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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Thursday, March 1 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 Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.  This month’s featured title will be Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home-Cooking Triumphs by Julia Turshen.

Here’s how it 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.

Tuesday, March 6 at 5:00 pm

Films at Five: From Fiction to Film

This Winter, the Library is pleased to present From Fiction to Film, a winter film series of four blockbuster films adapted from novels for the silver screen.  All films will be shown on Tuesday evenings (one per month) at 5:00 p.m. on the big screen in the Bement Room.  Admission is free.

This month’s featured film is The english patient (1996; R), based on Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 Booker Prize-winning novel.  The film, starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress.



April 3, 2018, 5:00 p.m.: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011; R) Adapted from John LeCarre’s 1974 best-selling novel.  The film, starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch, was nominated for dozens of awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

Thursday, March 8 at 5:00 pm

Book Club

Join the book club on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of this month’s featured book, The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill.  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!


Saturday, March 17 at 4:00 pm

Living with Wildlife: Being Good Neighbors to Wildlife in the Berkshires

Tuesday, April 3 at 5:00 pm

Films at Five: From Fiction to Film

This Winter, the Library is pleased to present From Fiction to Film, a winter film series of four blockbuster films adapted from novels for the silver screen.  All films will be shown on Tuesday evenings (one per month) at 5:00 p.m. on the big screen in the Bement Room.  Admission is free.

The final film in the series will be Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011; R), adapted from John LeCarre’s 1974 best-selling novel.  The film, starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch, was nominated for dozens of awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

Friday, April 6 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 The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group.  The final concert in the 2017-2018 season will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018 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 $15 each; $10 for students with valid student ID.  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.

Ronald Feldman, cello
Natalie Kress, violin
Ryan Little, French horn
Inga Liu, violin
Charlotte Malin, viola
Josh Thompson, French Horn

All Mozart Program:

Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546

A Musical Joke in F,  K. 522 

Divertimento in B flat, K. 287



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.

Hailed by Montréal’s La Presse as “nuanced and singing,” Ryan Little was appointed as Principal Horn of the Naples Philharmonic in April 2017.  Born in Burke, Virginia to a musical family, he began studying piano at age 3 before switching to viola, trumpet, and eventually to horn at the age of 11.  Little received his Master of Music degree in 2017 from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he studied with William VerMeulen of the Houston Symphony.  In 2015, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, where he studied with Gail Williams and Jonathan Boen.

Little has performed with the Britt Music & Arts Festival, Chicago Arts Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony.  He won Second Prize and the Gretchen Snedeker Prize at the 2013 International Horn Competition of America.  In 2014, he was selected as a finalist for the International Horn Society’s Premier Soloist Competition in London, England and at the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments in Düsseldorf, Germany.  As a concert soloist, he has performed with Northwestern University’s Baroque Music Ensemble and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie (Montréal), and the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra.

During the summers he has participated as a fellow in the Castleton Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy, National Orchestral Institute and Festival, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, Spoleto Festival USA, and Tanglewood Music Center.  Little performs on an instrument made in 2012 by Karl Hill of Rockford, Michigan.

Inga Liu, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, is in her final year pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at New England Conservatory, where she studies with Ayano Ninomiya, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics at Tufts University.

Miss Liu is an alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center 2015 and also has attended the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, and the Aurora Music Festival in Stockholm, where she performed as concertmistress under the baton of Krysztof Penderecki.  As a Tanglewood alumnus, she was invited to perform with Yo-Yo Ma at the Kennedy Center in honor of Maestro Seiji Ozawa.

Miss Liu’s quartet at the New England Conservatory has performed in Jordan Hall and was selected to perform in a masterclass for the Juilliard String Quartet.  She also has collaborated with artists including Glenn Dicterow, Karen Dreyfus, Naoko Tanaka, and more.  In past years, her ensembles performed and worked with the Miami, Miró, Penderecki, Rubens, and Shanghai String Quartets.

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.

Josh Thompson is a horn player hailing from Spring, Texas.

Thompson has held fellowships at various programs including the Tanglewood Music Center, the Norfolk Chamber Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.  He also attended the New York String Orchestra Seminar, performing in Carnegie Hall.

Currently a graduate student at the Yale School of Music, Thompson studies with William Purvis. Previously, he attended the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, where he studied with Gail Williams and Jonathan Boen.

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.


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Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 pm

Behind Closed Doors: From Private to Public

Details to follow.