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street. All events at Third Thursday are family-friendly, FREE, and open to the public featuring live music, local food, craft vendors, street performers, and plenty more.

Organized by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development.
Visit their website or call 413.499.9348 for more information.

Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP & MUSIC ENSEMBLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 18 @ 8:00 pm

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris is celebrated for deep, witty, poetic dance and an unwavering commitment to live music.

“A tour de force of artistic storytelling” (The Los Angeles Times), this audience favorite returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre for the first time in five years with seven performances, having amassed one of the most extensive Pillow performance record of any artist, appearing more than 20 times since 1986.

In a special remounting, the company performs Prelude and Prelude, an early work set to Henry Cowell that has not been performed since 1992; excerpts from Words, lauded as “expressing poetry beyond words” (Wall Street Journal); the beloved Grand Duo considered “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th Century” (The Guardian); and a new work set to music by French composer/pianist Erik Satie.

 

 

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Becket, MA–UMANOOVE/DIDY VELDMAN Performance, FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 18 @ 8:15 pm

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman launched her company Umanoove in 2016 with The Happiness Project, a choreographic investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfillment. The London-based company makes their U.S. debut with this intricate, physical, and theatrical full-length work for four dancers, made in collaboration with celebrated violinist/composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live.

“Joy at every turn” (Scotland Herald), the dancers of Umanoove are praised for the way in which their “skillful, shared sense of exploration keeps things fresh and engaging” (The Times). Veldman is a prominent figure in the European contemporary dance scene, known for her performance career with Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland) and Rambert Dance Company (Britain) as well as choreography credits that boast over 45 works for 25 leading international companies.

 

 

 

Jul
19
Fri
Becket, MA–MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP & MUSIC ENSEMBLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris is celebrated for deep, witty, poetic dance and an unwavering commitment to live music.

“A tour de force of artistic storytelling” (The Los Angeles Times), this audience favorite returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre for the first time in five years with seven performances, having amassed one of the most extensive Pillow performance record of any artist, appearing more than 20 times since 1986.

In a special remounting, the company performs Prelude and Prelude, an early work set to Henry Cowell that has not been performed since 1992; excerpts from Words, lauded as “expressing poetry beyond words” (Wall Street Journal); the beloved Grand Duo considered “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th Century” (The Guardian); and a new work set to music by French composer/pianist Erik Satie.

 

 

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Becket, MA–UMANOOVE/DIDY VELDMAN Performance, FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 19 @ 8:15 pm

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman launched her company Umanoove in 2016 with The Happiness Project, a choreographic investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfillment. The London-based company makes their U.S. debut with this intricate, physical, and theatrical full-length work for four dancers, made in collaboration with celebrated violinist/composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live.

“Joy at every turn” (Scotland Herald), the dancers of Umanoove are praised for the way in which their “skillful, shared sense of exploration keeps things fresh and engaging” (The Times). Veldman is a prominent figure in the European contemporary dance scene, known for her performance career with Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland) and Rambert Dance Company (Britain) as well as choreography credits that boast over 45 works for 25 leading international companies.

 

 

 

Jul
20
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Becket, MA–MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP & MUSIC ENSEMBLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 20 @ 2:00 pm

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris is celebrated for deep, witty, poetic dance and an unwavering commitment to live music.

“A tour de force of artistic storytelling” (The Los Angeles Times), this audience favorite returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre for the first time in five years with seven performances, having amassed one of the most extensive Pillow performance record of any artist, appearing more than 20 times since 1986.

In a special remounting, the company performs Prelude and Prelude, an early work set to Henry Cowell that has not been performed since 1992; excerpts from Words, lauded as “expressing poetry beyond words” (Wall Street Journal); the beloved Grand Duo considered “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th Century” (The Guardian); and a new work set to music by French composer/pianist Erik Satie.

 

 

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Becket, MA–UMANOOVE/DIDY VELDMAN Performance, FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 20 @ 2:15 pm

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman launched her company Umanoove in 2016 with The Happiness Project, a choreographic investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfillment. The London-based company makes their U.S. debut with this intricate, physical, and theatrical full-length work for four dancers, made in collaboration with celebrated violinist/composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live.

“Joy at every turn” (Scotland Herald), the dancers of Umanoove are praised for the way in which their “skillful, shared sense of exploration keeps things fresh and engaging” (The Times). Veldman is a prominent figure in the European contemporary dance scene, known for her performance career with Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland) and Rambert Dance Company (Britain) as well as choreography credits that boast over 45 works for 25 leading international companies.

