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THE SELF-TAUGHT GARDENER: Life is a beech

When it comes to woody plants, I feel more strongly about protecting them from insects and managing diseases than I do about perennials and annuals.

Free concert Sunday at Tanglewood Learning Institute

The good news is that the orchestra has booked a series of free pop-up concerts during the same time period, and one of them will be held Sunday, Feb. 9.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Acis y Galatea’; marionettes at Ventfort Hall; ‘The Spirit of Giving Illustrated’; West Stockbridge Chamber Players concert; Williams astronomer to observe...

xArtwork on view includes Norman Rockwell’s “Christmas Trio,” in which a bundled-up group of Dickensian carolers and musicians give the gift of music

REVIEW: BSO players Dec. 1 at Tanglewood’s Linde Center

It seemed obvious on Sunday that these musicians had performed both the Kodály and Beethoven pieces many times together. But, in fact, they had not.

PREVIEW: Kodály and Beethoven Dec. 1 at Tanglewood’s Linde Center

But in the casual atmosphere of the Koussevitzky Music Shed, it's easy to forget that all these people are Grammy Award-winning rock stars disguised as ordinary folk.

Bits & Bytes: OLLI University Day; West Stockbridge Chamber Players concert; Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate; Berkshire South arts & crafts festival

West Stockbridge -- The West Stockbridge Chamber Players will present their annual Harvest Concert Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Old Town Hall.

Tanglewood Learning Institute announces fall/winter/spring schedule

In one fell swoop, Tanglewood became a year-round venue for the first time in its 82-year history when it launched the new Linde Center for Music and Learning in the summer of 2019.

Solemnities and confections in Studio E: Gracing the opening of the Tanglewood Learning Institute

Had composer and conductor Oliver Knussen not died in Suffolk last year at the age of 66, he would have presided over this year’s Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. It seemed fitting as well that the first sounds to put the new hall to test were Knussen’s stunning 'Prequel to Opening Signal.'

West Stockbridge Chamber Players’ Memorial Day benefit concert an uplifting start to summer music season

In fact, when Hudgins asked for a show of hands, no one in the audience had heard of the composer whose life and career were disrupted by the rise of Nazism and World War II.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Pulse performance; school violence talk; Jackson Whalan at Egremont Barn; West Stockbridge Chamber Players concert

Now a consultant and speaker on recovery after a school tragedy, former Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis will share his story of the events through the aftermath, sharing leadership lessons he learned in the focus of an international firestorm.

REVIEW: West Stockbridge Chamber Players fill the Old Town Hall with a capacity crowd — and the glorious sounds of clarinets and strings!

The Chamber Players' artistic director Catherine Hudgins herself had rearranged Alexander Scriabin’s Romance for Horn and Piano, transcribing it for the clarinet and strings.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Pulse annual performance; ‘Melville in Love’; ‘The Curious End of Ezekiel Williams’; violence prevention series; West Stockbridge Chamber Players concert

Partners in Community Safety has organized a three-part violence prevention series at the Bitterman Center with the theme of "Help your neighbor, help yourself."

REVIEW: West Stockbridge Chamber Players, an all-star benefit performance 

When winter’s end finds you jonesing for a Tanglewood fix, the West Stockbridge Chamber Players satisfy the craving.

Bits & Bytes: W. Stockbridge Chamber Players concert; Open Meeting Law session; holiday cafe at Berkshire Museum

The West Stockbridge Chamber Players, led by clarinetist and artistic director Catherine Hudgins, is a world-class ensemble of Boston- and Berkshire-based musicians,

Bits & Bytes: West Stockbridge Chamber Players; Alex Kershaw at Knosh & Knowledge; Alison Stewart at Williams; comedian Brooke Van Poppelen; Stockbridge Halloween events

The West Stockbridge Chamber Players will perform a harvest concert Nov. 1. Led by clarinetist and artistic director Catherine Hudgins, the West Stockbridge Chamber Players is an ensemble made up of Boston- and Berkshire-based musicians. The concert will feature works by Beethoven, Martinů, and Mozart.
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