Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley will be presented as a costumed, fully staged reading at Shakespeare & Company, Dec. 16 through Dec. 18. This production is staged in honor of Costume Director Govane Lohbauer and in memory of actor, teacher, and weapons master Bob Lohbauer. Photo by Olivia Winslow. Image courtesy of Shakespeare & Company.

Holiday Happenings – December 9 Edition

Check this post for upcoming special Holiday events happening across the Berkshires!

Image courtesy of the Simon’s Rock Chorus & Madrigal Ensemble and Berkshire Children’s Chorus.

Berkshire Children’s Chorus Presents: The Ballerina and The Clown

Great Barrington— Berkshire Children’s Chorus invites the public to a concert on Saturday, December 10th at 3 p.m. at the McConnell Theater at Simon’s Rock.

This highly collaborative concert will feature multi-media projections, Elizabeth Morse on harp, and new choreography by Kati Garcia-Renart.

The concert will start with individual sets of music presented by Berkshire Children’s Chorus, Simon’s Rock Chorus, and Simon’s Rock Madrigal Ensemble. The second half of the program will bring Berkshire Children’s Chorus together with Simon’s Rock Chorus and Dance students to tell the story of The Ballerina and the Clown – a multi-movement work by Libby Larsen (b. 1950) that was inspired by the storytelling and paper cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen.

Admission is free. Donations will be gladly accepted at the door. No RSVP required. All audience members will be required to wear masks.

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Image courtesy of the Berkshire Theatre Group.

Beloved Broadway Stars From The Doo Wop Project Bring Their 2022 Christmas Tour to Pittsfield

Pittsfield— The beloved Broadway stars from The Doo Wop Project” are coming to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsburg on Sunday, December 11th at 2 p.m.

In this holiday concert, audiences will enjoy the harmonies of holiday favorites like “Please Come Home For Christmas,” “All I Want for Christmas,” and their original, “Doo Wop Christmas” PLUS familiar Doo Wop classics by legends like The Crests, The Del Vikings, The Belmonts, Smokey Robinson, Frankie Valli and more!

Featuring Broadway stars of Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical, and A Bronx Tale, this experience combines The Doo Wop Project’s celebration of one of America’s most beloved music genres with everyone’s favorite holiday hits, sung in true “Doo Wop style.”

Tickets are available at The Doo Wop Project Holiday Show – Berkshire Theatre Group

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Julia Rousse Shippee. Image courtesy of Berkshire Music School.

Berkshire Music School Announces Holiday Fun with Dan, Julia & Jim

Pittsfield— The Berkshire Music School is pleased to announce Music @ The Taft presents HOLIDAY FUN with Dan, Julia & Jim on Saturday, December 17 at 11 a.m. 

Dan Pena-Ariel. Image courtesy of Berkshire Music School.

Concert music will include holiday favorites with sing-alongs geared towards young music lovers. The performance is organized by BMS’s youth class faculty member Dan Pena-Ariel, who will perform on the piano, saxophone, koto, ocarina, and sing. Julia Rousse Shippee and Jim Wojtaszek accompany Dan on the guitar. Shippee joined BMS in 2022 with a background in early childhood music.

The performance will take place at the Berkshire Music School Taft Recital Hall: 30 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield. Seats may be reserved through the Berkshire Music School website box office at www.berkshiremusicschool.org/box-office for a suggested $5 donation, or you may call the office at 413-442-1411.

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Free Eagles Band Holiday Concert

Pittsfield— The Eagles Trombone Ensemble and Concert Band will perform a free concert on Sunday, December 11th, 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 55 Fenn Street in Pittsfield.  Selections include “Three Moods for Hanukkah” arranged by Lennie Niehaus, “Jingle Bells Forever” by Robert W. Smith, “The Polar Express” by Silverstein/Ballard arranged by Brubacker, and “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.  Bonus gifts and baked goods will be available for sale.  Masks are recommended.

The Eagles Trombone Ensemble and Concert Band is also performing on December 13 at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge.

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Christmas-themed, Jane Austen-Inspired, Costumed Reading 

Lenox— This December, Shakespeare & Company returns to the lively world of Jane Austen-inspired theater with a costumed, staged reading of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, December 16 through 18, written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, and directed by Ariel Bock.

As the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley – the home of Darcy and Elizabeth – the ever-dependable Mary is growing tired of her role as a dutiful middle sister, in contrast to her siblings’ romantic escapades. At the same time, an unexpected guest sparks her hopes for an intellectual match, independence, and possibly even love.

Performances will be held Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28 for general admission and $18 for students; $5 EBT Card to Culture pricing is also available for up to four tickets per EBT Card.

A mask-required performance will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. For all other performances, masking is optional, and COVID-19 vaccination and boosters are encouraged. For more information, call the Box Office at (413) 637-3353, or visit shakespeare.org.

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Crescendo presents Resounding Joyful Praises

Stockbridge— The award-winning music organization Crescendo will present a holiday concert with Renaissance and Baroque music for chorus and brass on December 10 in Stockbridge and on December 11 in Lakeville.

The Crescendo Chorus and soloists will collaborate with The Berkshire Brass in this festive program. An outdoor light show by Joe Wheaton will add a special multi-sensory experience to the Stockbridge performance. This program features some of the most festive music for the holiday season in settings by by Italian and German Renaissance and Baroque composers.

The outdoor light show will be free to all, and has been underwritten by anonymous donors of the town of Stockbridge. In case of bad weather the light show will not take place. St. Paul’s church is asking for donations to the Lee Food Pantry.

For the Lakeville performance, tickets are $40 general admission, $75 premium (preferential seating), and $10 for youth under 18 years.