 

 

 

Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 20 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP & MUSIC ENSEMBLE Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris is celebrated for deep, witty, poetic dance and an unwavering commitment to live music.

“A tour de force of artistic storytelling” (The Los Angeles Times), this audience favorite returns to the Ted Shawn Theatre for the first time in five years with seven performances, having amassed one of the most extensive Pillow performance record of any artist, appearing more than 20 times since 1986.

In a special remounting, the company performs Prelude and Prelude, an early work set to Henry Cowell that has not been performed since 1992; excerpts from Words, lauded as “expressing poetry beyond words” (Wall Street Journal); the beloved Grand Duo considered “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th Century” (The Guardian); and a new work set to music by French composer/pianist Erik Satie.

 

 

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Becket, MA–UMANOOVE/DIDY VELDMAN Performance, FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 20 @ 8:15 pm

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman launched her company Umanoove in 2016 with The Happiness Project, a choreographic investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfillment. The London-based company makes their U.S. debut with this intricate, physical, and theatrical full-length work for four dancers, made in collaboration with celebrated violinist/composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live.

“Joy at every turn” (Scotland Herald), the dancers of Umanoove are praised for the way in which their “skillful, shared sense of exploration keeps things fresh and engaging” (The Times). Veldman is a prominent figure in the European contemporary dance scene, known for her performance career with Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland) and Rambert Dance Company (Britain) as well as choreography credits that boast over 45 works for 25 leading international companies.

 

 

 

Jul
21
Sun
Becket, MA–UMANOOVE/DIDY VELDMAN Performance, FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 21 @ 2:15 pm

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman launched her company Umanoove in 2016 with The Happiness Project, a choreographic investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfillment. The London-based company makes their U.S. debut with this intricate, physical, and theatrical full-length work for four dancers, made in collaboration with celebrated violinist/composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live.

“Joy at every turn” (Scotland Herald), the dancers of Umanoove are praised for the way in which their “skillful, shared sense of exploration keeps things fresh and engaging” (The Times). Veldman is a prominent figure in the European contemporary dance scene, known for her performance career with Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland) and Rambert Dance Company (Britain) as well as choreography credits that boast over 45 works for 25 leading international companies.

 

 

 

Lenox, MA–Tanglewood Learning Institute Cinematics @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm

7 pm Sundays, June 30 – August 25  AT Linde Center Studio E,  Lenox MA

Cinematics inspires you to explore the unique relationship between music, cinema, and the human spirit. This curated series of films will expand your perception of classical music and provide emotional depth to your concertgoing experience. Presented in collaboration with the Berkshire Film Festival.

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Jul
24
Wed
Becket, MA–PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 24 @ 8:00 pm

Creating 147 original works over the course of his career, Paul Taylor is remembered for dances that capture life’s joys and tackle some of society’s most complex issues. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance” and The New York Times has praised Paul Taylor as “one of the most singular and searching imaginations of our time.” Festival 2019 will be Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 18th Pillow appearance with special initiatives to mark the passing of their founder.

As part of a commemorative legacy tour, the company will perform an exclusively Taylor program, including one of Taylor’s earliest masterpieces Aureole, set to George Frideric Handel, as an ode to their 1964 Pillow debut; Concertiana, Taylor’s last work choreographed in 2018; and his masterpiece, Promethean Fire.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–CALEB TEICHER & COMPANY WITH CONRAD TAO @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 24 @ 8:15 pm

“One of the brightest lights in tap today” (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao collaborate in More Forever, a new evening-length work. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics.

Led by Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer,” Caleb Teicher & Company is known for a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. Performing live, Tao is a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist regarded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). This highly-anticipated ensemble work was developed in part at the Pillow Lab.

 

Jul
25
Thu
Becket, MA–PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 25 @ 2:00 pm

Creating 147 original works over the course of his career, Paul Taylor is remembered for dances that capture life’s joys and tackle some of society’s most complex issues. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance” and The New York Times has praised Paul Taylor as “one of the most singular and searching imaginations of our time.” Festival 2019 will be Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 18th Pillow appearance with special initiatives to mark the passing of their founder.

