Musician Ben Cosgrove will perform two shows Saturday, Sept. 12, at Dewey Hall in Sheffield. Photo: Lauryn Sophia Photography

Bits & Bytes: Ben Cosgrove at Dewey Hall; ‘The Perils of Being Too Rich’; the Orchestra Now CD release

The Orchestra Now has just released a new CD on Bridge Records titled “Buried Alive,” recorded at Bard College’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in November 2019.

Dewey Hall to welcome composer-performer Ben Cosgrove

Sheffield — Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Dewey Hall will welcome musician Ben Cosgrove to Dewey Hall Saturday, Sept. 12, for shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Cosgrove is a traveling composer-performer whose music explores themes of landscape, place and environment in North America. He has performed his instrumental music in all U.S. states except Delaware and Hawaii. He has held artist residencies and fellowships with institutions including the National Park Service, Harvard University, Middlebury College, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

Tickets are $10, and pre-purchase is recommended due to limited space. For tickets and seating guidelines, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact (413) 429-1176 or


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Ventfort Hall to present Silvin in discussion of wealth

Lenox — On Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m., Ventfort Hall will present author and historian René Silvin speaking via Zoom on “All That Glitters Is Not Gold: The Perils of Being Too Rich.” His focus will be two wealthy women, both of whom he knew: Ann Woodward and Christina Onassis.

Silvin, who resides in Palm Beach, Florida, maintains an active interest in historic preservation as vice chairman of the Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission. He is the author of “Noblesse Oblige: The Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her,” the subject of his Ventfort Hall lecture two years ago. Last year he presented “Normandie: The Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner” based on his book of the same title. He is also the author of “I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools: An Arc to Triumph” and “Villa Mizner: The House That Changed Palm Beach.”

Tickets are $20. Although Silvin will be speaking via Zoom from thefrom his home in Palm Beach, reservations for viewing him at Ventfort Hall on Zoom can be made. Reservations are required as seating will be strictly limited. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Ventfort Hall at at (413) 637-3206 or


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The Orchestra Now releases new CD

Image courtesy Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. — The Orchestra Now has just released a new CD on Bridge Records titled “Buried Alive,” recorded at Bard College’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in November 2019. The Orchestra is led by conductor Leon Botstein and features German baritone Michael Nagy in Othmar Schoeck’s song cycle “Buried Alive,” adapted from Gottfried Keller’s poem “Lebendig begraben” about a man who wakes up to find he has been buried by mistake. This release marks only the second recording ever of “Lebendig begraben,” the first being a 1962 recording with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. The album also includes Honegger’s wildly rhythmic “Rugby,” written to evoke the spirit of the game; and the only known recording of Mitropoulos’ 1929 Concerto Grosso, considered by the composer to be his best work.

The Orchestra Now is a group of 72 young musicians from 14 different countries across the globe with a mission is to make orchestral music relevant to 21st-century audiences by sharing unique personal insights in a welcoming environment. Hand-picked from the world’s leading conservatories, the members of TŌN give onstage introductions and demonstrations, write concert notes from the musicians’ perspective, and have one-on-one discussions with patrons during intermissions. TŌN has performed with many guest conductors and soloists, including Hans Graf, Neeme Järvi, Vadim Repin, Fabio Luisi, Peter Serkin, Gerard Schwarz, Tan Dun, Zuill Bailey and JoAnn Falletta. Recordings featuring TŌN include two albums of piano concertos with Piers Lane on Hyperion Records, and a Sorel Classics concert recording of pianist Anna Shelest performing works by Anton Rubinstein with TŌN and conductor Neeme Järvi. Recordings of TŌN’s live concerts from the Fisher Center can be heard on Classical WMHT-FM and WWFM the Classical Network, and are featured regularly on “Performance Today,” broadcast nationwide.