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Tanglewood Classical Season Opens; Taconic Blossoms
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:38PM / Thursday, July 05, 2018

Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder is playing at Tanglewood.

Tanglewood opens its classical season this week, with diverse and stimulating programming of classical and modern chamber and orchestral masterworks spanning three centuries, featuring Boston Symphony Conductor Andris Nelsons and the brilliant pianist Lang Lang. There’s diverse musical fare, from Mozart, Brahms and Richard Strauss to Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein.

For intimate and brilliantly performed chamber music, head north on Route 7 to Manchester, Vt., for Taconic Music. Finally, consider spectacular Sevenars Concerts in Worthington, Mass. Their celebratory 50th anniversary seven-week festival


Coming Back Like A Song: Cabaret or Play?
By Nancy Salz, Special to iBerkshires
01:21PM / Thursday, July 05, 2018

"Hannah and Her Sisters" had a scene like this. So did many other movies.

Imagine a party in a New York City home. Two former musical performers are urged by the gathering to relive their old hits. Everyone gathers around the piano and off the performers go – amidst "oohs" and "ahhs" in recognition as an old song begins and polite applause as it ends. Then on to the next song.

"Coming Back Like A Song," a new play about Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen that just opened at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, is a lot like the above scene only the composers themselves are the performers. The play has a few


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 6-12
01:03PM / Thursday, July 05, 2018


JULY 6 is First Friday Artswalk & More! Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk, and all month long!   In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.   The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, at 28 Renne Ave., will present the Community Access to the Arts (CATA) annual art


Pittsfield Police's New Ice Cream Truck Debuts At Parade
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Thursday, July 05, 2018

A number of businesses joined the effort as major sponsors. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In March a young boy walked into the bank with $5 to donate to Operation Copsicle.   That was right after Officer Darren Derby had announced his intentions to purchase an ice cream truck. Derby has become the name and face of community policing in the city over the last few years.   He had grown tired of the negativity he was surrounded by and made a change. He started visiting schools and driving down neighborhoods. He gave out basketballs and played with the children on his beat.   And it grew. Two years ago he started a project to borrow an ice cream truck and drive from


Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
11:06AM / Wednesday, July 04, 2018

A reminder what today is really all about: The adoption of a (literally) revolutionary document that stated the grievances of the colonists against England and their resolve to pursue a course of self-determination — without the bindings of hereditary rule.

The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent


Babe Ruth State Tourneys Get Underway Next Week
02:16PM / Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Pittsfield's Babe Ruth baseball teams will be looking for W's in Westfield and Worcester next week.   The program's 13- and 14-year-old squads will be on the road to compete in three-team state tournaments in their respective age groups.   The 13s are at Worcester's Vernon Hill, where Pittsfield will take on the Central Mass champions on Wednesday, July 11, at 6 p.m.   Pittsfield then comes home to face Westfield on Friday at 5:30 to see who advances to the championship game, scheduled for 10 a.m. in Worcester on Saturday, July 14.   Westfield's Bullens Field is the site of all four games in the 14-year-old tournament.   Pittsfield faces


Force, Thunder in Babe Ruth Regional this Weekend in Pittsfield
01:42PM / Tuesday, July 03, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force and Greylock Thunder will take the field on Thursday for the start of the four-day Babe Ruth New England Regional Softball Championships in the under-14 and under-16 divisions.   Up to 34 games will be played between Thursday and Sunday at the Doyle Complex on Benedict Road with two teams advancing from the regional to earn the right to play in the 2018 Babe Ruth World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla.   There are seven teams from five New England states competing in the U14 division.   The Greylock Thunder, representing Western Massachusetts, will meet the host Berkshire Force at 6 p.m. on Thursday to open the tournament.   Each team


Pittsfield Welcomes Visit From Irish Sister City Mayor
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:12PM / Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Ballina Mayor Michael Smyth will be taking in a Berkshires Fourth of July. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At 5 a.m. this morning Michael Smyth was out for a run in downtown Pittsfield.    He was looking at the architecture on the buildings, noticed the theaters, and noticed some challenges.    "I can see that the same challenges faced by our community are faced by your community," Smyth said.   Smyth was just recently elected as mayor of Ballina, Ireland - Pittsfield's sister city. Here for less than 24 hours, Smyth took note of the churches and theaters throughout the city's downtown and it made an impression on the 45-year-old.   "It


Pittsfield Police Officer Involved In Early Morning Collision
Staff Reports,
10:55AM / Tuesday, July 03, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city officer was taken to the hospital following an early morning crash Tuesday.   Police say Officer Jeffrey Slater was transporting a prisoner westbound on Fenn Street when the cruiser collided with a 2013 Honda operated by Michael Cote,of Pittsfield, at around 12:47 a.m. at the intersection of First and Fenn Streets.   All three individuals were taken to Berkshire Medical Center and treated and released.    The accident remains under investigation.


More Drury Student Art Installed on Cascade Building
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Drury art teacher Phoebe Pepper, left, stands with four of the student artists whose work now appears on the Cascade School Supplies building in Brown Street.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This was the seventh year new artwork by Drury High School students has been installed on the side of the Cascade School Supplies building on Brown Street.

"Again we stand here in awe," Cascade President Pete Cote said Monday during a brief ceremony.

This was the first year that Mayor Thomas Bernard was on hand during the ceremony to see the art and a handful of the artists first-hand.

"It's incredible," Bernard said.

And this was the last year that Drury High art teacher


Biz Briefs: Mack Molding Gives $5 Million to SVMC ER Project
02:57PM / Monday, July 02, 2018
Mack gift

Mack Molding, the privately owned business of Don Kendall and his family, has donated $5 million for the emergency department expansion and renovation project at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. "The Kendall Emergency Department" will be unveiled at a ribbon-cutting event once the future project is approved by the state and construction is completed. The gift constitutes the largest in the health system’s history since Henry W. Putnam, Sr. bequeathed the Bennington public water system for the construction of this community hospital over 100 years ago.

Don Kendall is the CEO of Mack Group, the parent company of Mack Molding, a leading supplier of contract


Berkshires Beat: Community Access to the Arts Show Celebrates Creativity
02:16PM / Monday, July 02, 2018
Part of it all

Community Access to the Arts presents its annual art show, "I Am a Part of Art," part of CATA's 25th anniversary year, in partnership with the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, Mass.

The first exhibit runs from July 1-Aug. 19 at the Clark Art Institute’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill at 227 South St., Williamstown, MA, with a free "Meet the Artists" event on Aug. 2 from 1 to 2 p.m. The Clark Art Institute is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the course of the exhibit. Admission is free.

The second exhibit hangs at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Ave. in


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