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For the first time in 20 years, a Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based ballet company is presenting a new, full-length production this Friday.

Ballerinas dance across a stage with a backdrop of a indigo, magenta, and orange sunset in an ornate garden
Albany Berkshire Ballet

Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based Albany Berkshire Ballet is marking its 50th anniversary in 2019. Associate Artistic Director Mary Giannone Talmi tells WAMC that the half-century celebration will see ambitious new works alongside the staples the company is known for.

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Albany Berkshire Ballet

The Albany Berkshire Ballet is presenting its 43rd annual tour of the holiday classic The Nutcracker, which features local dance students in special children’s roles alongside the professional dancers of the ABB. This year’s company includes dancers from around the United States, as well as internationally. 

A holiday favorite, The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl, Clara, and the magical dream she has one Christmas Eve. Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, the story of The Nutcracker follows the adventures of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they conquer the Mouse King and embark on a magical journey to The Land of Sweets. 

The tour comes to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA on December 2nd and 3rd for four shows. On December 9th, ABB will perform two shows at The Egg at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY. The tour then heads east to Springfield, MA at Symphony Hall for two shows on December 16th before concluding the tour at Lawrence, MA with two shows on December 17th.

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The first female mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts died Monday at the age of 79. She’s remembered as having touched many lives through her work in education, public service and politics.


  The Albany Berkshire Ballet was founded in 1960 by Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo as an outgrowth of her school, the Cantarella School of Dance, located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The Albany Berkshire Ballet is nationally recognized for its versatility in performing both classical and contemporary dance works with excellence and they will present Carmina Burana at The Egg in Albany, NY on Friday, May 2 and at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA on Saturday, May 3.

Artistic Director Madeline Culpo and Carmina Burana Choreographer Paula Weber, and company dancer, and teacher, Kerry Piaggione join us to tell us more.