| THE ACTORS' ENSEMBLE PRESENTS A STAGED READING OF IONESCO'S “THE CHAIRS”|
, 8 p.m.
Veteran actors Fern Sloan and Ted Pugh bring us a fresh interpretation of Ionesco’s delightfully absurdist tragic farce about the imaginary world of two old people alone in a house on an island. One of the great innovators of modern theater, Ionesco wrote “The Chairs” in 1952 but it is as intriguing today as it was when first produced 65 years ago. Tickets: $25/$20
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GALA: LENNY AT 100--FEEL THE BERNSTEIN!
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
Close Encounters With Music closes the season June 9 with a celebration of Leonard Bernstein at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington! Acknowledged as possibly the greatest conductor the U.S. has ever produced, Leonard Bernstein was dashing, brilliant and eloquent; a dazzling pianist, lecturer and cultural figure who redefined the word “charisma.” Equally at home on the concert stage and Broadway, when summer came, he headed to the Berkshires, where important friendships were forged with Aaron Copland, Marc Blitzstein, Lukas Foss, and other legendary musicians. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth, we present a musical portrait of a versatile career, with his vocal and piano music and that of composers he championed—Mahler (Bernstein held a Mahler Festival to mark the centenary of that composer’s birth!) Sondheim and Ives; selections from Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, Foss’s cowboy piece Capriccio, and Copland’s El Salón México. A delightful romp through the music scene circa 1950 as barriers began to come down among genres. Glitter and be gay and experience the Bernstein phenomenon! Michael Chertock, piano; Danielle Talamantes, soprano; Kerry Wilkerson, baritone; Rachel Lee Priday, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello $50 orchestra/$27 balcony/$15 students www.cewm.org for tickets
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PAINT & POETRY & SIP FUNDRAISER AT STEEPLETOP
New York, 5:30 p.m.
PAINT & SIP & POETRY! Join us on SAT 6/9/18 5:30-7:30pm for a Paint & Sip fundraiser to benefit the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society. Enjoy a unique evening of painting and socializing while listening to the recordings of poems written by the Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay. Event is being held at her farmhouse estate filled with inspiration and enchanted beauty. Arrive early to stroll through the gardens where she gained inspiration for many of her written master pieces. You'll learn to paint this delicate image of "Magnolia Bunting Bird", inspired by the poet herself, on a large 16x20 canvas. At Steepletop, 440 E. Hill Rd, Austerlitz, NY. All painting materials, wine and donation included for $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.
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AN AFTERNOON WITH BERKSHIRE OPERA FESTIVAL
Windsor, 4 p.m.
The Society of New Concord presents "An Afternoon with Berkshire Opera Festival" Join General Director Jonathon Loy for a lively discussion about Berkshire Opera Festival and this summer's new production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto". Seating is limited, RSVP by June 2: Sue.NewConcord@gmail.com or 518.392.6671. Suggested Donation of $15 to benefit The Society of New Concord. A wine and cheese reception will precede the presentation. http://www.berkshireoperafestival.org
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