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Program #14963RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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The Berkshires are home to many hidden jewels of theater and the arts in New England — find out what makes this beautiful region of Massachusetts a cultural magnet! After fun classes with local theater experts, musicologists, and a choreographer/dancer, feel like an informed insider for performances at some of the area’s most noted venues. Enjoy the rich beauty of the Tanglewood Music Center, attend a production by one of the Berkshires’ renowned summer theater companies, celebrate contemporary dance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and visit one of the area’s famous art museums.


• Attend a closed rehearsal by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, and take in two evening BSO concerts, in Ozawa Hall and The Shed.
• Enjoy a performance by one of the area’s seasonal theater companies, such as the Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Williamstown Theater Company or Shakespeare & Co.
• At the world-famous Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, take in two performances and enjoy pre- and post-performance insight from an experienced contemporary dancer.

Program Notes

Participants interested in attending performances on free Thursday evenings or on nights pre- or post-program, please see Day Four of the Daily Schedule for details about ticketing and transportation.

Activity Notes

Standing and walking up to 2.5 hours at museums; walking up to 2 football-fields over gravel, uneven, grassy or roughly paved terrain; large crowds at Tanglewood performances.

Date Notes
The Williamstown Theatre Festival presents Tony-Award winner Terrence McNally’s "The Visit." Jacob’s Pillow presents the virtuosic street dancers of Companhia Urbana de Danca with choreography by Sonia Destri Lie. At Tanglewood, guest conductor Stéphane Denève leads Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” with pianist Emanuel Ax, and Prokofiev’s monumental “Alexander Nevsky” featuring mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina and The Tanglewood Festival Chorus. On the program's free night, Nicholas McGegan leads a staged performance of Handel’s “Teseo” with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and soloists in Ozawa Hall.8/18/2014
At Jacob’s Pillow, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs stylish contemporary ballets by international choreographers. In the Koussevitzky Shed at Tanglewood, Keith Lockhart conducts The Boston Pops in "Oz with Orchestra" -- the re-mastered classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” on the big screen with new transcriptions of Harold Arlen's brilliant scores. The Prelude Concert in Ozawa Hall features the Tanglewood Festival Chorus led by John Oliver.8/4/2014
Jacob’s Pillow presents Pacific Northwest Ballet directed by Peter Boal performing David Dawson's “A Million Kisses to My Skin,” Nacho Duato's “Rassemblement” and Twyla Tharp's “Brief Fling.” At Tanglewood, conductor Leonard Slatkin leads performances in the Koussevitzky Shed of Bolcom's “Circus Overture,” Barber's “Violin Concerto” with Gil Shaham, and Elgar's “Enigma Variation.” On the program’s free night, the Ozawa Hall concert features, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Emanuel Ax, performing works of Brahms.

Coordinated by Berkshire Community College.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
5 Performances


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