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Pittsfield
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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DAY
1
Arrival, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Evening Theater Class
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
D
Crowne Plaza

Afternoon: 4:30 pm - Orientation. Please bring the packet given to you when you check in to the hotel.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at hotel

Evening: 7:00 pm - Discussion lead by Peter Bergman about play to be seen Tuesday, as well as expert reviews of other plays available on free night. (Participants interested in attending performances on Thursday's free evening or on nights pre- or post-program must arrange their own transportation and ticketing. Please see Day Four for additional details.)

DAY
2
Contemporary art class, Mass MoCA, "Company" musical
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L,D
Crowne Plaza

Activity note: Roughly 3 hours of standing and walking at museums; walking up to a couple of blocks at night, some stairs

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We will prepare to more fully enjoy our museum day with an interactive class about contemporary art and artist Nick Cave, taught by docent Dawn Martin, followed by a lovely coach bus trip to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the museum.

Afternoon: If you think you know artist Nick Cave, think again, as we are privileged this summer to view Mass MoCA’s costliest, most elaborate exhibition to date. Three and a half years in the making, “Until” is what Mr. Cave called his most personal work yet. Reviewed by the New York Times (“…one of the most popular contemporary artists turns his serious ideas into buoyant aesthetic concepts”), Aesthetica Magazine (“…social issues recur as a focal interest, and, more specifically highlight the cause and effect of racism in America.”), Proximity Arts (“…an inventive and dramatically scaled exhibit that lures you right in”), this stunning installation is a “must see.” You will be guided to see other exhibits and have time on your own as well, at one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at hotel.

Evening: This evening we will see a performance at Barrington Stage Company,'s main stage in Pittsfield: "Company." Winner of 6 Tony Awards, Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical is a brilliant and wildly funny look at relationships. Over a series of dinner parties, dates and conversations with his friends, the perennially single Bobby attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage - and the meaning of the word “commitment.” A masterpiece by one of the greatest composers of our time. Book by George Furth. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Choreographed by Jeffrey Page. Directed by Julianne Boyd.

DAY
3
Theatre and Dance Class. Pillow: Trisha Brown Dance Company
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L,D
Crowne Plaza

Activity note: Walking up to a few blocks at Jacob's Pillow over gravel and wood-chip pathways, uneven, grassy terrain at night following performance

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Theatre review class with Peter Bergman, followed by class on contemporary dance, with Andrea Borak.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Guest speaker from the theatre company we visited last night. Optional film about Jacob's Pillow's early days. Coach bus trip to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket. Tour of the grounds.

Dinner: At Jacob's Pillow

Evening: Following dinner, enjoy the 6:15 Inside Out performance (outdoors, weather permitting). Performers Xan Burley and Alex Springer are dancers, choreographers, teachers, collaborators, and members of Doug Varone and Dancers. Following the company’s engagement in the Ted Shawn Theatre, August 2-6, Burley and Springer will stay on as Jacob’s Pillow Research Fellows and will create a site-specific work, which will premiere on August 16. As creative and life partners, collaboration is inherent and key for this duo. Since 2008, their cohesive efforts have taken shape as dance theater for the stage and camera, interdisciplinary work, site-specific performance, durational exhibition, and community engagement. Their choreography has been commissioned by colleges and universities across the U.S. As members of Doug Varone and Dancers, both have taught and performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including Korea, the Dominican Republic, Russia, Argentina, Peru, and Hungary. At 7:30 we'll enjoy an optional pre-performance talk by Pillow staff. We will conclude our Pillow experience with a performance in the Ted Shawn Theatre: Trisha Brown Dance Company. Witty, inventive, and free from convention, the prolific choreographer Trisha Brown holds an uncontested legacy as modern dance’s “boundary-pusher” (The Wall Street Journal). The program will include a specially curated work for the Pillow’s 85th Anniversary Season featuring alumni of Trisha Brown Dance Company, among other works to be announced. With close Pillow connections dating back more than 35 years, Trisha Brown’s accolades include the prestigious National Medal of Arts, a Dance/USA Honors Award, a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award, and a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for Lifetime Achievement, among countless others. Related video on Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive, Trisha Brown Dance Company in Les Yeux et l’âmein 2011.

DAY
4
Closed Rehearsal at Tanglewood, Talks & Walks, Free Evening
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L
Crowne Plaza

Activity note: Full day with more than 6 hours away from the hotel; walking an estimated distance of 2 football-fields over grassy terrain and roughly paved paths with slight inclines.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We will spend the day at Tanglewood in Lenox, with two or more hours as the special guests of the BSO in their otherwise closed rehearsal.

Lunch: Lunch at Tanglewood Cafe

Afternoon: In the Tent Club at Tanglewood, we will hear a live interview with a musician or BSO staff member. The talk will be followed by an important orienteering tour of the grounds with Lynette. The afternoon will end with a required overview class about the Friday night Tanglewood experience as a group.

Dinner: On your own for dinner. You will be provided with a list of restaurants.

Evening: Free evening to explore the area or take in a performance on your own. You will be provided with a complete list of restaurants and performance options when you arrive. Here are box office numbers in case you want to make early reservations. [Those attending performances must arrange their own transportation and ticketing. Ticket prices vary. Tanglewood, in Lenox: 888-266-1200. Jacob’s Pillow, in Becket: 413-243-0745. Barrington Stage Company, in Pittsfield: 413-236-8888. Berkshire Theatre Group, in Stockbridge and Pittsfield: 413-997-4444. Shakespeare & Company, in Lenox: 413-637-3353. Williamstown Theatre Festival: 413-597-3383.]

DAY
5
Music Class; Pillow review; Tanglewood: Mahler and Brahms
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L,D
Crowne Plaza

Activity note: Walking the estimated distance of 2 football-fields on grassy terrain and roughly paved paths with slight inclines; semi-lighted, in large crowd at the end of the night

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Morning music class with MIT professor Dr. Teresa Neff, to prepare for your fullest enjoyment of the concert tonight.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Class review of Jacob's Pillow performance Wednesday, with Andrea Borak. Free time.

Dinner: Meal at Tanglewood

Evening: Tanglewood Festival Performances Prelude Concert in Ozawa Hall, 6 – 7 pm. Performers TBD. 8 pm, Shed Concert. David Afkham conducts Mahler and Brhams, featuring baritone Simon Keenlyside. MAHLER Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Rückert-Lieder. BRAHMS Symphony No. 2. UNDERSCORE FRIDAY. Three Friday-evening Shed performances will be part of the popular UnderScore Friday series this season. We will hear comments about the program directly from an onstage BSO musician.

DAY
6
Departure
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast at the hotel. Check-out by 11:00 am.






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