Rogovoy Report for June 12, 2015
The cultural highlights in the greater region this weekend include a collaboration between a public radio icon and a witty choreographer; a chamber music ensemble and a renowned choreographer; a baritone and a pianist; new Italian art; two one-woman shows; and the opening of an all-time great musical.
Ira Glass, the host and executive producer of the beloved public radio program “This American Life,” will be joined by brilliant, funny choreographer/dancer Monica Bill Barnes and fellow dancer and collaborator Anna Bass in “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host,” a special pre-season performance at Jacob’s Pillow in the Ted Shawn Theatre for two performances only, on Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.
David Parsons Dancers will accompany a trio of musicians from Close Encounters With Music for “Invitation to the Dance,” a gala performance at the Mahaiwe in Great Barington on Saturday at 6pm. Works by Chopin, Bartok, Brahms and Piazzolla will be accompanied by live dancing by Dancers from ParsonsDance.
The Tony Award-winning musical Man of La Mancha opens this weekend on the mainstage at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, where it will run through July 11. One of the all-time great musicals, and one of my personal favorites.
Of course Man of Lancha is inspired by Spanish novelist Cervantes' 17th-century masterpiece “Don Quixote,” and tells the story of the title character and his quixotic quest, aided by his sidekick, SanchoPanza, and his dreamboat of a girl, Dulcinea.
A vocal and piano program featuring works by Schumann and Schubert will take place in the Tannery Pond Concert Series at the Darrow School on Saturday at 8pm. The concert includes Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Schubert’s Sonata in A major.
A major installation of work by Italian contemporary artist Francesco Clemente opens at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday. There will be an opening reception for Francesco Clemente: Encampment TONIGHT at 5:30pm in the galleries for museum members and for members of the public with admission tickets.
The autobiographical “Searching for the Moon: A Heroine's Journey, Tales of Love, Despair, Faith and Forgiveness,” written by and starring Amber Chand, will be staged at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge on Saturday at 7pm.
And finally, “The Fiery Sword of Justice,” a one-woman show written and performed by Lauren Letellier, will be performed at Stageworks/Hudson tonight at 8pm. The work is described as “a comedic, cautionary tale about a high powered public relations executive whose compulsive truth-telling torpedoes her career.”
Seth Rogovoy is editor of Berkshire Daily and the Rogovoy Report, available online at rogovoyreport.com