As the Berkshires gear up for summer, many local arts, theater and cultural organizations are announcing their best concerts, exhibits, and plays to make this one of the best seasons yet.
Theater companies like Berkshire Theatre Group, with stages at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield and the Main Stage and Unicorn Stages in Stockbridge, are presenting some incredible and fun shows this summer season. Opening the season is Fiorello!, a musical about New York City mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, a reform Republican who took on the Tammany Hall political machine., they will even be hosting the Berkshire Opera Festival as they present, Madama Butterfly. Also look for a collaboration between WAM Theater and BTG this summer. For other hot tickets be sure to check out the many performances being offered at Barrington Stage, Shakespeare & Company and Williamstown Theatre Festival as well as at the Mahaiwe.
If you are a dance aficionado then be sure that you visit Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival where you will enjoy a quirky, charming company from Germany, the explosive footwork of South American gauchos, inspiring ballet companies from across the U.S., astounding flex dancers from the streets of Brooklyn, and twelve high-flying men from Algeria and more.
If music is more to your taste, MASSgathering kicks off the summer with Memorial Day weekend filled with a variety of races and musical performances Performances include Matisyahu, Gin Blossoms, Deer Tick, Wild Adriatic, Madaila, Strange Machines, and Parsonsfield. Then of course, there is the not to be missed, Tanglewood. This year their line up kicks off with Dolly Parton but be sure to check out their entire schedule for lineup, they will be keeping the Berkshire hills alive with music all summer long.
If you’re looking for music and art, MASS MoCA has an impressive summer lineup. Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder features both existing and new works by twenty-three international artists, each touching on certain facets of wonder, including the perceptual/visionary, technological/scientific, philosophical/meditative, time/cosmos, and illusion/fear. Starting June 18, 2016, Kidspace opens Here Comes the Sun, Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Federico Uribe’s magical, colorful, sculptural menagerie of animals. And popular Brooklyn-based, indie-rock band The National will be performing on June 11th. This show is sure to sell out. Also anticipated by many music lovers is the return of the indie-rock quartet Luna, after a 10-year hiatus. The Clark also offers a variety of music throughout the summer months and be sure to check out the Williams College Museum of Art right down the road and always free.
Throughout the summer be sure to enjoy at least one of our festivals such as the Berkshire Crafts Fair or the Berkshire Arts Festival or if you love film then do not miss the Berkshire International Film Festival which will run June 2-5 this year.
Many of our other cultural venues such as the Mount, Naumkeag, Ventfort Hall, Chesterwood, aside from offering fantastic tours of their properties and outdoor sculpture shows, also host evening concerts and events so be sure to visit their websites to learn more. We hope this has whet your appetite and you will start planning your next Berkshire getaway. Please know that this is just a small taste of the museums, performing arts and visual art offerings available to visitors and residents, for more info be sure to check out our comprehensive Event Calendar. We look forward to seeing you in the Berkshires!
Darcie Sosa is a Berkshire marketing/PR professional, who when isn’t working loves being outside hiking with her dogs, going to live music and theater shows, networking, trying new restaurants and volunteering for local nonprofits. She is an alumni of Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.