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Bits & Bytes: Emerson String Quartet at Music Mountain; Berkshire Jazz Showcase; Larry Grenadier at Old Town Hall; Reginald Madison at Lauren Clark Fine Art; Scott Prior at Stockbridge Station Gallery

The inaugural concert in the West Stockbridge Historical Society’ jazz concert series, the Aug. 3 performance will feature selections from Larry Grenadier’s recently released solo album “The Gleaners.”

Music Mountain to welcome Emerson String Quartet

Falls Village, Conn. — Music Mountain will welcome the Emerson String Quartet Sunday, Aug. 4, at 3 p.m. The program will feature Mozart’s String Quartet in D Major, K. 575 “Prussian”; Dvorak’s String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 51; and Shostakovich’s String Quartet #5 in B Flat Major, Op. 92.

The Emerson String Quartet has made more than 30 acclaimed recordings, and has been honored with nine Grammy Awards, including two for Best Classical Album; three Gramophone Awards; the Avery Fisher Prize; and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year.” The quartet frequently collaborates with some of today’s most esteemed composers to premiere new works, keeping the string quartet artform alive and relevant. This past season, the quartet performed “Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy,” a new theatrical production co-created by theater director James Glossman and the quartet’s violinist Philip Setzer.

Tickets are $60. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Music Mountain at (860) 824-7126 or


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Gina Coleman of Misty Blues. Photo courtesy Misty Blues

Berkshires Jazz to hold second annual Berkshire Jazz Showcase

Pittsfield — Berkshires Jazz will present five popular regional bands in its second annual Berkshire Jazz Showcase at the First Street Common Saturday, Aug. 3, from noon to 5 p.m. The lineup will feature Gina Coleman and Misty Blues, Paul Green and Two Worlds, Andy Wrba’s Berkshire Jazz Collective, Mary Ann Palermo and First Take, and the Kyle Murray Quintet. The event will be held on the field adjacent to the Common’s playground and splash park, and will include food vendors as well as a beer and wine garden. Prelude music will be provided by Andy Kelly’s Jazz Ambassadors from 10 a.m. until noon at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market.

Berkshire County enjoys a long-standing reputation as a hotbed of jazz talent, going back nearly 75 years to Music Inn. On any particular weekend, and some weekdays, audiences can find locally based world-class musicians in clubs and lounges, but rarely on a main stage. Berkshires Jazz addressed that oversight in 2018, when the showcase took off, with Pittsfield’s outdoor stage as the launching pad.

The event is free and open to the public. Audience members are advised to bring blankets or chairs. For more information, contact Berkshires Jazz at


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Jazz bassist Larry Grenadier to perform benefit for Old Town Hall

Larry Grenadier. Photo: Juan Hitters/ECM Records

West Stockbridge — The West Stockbridge Historical Society will present jazz bassist Larry Grenadier Saturday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 9 Main St.

Grenadier’s body of work includes collaboration with sax icons Joe Henderson and Stan Getz, decades performing alongside pianist Brad Mehldau, extended experiences working with Paul Motian and Pat Metheny, and co-leading the cooperative trio FLY (with Mark Turner and Jeff Ballard) and quartet Hudson (with John Scofield, John Medeski and Jack DeJohnette).

The inaugural concert in WSHS’ jazz concert series, the Aug. 3 performance will feature selections from Grenadier’s recently released solo album “The Gleaners,” which includes a number of original songs by Grenadier alongside pieces by George Gershwin, John Coltrane and Paul Motian, as well as a pair of pieces written especially for Grenadier by guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel.

Tickets are $35. Proceeds will support the ongoing restoration of the Old Town Hall. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar.


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Lauren Clark Fine Art to display new work by Reginald Madison

‘Bluiett (Hamiet)’ by Reginald Madison. Image courtesy Lauren Clark Fine Art

Great Barrington — Lauren Clark Fine Art will host an opening reception for the exhibit “Assemblage,” new work in three-dimensional collage by Reginald Madison, Saturday, Aug. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Madison was greatly influenced by trips to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. In 1970 he was invited to participate in an art show in a downtown storefront, which established downtown Chicago as an emerging arts scene. Madison went on to travel and study art independently in Paris, Venice and Copenhagen. Shortly after, he moved to a Greenwich Village studio in New York City where he remained for several years. For a number of years Reggie was a mainstay artist in Housatonic and regularly participated in the art scene there. He eventually relocated to downtown Hudson, New York.

The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, Aug. 17. For more information, contact Lauren Clark Fine Art at (413) 528-0432 or


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Stockbridge Station Gallery to exhibit paintings by Scott Prior

‘Tomatoes’ by Scott Prior, 2015. Image courtesy Stockbridge Station Gallery

Stockbridge — On Friday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Stockbridge Station Gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibit “Scott Prior: Paintings.” The exhibit features a curated selection of Scott Prior’s recent oil-on-canvas works.

Prior lives and works in Northampton, where he has been a resident since 1971. Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, he received a BFA in printmaking from the University of Massachusetts in 1971. He has artwork in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the deCordova Museum; the Danforth Museum; the New Britain Museum of American Art; the Rose Art Museum; and other public and private collections. He has shown extensively in one-person and group shows in the United States and abroad. In 2001 he had a mid-career retrospective at the DeCordova Museum.

The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on view through Monday, Sept. 2. For more information, contact the Stockbridge Station Gallery at (413) 298-5163 or



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