Events and Exhibits

Various exhibits from the historical collection are on display throughout the Library.  The Museum’s staff and volunteers also regularly hold programs related to Stockbridge history.

Current Exhibit:

Where Has It Gone?
The Museum & Archives is pleased to announce its Fall 2019 exhibit, Where Has It Gone?
Over the years, a number of buildings and other sites in the Stockbridge area either have changed beyond recognition or no longer exist.  A few examples include: Heaton Hall, which was torn down after it no longer filled a need; Shadowbrook (pictured right), replaced after being lost to fire; and the Glendale Store (pictured left), which closed after the roof collapsed.  Others, such as the old Town Hall, remain but were rotated to show a different façade.
Our Fall 2019 exhibit will showcase photographs of some of these places and will be on display in the Procter Gallery until November 16, 2019. 

Events:

A Stroll Through the Stockbridge Cemetery

We have created new brochures that are a self-guided exploration of the original Stockbridge cemetery.  The brochures are intended for any individuals or families who care to learn more about how Stockbridge residents have been involved beyond the town borders.  They are available at the circulation desk in the Library and in the Museum & Archives beginning October 1, 2019.  Topics include Early Settlers, Medicine, and the Arts plus the Sedgwick Pie and the Field Family.  

Our thanks to Marty Gottron and Pat Flinn for their involvement in producing the brochure and for the Stockbridge Cultural Council, the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce, and Bruce Blair for funding its printing.

Inaugural Stroll

We invite you to join us for an inaugural, semi-self guided stroll through the Stockbridge Cemetery on Saturday, October 5th at 2:15 p.m.  Pick up a copy of the new brochure and reserve a place for the Stroll on the 5th.  The first twenty people to sign up will be assigned one of the graves to find.  During the program, they will be the reader for that former resident.


Friday, November 22 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to announce that a Berkshire Chamber Players Concert will take place on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets are $20 each.  Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the wait-list ten minutes before the performance.

The Stockbridge Library’s Berkshire Chamber Players concert series is generously sponsored by Robert L. Perkel, MD with additional support from Patricia Edwina Flinn.

Featuring:

Ronald Feldman, Cello

Jeffrey Miller, Guitar

Robyn Quinnett, Violin

Giuliani                       Gran Sonata Eroica, Op. 150 for solo guitar (1821)

                          

Giuliani                       Serenade for guitar, violin, and cello, Op. 19 (1810)

Serenade

Scherzo

Alla Polacca

Porro                           Grand Trio extrait de Mozart (1810)

Allegro non tanto

Tempo di Minuet non troppo

 

[ I n t e r m i s s i o n ]

 

Rodrigo                      Invocacion y Danza fro solo guitar (1961)

Paganini                     Terzetto for guitar, violin, and cello, MS 69 (1833)

Allegro con brio

Minuetto

Andante larghetto

Rondo

 

Twice winner of the American Symphony League’s ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music, Ronald Feldman has achieved critical acclaim for his work as conductor and cellist.  He has appeared as guest conductor with major orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, and the Quebec Symphony, as well as many regional orchestras including the Pro Arte Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Albany Symphony, and the Amarillo Symphony.  In August of 2016 Mr. Feldman recorded three albums of music by Kevin Kaska with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

After successful appearances as guest conductor for three consecutive seasons at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s summer home, composer and Conductor John Williams appointed Mr. Feldman Assistant Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.  He served as assistant to John Williams from 1989-1993.

In 2001 Mr. Feldman left the Boston Symphony Orchestra to pursue other musical interests. He currently directs the Berkshire Symphony, a regional orchestra in residence at Williams College.  He was formerly the conductor and Music Director of the New England Philharmonic and the Worcester Orchestra.  He is on the faculties of Williams College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and The Boston Conservatory of Music. 2012 marked the beginning of his tenure as Music Director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of Boston’s medical community.

A founding member of the Great Lakes Guitar Quartet, the Kithara Guitar Trio, and Modina Duo, Jeffrey Miller has performed and given master classes throughout the United States and Canada including the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, Wilkes University, and the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society. Miller has appeared as a featured soloist with the Hartford Chamber Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Pops, Orchestra Toronto, and the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra.

After receiving a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Hartt School, Miller taught at a number of private secondary schools in New England. As Chair of the Performing Arts at Avon Old Farms School, Miller established the instrumental music program teaching Music Theory, Jazz Band, Chamber Ensemble, and Guitar classes.

Miller joined the music faculty of Nazareth College and Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY, and later taught guitar and guitar ensemble at Stonehill College in Easton, MA after completing his doctoral degree residency at the Eastman School of Music in classical guitar performance and literature. Miller is currently a member of the music department at Williams College and manages the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra. He continues to perform when not dog sledding or making maple syrup.

 

 

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.

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.

 


Friday, December 6 at 5:00 pm

Readings Around the Hearth

Gather ’round to hear classic stories of the season.  This event is free and open to the public, and offered in support of the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

A 3oth Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Event.


Friday, January 31 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to announce that a Berkshire Chamber Players Concert will take place on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
(Snow date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.)

Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets are $20 each.  Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the wait-list ten minutes before the performance.

The Stockbridge Library’s Berkshire Chamber Players concert series is generously sponsored by Robert L. Perkel, MD with additional support from Patricia Edwina Flinn.

Featuring:

Copland       Elegies for violin and viola (1932)

 Mozart         Oboe quartet (1781)

Stravinsky   3 pieces for string quartet (1914)

I N T E R M I S S I O N

Britten    Fantasy for oboe and string trio (1832)

Beethoven   String quartet, op 18 no 4  (1799)

 


Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 pm

Lecture by Ken Gloss on the Value of Old and Rare Books

 Please join us Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 pm  for a lecture by Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, for a free talk on the value of old and rare books.

Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (www.brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825.  He is a second-generation owner.  He will also talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value.  He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection.  There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston.

The Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores.  2020 is the 71st year of Gloss family ownership.  Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles.  He had worked in the store since childhood and chose to go into the book business rather than pursue a doctorate in chemistry.  He became the sole proprietor upon his father’s death in 1985. “I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business.”  Among the many organizations in which Kenneth Gloss is a member is the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the New England Antiquarian Booksellers of America, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Committee for the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair and the Boston Society. He also is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society as well as serving on the Board of Overseers of the USS Constitution Museum.

The Brattle Book Shop is proud to have been a contributor to the WGBH Annual Auction each year that the station has held this fund drive.  Ken has appeared as a guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow numerous times over the years and has been a popular guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV, and cable stations numerous times.  His bylined articles continue to appear in various antique journals and in print and online consumer publications.  The Brattle Book Shop is also the recipient of several “Best of Boston” awards in the categories of Best Book Shop or Best Antiquarian Book Shop.  In addition, it has been included in a list as one of North America’s best bookstores.


Friday, March 27 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to announce that a Berkshire Chamber Players Concert will take place on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  This will be the final concert of the season.

Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets are $20 each.  Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the wait-list ten minutes before the performance.

The Stockbridge Library’s Berkshire Chamber Players concert series is generously sponsored by Robert L. Perkel, MD with additional support from Patricia Edwina Flinn.