Bits & Bytes: Rogovoy Salon at Club Helsinki Hudson; community day at Jacob’s Pillow; pleasure driving show; Teresa Broadwell Sextet

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By Thursday, Jun 8 Arts & Entertainment
On Sunday, June 11, the Ahn Trio will be the first act in Club Helsinki Hudson's Rogovoy Salon series curated and presented by music journalist Seth Rogovoy.

Ahn Trio to kick off Rogovoy Salon series

Hudson, N.Y. — The Ahn Trio will kick off the new Rogovoy Salon music, literary, and art series curated and hosted by music journalist Seth Rogovoy at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, June 11, at 7 p.m.

Hailed as “exacting and exciting musicians” by the Los Angeles Times, the three sisters of the Ahn Trio – Lucia on piano, Angella on violin and Maria on cello – have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st-century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations. For their Helsinki concert, they will perform works by David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Pat Metheny and others.

“Over my years of covering the cultural scene in the greater region, what’s come to interest me most is creative work that defies convention,” said Rogovoy. “In this series, we hope to showcase artists, musicians, writers, and poets who combine forms … and break down genre boundaries.” Rogovoy will select the performers and host the evenings for the salons. When appropriate, he will interview the artists onstage and moderate audience question-and-answer sessions.

Tickets are $25–$25. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call Club Helsinki Hudson at (518) 828-4800.

–E.E.

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Jacob’s Pillow to host free community day

The School of Contemporary Dance and Thought's Hatchery company. Photo: Peter Raper

The School of Contemporary Dance and Thought’s Hatchery company. Photo: Peter Raper

Becket — Jacob’s Pillow Dance invites Berkshire region residents to participate in its pre-festival community day on Saturday, June 10, from noon to 3 p.m. The event will include free, family friendly events such as performances by Berkshire area companies and studios, dance classes in varying styles, children’s activities, historic tours and more.

The day will feature performances by the School of Contemporary Dance and Thought, Funk Box Dance Studio, Berkshire Pulse, Ryoko Kudro, Dawn Lane and the Community Access to the Arts’ Moving Company, Terpsichore Irish Step Dance Company, Moving Arts Exchange, Barbie Diewald Choreography, Berkshire Choreography Project, and Wofa PVPA West African Drum and Dance Company. Activities and classes will include Zumba with Jessamy Scovil of Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, a freestyle dance party with Bruce and Mieke Sohl of SOMA at Eclipse Mill, hip-hop with Shakia Johnson of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, children’s historic tours, dance games and crafts, and a Jacob’s Pillow children’s scavenger hunt.

For more information, call Jacob’s Pillow at (413) 243-9919.

–E.E.

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Pleasure driving show at Orleton Farm

Stockbridge — Orleton Farm and the Colonial Carriage and Driving Society will present the 19th annual Pleasure Driving Show Thursday, June 8, through Sunday, June 11, at Orleton Farm, 31 Prospect Hill Rd., beginning at 9 a.m. each day.

Events on Thursday, June 8, will include dressage and timed obstacles. Friday, June 9, will feature dressage, timed obstacles, cross-country obstacles, mini-horse driving and carriage racing. Saturday and Sunday will boast pleasure driving classes and cross-country course timed obstacles, as well as a car cruise from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at which owners of vehicles from 1970 and before are invited. Food will be available on site all days.

Tickets are $10 general admission; children under age 5 will be admitted free. For more information, contact Ann Willey at (518) 392-6583 or westgate@taconic.net.

–E.E.

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Teresa Broadwell Sextet to present the music of Nat King Cole

Teresa Broadwell

Teresa Broadwell

Spencertown, N.Y. — Jazz vocalist, violinist, bandleader and arranger Teresa Broadwell will bring her jazz sextet to the Spencertown Academy Arts Center for an evening devoted to the music of Nat King Cole on Saturday, June 10, at 7 p.m.

Broadwell holds a B.M. from the SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music and an M.A. in jazz studies from the College of Saint Rose in Albany. Broadwell moved to New York’s capital region in the early 1980s and formed her own groups, having performed with or opened concerts for Stan Getz, Jon Hendricks, Leon Redbone, Asleep at the Wheel and others. She has two recordings: “Sunny Side of the Street” with the New Moon Swing Band and her latest, “Everything’s Jake,” featuring her swing band Thrivin’ on a Riff.

Nat King Cole’s repertoire included many of the most popular standards of his day, such as “Unforgettable,” “When I Fall in Love” and “Mona Lisa.” In addition to Cole’s well-known interpretations of the gems of his era, Broadwell and her group will perform some of his rarely heard songs. The band features Mike Novakowski on guitar, Pete Toigo on bass, Leo Russo on saxophone, Michael Lamkin on piano and Cliff Brucker on drums.

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for Spencertown Academy members and $10 for students. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call (518) 392-3693.

–E.E.


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