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Rogovoy Report 1/8/21

Jan 8, 2021

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a cutting-edge sound installation, a jazz piano genius, a new look at Elvis Presley … plus a whole lot more…

Rogovoy Report 12/18/20

Dec 18, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include performances of works by Tchaikovsky, Bach, Handel, and Nathaniel Dett … plus a whole lot more…

Rogovoy Report 12/11/20

Dec 11, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a site-specific sound installation, chamber music, Celtic music, folk-pop, Beethoven … plus a whole lot more…

Rogovoy Report 12/4/20

Dec 4, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include virtual theater, Iraqi jazz, a site-specific sound installation, a piano recital and a whole lot more.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival has finally released the first production of its 2020 season on Audible. Tennessee Williams’s “A Streetcar Named Desire,” starring Emmy, Grammy, and six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as Blanche DuBois, is now available to stream via Audible; more plays will be released in upcoming weeks.

Rogovoy Report 11/20/20

Nov 20, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include chamber music, virtual theater, a site-specific sound installation, jazz fusion … plus a whole lot more…

Analia Saban b. Buenos Aires, 1980; lives and works in Los Angeles  Teaching a Cow How to Draw 2020 Cedarwood Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles
Sarah LaDuke / WAMC

The Clark Art Museum is currently presenting its first outdoor exhibition on the museum’s extensive and bucolic grounds in Williamstown, Massachusetts. “Ground/work” features site-responsive sculptural creations by six different contemporary artists placed around The Clark’s 140 acre campus.

Organized by the Clark, under the leadership of guest curators Molly Epstein and Abigail Ross Goodman, Ground/work is free and open to the public and will be on view into October of 2021.

Rogovoy Report 11/13/20

Nov 13, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a sound installation, chamber music, literary readings, dramatic readings, more chamber music … plus a whole lot more…

Rogovoy Report 11/6/20

Nov 6, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include visual art, online theater, a live screening of a classic rock music documentary, chamber music … plus a whole lot more…

Rogovoy Report 10/30/20

Oct 30, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include virtual theater, online orchestral music, a tribute to the Grateful Dead, a real-life in-person Halloween burlesque show … plus a whole lot more…

Rogovoy Report 10/23/20

Oct 23, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include folk-rock, chamber music, vocal music, organ jazz … plus a whole lot more…

Rogovoy Report 10/16/20

Oct 16, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include indie-pop, theater, chamber music, jazz … plus a whole lot more.

Rogovoy Report 10/9/20

Oct 9, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include indie-pop, theater, art, chamber music, jazz … plus a whole lot more.

Rogovoy Report 10/2/20

Oct 2, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include indie-pop, folk, plywood paintings, sculpture … plus a whole lot more.

Rogovoy Report 9/18/20

Sep 18, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include R&B, gospel, roots-music, outdoor dance, art, and a whole lot more.

Rogovoy Report 9/4/20

Sep 4, 2020

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a Broadway cabaret, roots-music, folk-rock, art openings, literary events, plus a whole lot more.

Rogovoy Report 8/28/20

Aug 28, 2020

The weekend’s cultural highlights in our region include spaced-out funk, 20th century classical, dance, visual artists, show tunes …. plus a whole lot more

Rogovoy Report 8/21/20

Aug 21, 2020

The weekend’s cultural highlights in our region include roots music, folk-rock, contemporary classical, comedy, the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, plus a whole lot more.

Rogovoy Report 8/7/20

Aug 7, 2020

This week’s cultural highlights include indie-rock legends, new music, old music, jazz, plus a whole lot more.

Rogovoy Report 7/17/20

Jul 17, 2020

On Saturday night, MASS MoCA in North Adams will host composer-performer Treya Lam in a re-imagined concert courtyard that takes advantage of an industrial roll-top garage door and adjacent gallery overlooking the brick-lined courtyard to reveal a new stage, dramatically floating 12 feet above the audience. Lam is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose cinematic songs and ethereal vocals are built on Nina Simone-inspired piano, meditative guitar and lush chamber arrangements. RIYL Norah Jones, Ani DiFranco, Nina Simone, and Kaki King.

Rogovoy Report 7/10/20

Jul 9, 2020

Slowly but surely, things are loosening up, and there are indeed some openings and live cultural events beginning to take form in and around the region. A lot of thought has gone into most of these in terms of staying safe and enforcing social distancing requirements, so be sure to check details on the appropriate websites and, for my sake as well as yours, keep your masks on.

Sarah LaDuke

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival will soon be underway.