As part of a commemorative legacy tour, the company will perform an exclusively Taylor program, including one of Taylor’s earliest masterpieces Aureole, set to George Frideric Handel, as an ode to their 1964 Pillow debut; Concertiana, Taylor’s last work choreographed in 2018; and his masterpiece, Promethean Fire.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 25 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 25 @ 8:00 pm

Creating 147 original works over the course of his career, Paul Taylor is remembered for dances that capture life’s joys and tackle some of society’s most complex issues. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance” and The New York Times has praised Paul Taylor as “one of the most singular and searching imaginations of our time.” Festival 2019 will be Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 18th Pillow appearance with special initiatives to mark the passing of their founder.

As part of a commemorative legacy tour, the company will perform an exclusively Taylor program, including one of Taylor’s earliest masterpieces Aureole, set to George Frideric Handel, as an ode to their 1964 Pillow debut; Concertiana, Taylor’s last work choreographed in 2018; and his masterpiece, Promethean Fire.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–CALEB TEICHER & COMPANY WITH CONRAD TAO @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 25 @ 8:15 pm

“One of the brightest lights in tap today” (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao collaborate in More Forever, a new evening-length work. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics.

Led by Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer,” Caleb Teicher & Company is known for a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. Performing live, Tao is a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist regarded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). This highly-anticipated ensemble work was developed in part at the Pillow Lab.

 

Jul
26
Fri
Becket, MA–PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 26 @ 8:00 pm

Creating 147 original works over the course of his career, Paul Taylor is remembered for dances that capture life’s joys and tackle some of society’s most complex issues. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance” and The New York Times has praised Paul Taylor as “one of the most singular and searching imaginations of our time.” Festival 2019 will be Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 18th Pillow appearance with special initiatives to mark the passing of their founder.

As part of a commemorative legacy tour, the company will perform an exclusively Taylor program, including one of Taylor’s earliest masterpieces Aureole, set to George Frideric Handel, as an ode to their 1964 Pillow debut; Concertiana, Taylor’s last work choreographed in 2018; and his masterpiece, Promethean Fire.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–CALEB TEICHER & COMPANY WITH CONRAD TAO @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 26 @ 8:15 pm

“One of the brightest lights in tap today” (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao collaborate in More Forever, a new evening-length work. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics.

Led by Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer,” Caleb Teicher & Company is known for a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. Performing live, Tao is a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist regarded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). This highly-anticipated ensemble work was developed in part at the Pillow Lab.

 

Jul
27
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Becket, MA–PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm

Creating 147 original works over the course of his career, Paul Taylor is remembered for dances that capture life’s joys and tackle some of society’s most complex issues. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance” and The New York Times has praised Paul Taylor as “one of the most singular and searching imaginations of our time.” Festival 2019 will be Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 18th Pillow appearance with special initiatives to mark the passing of their founder.

As part of a commemorative legacy tour, the company will perform an exclusively Taylor program, including one of Taylor’s earliest masterpieces Aureole, set to George Frideric Handel, as an ode to their 1964 Pillow debut; Concertiana, Taylor’s last work choreographed in 2018; and his masterpiece, Promethean Fire.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–CALEB TEICHER & COMPANY WITH CONRAD TAO @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 27 @ 2:15 pm

“One of the brightest lights in tap today” (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao collaborate in More Forever, a new evening-length work. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics.

Led by Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer,” Caleb Teicher & Company is known for a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. Performing live, Tao is a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist regarded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). This highly-anticipated ensemble work was developed in part at the Pillow Lab.

 

Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 27 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm

Creating 147 original works over the course of his career, Paul Taylor is remembered for dances that capture life’s joys and tackle some of society’s most complex issues. The San Francisco Chronicle lauds, “The American spirit soars whenever Taylor’s dancers dance” and The New York Times has praised Paul Taylor as “one of the most singular and searching imaginations of our time.” Festival 2019 will be Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 18th Pillow appearance with special initiatives to mark the passing of their founder.

As part of a commemorative legacy tour, the company will perform an exclusively Taylor program, including one of Taylor’s earliest masterpieces Aureole, set to George Frideric Handel, as an ode to their 1964 Pillow debut; Concertiana, Taylor’s last work choreographed in 2018; and his masterpiece, Promethean Fire.

 

Ticketed Performances

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Becket, MA–CALEB TEICHER & COMPANY WITH CONRAD TAO @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 27 @ 8:15 pm

“One of the brightest lights in tap today” (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao collaborate in More Forever, a new evening-length work. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics.

Led by Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer,” Caleb Teicher & Company is known for a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. Performing live, Tao is a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist regarded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). This highly-anticipated ensemble work was developed in part at the Pillow Lab.

