Members of the Pittsfield Figure Skating Club will compete in the Bay State Games at Williams College in Williamstown on Saturday February 9 and Sunday February 10. Left to right: Dakota Marquis, 13, of Lanesborough; Anna Rawson, 14, of Richmond; Caroline Gillette, 14, of Pittsfield; Briana Palmieri, 16, of Pittsfield; Daniella Santamarina, 16, of Pittsfield; Amanda Drager, 16, of Dalton; Madison Quinn, 17, of Pittsfield; Rebecca Drager, 18, of Dalton; and Katie Malone-Smith, 40, of Hinsdale. Photo courtesy of the Pittsfield Figure Skating Club
“The Organ Masters” of the Berkshire Bach Society to highlight works of Bach, Buxtehude
Housatonic – Saturday February 9 at 4 p.m. at South Berkshire Unitarian Universalist Meeting, Berkshire Bach Society will present the organist Peter Sykes presenting the 1893 Johnson organ in a program called “The Organ Masters”, with works by JS Bach and Bach’s idol, Dieterich Buxtehude.
Bach was only 12 or 13 years old when he copied organ works by Buxtehude as part of his musical education and was able to study Buxtehude’s complex and improvised toccatas, fugues and fantasies firsthand. This was enough to motivate him to travel 400 kilometers, mostly on foot, at age 20 to hear the aging master in Lübeck in the winter of 1705. Sykes chose a three-piece organ program by Buxtehude that demonstrates the various musical forms and styles. who fascinated Bach so much: the Prelude in G minor, BuxWV 148; the Ciacona in E minor, BuxVW 160; and the prelude of the chorale “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”, BuxWV. The program will also include four works by Bach directly influenced by Buxtehude: the partita on “O Gott, frommer Gott”, BWV 767; the Toccata in C major, BWV 566; the Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582; and Bach’s setting to music of the choral prelude “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”, BWV 659.
Tickets cost $ 25 for general admission and $ 20 for members of the Berkshire Bach Society. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Berkshire Bach Society at (413) 528-9555 or [email protected]
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The “ESCAPE” art exhibition will host a conversation with Alexander Ross
Grand Barrington – Davis gregory art will present the artist Alexander ross During an informal talk on his work on Friday February 8 at 3 pm at the Geoffrey Young Gallery, the work of 40 Railroad St. Ross is presented in the gallery’s current exhibition, “ESCAPE”.
Organic, otherworldly, humorous and unsettling, Ross’s imaginative works of art both delight and provoke. Using green plasticine, he transforms “products of his imagination” into drawings and paintings that question the viewer. Ross’s work has been exhibited extensively in major museums and galleries nationwide, and has been featured in major New York galleries since the 1990s, including David Nolan Gallery, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery and Feigen Contemporary.
Due to the limited number of places, advance reservations will be given priority. For reservations and more information, contact Davis Gregory Art at (413) 528-4493.
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Sheffield Historical Society to offer lecture on antique furniture restoration
Sheffield – Friday February 8, at 7:30 p.m., at Dewey Room, the Sheffield Historical Society will present antique furniture restorer Mark Ziobro, who will give a talk on the fundamentals of restoration.
Ziobro has been restoring antique furniture for over 50 years. His talk will explain how he got his start, the various woodworking skills and techniques he used and developed, and some of the most notable pieces he has restored. He will accompany his conference with photos and examples of his finished work. Members of the public will learn how they can take care of their antique furniture and find out how restoration can restore a room to its former glory.
The conference is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Sheffield Historical Society at (413) 229-2694 or [email protected]
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Berkshire County Arc Accepting Applications for 2019 Scholarships
Pittsfield – Berkshire County Arch announced its 2019 scholarship program. High school students pursuing undergraduate studies in social services are eligible, and students pursuing degree programs including psychology, social work, special education , in rehabilitation counseling and related educational programs, will be considered.
The selection of winners will be based on previous participation in volunteer or paid activities with people with disabilities, potential to contribute to the field of social services and academic success. An independent panel of community members will select the winners and determine the amount of each prize up to the maximum purse of $ 1,500. The awards are made possible through fundraising efforts, including the annual Berkshire County Arc Golf Classic, which has raised over $ 100,000 for scholarships.
Applications are available from area high school guidance offices or by contacting the Berkshire County Arc office at (413) 499-4241 x244. The deadline for applications is Friday March 22, 2019.