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The Barn at the Egremont Village Inn will welcome bluesman Guy Davis Sunday, Sept. 16.

Bits & Bytes: Guy Davis at the Egremont Barn; Gilles Vonsattel at Music & More; river exploration in Becket; Bill Wright at IS183

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By Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 Life In the Berkshires

The Egremont Barn to welcome bluesman Guy Davis

South Egremont — The Barn at the Egremont Village Inn will present blues musician Guy Davis Sunday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m.

Davis is the son of actors and civil rights activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. A Grammy Award nominee, Davis has recorded 14 albums and performed around the world. Known as an “Ambassador of the Blues,” Davis has performed on national television programs hosted by Conan O’Brien and David Letterman as well as radio programs including “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Mountain Stage,” “World Cafe” and “eTown.”

A collaboration with harmonica ace Fabrizio Poggi, Davis’ new album, “Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train: A Look Back at Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry,” pays tribute to two artists whose influences are felt by thousands of musicians around the world. Recorded in Milan in the summer of 2016, the album features the title track, an original song written by Davis, songs by both Terry and McGhee, as well as songs known to have been recorded and performed by the duo but written by  contemporaries such as Libba Cotton and Leadbelly.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Egremont Barn at (413) 528-1570 or info@theegremontbarn.com.

–E.E.

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Music & More to present pianist Gilles Vonsattel

Gilles Vonsattel. Photo courtesy Music & More

New Marlborough — The New Marlborough Village Association’s Music & More series will present internationally acclaimed pianist Gilles Vonsattel Saturday, Sept. 15, at 4:30 p.m. at the New Marlborough Meeting House, 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road. A wine and cheese reception with the artist will follow in the Meeting House Art Gallery.

The program will include Benjamin’s “Shadowlines”, six canonic preludes for piano; Webern’s Variationen für Klavier, Op. 27; Brahm’s Vier Klavierstücke, Op. 119; and Schumann’s Fantasie C-Dur für Klavier, Op. 17.

Swiss-born American pianist Vonsattel is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions as well as the 2016 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. He has, in recent years, made his debuts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and San Francisco Symphony while performing recitals and chamber music around the world. Deeply committed to the performance of contemporary works, he has premiered numerous works both in the United States and Europe and worked closely with notable composers such as Jörg Widmann, Heinz Holliger and George Benjamin. Vonsattel received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Columbia University and his master’s degree from the Juilliard School. He is on the faculty of UMass Amherst and makes his home in New York City.

Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers and free for youth ages 18 and under. For tickets and more information, contact the New Marlborough Village Association at (413) 229-2785 or contact@newmarlborough.org.

–E.E.

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Becket Athenaeum to host river exploration program for families

Becket — The Becket Athenaeum will host the “Wild & Scenic River Exploration” program from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 29.

In the first session, families will walk from the library to the nearby Wild & Scenic Westfield River section, guided by environmental educators Meredyth Babcock and Cindy Delpapa, to learn about river ecology, function and stewardship. The treasures and memories from the stream walk will be woven into a story of the families’ creation and illustrated by shadow puppets with the assistance of professional puppeteer Babcock in the second session at the library.

The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Families with children from 5 to 12 years of age are invited to register. For more information or to register, contact the Becket Athenaeum at (413) 623-6635 or info@bwlibrary.org.

–E.E.

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Artist Bill Wright to discuss recent work, Red Lion residency

Photo: Bill Wright

Stockbridge — On Thursday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, artist Bill Wright will share work created at his recent Red Lion Inn residency as well as other ongoing projects.

Wright was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and graduated from the Colorado Art Institute in 2000. After working in the commercial photography industry for a decade, he embarked on a monumental artistic project on American veterans that became “Vets.” Other projects include “Papermakers,” a portrait series of the employees of Crane Paper Company; and ongoing projects such as “The Answer is Never the Answer” and “Chefs & Farmers.” He divides his time between personal art projects and other commissioned work, and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the U.S. Wright, who is also a member of IS183’s faculty, is involved in improving the quality of life in the Berkshires through cultural, political and social engagement.

There is a $10 suggested donation for the talk. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact IS183 at (413) 298-5252 x100.

–E.E.


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