BITS & BYTES: Mahaiwe by Pat Metheny at the Berkshire Woodworking Society Exhibition; Mozart Sonatas; Housatonic Heritage Walk; Lenox Library Book Sales

Pat Metheny to perform at Mahaiwe

Great Barrington – Famous jazz guitarist Pat Metheny to perform at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Centre September 3rd at 8pm

Jazz guitarist Pat Metney. Photo courtesy of Ma Haiwei.

During her decades-long acting career, Metheny has won numerous awards, including gold records on three albums (still life) talking, home letterand A story no one knows. He has won 20 Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Instrument, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, and Best Instrumental Composition. At one point, he won seven Grammys for seven consecutive albums.

In 2015, Metheny was inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame, becoming the fourth guitarist and youngest member to be inducted. Metheny has spent most of his time on tour, regularly playing more than 100 gigs a year since becoming bandleader in the 1970s.

Tickets for the upcoming show range from $54 to $89, with a $5 discount for Mahaiwe members and $15 for members 30 and younger. For youth discounts, call 413-528-0100 Tuesday-Saturday 12-4pm

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Berkshire Woodworking Association Fine Woodwork Show and Silent Auction

Stockbridge — September 3-4, Berkshire Botanic Gardens will host the Berkshire Woodworkers Association Art Show and Silent Auction. The annual fair features guild members who showcase and sell unique handcrafted products ranging from furniture to musical instruments.The guild will also provide ongoing demonstrations of woodworking techniques, providing educational content for the weekend event, which starts from 9 am to 5 pm these two days.

The exhibit showcases the designs of 18 professional woodworkers from New York and Connecticut’s Berkshire and neighboring towns. A highlight of the weekend was a silent auction to benefit the Berkshire Woodworking Association Scholarship Fund, which supports individuals aspiring to become professional woodworkers. 100% of the auction proceeds will go to the Scholarship Fund, which has awarded $48,000 in scholarships since its inception. The 2022 exhibit will feature 4 scholarship recipients presenting work they have accomplished while at an educational institution supported by the awarding scholarship fund.

The Berkshire Woodworkers Association is a non-profit association of 50 professional and amateur woodworkers who live and work in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Columbia County, New York, and surrounding areas. Guild members share expertise, tools and business opportunities and raise awareness of the benefits and availability of custom woodworking.

Guilds represent a range of backgrounds and experiences. Members include furniture makers, cabinet makers, boat builders, sculptors, home builders, wood turners, luthiers and wood products suppliers. They practice and advocate fine woodworking on a professional level, and encourage woodworking as an enjoyable hobby.

Admission is $5 for the public and $3 for Garden members. To learn more about the guild and upcoming shows, visit https://berkshirewoodworkers.org/

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Simon’s Rock Mozart Sonata Performance Cycle Begins September 4th

Great Barrington – Violinist Ronald Gorevic and pianist Larry Wallach will begin performing the full Mozart Sonatas for Violin and Viola at Simon’s Rock this weekend.

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

This round comes after Gorevic and Wallach played both Brahms and Beethoven sonatas in a series of performances. The artists expect nineteen works from Mozart’s cycle to be performed in concerts over a year.

The first performance will be Sunday, September 4th at 2pm McConnell Auditorium at the Daniel Arts Center on the Bard College campus in Simon Rock. The show is free; audience members must show proof of vaccinations and wear masks while in the theater.

The programme will include four sonatas, drawing on three main periods of Mozart’s sonata composition: 6 in D major (k. 306), No. 6. No. 11 in G major (k. 379) no. 4 in E minor (k. 304) This is probably the most familiar sonata, no. No. 15 in A major (k. 526), ​​the most extensive of these works.

Ronald Gorevic has had a long and distinguished career in the violin and viola as a teacher and performer. A violinist, Mr. Gorevich’s many recitals have received critical acclaim in the United States and Europe, including major cities such as London, New York, Cleveland, Chicago, and Atlanta. As a viola player, he has been a member of several well-known string quartets. He has played Beethoven loops twice and toured in Germany, Japan, Korea and Australia. Mr. Gorevic was a founding member of the Prometheus Piano Quartet in 1995.

Larry Wallach has been teaching music at Simon’s Rock for five years. He is a performer, composer, musicologist and educator whose interests span the history of Western music to the present day, with a particular focus on Baroque and modern repertoire. He published articles on Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms, and performed all of Ives’ violin sonatas as a pianist. He is a founding board member of the Berkshire Bach Institute.

Dr. Wallach is a keyboard player on harpsichord, organ and piano. He organizes and performs in many concerts and festivals.

His compositions, mainly chamber music, have been performed in New York, New England, Texas, California and elsewhere. In 2020, his orchestral “Species of Motion” was recorded by the Czech Janáček Philharmonic. He has been writing music reviews for over a decade and is currently the music critic for The Berkshire Edge.

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Annual Housatonic Heritage Walks begin

Berkshire County, MA and Litchfield County, CT – The 20th annual Housatonic Heritage Walks kick off this weekend with guided walks in Connecticut’s Berkshire and Litchfield counties. The program offers more than 80 free guided walks (as well as canoe trips and bike rides) at the region’s most interesting historical, cultural and natural sites, including historic buildings, cemeteries, performing arts venues, natural areas and industrial sites.

A knowledgeable guide will lead the tour, and each activity is open to all. The five-week event will begin September 3-4 and will run each weekend through October 1-2. For more details on the activities, visit the Housatonic Heritage website and brochures detailing each walk.

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Lenox Library Association to hold annual book sale September 3-4

Lenox – Lenox Library Association’s two-day annual book sale will be Saturday 3 September and Sunday 4 September Lenox City Hall, 6 Walker Street, Lenox, MA.

The annual book sale is a much-anticipated tradition in the town’s summer calendar and one of the Lenox Library Association’s major fundraisers. All proceeds from book sales made up of volunteers go to Lenox Library’s many services, programs, events, and collections.

With a $10 donation, booksellers and collectors can get early admission Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon; early admission numbers are given out at 8 a.m. Admission is free on Saturdays from noon to 4pm and on Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

The sale will feature more than 6,000 books in 35 categories, all from Berkshire homes, most in new condition. The Special Interest section features items for collectors, including limited editions, signed and first editions, and other collectibles. The Old Treasures section showcases books from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Book fans of all ages will find a wide variety of fiction, history, art, biographies, timely non-fiction, local interests and other popular categories, as well as a huge selection of signed books. CDs and DVDs will also be available. The price of the paperback is $1-3. Hardcovers in their best condition start at $3.

New this year is a sweepstakes of five high-value prizes donated by local businesses and individuals. Prizes include: $400 gift card to a local restaurant; a spa day for two at Canyon Ranch; a cooking class for four at Canyon Ranch; baseball tickets to a Red Sox game for two at Fenway Park; and two Yankees at Yankee Stadium tickets. Raffle tickets are $10 each, $25 for three, and $40 for five. They’re on sale every Monday from 11am to 3pm at the weekly Lenox Farmers Market, the library on request, and the book sale on September 3rd and 4th. Drawings take place on Sunday, September 4th at 4pm in the Lenox Town Hall Auditorium.

Singer Elizabeth Berliner will perform as “Jaane Doe” outside City Hall on Sunday from 1-3pm, with new shows coming this year.

For more information, please contact Nancy Cohen at nancycohen1112@gmail.com or 413-652-1327 or visit lenoxlib.org/support/book-sale​​le

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