Concert for Loved Ones in Haiti
Day is viewed, probably by most, as an intimate event: the
expression of affection in a romantic unit, usually fewer
than half-a-dozen people, give or take. But we see no reason
not to take a more inclusive approach. This Valentine’s
Day (Sunday), the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass.,
is hosting a concert of local and regional talent to benefit
those currently suffering in the aftermath of the Haitian
Performers from throughout the Berkshires will perform,
donating 100 percent of the net take to the United Nations
Foundation’s Help Us Help in Time fund. Among those contributing
their time and talents: Martin Sexton (pictured), Tift Merritt,
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, the Guthrie Family,
Bobby Sweet, Meg Hutchinson, Vetiver, Kris Delmhorst, Jay
& Molly, and the Mammals. They’re showing their love;
we’re sure you’ve got enough to spare, as well.
A Concert for Loved Ones in Haiti will take place at the
Colonial Theatre (111 South Street, Pittsfield, Mass.) on
Sunday (Feb. 14), beginning at 7 PM. Tickets are $15-$25.
For more information, call (413) 917-4444.
Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Chromatics Concerts return tonight (Thursday) with this
esteemed wind ensemble from Germany. The Berlin Philharmonic
Wind Quintet will be performing works by Pliss, Schuller,
Hindemith, Barber and Nielsen.
How are the reviews for their current tour? Glowing. The
Cleveland Plain Dealer critic wrote, last week, that
the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet’s Groundhog Day performance
in the city by Lake Erie was “a model of sophisticated collegiality.”
Pliss’ Serenade was “enchanting.” Gunther Schuller’s
Suite was marked by “jocular playfulness rubbing
shoulders with bluesy wailing.” Barber’s Summer Music
“emerged with elegant freshness in the ensemble’s alert
This sounds promising, does it not?
Troy Chromatics Concerts will present the Berlin Philharmonic
Wind Quintet tonight (Thursday, Feb. 11) at 8 PM at the
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd and State streets, Troy).
Tickets are $35, $30. For reservations and info, please
the name might suggest to you a musical on the, shall we
say, genteel side, Spring Awakening is hardly that.
The title comes from the 19th-century German novel on which
the play is based, a novel banned for its frank discussion
of the tumultuous emotional and physical lives of adolescents:
masturbation, rape, bondage, depression, suicide—Oklahoma,
Thematically, Spring Awakening follows in the recent,
gritty tradition of musicals such as the insanely popular
Rent; musically, too, the play reflects an up-to-date
sensibility (despite its period costumes). The lyrics by
Steven Sater (who also wrote the show’s book) draw heavily
from rock tradition and vocabulary (i.e., “The Bitch of
Living”), and the score by Duncan Sheik (yep, that Duncan
Sheik) spans folk-rock to Weezer-esque alterna-rock. Now,
does this seem like it might be an odd match for German
schoolboys in knee pants? Well, yeah—but odd cool.
(Check the “springawakening bway” channel on YouTube, if
you don’t want to take our word for it, hater.)
Awakening opens on the Mainstage at Proctors (432 State
Street, Schenectady) at 8 PM on Tuesday (Feb. 16), and runs
through Feb. 21. Shows are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM; Saturday-Sunday
at 2 PM; and Sunday also at 7 PM. Tickets are $65-$20. To
buy tickets or for more information, call 346-6204.