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Rogovoy Report 5/27/22

Stephen Clair
Photo courtesy of Stephen Clair
Stephen Clair

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include chamber music, cabaret, roots music, folk-rock … plus a whole lot more.

Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival returns to MASS MoCA in North Adams this weekend, today through Sunday, featuring dozens of acts from all over the musical map, including Sylvan Esso, Japanese Breakfast, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Mike Watt, Terry Allen, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. (May 27-29)

Jazz-folk vocalist Madeleine Peyroux -- who cites French torch singer Edith Piaf as her role model and greatest musical influence -- brings her Careless Love Forever Tour to the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Mass., tonight at 8. Peyroux’s repertoire draws heavily on works from the Great American Songbook of the Rock Era by the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Patsy Cline, Randy Newman, Ray Charles, and Leonard Cohen, among others. (May 27)

Violinist and nine-time Grammy Award-winner Eugene Drucker, best known as a founder of the Emerson String Quartet, leads the Berkshire Bach Ensemble in its rescheduled “Bach at New Year’s Live!” program featuring the six “Brandenburg Concerti” this weekend in three locations in our region: tonight (May 27) at 6 at St. James Place in Great Barrington, Mass.; Saturday (May 28) at 3 p.m. at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; and Sunday (May 29) at 3 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton, Mass. Drucker will be joined by harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss.

The phenomenal New England-based soul-folk singer-songwriter Ali McGuirk brings her sultry blend of 1970s-style quiet storm, 1990s neo-soul and modern alternative R&B to the Egremont Barn in South Egremont, Mass, tonight at 7:30. Think of Ali as a blend among Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, and Sade. (May 27)

Broadway star Joshua Henry reopens Barrington Stage Company’s Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center with his one-man cabaret show, “Joshua Henry Up Close,” on Sunday at 8 p.m. The event, featuring the star of “The Scottsboro Boys,” “Hamilton,” and “Carousel,” also celebrates the BSC’s second stage’s 10th anniversary. (May 29)

Tony Yazbeck, a Tony Award nominee for On the Town, brings his cabaret of Broadway tunes to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., on Saturday at 7 p.m. (May 28)

Liang Wang, first oboist of the New York Philharmonic, will be joined by violinists Itamar Zorman and Susan Heerema, violist Michael Strauss, and cellist Yehuda Hanani, in a program called “Reeds and Strings,” featuring works by Mozart, Cimarosa, Benjamin Britten and Beethoven, as part of the Close Encounters With Music series at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Mass., on Sunday at 4. (May 29)

While the official Tanglewood season has yet to get underway, you can sneak into the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra this Sunday at 3 p.m. for a concert of works by Mozart and Brahms at Ozawa Hall, presented by Berkshire Lyric. On tap for the 80-voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus, accompanied by a full orchestra and joined by a stellar solo vocal quartet featuring soprano Maria Valdes, is Mozart’s Requiem and “Schicksalslied”, or “Song of Destiny,” by Brahms. (May 29)

The Harry Conklin Fund for Farmsteads, a project of the Berkshire Community Land Trust, kicks off its fundraiser concert series to help save Berkshire farmland tonight at 8 at the Apple Tree Inn in Lenox, Mass., with Whiskey Treaty Roadshow members Billy Keane and Chris Merenda plus special guests. (Friday, May 27)

Stephen Clair rocks with the grit of Bruce Springsteen and sings with the sardonic poetry and phrasing of Lou Reed. The folk-rock singer-songwriter will celebrate the release of his terrific new album, “To The Trees,” at the Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, in Albany, tonight at 8. (May 27)

Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Neko Case brings her original, country-tinged folk-rock that might remind listeners of Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick to Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, N.Y. for a two-night stand, Saturday and Sunday, at 7:30 p.m. (May 28-29)

And finally, soulful folk-rock singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff has been crafting hits for the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd and Linda Ronstadt since the 1970s. But Bonoff is a terrific singer and performer in her own right, as you can see for yourself tonight at 8 at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, N.Y. (May 27)

Seth Rogovoy is editor of the Rogovoy Report, available at rogovoyreport.com

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