Adult Programs

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives presents various programs of interest throughout the year. Check the Calendar for specific topics and events. All are welcome!

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Saturday, April 29 at 3:00 pm

Stone Court Writer-in-Residence Kristen Hewitt

Sunday, April 30 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Jeremy Yudkin on Bob Dylan: Poet? Prophet? Nobel Laureate?

Join us on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. for a talk by Jeremy Yudkin on the first part of Bob Dylan’s career, from 1962, when he made his first recording, to 1975, when Blood on the Tracks was released.  Through recordings and video clips, Mr. Yudkin shall demonstrate the vast range of Dylan’s talent, both musical and literary, and debunk the widespread notion that he cannot sing.  Finally he shall discuss the question of his Nobel Prize for Literature.  Was that a crazy move by the Nobel Committee or an inspired choice?

Jeremy Yudkin is professor of music and Director of the Center for Beethoven Research at Boston University.  He also serves as Associated Faculty of the Center for Judaic Studies and the Department of African American Studies.  He served for many years as Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University.  He received his B.A. and M.A. in Classics and Modern Languages from Cambridge University and his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Stanford University.  He is the recipient of fellowships from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, Boston University’s Center for the Humanities, the Camargo Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Professor Yudkin’s principal fields of research include medieval music, early Beethoven, popular music, and jazz.  He has taught classes on medieval polyphony, the Beatles, Beethoven, Bartok, Bob Dylan, and Miles Davis among many others.  Jeremy Yudkin is perhaps best known for his definitive textbook Music in Medieval Europe and his highly successful music-appreciation textbook Understanding Music, which is used by approximately twenty thousand students across North America every year.  The video Inside the Orchestra that he produced, detailing the history and function of the classical symphony orchestra, was the winner of a 2005 Telly Award for outstanding non-broadcast educational video.

He is a contributor to The Harvard Dictionary of Music, has served as an advisor to the Smithsonian Institution for the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, and is a consultant on jazz to the Oxford English Dictionary.  He is the author of nine books.  Jeremy travels around the country presenting lectures on music for One-Day University, and his Boston University course on Bob Dylan was the subject of a feature article in the Washington Post, as well as of national news in South Korea and Canada.  For the past thirty-three years he has presented the pre-concert lectures for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.  These are presented every Friday and Saturday afternoon throughout the summer at the Lenox Library.

Tuesday, May 2 at 4:30 pm

Meet Selectman Candidate Terry Flynn: Unopposed Does Not Equal Uninterested

Selectman Candidate Terry Flynn will meet with Town of Stockbridge voters at the Stockbridge Library at 4:30 p.m on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.  Though Mr. Flynn is running unopposed, he believes that it is important for the voters to hear his ideas and plans and, also, for him to hear from the voters.

Terry Flynn was born in Richmond, Massachusetts in 1949.  His family moved into Stockbridge in 1952 and he has lived here ever since.  He earned a BA in History with a minor in English from Siena College and an MA in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills.  He taught literature, history, and philosophy at Monument Mountain Regional High School for 31 years.  For the last 20 of those years he coached track and cross country.

Mr. Flynn has a long history of service to the Town of Stockbridge.  During the late 1960s and early 1970s he worked for the Town’s Highway department for 5 summers and 2 full years.  He was an active member of the Stockbridge Fire Department for 37 years and retired as a captain in 2014.

The event will be moderated by Christine Rasmussen and Ginger Schwartz.

Friday, May 5 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library is pleased to present a concert by The Berkshire Chamber Players on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are available at the Library for $15 ($10 for students with valid student ID) on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited.  Call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

The Berkshire Chamber Players:
Natalie Kress and Robyn Quinett, violins
Charlotte Malin, viola
Alison Rowe, cello

Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
Mozart (1772)

String Quartet No. 1 “From the Salvation Army”
Ives (1902)
Andante con moto
Adagio cantabile
Allegro marziale


String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Rasumovsky”
Beethoven (1806)
Introduzione: Andante con moto – Allegro vivace
Andante con moto quasi allegretto
Allegro molto


Praised by The New York Times for her “splendid playing,” 27-year-old Natalie Kress has already begun a successful career as a violinist, highlights of which include performing at the Kennedy Center Honors with Yo Yo Ma in 2016; winning the 2012 Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center; and performing in Carnegie Hall in 2010. Natalie received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology and Master in Music from Stony Brook University (where she studied with Soovin Kim) and is Co-Artistic Director of Three Village Chamber Players, which performs free chamber music and outreach concerts throughout Long Island and New York State. Also a baroque violinist, Natalie has performed with members of Handel and Haydn Society and The Sebastians, and has studied with Beth Wenstrom, Aisslinn Nosky, and Robert Mealy.


Born on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, Robyn Quinnett began playing violin at eight years old. She has won several competitions including the National Mariam Hayes, Ruth Kern Competitions, and the Concerto Competition of the Colorado College Music Festival.

Robyn earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Naoko Tanaka and the late Stephen Clapp. Robyn will complete her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2017 at Stony Brook University as a student of Hagai Shaham. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado College Music Festival, the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordão in Brazil, and been concertmaster at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Robyn is dedicated to community engagement and pedagogy. She founded the Montserrat Music Festival, a summer teaching and performing festival, bringing music education and live chamber music to the island of Montserrat. She is the violin instructor at The Chapin School, teaching artist at Opus 118, and maintains a joint private teaching studio with Chihiro Fukuda in NYC.

