The High Peaks Music Festival brings internationally acclaimed musicians and stars of tomorrow to the Berkshires. "The Grand Italian Tour" is the theme of the tenth edition of the festival which runs from July 23rd - August 2nd presented by Close Encounters With Music and hosted by the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts.
The ten-day festival, directed by internationally acclaimed cellist Yehuda Hanani, offers a combination of concerts, lectures and master classes, open to the public and featuring distinguished faculty artists and outstanding young musicians from around the world.
The 16th annual Bard SummerScape opened this past weekend and runs through August 18th. The festival features seven weeks of world-class opera, theater, dance, cabaret, film, and music, including the 30th annual Bard Music Festival, Korngold and His World.
This year the festival is presenting a modern, multi-media style opera, "Acquanetta," written by Catskill resident, librettist Deborah Artman who join us this morning. The opera’s music is by Michael Gordon and the production runs from July 11 through July 21.
We also welcome Nunally Kersh - the producer for the opera, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s “The Miracle of Heliane” a new production & and a U.S. Premiere – running July 26th through August 4th.
Rhett Miller is the frontman for rock band Old 97′s, a solo singer-songwriter, an essayist and a podcaster. And he’s also a father of two, which indirectly led to his newest gig of picture-book writer - his book is “No More Poems! A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse.”
He started writing poems to share with his kids on the phone while he was on tour so he could talk with them longer. He’d read the poems aloud and get their feedback (sometimes brutal feedback.)
Between albums with the band, Miller has squeezed in seven solo records—most recently last year’s "The Messenger." His latest offering is a new podcast, "Wheels Off," which finds him interviewing musicians, writers, artists, actors, and comedians about creativity.