 

Jul
28
Sun
Becket, MA–CALEB TEICHER & COMPANY WITH CONRAD TAO @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 28 @ 2:15 pm

“One of the brightest lights in tap today” (The New Yorker) Caleb Teicher and innovative pianist and composer Conrad Tao collaborate in More Forever, a new evening-length work. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics.

Led by Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer,” Caleb Teicher & Company is known for a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. Performing live, Tao is a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist regarded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). This highly-anticipated ensemble work was developed in part at the Pillow Lab.

 

Mt. Greylock, Lanesboro/Adams, MA– Civilian Conservation Corp with Ranger Mike (Bascom Lodge talk & dine  presentation) @ Bascom Lodge at the Summit of Mt. Greylock
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

An illustrated history of the C.C.C. and its work on Mount Greylock and Bascom Lodge.
Free and Open to the Public.

ESTABLISHED IN 1898, THE RESERVATION WAS THE FIRST LAND PRESERVED-IN-TRUST FOR THE CITIZENS OF MASSACHUSETTS AS A WILDERNESS PARK; THE FLAGSHIP PROPERTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION.

AT AN ELEVATION OF 3,491 FEET, GREYLOCK DOMINATES THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE AFFORDING VISITORS TO THE PARK VISTAS OF FOUR STATES AND FIVE MOUNTAIN RANGES. WITH OVER 70 MILES OF WOODLAND TRAILS, INCLUDING AN 11.5 MILE SECTION OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL THAT PASSES WITHIN A FEW FEET OF THE LODGE’S FRONT DOOR, THE RESERVATION ENABLES GUESTS ACCESS TO A DIVERSE ARRAY OF OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES. FROM A STRENUOUS CLIMB UP THE MOUNTAINS EASTERN FACE TO A WALK THROUGH A SPRAWLING CLIFF-TOP LOW BUSH BLUEBERRY PATCH, THE PARK’S MANY TRAILS AND VARYING TERRAINS OFFER AN ENDLESS VARIETY OF ADVENTURES THAT CHANGE FROM SEASON-TO-SEASON AND DAY-TO-DAY.
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Lenox, MA–Tanglewood Learning Institute Cinematics @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm

7 pm Sundays, June 30 – August 25  AT Linde Center Studio E,  Lenox MA

Cinematics inspires you to explore the unique relationship between music, cinema, and the human spirit. This curated series of films will expand your perception of classical music and provide emotional depth to your concertgoing experience. Presented in collaboration with the Berkshire Film Festival.

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Jul
31
Wed
Becket, MA–A.I.M BY KYLE ABRAHAM Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 31 @ 8:00 pm

A Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, Doris Duke Artist Award winner, and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Kyle Abraham’s “skill as a dancer is a fact” (The New York Times). One of today’s most in-demand choreographers—recently the first black choreographer commissioned to create a work on New York City Ballet in over a decade—Abraham was born into hip-hop culture of the late 1970s and incorporates an artistic upbringing of classical cello, piano, and the visual arts into his work.

After embracing a different identity for his company, A.I.M makes its Ted Shawn Theatre debut performing a mixed repertory program that demonstrates the company’s diverse range of styles and Abraham’s own artistry as a performer with INDY, his first major solo in nearly a decade. A.I.M’s dynamic dancers perform Andrea Miller’s all-female state set to Reggie Wilkins’ hypnotic electronic score, as well as Show Pony, The Quiet Dance, and Drive, marked by Abraham’s “urgent and expressive choreography” (The New York Times).

 

Becket, MA–THE DAY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Jul 31 @ 8:15 pm

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

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Aug
1
Thu
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 1 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–A.I.M BY KYLE ABRAHAM Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm

A Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, Doris Duke Artist Award winner, and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Kyle Abraham’s “skill as a dancer is a fact” (The New York Times). One of today’s most in-demand choreographers—recently the first black choreographer commissioned to create a work on New York City Ballet in over a decade—Abraham was born into hip-hop culture of the late 1970s and incorporates an artistic upbringing of classical cello, piano, and the visual arts into his work.

After embracing a different identity for his company, A.I.M makes its Ted Shawn Theatre debut performing a mixed repertory program that demonstrates the company’s diverse range of styles and Abraham’s own artistry as a performer with INDY, his first major solo in nearly a decade. A.I.M’s dynamic dancers perform Andrea Miller’s all-female state set to Reggie Wilkins’ hypnotic electronic score, as well as Show Pony, The Quiet Dance, and Drive, marked by Abraham’s “urgent and expressive choreography” (The New York Times).

