Music & Dance Intelligence
Sunday, March 26
Mahaiwe North Carolina bluegrass quintet Steep Canyon Rangers have been backing banjo frontman Steven Martin on tour for years, earning a 2013 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Special Guest Noam Pikelny, the preeminent banjoist of his generation, joins the bluegrass dance party. Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Club Helsinki You’ve heard American folk rock singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim’s songs featured in commercials, on television shows and in movies. Hudson, 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 30
Infinity Hall Music by James McMurtry, an American rock and folk rock/Americana singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader and occasional actor. Norfolk, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 1
Infinity Hall Pioneers of Country Rock, Poco is an institution within the annuals of the American music industry. With more hits than there are flies at a rib roast, their infectious harmonies are identifying signatures that you will instantly recognize. Norfolk, 8 p.m.
Saint James Place Crescendo presents a world premiere of the multimedia work “Norman Rockwell and Alice Parker: Visions of America in Art and Song” by John Myers and featuring the Crescendo Chorus & Vocal Ensemble, The Berkshire Children’s Chorus, soloists and the instrumental ensemble. Great Barrington, 3 & 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 2
Vassar College “Stars of American Ballet,” an evening of contemporary and classical ballet led by New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht, will be held in the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater in Kenyon Hall. Poughkeepsie, 7 p.m.
Mattison Hall Crescendo presents the multimedia work “Norman Rockwell and Alice Parker: Visions of America in Art and Song” by John Myers and featuring the Crescendo Chorus & Vocal Ensemble, The Berkshire Children’s Chorus, soloists and the instrumental ensemble. Kent, 4 p.m.
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center As part of the Music Inspires Dance Series, Duo Lontano (pianists Babette Hierholzer and Jürgen Appell) will perform works by Pachelbel, Bach, Brahms, Schumann, Wagner and Ernesto Lecuona. Tivoli, 2:30 pm.
Club Helsinki Alt-cabaret vocalist Joseph Keckler performs as a benefit for AnimalKind. Hudson. Doors at 5 p.m., performance at 7 p.m.
Simon’s Rock The South Berkshire Concert Series will present violist Stephanie Griffin and pianist Cheryl Seltzer, in a program including “Sonata para Viola y Piano” written especially for these performers by Roberto Sierra, the “Arpeggione” Sonata by Schubert, and works by Wolpe, Mamlok, Babbitt and Ms. Griffin herself. Great Barrington, 3 p.m.
Concerts in the Village CITV concludes its seventh season with “Haydn and Cherubini: 18th Century Elegance Meets 19th Century Drama.” Features soloists include violinist Elizabeth Silver, cellist Erica Pickhardt, oboist Karen Hosmer, bassoonist Cornelia McGiver, soprano Caroline Dunigan, and tenors Olivier Gagnon and Jon Morrell. Kinderhook Reformed Church, 3 p.m.
Friday, April 7
Infinity Hall Frontman and singer-songwriter for the Platinum-selling, ‘90s alt-rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips comes to perform with nothing but six strings, the truth and a one-a-kind voice. Norfolk, 8 p.m.
Williams College International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) presents László Dubrovay’s “Sei Duo,” Erin Gee’s “Mouthpiece XXIV,” George Aperghis’s “Rasch,” a world premiere of “Fire of the Heart and Mind” and more. Bernhard Music Center, Williamstown. 8 p.m.
Club Helsinki Cabaret performer Sarah Kilborne presents “The Lavender Blues,” a showcase of queer music before WWII. This performance also celebrates the release of the show’s first CD. Hudson, 8 p.m. Read more about Sarah Kilborne and The Lavender Blues in our Rural We. (Photo by Jane O’Connor)
Saturday, April 8
Berkshire Bach Bach’s 332nd Birthday Dinner Party: In the spirit of Bach’s collegium musicum at Leipzig, enjoy a trio of prodigy string players from the Juilliard Pre-College Program in an all-Bach concert at the White Hart Inn in Salisbury. There will be a menu of foods from the times of Bach, followed by fun and games. 6 p.m.
No. Six Depot Cafe As part of the 30under30 art exhibit and events, enjoy an evening of soft sounds from Haux with support from Simon McTeigue. West Stockbridge, 8:30 p.m.
Bardavon The Hudson Valley Philharmonic presents 21st Century Giants, an exploration of the ancient secrets of the ocean, birds and wind, with help from the cell phone and the audience, plus a classic Brahms concerto by the HVP string competition winner. Poughkeepsie, 8 p.m.
Clark Art Saxophonist and composer Kris Allen and his quartet present a night of jazz standards and original compositions, including tracks from his recent album, Beloved, which NPR calls “triumphant.” Williamstown, 7 p.m.
MASS MoCA Before local favorite Mark Mulcahy rose to TV fame with the band Polaris and The Adventures of Pete & Pete, he fronted Miracle Legion, a favorite of college radio in the ’80s and ’90s. Their homecoming show will be opened by another local folk rock hero, Low Barlow of Dinosaur Jr. North Adams, 8 p.m.
Spencertown Academy Arts Center Trumpeter Rob Fisch’s Intentional Jazz Ensemble returns with a celebration of music from Miles Davis’ classic “Kind of Blue,” featuring Charlie Tokarz (saxophone), John Esposito (piano), Rich Syracuse (bass), and Jeff McRae (drums). 7:30 p.m.
Dewey Hall Oldtone Productions presents Swing Night with live rockabilly music from Sauerkraut & Croutons (a.k.a. Jim Krewson on drums/vocals, Seth Travins on guitar/vocals, Adam Post on bass and Pete Adams on steel guitar. Beginner swing dance lessons at 8 p.m., followed by dancing for all from 8:30-11 p.m. Sheffield.
The Williams Inn BarN presents folk rock singer-songwriter Johnny Irion and friends. Williamstown, 7:30 p.m. (Photo by Joanna Chattman)
Sunday, April 9
The Mahaiwe The premier acrobatic touring company from China, The Golden Dragon Acrobats, return with a show for all ages combining award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, and ancient and contemporary music. Great Barrington, 3 p.m.
Gunn Library Pianist Donald Alfano will perform Three Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, pieces by Bach, Piano Sonata in D major by Haydn, Chopin’s Polonaise in F # minor, pieces from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and The Engulfed Cathedral and L’isle Joyesue by Debussy. Wasshigton, 2 p.m.
Club Helsinki Varla Jean Merman (performer Jeffery Roberson) has appeared on “Ugly Betty” and Bravo’s “Project Runway Season 5” as the winning model for the show’s drag challenge. Roberson made his network television debut on “All My Children” in the recurring role of lady of the evening Rosemary Chicken. Hudson, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 14
Bard College Catskill Jazz Factory presents French Connection: Whisper of a Shadow: An Homage to Louis Moreau Gottschalk. French trumpetist and composer Yohan Giaume and New Orleans–based Evan Christopher lead a jazz nonet in a contemporary vision of the musical world of 19th-c. New Orleans Creole composer and pianist Gottschalk. Annandale-on-Hudson, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 15
Close Encounters With Music The Art of the String Quartet: Escher String Quartet performs Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F minor, opus 80; Quartet No. 3 by Bartók; and Beethoven’s “Razumovsky” Quartet in E minor, opus 59, No. 2. The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, 6 p.m.