Berkshire Performances: Tanglewood, Theater and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Discover the renowned artistic traditions of the Berkshires as you go backstage at Tanglewood, experience the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and take in a seasonal theater performance.
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Program No. 14963RJ
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5B 4L 4D
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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
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.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.

General Notes

2018 performance schedules released in early 2018. What is shown in the meantime is from 2017 season. 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.
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Teresa Neff
Since 2007, Teresa Neff has looked forward to spending time each summer as an instructor with Road Scholar. Teresa received her Ph.D. in musicology from Boston University in 1998 and specializes in the music of the late 18th century. She is currently editing a set of seven symphonies by composer, librettisst and patron Gottfried van Swieten. In 2009, Teresa became the Fellow for Historically Informed Performance with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, writing program notes, giving preconcert talks and dcelving into the history of this organization. She is co-editor off The Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life fo 200 Years. Shea has taught a wide variety of classes, including music of the French Baroque, American Popular Music, and the music of Wagner at various schools in the Boston area. Since 2000, Teresa has taught music history at MIT, where she received a Levitan Teaching Prize.
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