 

Becket, MA–THE DAY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 1 @ 8:15 pm

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

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Aug
2
Fri
Becket, MA–A.I.M BY KYLE ABRAHAM Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm

A Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, Doris Duke Artist Award winner, and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Kyle Abraham’s “skill as a dancer is a fact” (The New York Times). One of today’s most in-demand choreographers—recently the first black choreographer commissioned to create a work on New York City Ballet in over a decade—Abraham was born into hip-hop culture of the late 1970s and incorporates an artistic upbringing of classical cello, piano, and the visual arts into his work.

After embracing a different identity for his company, A.I.M makes its Ted Shawn Theatre debut performing a mixed repertory program that demonstrates the company’s diverse range of styles and Abraham’s own artistry as a performer with INDY, his first major solo in nearly a decade. A.I.M’s dynamic dancers perform Andrea Miller’s all-female state set to Reggie Wilkins’ hypnotic electronic score, as well as Show Pony, The Quiet Dance, and Drive, marked by Abraham’s “urgent and expressive choreography” (The New York Times).

 

Becket, MA–THE DAY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 2 @ 8:15 pm

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

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Aug
3
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Becket, MA–THE DAY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 3 @ 2:15 pm

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

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Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 3 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA–A.I.M BY KYLE ABRAHAM Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 3 @ 8:00 pm

A Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, Doris Duke Artist Award winner, and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Kyle Abraham’s “skill as a dancer is a fact” (The New York Times). One of today’s most in-demand choreographers—recently the first black choreographer commissioned to create a work on New York City Ballet in over a decade—Abraham was born into hip-hop culture of the late 1970s and incorporates an artistic upbringing of classical cello, piano, and the visual arts into his work.

After embracing a different identity for his company, A.I.M makes its Ted Shawn Theatre debut performing a mixed repertory program that demonstrates the company’s diverse range of styles and Abraham’s own artistry as a performer with INDY, his first major solo in nearly a decade. A.I.M’s dynamic dancers perform Andrea Miller’s all-female state set to Reggie Wilkins’ hypnotic electronic score, as well as Show Pony, The Quiet Dance, and Drive, marked by Abraham’s “urgent and expressive choreography” (The New York Times).

 

Becket, MA–THE DAY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 3 @ 8:15 pm

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

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Aug
4
Sun
Becket, MA–THE DAY Performance @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 4 @ 2:15 pm

World-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan, and seminal choreographer Lucinda Childs join forces to present the highly-anticipated world premiere of THE DAY, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

This momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius, created collaboratively by Beiser and Childs, explores memory, life’s journey, resilience, and survival of the soul through the shared language of music and dance. THE DAY was co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow.

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Lenox, MA–Tanglewood Learning Institute Cinematics @ Tanglewood (Boston Symphony Orchestra
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm

7 pm Sundays, June 30 – August 25  AT Linde Center Studio E,  Lenox MA

Cinematics inspires you to explore the unique relationship between music, cinema, and the human spirit. This curated series of films will expand your perception of classical music and provide emotional depth to your concertgoing experience. Presented in collaboration with the Berkshire Film Festival.

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Aug
6
Tue
Alford, MA–Alford Springs Preserve: Family Nature Exploration Hike
Aug 6 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Family Hiking Series with BNRC, GBLC, and CHP
Description: Wind through mountain laurel, white pine and oak forest on this 2.4-mile hike on the Mother Loop at Alford Springs Reserve. We’ll bring binoculars, magnifying glasses, and materials for leaf and bark rubbings! Please bring water and snack and wear sturdy footwear.

Directions: From Great Barrington: Take Taconic Avenue, which becomes Alford Road. Drive past Simon’s Rock to a left on Seekonk Road; follow Seekonk Road (becomes Green River Road) for 3.6 miles. Turn right on to Mountain Road (if you come to the New York State line, you’ve gone too far). Follow Mountain Road for 0.8 miles, bearing left at the first “Y” and left again at the sharp right turn at 0.8 miles. Alternatively continue right to
reach a second, three-season parking lot further down the street. 42.25240, -73.43861

Aug
7
Wed
Becket, MA– RED SKY PERFORMANCE FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 7 @ 8:15 pm

At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide, Red Sky Performance makes their Doris Duke Theatre debut with the U.S. premiere of Trace, a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories.

