You can sit on the terrace on a summer night with Rodin and Renoir behind you and look out over the reflecting pool to cows in the pasture at The Clark Art Institute.READ MORE
One voice fills an ampitheater of 300 people, sheering clear to the back wall. The bass beats like a pulse or a summer storm, and the keyboard melody washes underneath. The night is warm, and the crowd is moving in the current of sound.
Music in the Berkshires runs deep — in many traditions. In the 1950s, Louis Armstrong played the Music Inn and jazz legends taught in Lenox. In 1969, Janice Joplin opened the summer season of the Boston Symphony Orchestra here before she went on to Woodstock.
We have a growing center of classical music in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home at Tanglewood, and also of folk from Alice’s Restaurant onward. Indy rock, jazz and contemporary sound evolves at Mass MoCA in FreshGrass and Wilco’s Solid Sound festivals, Bang on a Can’s contemporary compositions and the Grammy-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth … and they’re just the beginning.
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Tanglewood has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1938, and it has expanded with popular music, folk and rock, comedy and jazz, and now with the Tanglewood Learning Institute.READ MORE
Mass MoCA is now the largest contemporary art museum in the country, and one of the largest on the planet. Artists from across the U.S. and the world have come to show their work in a former mill North Adams along the Hoosic River.READ MORE
You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant — even an evening of music with the Guthrie family. The church that made folk music history 50 years ago in Arlo Guthrie’s hit song is now a community center and the site of an annual folk music series in the summers.READ MORE
Barrington Stage Company has been known for 25 years for re-imagining lavish musicals and taking on deep and timely challenges in its theaters. The company fills two stages in Pittsfield with concerts and performances from June to October and a festival of short plays in the winter.READ MORE
The Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, N.Y., has hosted more than 2,000 artists from more than 100 countries in its residencies in dance and music, art and architecture, writing and translation.READ MORE
On these stages, actors and writers can take risks. A new musical can ache for a Polish woman who escapes Russia, between a World War and a revolution, and comes to Paris with little but a skill with paint and determination to rebuild.READ MORE
Brooklyn comedians play here, and tributes to Santana or Aretha Franklin. The Colonial Theatre acts as a year-round concert hall and 21st-century performance space, decked in gilt and red velvet out of another century.READ MORE
The Foundry in West Stockbridge is a new center for performing and visual arts, with a flexible gallery space and a black box theater for staged readings and open mics.READ MORE
Karla Rothstein and Salvatore Perry have renovated a 240,000 cotton mill on Route 2 near the North Adams / Williamstown line into GreylockWorks, a center for local food and events.READ MORE
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center brings music to the Berkshires year-round, and dance, film, comedy and theater as well, in a restored 1905 concert hall and cinema.READ MORE
Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, wrote many of her best-known novels in this house, in the 10 years she lived in Lenox — from The House of Mirth to Ethan Frome. Her house is now a museum, a center of writing, music and performance, landscape and gardens, dedicated to keeping her spirit alive.READ MORE
an international center for music and theater, dance and film.
The Barn at Lee brings artists in residence to the Berkshires, creating programs for emerging artists to have the time and space to explore creative ideas.READ MORE
Studio 9 is a new recording studio and performance venue in North Adams at the Porches Inn, across from Mass MoCA.READ MORE
Contemporary theatre, alternative cabaret and community programs blend in a former grange hall in the Hudson River Valley.READ MORE
Music and dance, fiction and nonfiction, patterns made of flower petals and colored sand … new work takes shape at the Marble House artist residencies.READ MORE
Vermont artists have been creating work together in Manchester for a hundred years, and the Southern Vermont Arts Center has been at the center of it for decades.READ MORE
Williams College is named the top liberal arts college in the country, out in the Berkshire hills with an art museum, theater and music, talks and trails — and a spirit of making its own fun.READ MORE
The Lenox dance has evolved from community gatherings with a local house band into a regional monthly gala — on Third Saturdays year-round — with bands from across the country and sometimes beyond.READ MORE
National and international figures come to visit the students at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, ranked in the top 10 public colleges in U.S. News and World Report and appears in U.S. News’ list of Top National Liberal Arts colleges.READ MORE
An old brick mill in the heart of Crane & Company territory has been renovated into space for arts and small businesses. It has a mainstage with professional sound and lighting, and often hosts live music on Saturday nights.READ MORE
Contra and square dancing is a living New England tradition, as casual as dancing barefoot in the kitchen on a summer night. The North Berkshire Community Dance holds a monthly dance on second Saturdays at the Williamstown Community Preschool, with live music.READ MORE
The Dream Away Lodge is a road house, a locally sourced restaurant, a lounge and a labyrinth … its a 200-year-old farmhouse on the edge of October Mountain State Forest in Becket, and it has been a center of live music for decades.READ MORE
At the center of Sheffield’s town green, along Route 7, an old fieldstone and marble hall has acted as a community center for more than a hundred years. A community group hosts art shows and talks here, concerts, swing and contradances and the Dewey Hall Folk Series.READ MORE
Close to 30 years ago, cellist Yehuda Hanani began presenting chamber concerts with conversation on a theme. The form was new then — it has become common now. And over the years, Hanani has created concerts with musicians and themes around the world as artistic director of Close Encounters with Music.READ MORE
The old barn at the Egremont Village Inn gives refuge on a windy night. Tables gather around an informal stage with a piano. And concerts, comedy and karaoke have been drawing a community here at the Egremont Barn for pub comfort food and music.READ MORE
The Red Lion Inn has stood centrally on Main Street since 1773, when it served as a stage coach between Boston and Albany. The old clapboard building has a history going back to the Revolution, and today it brings locals and visitors to its restaurants and shop of goods from local artists and artisans.READ MORE