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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Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm

Canceled: Behind Closed Doors

Join us on March 19, 2019 for our next program!


Friday, February 22 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 third concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Friday, February 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 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.


Saturday, February 23 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Brendan Mathews, Author of This Is Not a Love Song

We are pleased to welcome back author Brendan Mathews for a book reading and signing for his new short story collection, This Is Not a Love Song, on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

This engrossing first story collection by rising star Brendan Mathews is packed with compelling tales such as “My Last Attempt to Explain to You What Happened with the Lion Tamer,” in which a love triangle complicates things between a lion tamer, a trapeze artist, and the strongman.  Mathews effortlessly weaves irresistible stories from a wide array of situations, as in “Airborne,” in which a couple’s obsession with a mold in their house causes them to tear it apart plank by plank.
A worker in architectural salvage trying to two-time his boss by stealing a valuable antique, a father and his sons haggling over the family business during high-stakes rounds of golf, and a widow of the Bosnian conflict recalling her husband’s demise and her dramatic escape are only a few of the warm and intimately revealed characters populating Mathews’s enchanting collection.
This Is Not a Love Song is proof positive that Mathews is every bit the expert minimalist that he was the boisterous maximalist, as each of these ten stories brings its world and its sympathetic characters to life with vivid detail, emotional precision, and winning humor.

Photo by Tricia McCormack

About the author: Brendan Mathews is the author of This Is Not a Love Song: Stories and the novel The World of Tomorrow.  A Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, his fiction has twice appeared in The Best American Short Stories and in Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, Cincinnati Review, and other publications in the US and UK.  He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council,  Sustainable Arts Foundation, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the University of Virginia, where he received his MFA.  He lives with his wife and their four children in Lenox, Massachusetts, and teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.


Saturday, March 2 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Snowden Wright, Author of American Pop

Join us as we welcome Snowden Wright, Author of America Pop to our speaker series on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  Wright brings us a saga of family, ambition, passion, and tragedy that brings to life one unforgettable Southern dynasty—the Forsters, founders of the world’s first major soft-drink company—against the backdrop of more than a century of American cultural history.

Born and raised in Mississippi, Snowden Wright has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. He has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, the Millions, and the New York Daily News, among other publications, and he previously worked as a fiction reader for The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Paris Review. Wright’s small-press debut, Play Pretty Blues, was the recipient of the 2012 Summer Literary Seminar’s Graywolf Prize. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

 


Thursday, March 7 at 12:00 pm

Cookbook Club

Do you like to cook?  Would you like a reason to learn to cook or try new recipes?  Do you just want something fun and different to do at lunchtime?  Then join our cookbook club!

On the first Thursday of the month, we invite you to gather together with fellow cooks and friends for lunch, while exploring different cuisines and cookbooks from the Library’s collection.

Our next meeting will take place on at noon on Thursday, March 7, 2019.  This month’s featured title will be LIVE TO EAT: Cooking the Mediterranean Way by Michael Psilakis.

NEW: Following each meeting, the Cookbook Club will provide picks and tips from the month’s featured cookbook.  You can find this information in a binder next to the cookbook section on the upper level of the Library.

Here’s how cookbook club works:
1. Check the information in our enewsletter or on our website for the date of the next lunchtime meeting. You’ll also see which cookbook is going to be the source for our upcoming exploration. Typically, we’ll choose cookbooks that have interesting things to make but do not require elaborate preparations or impossible-to-find ingredients.
2. Stop in at the Library and ask for the month’s featured cookbook at the front desk. You won’t take it out; just browse at your leisure and have a look at the recipes.
3. From your browsing, choose a recipe that you’ll prepare and bring to the next Cookbook Club meeting. Copy the recipe and put a post-it on that recipe with your name (that way we won’t end up with duplicates).
Tip: choose something you’ll enjoy making—of course—but also keep in mind that the Library does not have a full kitchen, just a microwave and refrigerator. Things that can be served easily in small portions and that don’t require last minute prep will work best.
4. On the designated day, please bring your finished dish to the library with any needed serving utensils. If it is easier with your schedule, you’re welcome to drop your dish off in the meeting room, using the refrigerator if necessary.
5. If possible, also bring some plastic containers for those who may want to bring leftovers home (assuming we have leftovers!).
6. At each meeting, we’ll enjoy the shared food while also chatting about the featured cookbook and your experiences with the recipes. What would you recommend? What surprises, challenges, or need for creative adaptations did you encounter?
7. The Library will provide plates, utensils, etc. Clean-up assistance is always welcomed.
8. At the end of the meeting, we’ll survey the group for their future cookbook interests and any other suggestions.

Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.


Thursday, March 7 at 5:00 pm

Book Club

Join the book club on Thursday, March 7, 2019  at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of this month’s featured book,  The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Rees.  Copies are available at the main desk.

The book club generally meets from 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. However, this month we will meet on the first Thursday, March 7.  Bring a friend! New members always welcome – even if you haven’t read the book!


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.


Saturday, April 13 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Inside the Publishing World with Rebecca Saletan and Jenna Johnson

Saletan, Editorial Director at Penguin/Riverhead and Johnson, Executive Editor at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, will talk about what an editor actually does, what they look for in a manuscript and author, how they publish, and offer various secrets of the trade.

 


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.


Saturday, May 18 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Simon Winchester, Author of The Perfectionists

We are pleased to welcome back author Simon Winchester for a book reading and signing for his new book, The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World, on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

The revered New York Times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision—in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision.  At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools—machines that make machines.  Eventually, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, lenses, and cameras—and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, including gene splicing, microchips, and the Hadron Collider.  Winchester moves forward through time, to today’s cutting-edge developments occurring around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia.

About the author: SIMON WINCHESTER is the New York Times best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman.  His recent titles include Atlantic and The Men Who United the States.  Winchester was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to journalism and literature.  He lives in Massachusetts and New York City.


Sunday, June 9 at 4:00 pm

Fifth Annual William Selke Memorial Lecture

Details to follow.