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BITS & BYTES: Fisher Center tickets on sale; new Fiona Scruggs choreography at Chesterwood; pollinator talk; NBOSS party; Shear Madness opens

Choreographer Fiona Scruggs will present her evening-length performance of “Chiaroscuro” at Chesterwood on Thursday, August 25.

Tickets on sale for the 2022-2023 Fisher Center season

ANNONDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — The Fisher Center at Bard College is selling tickets for the upcoming 2022-23 season. The Orchestra Now (TŌN), Bard’s orchestra master’s program, will present its eighth season of concerts. Other highlights include performances from the Fisher Center’s first-ever choreographer in residence, the annual China Now Music Festival, performances from the Bard Conservatory Orchestra and the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and the premiere of a new interpretation of Christmas Carol.

Subscription packages and single-concert tickets are available for TŌN’s 2022–23 season of concerts. Highlights include symphonies by Mahler & Dvořák, Beethoven’s sacred choral work Missa solemnis, a concert performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe, and an evening with guest conductor Naomi Woo.

Pam Tanowitz, the Fisher Center’s choreographer in residence. Photo courtesy of the Fisher Center.

The Fisher Center’s first-ever choreographer in residence Pam Tanowitz and her critically acclaimed ensemble, Pam Tanowitz Dance, will present a behind-the-scenes look into their creative process with work-in-progress showings of two new works. In addition, they will present the Fisher Center premiere screening of I was waiting for the echo of a better day.

Conductor Jindong Cai will lead TŌN in a program of symphonic and operatic works to open the 2022 China Now Music Festival. The program will feature music by Guo Wenjing, Aaron Avshamolov, Ye Xiaogang, and more.

Fall Season highlights from the renowned Bard College Conservatory Orchestra feature dynamic programs conducted by Maestros Leon Botstein and Tan Dun, as well as a symphonic concert of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

Vocalist Stephanie Blythe, pianist Kayo Iwama, and members of the Bard Vocal Arts Program and Conservatory Collaborative Piano Fellowship will present an evening of German cabaret.

And, to usher in the holiday season, the Fisher Center will present a brand new Christmas Carol! This fresh version of Charles Dickens’ seasonal tale of hope and redemption comes from the SITI Company, one of this country’s most lauded theater ensembles, led by acclaimed director and Bard alum Anne Bogart.

For a complete list of performances, dates, and ticket prices, visit the Fisher Center website. The website also details livestreams for select performances.

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Choreographer Fiona Scruggs to present “Chiaroscuro” at Chesterwood in Stockbridge performed by members of Qualia Dance Collective

STOCKBRIDGE— Choreographer Fiona Scruggs will present her evening-length performance of “Chiaroscuro” at Chesterwood on Thursday, August 25 at 5:30 p.m. The performance will be danced by members of Qualia Dance Collective, the New England based dance company founded by Fiona Scruggs. Company members performing on August 25th include Veronica Bone, Jordyn Cormier, and Fiona Scruggs.

The grounds at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Mass., are perfect for strolling.
The grounds of Chesterwood in Stockbridge. Photo by Ogden Gigli.

“Chiaroscuro” is an evening-length work that draws on art, mannerisms, and narratives of the Baroque. Through a contemporary lens, this Baroque music and movement study juxtaposes le sacré et le profane, or the sacred and common, with the contrast of light and shadow as defined by chiaroscuro. Embodying the dynamic gestures present in Baroque sculptures and paintings, as well as translating the characteristics of Baroque art and music, such as strong diagonals, swirling action, chiaroscuro, scenes of everyday life, asymmetry, emotion, formal design, and rhythm vitality, are the impetus for the choreography of “Chiaroscuro.”

Born in Tübingen, Germany, Fiona Scruggs is a New England based dancer, choreographer, researcher and educator. In 2022, she founded Qualia Dance Collective, which performs her choreography in New England. She is currently a Teaching Artist Fellow through the Massachusetts Cultural Council Creative Youth Development program and is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher. Fiona is a teaching artist at Berkshire Pulse, the writer and digital content producer at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and a contributing writer for The Berkshire Edge. Fiona received a bachelor’s degree in dance education from Radford University. For more information, visit fionascruggs.com

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for Chesterwood members, and free for anyone under age 21. For tickets and event information visit here.

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Free Pollinator Lecture at the Stockbridge Library

Chris Ferrero.

STOCKBRIDGE– The Stockbridge Library and the Lenox Garden Club will present a free talk by Master Gardener Chris Ferrero — “Create a Paradise for Pollinators in your Home Landscape and Gardens” — on Wednesday, August 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bement Room at the Stockbridge Library.

The slide presentation will describe the role home gardeners can play in community conservation efforts by attracting and sustaining pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The program features ways to adapt residential landscapes to help pollinators thrive, including a wide diversity of flowering plants that will beautify home gardens. It will also emphasize the importance of native species and describe the role of “nativars.” A Q&A with the speaker will follow the talk.

A gardening speaker, writer and consultant, Chris Ferrero is a Cornell Master Gardener who moved to Stockbridge from Dutchess County, New York in 2018. She presents talks on a variety of gardening topics across the Hudson Valley and in the Berkshires, including at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge.

This program is part of the Lenox Garden Club’s initiative to bring the “Pollinator Pathways” project to the Berkshires. A group of Lenox Garden Club members developed a plan to convert four raised beds near the First Congregational Church of Stockbridge into the first Pollinator Pathways Garden in Stockbridge. The hope is that this garden will inspire other property owners to join the effort to develop a “continuous corridor” of pollinator-friendly habitat in the Berkshires and beyond.

Attendees of the lecture are invited to tour the gardens at the library and those at the First Congregational Church of Stockbridge after the program.

More information is available at www.stockbridgelibrary.org.

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North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show party and reception

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Bennington Museum will host a party and reception on Thursday, August 25 from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate the talent of the North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show (NBOSS) and the 25th anniversary of the show. Hosted in Bennington Museum’s Courtyard, the event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature a screening of a short documentary film celebrating NBOSS’ past, present, and future, and a live performance by John Umphlett, Flipping One Over a Bush, first performed 22 years ago at the third NBOSS in 2000 (as seen above).

Bennington Beladi Tribal Belly Dancers will liven up the party and hotdogs and PBR will be on hand in traditional NBOSS fashion.

Originally known as the North Bennington Art Park, NBOSS debuted in 1998 on the lawn in front of what was then Joe McGovern’s masonry shop, adjacent to the post office, in the village of North Bennington. Over the last 25 years NBOSS has become one of the region’s premiere arts events of the summer/fall season, featuring work by some of the best artists from the Bennington area, the state of Vermont, and throughout the northeast region.

In addition to sculptures by over 40 artists scattered throughout the village of North Bennington, an additional 25+ artists will display their work on Bennington Museum’s 10-acre property in Old Bennington for the third consecutive year, including many who have contributed to NBOSS since the exhibition’s early years.

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Shear Madness opens at Sharon Playhouse

SHARON, Conn. — Shear Madness, a unique comedy-whodunit, takes place in a hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-

Photo courtesy of Sharon Playhouse.

the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.

Voted “Best Comedy of the Year” seven times by the Boston Globe and recipient of the title “Best Play of the Year” by both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Philadelphia Enquirer, Shear Madness has also received the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America and has been inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame, the first play ever to receive that accolade.

On Friday, August 26, a preview performance will be held at 8 p.m. with all tickets priced at $20. For the remainder of the play’s run, August 27 – September 11, tickets range from $20-$45.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit sharonplayhouse.org/mainstage

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