Tuesday, May 21, 2024

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David Noel Edwards

David Noel Edwards is a writer, composer, and recording artist from Canaan, New York. He has been writing for the Berkshire Edge since 2015, mainly about music, but also about books, birds, and reptiles.

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PREVIEW: Birch Festival, May 18–20, features an all-star band performing Stravinsky’s ‘Soldier’s Tale’

The "Danse du diable" delivers all the wit, thrills, and adventure you hope for in a Stravinsky piece, and hearing this particular group of musicians perform it is sure to be a satisfying experience.

REVIEW: Orkney fiddler Louise Bichan wows Foundry crowd in West Stockbridge

Bichan's writing is full of clever twists and turns, unexpected key changes, and intricate ensemble figures that, together, seem at times to reflect jazz influences.

PREVIEW: Close Encounters with Music celebrates the coffee houses of Vienna, the ‘City of Song,’ on May 19

The program will feature a cross-section of Viennese musical modes—from operetta to waltz to the café music of Fritz Kreisler.

PREVIEW: Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials come to The Stationery Factory on Friday, May 17

In a world plagued by pop-culture artificiality, bands like Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials are hard to find—unless you live in Chicago or, this month, Berkshire County.

REVIEW: Crescendo breaks with tradition to delight Saint James crowd with song and dance from Gilbert and Sullivan

In addition to "Trial by Jury," the program included highlights from nine other Gilbert and Sullivan works, all performed in costumes created by seamstress Kathleen DeAngelis.

PREVIEW: Boston Symphony Orchestra dedicates 2024 Tanglewood on Parade to the late Seiji Ozawa and adds three Spotlight Series speakers

Tanglewood Learning Institute Announces the 2024 Spotlight Series, with speakers Tracy K. Smith (July 20), Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Aug. 10), and David Pogue (Aug. 17).

REVIEW: Berkshire Chamber Players give New England premiere of Bernstein’s ‘Music for String Quartet’ at Stockbridge Congregational Church, May 4

When you present the New England premiere of a work by Leonard Bernstein, you owe it to everyone to ensure that the music is performed at the highest level by world-class players.

PREVIEW: Orkney fiddler Louise Bichan to play the Foundry in West Stockbridge May 11

In support of her new album "The Lost Summer," Bichan is touring with Conor Hearn on guitar, Brendan Hearn on cello, and Ethan Setiawan on mandolins.

PREVIEW: Berkshire Bach Society’s James Bagwell conducts two Magnificat settings on May 11 at First Congregational Church, Great Barrington

"The Song of Mary" is among the most ancient canticles of the Christian tradition, having provided inspiration to innumerable composers over many centuries.

PREVIEW: Haneef Nelson Quartet comes to West Stockbridge’s Old Town Hall on Saturday, May 4

Mr. Nelson is a well established jazz band arranger, having contributed a number of charts to recordings of the New London Big Band.

PREVIEW: Crescendo presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Trial by Jury’ May 4 and 5 in Lakeville and Great Barrington

“We all need a bit of levity and just plain fun in our lives.” — Crescendo Artistic Director Christine Gevert

PREVIEW: Berkshire Chamber Players to perform Leonard Bernstein’s recently unearthed ‘Music for String Quartet’ at Stockbridge Congregational Church on Saturday, May 4

The story behind Bernstein's piece spans many decades, but the most recent chapter is the discovery of a second movement at the Library of Congress.

REVIEW: 65th Street Ensemble at The Foundry on April 20

April 20 marked the 65th Street Ensemble's second performance at The Foundry, and there is every reason to expect they will be back.

PREVIEW: The West Stockbridge Historical Society presents Boston Symphony bassist Susan Hagen at the Congregational Church on April 27

Contemporary works for double bass are uncommon and intriguing. But not as intriguing as performing them on Serge Koussevitzky’s own instrument.

PREVIEW: Marcus Roberts Trio closes Pittsfield CityJazz Festival at the Colonial April 27

This final concert of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival will also feature the Berkshires Jazz All Star Youth Ensemble.

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