Robyn’s violin is generously sponsored by Darnton and Hersh Violin Shop in Chicago.
Charlotte Malin is in the final semester of her master’s degree at New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Northwestern University. In 2013, during the final year of her undergraduate study with Almita Vamos, she fell in love with the viola. As a violist, she recently won a position with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She also has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (2014-16), won a fellowship with A Far Cry chamber orchestra, played with the New World Symphony, and has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a violinist, she has appeared as a soloist with both the Northwestern Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. In addition to music, Charlotte loves yoga, cooking, reading, and being outside, and plans to pursue her yoga teacher training at the Himalayan Institute this summer.
An avid chamber musician, cellist Alison Rowe performs repertoire from the Baroque through Contemporary eras. Highlights of the 2016-2017 season include performances with the New York-based new music ensemble Contemporaneous, the Chamber Music at the Barns Series at Wolftrap in Virginia, and the Hoch Chamber Music Series at Concordia College with members of the Emerson String Quartet, the Three Village Chamber Players, the Stony Brook University Baroque Ensemble, and the Stony Brook Roots Ensemble, a group that explores traditional American music. This past summer she attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival where she was a recipient of the Aldo and Elizabeth Parisot Scholarship. As a soloist, she has performed on Wisconsin Public Radio as a winner of the Neale-Silva Young Artists Competition, and on the Rising Stars Series in Green Lake, Wisconsin. A student of Richard Hirschl, she received her Bachelor degree from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, where she performed the Barber Cello Concerto as the winner of the CCPA Concerto Competition. Last spring, she graduated with a Master of Music degree from Stony Brook University, where she is continuing her studies and pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the studio of Colin Carr.


Music Coordinator John Perkel has spent the past 35 years as an orchestra librarian for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition, during summers, John served as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Librarian where he had the privilege of working with some of the most talented and wonderful young musicians from all over the world. After the 2016 Tanglewood season, John retired from the Boston Symphony and moved with his wife, Barbara, back to the Berkshires. Prior to his employment in the orchestra world, John was a music teacher at the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and also was employed as a psychiatric worker at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge.

Thursday, May 11 at 5:00 pm

Book Club

Join the book club on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of this month’s featured book, The Glass Universe:How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel.  Copies available at the main desk.

The book club generally meets at 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.  New members always welcome – even if you haven’t read the book!

Tuesday, May 16 at 5:00 pm

Landscapes at the Clark

The Stockbridge Library is pleased to welcome Olivier Meslay, the new Felda and Dena Hardymon Director of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, to our speaker series on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. for a talk entitled Landscapes at the Clark.  Meslay will present a look into the Clark’s landscape collection and the Clark’s relationship with nature.  There is a $5 suggested donation for the program.

Olivier Meslay is Felda and Dena Hardymon Director of the Clark Art Institute since August of 2016.  Prior to assuming the directorship at the Clark, he spent eight years at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) where he held several leadership positions, most recently serving as Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, Senior Curator of European and American Art, and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art.  In 2011―2012, Meslay served as the Interim Director of the Dallas Museum of Art.

Prior to joining the DMA staff in 2009, Meslay established his reputation as a noted scholar and curator during a distinguished seventeen-year career at the Musée du Louvre, from 1993―2009 where he served as curator in charge of British, Spanish, and American Art in the Paintings department.  Meslay served as chief curator of Louvre–Atlanta, a collaborative project with the High Museum, from 2003―2006; and as chief curator in charge of the Louvre–Lens project, the first regional branch of the Louvre, from 2006―2009.  During his tenure at the Louvre, Meslay organized exhibitions on British Art such as D’outre Manche, British Art in French Public Collections (1994), Constable, Le choix de Lucian Freud (2002), and British Art in the Collections of the Academie, William Hogarth (2006‒2007).  More recently, he curated important exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art such as Chagall (2013), Hotel Texas (2014), and Mind’s Eye (2014).  He is the author of the recent publication From Chanel to Reves: La Pausa and Its Collections at the Dallas Museum of Art (2015).  Meslay has also published extensively on British Art and France.  In 2013, he published the Catalogue of the British, Spanish, Germanic, Scandinavian and various paintings of the Louvre Musuem.

Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 pm

A Visual Tour of Laurel Hill Park

In anticipation of lovely days for hiking or for those who prefer not to climb up craggy paths, Pat Flinn will take us on a visual tour of Laurel Hill Park – the Laurel Hill Association’s signature property – on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bement Room.  Hiking boots are not required.  Pat Flinn has been Secretary of the Laurel Hill Association for 31 years.


The Laurel Hill Association of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, founded in 1853, is the oldest existing village improvement society in the United States.  The organization’s purpose is to do “such things as shall serve to improve the quality of life and of the environment in the town of Stockbridge.” Activities include maintaining Association properties, planting trees and flowers, and cooperating with town authorities and other organizations for community welfare.  The Laurel Hill Association’s complete historical records are housed in the Procter Museum & Archives at the Stockbridge Library.

Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 pm

Annual Meeting featuring Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster Editor-at-Large

Please join us on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. for the Stockbridge Library Association’s Annual Meeting featuring a presentation by Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster Editor-at-Large.
We will welcome new board members during the brief business portion of the meeting, followed by Mr. Sokolowski’s talk, entitled “The Dictionary As Data.”  More information to follow.
This program is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, please call (413) 298-5501.