The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington will welcome trumpeter Chris Botti Saturday, Oct. 6. Photo: Fabrizio Ferri

Bits & Bytes: Chris Botti at the Mahaiwe; ‘Squeamish’ with Alison Fraser at The Mount; Roy Zimmerman in ‘RiZe Up’; ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at Sharon Playhouse; Cocek! Brass Band at Dewey Hall

“RiZe Up” is a 90-minute funny and forceful affirmation of peace and social justice via Roy Zimmerman’s original songs.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center to welcome trumpeter Chris Botti

Great Barrington — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Chris Botti Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m.

Over the past three decades, Botti has amassed a variety of honors, including multiple gold and platinum albums, to become the nation’s largest-selling instrumental artist. He has performed with an array of legends such as Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Andrea Bocelli. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, Botti has also performed at venues from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.

Tickets are $41–$175. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Mahaiwe box office at (413) 528-0100.

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Alison Fraser in ‘Squeamish’ by Aaron Mark. Photo: Maria Baranova

The Mount to host staged reading of ‘Squeamish’

Lenox — Only in My Dreams Events will present a staged reading of the psychological horror play “Squeamish” by Aaron Mark and starring two-time Tony Award nominee Alison Fraser Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. at The Mount.

Fraser is a nationally acclaimed performer who has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway and in concert at venues including the White House, and Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in New York City. Best known for her Tony Award-nominated performances as Martha in “The Secret Garden” and Josefina/Monica in “Romance/Romance,” Fraser was also the original Trina in William Finn’s “March of the Falsettos” and “In Trousers” at Playwrights Horizons, and was Tessie Tura in “Gypsy” with Patti Lupone, among other appearances. In “Squeamish,” Fraser plays Sharon, a psychoanalyst and long-time recovering alcoholic from the Upper West Side who finds herself in the South Plains of Texas “off her meds, after her nephew’s suicide.” What happens next in the darkly creepy one-woman show features overtones of Edgar Allan Poe. For her starring role in the acclaimed off-Broadway production of “Squeamish,” Fraser received nominations for an Outer Critics Circle Award and the Off Broadway Alliance Award.

Tickets are $35. Attendees are advised that the performance contains explicit content. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Only in My Dreams Events at (413) 528-0285 or info@onlyinmydreamsevents.com.

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Berkshire Bash to present musician and satirist Roy Zimmerman

Roy Zimmerman. Photo: DC Anderson

Great Barrington — Berkshire Bash will present musician and political satirist Roy Zimmerman in “RiZe Up” Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at the South Berkshire Friends Meeting House.

“RiZe Up” is a 90-minute funny and forceful affirmation of peace and social justice via Zimmerman’s original songs. Zimmerman’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records and shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. He tours the country with his wife and co-writer, Melanie Harby. Said Zimmerman, “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression, because in calling out the world’s absurdities and laughing in their face, I’m affirming the real possibility for change.”

Tickets are $20. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Berkshire Bash at (413) 404-6105.

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Sharon Playhouse, Salisbury Sinfonietta to partner for ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

David Cantor

Sharon, Conn. — Continuing its pledge to offer year-round entertainment, the Sharon Playhouse is collaborating for the first time with the Salisbury Sinfonietta to present a semi-staged concert event of ‘The Pirates of Penzance” on the mainstage of the playhouse Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m.

Max J. Swarner

Directed by Sharon Playhouse artistic director Alan M-L Wager and conducted by Salisbury Sinfonietta music director Jack Bowman, the concert will feature a 25-piece orchestra live on stage with a cast consisting of local and New York talent. The principal cast includes Daniel Klein as the Pirate King, David Cantor as Major General Stanley, Max J. Swarner as Frederic, Katie Weiser as Mabel, Laurie Ellington as Ruth, John Champion as Samuel, Joanna Seaton as Edith, Elizabeth Dayton as Kate and Marc Boissey as Sergeant of Police.

Tickets are $35. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Sharon Playhouse at (860) 364-7649 x100.

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Cocek! Brass Band. Photo courtesy Cocek! Brass Band

Cocek! Brass Band to perform at Dewey Hall

Sheffield — Oldtone Productions will present the Cocek! Brass Band Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Dewey Hall.

A five-piece ensemble from Boston that plays all-original compositions, Cocek! Brass Band’s music is influenced by eastern European and New Orleans dance songs, Afrobeat, klezmer, reggae and Western classical music. The band has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival in Vermont; WorldFest in Louisville, Kentucky; and the New York Gypsy Festival as well as in programs for schools and universities. Cocek! Brass Band consists of Sam Dechenne on trumpet and vocals, Ezra Weller on flugelhorn, Clayton DeWalt on trombone, Jim Gray on tuba and Grant Smith on Tappan drum.

Tickets are $20. The evening will begin as a seated concert and the second set will open with a Balkan dance lesson with Rose Tannenbaum, at which dancing is encouraged. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Oldtone Productions at (413) 429-1176 or beth@oldtonemusicfestival.com.

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