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:

Symbols of the Season
November 27, 2018 through January 12, 2019

Of all the holidays we celebrate, the Christmas season seems to have the most traditions and a great abundance of symbols.  They range from the religious to the secular to the commercial. Some have an appeal beyond the holidays, such as candles and flowers, while others – including Santa Claus – are immediately connected with Christmas alone.  There are objects from nature, recreations of the original Christmas in the form of pageants or manger scenes, and numerous characters that remind us that  Christmas is coming.

Many of these icons have evolved over time.  For example, we can be grateful to Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol in 1843 for defining our Christmas festivities, including plum pudding, but it does not mention a Christmas tree or Santa Claus.  They had not yet become widely popular. Santa, then known as Saint Nicholas, was first described by Clement Moore in The Night Before Christmas.  Thomas Nast redefined him later in the mid-19th century while the figure we know was morphed again by Haddon Sundblom for the Coca Cola Company and Norman Rockwell or Saturday Evening Post.

Other symbols such as the Christmas tree and its decorations have changed with life styles and technology.  Remember the pink aluminum artificial trees and fiber optic branches?

Nutcrackers have gone from tools used to crack nuts to fantastic characters from fiction.  

Simple stockings, previously worn on feet, have grown larger to hold more gifts and are highly decorated.

The animals of the forest can now fly through the sky, led by a reindeer with a shining nose.    

Even the music of the season, which consisted of hymns, carols, and classical pieces, has been supplemented with catchy tunes about Frosty the Snowman or the cold weather.  Only the singers of songs seem to be frozen by time – carolers still walk the streets in Victorian garb.

The wealth of symbols that serve as touch points of the season expand and evolve each year.  Each one is a reminder of the many joyful parts of the holidays.

The exhibit will be on view in the Procter Gallery November 27, 2018 through January 12, 2019 during normal Library hours.


Sunday, January 20 at 4:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group.  The third concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 4:00 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 3:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the wait-list five minutes before the performance.

Featuring:
Ronald Feldman, cello
Natalie Kress, violin
Charlotte Malin, viola
Robyn Quinnett, violin

Program:

Bach
Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007 (c. 1725)
Prelude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Menuet I and II
Gigue

Walker
Lyric for Strings from String Quartet No. 1 (1946)
Molto adagio

Borodin
String Trio in G Minor for 2 Violins and Cello (1854-55)
Andantino

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

Thomas
     Incantation for Solo Viola (1995)

Malin
Bethulia for Solo Viola (2016)

Brahms
String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1 (1865-73)
Allegro
Romanze
Allegretto molto-un poco animato
Allegro

 

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.

Praised by The New York Times for her “splendid playing,” 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.

Charlotte Malin has recently completed a 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 became Principal Viola of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and also plays with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.  Charlotte has played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony in Miami.  She was invited three times to be a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, won a fellowship with A Far Cry chamber orchestra, and was a member of NEC’s top ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra.  Charlotte has a passion for chamber music and has been an artist at the Newport Music Festival and Fest’Inventio, a chamber series in Paris.  As a violinist, she appeared as a soloist with both the Northwestern Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Charlotte is an ardent yoga practitioner and intends to share her insights into the connections of mind, body, and spirit with the broader music community as her career unfolds.  She currently lives in a cabin in the woods in Chatham, NY, where she makes a daily practice of seeking beauty and truth.

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.

The final concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

About our sponsor: For more than 30 years, The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group has been helping individuals, families, and non-profits to achieve their financial goals.  Through comprehensive planning and ongoing portfolio management, clients receive solutions tailored to their unique circumstances and needs.


Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm

Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge

Have you ever driven down streets in Stockbridge, passed an interesting house, and wondered why it was there and who had lived in it?  This winter, the Stockbridge Library’s Museum & Archives once again will offer a series of programs about the interesting people who have made their homes in Stockbridge over the years.  Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge will feature current Stockbridge homeowners talking about the families who lived in their houses before them.  Each program will include stories of two existing homes, as well as one other home that has been lost over the years.

Join us on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. for the first program in our 2019 series.  Program details to follow.


Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 pm

Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge

Have you ever driven down streets in Stockbridge, passed an interesting house, and wondered why it was there and who had lived in it?  This winter, the Stockbridge Library’s Museum & Archives once again will offer a series of programs about the interesting people who have made their homes in Stockbridge over the years.  Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge will feature current Stockbridge homeowners talking about the families who lived in their houses before them.  Each program will include stories of two existing homes, as well as one other home that has been lost over the years.

Join us on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. for the second program in our 2019 series.  Program details to follow.


Friday, March 29 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group.  The final concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Friday, March 29, 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 five minutes before the performance.

Program details to follow.

 

About our sponsor: For more than 30 years, The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group has been helping individuals, families, and non-profits to achieve their financial goals.  Through comprehensive planning and ongoing portfolio management, clients receive solutions tailored to their unique circumstances and needs.


Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 pm

Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge

Have you ever driven down streets in Stockbridge, passed an interesting house, and wondered why it was there and who had lived in it?  This winter, the Stockbridge Library’s Museum & Archives once again will offer a series of programs about the interesting people who have made their homes in Stockbridge over the years.  Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge will feature current Stockbridge homeowners talking about the families who lived in their houses before them.  Each program will include stories of two existing homes, as well as one other home that has been lost over the years.

Join us on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. for the third program in our 2019 series.  Program details to follow.