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Bits & Bytes: Joshua Redman Quartet at the Mahaiwe; Museum & Archives reopening; Berkshire Blues Benefit Jam; Eugenia Zukerman & Jasper Quartet; stamp collecting talk

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, members of the Stockbridge community who have donated items to the Stockbridge Library's Museum & Archives will be present to chat with visitors about their contributions to the collection, the town, and its history.

Joshua Redman Quartet to perform at the Mahaiwe

Great Barrington – The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present a jazz concert by the Joshua Redman Quartet on Sunday, June 26, at 7 p.m.

The Joshua Redman Quartet features Redman on saxophone, Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums and performs new original music written by Redman as well as jazz classics. The band’s music can be challenging, provocative, and forward-looking, but also hard swinging, melodic, and soulful, with a strong link to the jazz idioms of the 1950s and 1960s.

Ticket prices range from $30 to $80. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Mahaiwe box office at (413) 528-0100.

–E.E.

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Stockbridge Library’s Museum & Archives to reopen

Stockbridge — The Stockbridge Library Association is pleased to announce the reopening of the Procter Museum & Archives of Stockbridge History at the Stockbridge Library on Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the new Museum Gallery area, with comments by Library Board President Stewart Edelstein, Library Director Katherine O’Neil, and Museum & Archives Curator Barbara Allen. Following the ceremony, members of the Stockbridge community who have donated items to the Museum & Archives will be present to chat with visitors about their contributions to the collection, the town, and its history. After exploring the new exhibits and viewing the special tile medallion created by local artists Terry Wise and Ben Evans, the public is invited to enjoy refreshments and live music.

For more information, call the Library at (413) 298-5501.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Blues Benefit Jam

Misty Blues Band
The Misty Blues Band.

Pittsfield – On Thursday, June 23, from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., the Misty Blues Band will present the Berkshire Blues Benefit Jam at the Crowne Plaza. Participating musicians include Tor Krautter, Bernice Lewis, Tony Lee Thomas, Aaron Dean, Rob Sanzone, Tyler Fairbank, Tim Sears, Dave Vittone, Ed Moran, Wanda Houston, John Zarvis, Wendy Walz, Bill Patriquin, Steve Dudziak, Dan Teichert, Chris Merenda, Matt Berger, George Shoemaker, Dave Lincoln, Dan Esko, Jim Dignum, Thomas Corrigan, Robin O’Herin, Jack Waldheim, Jim Reynolds, Rebecca Mattson, Bobby Sweet, Darren Todd, Frank Alegrio, Derrick Rogers, Jeff Link, Steve Ide, and Jen Schultheis.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. All proceeds will benefit Berkshire Music School‘s scholarship fund. See the Berkshire Edge calendar for tickets and more information.

–E.E.

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Tannery Pond to present Eugenia Zukerman and the Jasper String Quartet

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Eugenia Zukerman, left, and the Jasper String Quartet.

New Lebanon, N.Y. – On Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m., Tannery Pond Concerts will present Eugenia Zukerman, flute, with the Jasper String Quartet at Darrow School.

Eugenia Zukerman, the new music director of Columbia County’s Leaf Peeper Concerts, maintains an international concert calendar with more than 30 performances annually. Based in Philadelphia, the Jasper String Quartet is the quartet-in-residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. The program will include Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6; Arthur Foote’s “A Night Piece;” Alberto Ginastera’s “Impresiones de la Puna;” and Debussy’s Quartet in G Minor.

Tickets are $30 and $39. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call (888) 820-1696.

–E.E.

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Stamp collecting talk with Dr. Edwin Kolodny

Edwin Kolodny
Dr. Edwin Kolodny.

Pittsfield — On Thursday, June 23, at 10:45 a.m., the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will present Dr. Edwin Kolodny who will share his enthusiasm for stamp collecting in a talk titled “A Philatelic Tour of the Righteous Among The Nations” at Congregation Knesset Israel.

Since 1963, Yad Vashem, the center of Holocaust remembrance in Jerusalem, has honored over 25,000 men and women from 49 countries who at great personal risk saved the lives of Jews who would have otherwise perished during World War II. Dr. Kolodny will use stamps issued by many countries to tell the stories of those people and their life-saving deeds.

Dr. Kolodny was a professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School before assuming the chairmanship of the department of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine in 1991. He began collecting stamps in his youth but became a serious philatelist in 1960 while still in medical school. He collects stamps with a Judaic connection from all countries and is a member of the Berkshire chapter of the Society of Israel Philatelists (SIP), the oldest active chapter of SIP in the United States. He has been semi-retired and living in the Berkshires since 2012.

For more information, please call the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at (413) 442-4360, ext. 10.

–E.E.

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