Top Picks: November’s delightful array of unusual music events

Our choice of music is always natural, rarely amplified, just musicians playing classical, jazz and acoustic music on real instruments with no amplifiers or synthesizers between us and the composer’s notes. That’s heaven to a lot of readers of Berkshire on Stage as well, so here are our top choices for November, 2016 in chronological order.

November 3 – Ethel’s Documerica

This wildly popular post-modern, indie-classical quartet presents a multimedia concert at UAlbany Performing Arts Center melding multiple screen video projections with original music by some of today’s top composers. Juxtaposing vintage 1970s photographs from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Project Documerica, the program explores a compelling snapshot of a tumultuous era that powerfully connects to today’s ecological and social issues. The music is in constant dialogue with the projections in an arc that is by turns urban, rural, pastoral and gritty.

Advance tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff. Tickets purchased on the day of the show (pending availability) are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff. For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997 or visit the Performing Arts Center website at


November 5 – Members of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s

The Berkshire Bach Society opens its 2016-2017 Season at the First Congregational Church, 251 Main Street, Great Barrington, with The Bach and Mozart Connection, a reference to to Mozart’s early exposure to the music of J. S. Bach, Bach’s sons and Handel. To be performed by Members of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s: Elizabeth Mann, flute, Eriko Sato, violin, Anca Nicolau, violin, Liuh-Wen Ting, viola, Myron Lutzke, cello, Robert Wolinsky, harpsichord. The program includes:

Prelude and Fugue in d minor K. 404a – Mozart/JS Bach
(Prelude by Mozart, fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 #8)
Quartet for flute and strings in D major K. 285 – Mozart
Orchestral Suite #5 in g minor BWV 1070 – JS Bach/WF Bach
Trio Sonata in C major DürG 13/ BWV 1037 – Johann Gottlieb Goldberg/JS Bach
Orchestral Suite #2 in b minor for flute and strings BWV 1067 – JS Bach

$30 Open Seating
$25 Berkshire Bach members
Children and Full-Time Students free with ID

By Advance Reservation Only:
$60 Premium Seating AND Reception with Musicians following the concert
$55 Berkshire Bach members
Advance tix at BrownPaperTickets or by calling 413.528.9555

November 12 – Arturo Sandoval Band

Cuban-born Grammy Award-winner Arturo Sandoval and his band bring their distinctive Latin sound to the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, November 12 as part of the Institute’s opening weekend celebration of its Manton Research Center.

The concert inaugurates the Clark’s newly renovated auditorium, which features state-of-the art sound systems and acoustics, upgraded seating, and new support facilities that make the space fully accessible for individuals with disabilities.

A pre-concert party begins at 6:30 pm in the Manton Research Center. Tickets are $75 for admission to the party (cash bar) and general seating tickets to the concert, or $150 for admission to the party (open bar) and preferred seating at the concert. Sandoval’s performance begins at 8 pm. To reserve, visit or call 413 458 0524.

November 12 – Elsa Davis

Eisa Davis — an acclaimed actress you might recognize as Heather Dunbar’s Chief of Staff, Cynthia Driscoll, on House of Cards — is also an award-winning playwright and a formidable singer and songwriter. She sits down at the piano in MASS MoCA’s Club B10 for an intimate evening of intense, minimalist soul on Saturday, November 12, at 8pm. Tickets are $10 for students, $16 advance, $22 day of, and $30 preferred. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 during box office hours or purchased online at

November 18 – The Jeremy Kittel Trio

The West Stockbridge Historical Society hosts the award-winning and talented fiddler Jeremy Kittel and his trio on Friday, November 18th, 7:30 pm at the 1854 Town Hall, 9 Main St., West Stockbridge. Admission is $25, payable at the door, via cash or check, and includes a reception with the musicians after the concert.

Jeremy Kittel is an American fiddler, violinist, and composer. Fluent in multiple musical genres, his original music draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, Classical, electronic, and more. In addition to his own projects, he has composed, arranged and/or performed and recorded with such artists as Aoife O’Donovan, My Morning Jacket,Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Mark O’Connor. He has recently performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and on A Prairie Home Companion.


November 18 – in Boston – Odyssey Opera – The Picture of Dorian Grey

The premise is simple: a handsome and naive young man sells his soul in exchange for the privilege of everlasting youth and beauty while his portrait ages on his behalf. But impunity paves the way to debauchery, cruelty, and murder…

Like Dorian’s portrait, music can be a mirror to the soul. If you dare to see what it shows, join BMOP and Odyssey Opera for a semi-staged performance on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8pm, Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston.

Lowell Liebermann: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1996)
Jon Jurgens (Dorian Gray)
Matthew Curran (Basil Hallward)
Thomas Meglioranza (Lord Henry Wotton)
Deborah Selig (Sibyl Vane)
David Kravitz (James Vane)
Claudia Waite (Whore)
Frank Kelley (Lord Geoffrey)
Jeremy Ayres Fisher (Gamekeeper)
Gil Rose, conductor

Tickets available for purchase online, by phone at 781.324.0396, in person at the Jordan Hall Box Office, and at the door.
General admission: $50, $40, $30, $20 (Seniors: 10% discount, Student with valid ID $10) Students under 18 admitted free (ticket required).

November 18-19 – Stephin Merritt, The Magnetic Fields

Behold an autobiographical album of unprecedented scale. The Magnetic Fields and Stephin Merritt perform at MASS MoCA in the world premiere, two-night performance of 50 Song Memoir. This remarkable show recounts Merritt’s five decades on earth — one song for each year of his life — from his conception by hippies on a houseboat to his current hallowed position as one of America’s greatest songwriters. Ticket information.

Songs 1-25: Friday, November 18, at 8pm
Songs 26-50: Saturday, November 19, at 8pm

“THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN”- CEWM Sunday November 20, 2016


Just a century ago, you could count on one hand the number of women composers whose works were heard in public. As recently as the mid-19th century, Fanny Mendelssohn’s father declared it unseemly for her to publish her music–just a few decades before Edith Wharton’s family compelled her to publish her literary works under the name of her father’s friend. On Sunday, November 20, at 3 PM, Yale composer Hannah Lash, who has been lauded hailed by the New York Times for music that is “striking and resourceful…handsomely brooding,” will provide first-hand insights into what has changed and what remains of this restrictive legacy.

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