“Magnificent in the scope of its imagination,” (Globe and Mail), the award-winning Red Sky Performance is led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and is dedicated to creating and elevating the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance informed by Indigenous culture and worldview. Trace features seven dancers and three musicians and was conceived and directed by Laronde alongside choreography by Associate Artist Jera Wolfe.

 

 

Aug
8
Thu
Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 8 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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Becket, MA– RED SKY PERFORMANCE FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 8 @ 8:15 pm

At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide, Red Sky Performance makes their Doris Duke Theatre debut with the U.S. premiere of Trace, a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories.

“Magnificent in the scope of its imagination,” (Globe and Mail), the award-winning Red Sky Performance is led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and is dedicated to creating and elevating the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance informed by Indigenous culture and worldview. Trace features seven dancers and three musicians and was conceived and directed by Laronde alongside choreography by Associate Artist Jera Wolfe.

 

 

Aug
9
Fri
Becket, MA– RED SKY PERFORMANCE FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 9 @ 8:15 pm

At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide, Red Sky Performance makes their Doris Duke Theatre debut with the U.S. premiere of Trace, a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories.

“Magnificent in the scope of its imagination,” (Globe and Mail), the award-winning Red Sky Performance is led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and is dedicated to creating and elevating the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance informed by Indigenous culture and worldview. Trace features seven dancers and three musicians and was conceived and directed by Laronde alongside choreography by Associate Artist Jera Wolfe.

 

 

Aug
10
Sat
East Canaan, CT–Guided Tours of Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument @ Beckley Furnace
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beckley Furnace, Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.

Beckley Furnace was built in 1847 by John Adam Beckley, great-grandson of Esquire Samuel Forbes and grandson of John Adam, Jr., the founders of the Forbes & Adam Iron Company.  It was acquired by the Barnum & Richardson Company in 1858.

Beckley Furnace (also known as “East Canaan #2” during the Barnum and Richardson years) produced pig iron until the winter of 1918-19.

Constructed of locally quarried marble, the furnace was originally thirty-two feet in height and thirty feet square at the base.  Later, after it was acquired by the Barnum Richardson Company, the height was raised to forty feet making it one of the largest of forty-three blast furnaces in the Salisbury Iron District.

In the winter of 1919, with World War I over, the Beckley Furnace was finally closed.  However, nearby East Canaan #3 (the so-called “Furnace in a Field”) did not go out of blast until 1923.  A fourth blast furnace, East Canaan #4, was still under construction at the time, was never in blast, and no trace remains of it today.

After the closing of the Beckley Furnace, the buildings and stack slowly deteriorated.  During World War II the site was extensively scavenged for scrap metal for the war effort, and even for bricks.

Then, in 1946, Civil Engineer Charles Rufus Harte recognized the historic importance of Beckley Furnace, and developed a plan for state purchase and preservation of Beckley.  In the process the Beckley Furnace was designated as Connecticut’s sole official state Industrial Monument and in 1978 Beckley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the fifty years following the State’s purchase of the historic Beckley property, little had been done to maintain the furnace.  With no roof, rain and snow seeped into the furnace.  Continuous freezing and thawing during this period gradually resulted in the formation of structural bulges on all four sides of the stack.

Then, in 1996, with enthusiastic support from local legislators, a group of area citizens succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from the State Bonding Commission.  As a result an archaeological assessment was prepared and the Beckley Furnace was preserved.  Today, that group of area citizens group has evolved into the Friends of Beckley Furnace.

Becket, MA– RED SKY PERFORMANCE FEATURING LIVE MUSIC @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 10 @ 2:15 pm

At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide, Red Sky Performance makes their Doris Duke Theatre debut with the U.S. premiere of Trace, a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories.

“Magnificent in the scope of its imagination,” (Globe and Mail), the award-winning Red Sky Performance is led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and is dedicated to creating and elevating the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance informed by Indigenous culture and worldview. Trace features seven dancers and three musicians and was conceived and directed by Laronde alongside choreography by Associate Artist Jera Wolfe.

 

 

Becket, MA–Guided Tour @ Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Aug 10 @ 5:30 pm

Every Thursday & Saturday at 5:30 pm

Learn about the history and legends of Jacob’s Pillow on a free 30-minute guided tour of the National Historic Landmark grounds. The Pillow is a treasured National Historic Landmark, named so for its place in American culture and history, and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley’s African American Heritage Trail. Discover the history and legends of the Pillow’s beautiful and historic grounds during 30-minute walking tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff and interns. Start from the Welcome Center, which is located next to the Ted Shawn Theatre.

 

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