The venerable Lenox, Massachusetts concert grounds are shuttered for live music due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Boston Symphony Orchestra Artistic Administrator Tony Fogg says the virtual summer season will mirror a normal schedule beginning this week.

The schedule includes new content from Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, as well as programming from the Tanglewood Learning Institute. To tell us more, we welcome Tony Fogg and Tanglewood Learning Institute Director Sue Elliott.

Sarah LaDuke

It sounds impossible to believe, but hundreds of thousands of music lovers will not be taking in concerts from the rolling green grass at Tanglewood this summer because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is taking its acclaimed, months-long music festival into the digital realm.

BSO musicians — along with a wide range of guest artists including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax and violinist Joshua Bell — are helping to produce original, pre-recorded performances for the new Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival.

Encore and archival performances are also part of the lineup, in addition to informal conversations with artists and master classes.

According to BSO president and CEO Mark Volpe, more than eight million people have engaged virtually with the organization's output over the past two months and they hope for much more this summer.

Rogovoy Report 6/19/20: In Praise Of Mixed Nuts

Jun 19, 2020

I like mixed nuts. I don’t know how they do it, but someone has figured out the perfect ratio of different kinds of nuts – the best-tasting proportion of Brazil nuts to filberts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, and peanuts (technically not a tree nut but a legume). I love blindly reaching into a bowl of mixed nuts and coming up with a delightful, satisfying blend of varying flavors, textures, shapes, and sizes.

Rogovoy Report 6/12/20: The End Of Travel

Jun 12, 2020

You hear it all the time from natives, expats, experts, know-it-alls, and blowhards: that such-and-such a city that you’re thinking of visiting isn’t what it used to be. It’s a mere shell of its former self. While it was once the coolest, hippest place to visit, where everything was a bargain and life was still authentic and you could sit at a café all day nursing your espresso and no one would bother you and you could blend in easily with the locals, now it has become overrun by tourists. It’s been ruined by the commercialism and gentrification that follows in their wake. There’s no more there there. It’s over. It’s so yesterday, so last year. Don’t go there.

Back when I worked relatively full time as a rock critic, I used to joke that I wished I could just set up a live video feed from the nightclubs and concert halls that I frequently attended to review concerts so that I wouldn’t actually have to leave my house. So I wouldn’t actually have to be there.

There is an emerging consensus that life after the COVID-19 pandemic – if there ever will be such a thing – will not look exactly like life before the COVID-19 pandemic. Nor should it. And I’m not only referring to changes that will be made in direct response to the spreading of disease, or an enhanced awareness of viral and bacterial transmission and efforts that can, and will, be taken to minimize the spread of disease.

There are two kinds of people during a pandemic: Those who take the opportunity to read “The Plague” by Albert Camus, and those who don’t. I, like thousands if not millions of others, am in the first category. I’ve always been a fan of Camus, but I had never read “The Plague,” which, for those who don’t know, is a novel about how a handful of residents in the French Algerian city of Oran respond to the bubonic plague. Published in 1947, and wholly a work of imagination – there was neither a plague in Oran in the 20th century nor did Camus ever live through a plague or pandemic -- it garnered Camus the Nobel Prize for Literature ten years later.

Rogovoy Report 5/8/20

May 8, 2020

SO here we are, almost two months into the shutdown. It’s actually been over two months for me, because I like to get a head start on things. I’m perpetually and chronically early to a fault. So when in early March it began to seem that we were heading in this direction, I pretty much shut down my life before the order to do so came. I even cancelled my own 60th birthday party at a time when people were still traveling and getting together for social gatherings. Within a week of that, the order came down to stay home, so in retrospect I didn’t feel like such an alarmist.

Rogovoy Report 5/1/20

May 1, 2020

I’ve always believed in the wisdom and power of positive pessimism. Over the years, I have adopted it as something of a creed, a belief system, a world view, and a healthy approach to life. Plan for the worst and you will never be disappointed. If all hell breaks loose, you have the satisfaction of having been proven right, of having had the foresight and wisdom to correctly predict the outcome. If things go better than you expect, you will be relieved at the very least, or even possibly made happy that the disaster for which you had planned was averted.

Rogovoy Report 4/24/20

Apr 24, 2020

There’s a great new documentary available for streaming about the greatest music group ever to emerge from the Hudson Valley. And I don’t mean Steely Dan, who are probably the second greatest. I mean the roots-rock group The Band, who emerged in Woodstock in 1968 with their landmark debut album, “Music from Big Pink,” and who are the topic of the new film, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band.”

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