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The Berkshire Bach Society presents “Bach at New Year’s” with a program of all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti at three locations in our region: Monday, December 30 at 3 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton, Massachusetts; Tuesday, December 31 at 6 p.m. at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Wednesday, January 1 at 3 p.m. at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York.

Berkshire Bach Ensemble Director and soloist, Eugene Drucker, violinist and Co-Founder of the Emerson String Quartet joined us.

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Beryl Jolly has been Executive Director of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts since it was first created as a nonprofit in 2005. Now, the center will see its first major leadership transition as Jolly prepares to depart from the role at the end of 2019. Janis Martinson, the Mahaiwe’s Director of Advancement, will serve as Acting Executive Director starting in 2020. She sat down with WAMC to talk about what the change means for the Mahaiwe and for her.

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The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts has named an acting executive director.

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The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The Executive Director of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts is stepping down at the end of the year.

Wrapping up its fourth season, Berkshire Opera Festival has two performances of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” this week.

Donizetti's "Don Pasquale," which premiered in 1843, is a comic opera that is receiving a fully-staged production by Berkshire Opera Festival on Tuesday, August 27 and Friday, August 30 at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Directed by Jonathon Loy, the cast includes Craig Colclough as Don Pasquale, Matthew Grills as Ernesto, and Emmett O’Hanlon as Doctor Malatesta, and Metropolitan Opera soprano Deanna Breiwick plays Norina. The production is conducted by Brian Garman.

Breiwick and Garman joined us.

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The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center held its annual gala in Great Barrington, Massachusetts this weekend.

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This summer, The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA will present world class music, dance, theatre, film screenings, and comedy with performances from Momix, Buddy Guy, Patti LuPone, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, David Sedaris, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Natalie Merchant, Savion Glover, John Mulaney, and more!

Beryl Jolly is the Executive Director of The Mahaiwe and she joins us.

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The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, has received $114,000 in grants to further its community outreach and inclusion efforts. Plans call for discount youth tickets and expanded arts education programming. Executive Director Beryl Jolly says the theatre is also pursuing expanded accessibility measures.

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Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has made music the center of her life since she dropped out of the Berklee College Of Music in 1978 to play in the Boston punk band The Young Snakes. Since then, she has released nine solo albums, many on her own SuperEgo label. Mann has appeared in movies and television shows like “The Big Lebowski,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “American Crime Story,” and “Steven Universe.” This year, her ninth record — “Mental Illness” — won the Grammy for Best Folk Album. Before her concert at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts Friday, Mann spoke with WAMC Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes about the themes on her latest record.

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Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco is renowned for her outspoken politics, staunch feminism, and commitment to activism. Since 1989, she’s released more than 20 records, and championed the work of other artists on her Righteous Babe label. DiFranco will perform Sunday at Great Barrington’s Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. She spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes about what’s changed over her decades of writing, recording, and performing.

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A world famous violinist with ties to the Berkshires performs in Great Barrington tonight.

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Halloween is Tuesday, and for many communities the ghoulish holiday has a tradition of costume parades, hayrides, corn mazes and trick-or-treating. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Matt Greene about the premiere screening of a short film he directed based on a haunted house from his childhood in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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Schools in Berkshire County often must consider cutting arts programs to balance their budgets.  The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts wants to help keep culture in schools. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Beryl Jolly about educational opportunities for area students.

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The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington has received a $65,000 state cultural grant for upgrades.

Four-time Tony Award nominee and Theatre Hall of Fame inductee Marin Mazzie died this week after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 57. 

A star on and off the stage, Mazzie often performed on Broadway, around the country, and often in the Berkshires. She and her husband, Jason Danieley, have been featured on The Roundtable several times over the years and are dear friends to us at WAMC. We add our voices to the outpouring of sadness and support.