BITS & BYTES: series of emerging artists; Concert by the Eagles Orchestra; Ventfort Hall events; Piano concert series; High performance of kings; Berkshire High Peaks Festival

Molly Weinberg

The Emerging Artists Series Returns to the Foundry

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. – On Tuesdays from July 19 to August 30 at 6:30 p.m. the emerging artist series returns to The Foundry. A $5 entry fee goes directly to the performers. The bar will be open and no reservations are required.

The first emerging artist is Molly Weinberg. Join her for a night of laughs, covers, originals, poetry and joy on July 19 at 6:30 p.m. Upcoming artists include Olivia Thiemann, Annaleah Lacoss and the Pluto String Ensemble Quartet.

The Foundry is a multidisciplinary performing arts venue that has curated young artists in a variety of genres, including music, theatre, dance and comedy. More information is available at


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Eagles Free Concert

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Eagles Concert Band will perform a free concert at Springside Park in Pittsfield on Tuesday July 19 at 7 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the music. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St.

The Eagles Band is the oldest continuously performing ensemble in the Berkshires. For more information, visit the band’s website at

Upcoming concerts

July 20 at 5 p.m. Eagles Trombone Ensemble in Great Barrington

July 27 at 7 p.m. Eagles Concert Band at Dalton CRA

August 14 at 2 p.m. Eagles Stage Band at Hinsdale Dayz

August 16 at 7 p.m. Eagles Band concert in the Common Park

August 17 at 6:30 p.m. Eagles Stage Band at Lilac Park in Lenox

November 4 at 7 p.m. Eagles Band concert at the Colonial Theater


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Upcoming events at Ventfort Hall include tea and talks and a musical

Catherine Sheehan

LENOX, Mass. – On Tuesday July 19 at 4 p.m. Kathryn Sheehan, Rensselaer County and City of Troy historian, will give an illustrated lecture on how the 19th century architecture of Troy became an integral backdrop to the Julian Fellows HBO series The Gilded Age. A tea will follow his presentation. Kathryn worked with the scouts and production designer at sites throughout the city and provided insight into how Troy came to be in the Golden Age, who were the main players in the city at the time which represented “old” money and “new” money. . Kathryn will also share some of the behind-the-scenes stories that happened while filming the first season.

Nannina Gilder

On Tuesday July 26 at 4 p.m. Local screenwriter and film historian Nannina Gilder will speak at Ventfort Hall about Jennie Van DerZee, a forgotten trailblazer from Lenox’s golden age. A tea will follow his presentation. Jennie Van DerZee grew up on Hubbard Street with her four siblings, including Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van DerZee, but while James was rediscovered in the 1960s and celebrated ever since, Jennie has been largely forgotten. Gilder will tell the story of Jennie, from a childhood in Lenox full of art and music, to her pursuit of higher education in painting, and her family’s journey to Harlem in 1910.

Tickets to Tea & Talk’s are $30 for members and with advance reservation; $35 per day; $22 for students 22 and under. Reservations are required as places are limited. Walk-ins accommodated according to available space. For reservation call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID are required. The historic mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

July 22 at 3 p.m. attend a Garden Party at Ventfort Hall for a musical performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performed by The Barden Party, a Kiwi theater group that formed during the pandemic in New Zealand. Bring a picnic to enjoy, picnic blanket and/or chairs for this outdoor show. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Light refreshments will be served. The two hour and fifteen minute performance includes a fifteen minute intermission. Tickets are $35; $20 for children 17 and under accompanied by an adult. Reservations are strongly recommended. For more information visit:


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Oxana Yablonskaya, pianist

Hotchkiss Piano Concert Series

LAKEVILLE, Conn. – The Hotchkiss School announces the start of its free piano concert series July 20 at 7:30 p.m. American-Israeli pianist Oxana Yablonskaya will perform on July 20. Hotchkiss teachers Fabio Witkowski and Gisele Nacif Witkowski with the Fine Arts Quartet will perform on July 23. On July 26, French classical pianist and music teacher Michel Bourdoncle will perform.

The Hotchkiss Summer Portals program welcomes talented young pianists from around the world for intensive study with resident and guest artists. The students, supervised by a faculty of professional musicians, take part in weekly master classes and give free public performances.

Hotchkiss School is located at 11 Interlaken Rd, Lakeville, Conn. All concerts are held at the Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center in the main building, which is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.

For the full schedule and more information, visit


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the great kings

High Kings will perform live at the Mahaiwe

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. – Finbarr Clancy, Darren Holden, Brian Dunphy and Paul O’Brien form the HIgh Kings, a group of traditional Irish folk ballads who will perform at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on July 21 at 8 p.m.

The High Kings formed in 2007 and their new album At home is a journey through classic folk songs, old and new.

Tickets range from $34 to $49, 30 and under $15 (Call 413-528-0100). Masks are mandatory and participants will need to present proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.

For tickets:


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Free concerts, lectures and masterclasses at Berkshire School

SHEFFIELD, Mass. —The Berkshire High Peaks Festival will take place July 21 to 30 at Berkshire School.

The ten-day festival, led by Close Encounters With Music artistic director and internationally acclaimed cellist, Yehuda Hanani, features ‘Moonlight Sonatas’ concerts, lectures and master classes open to the public – this year free for all.

Highlights include a faculty concert on Wednesday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. and a talk by Professor Timothy Sergay of SUNY Albany reassessing our relationship with Russian music and composers in a talk titled “Russian Art and Culture After Mariupol” , Saturday, July 23. at 16.

Find the full program here:


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