MASS MoCA: Annie Lennox: "Now I Let You Go"
Jun
14
to Jan 14

MASS MoCA: Annie Lennox: "Now I Let You Go"

We interact with an infinity of objects from birth to the grave.

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Over time our ‘belongings’ become more steeped and resonant with memory and nostalgia.
In many ways, personal objects express aspects of who we are — our identity: our values: our statements and choices.

The passages of time through which we exist become defined by the objects with which we interact.

The artefacts contained within the earthen mound — partially buried — partially excavated — have all played a part in my life.

I have had a special connection to each item presented — a connection that has been hard to relinquish.

In time, we will all disappear from this earth.

This is our destiny.

What will we leave behind? Who will remember us — and for how long?

The mound is a glorious metaphor for the ultimate conclusion of all material manifestations.

We cling — consciously or unconsciously to ‘things’ that are endowed with emotional significance — keeping memories alive, while the uncomfortable awareness of the inevitable moment of departure is held at bay.

“Annie’s ferocious talent as a songwriter, her dynamic stage presence, and her passionate call to social activism make her work cut an exceptionally wide swathe across global culture. We know and admire Annie Lennox’s work in the public sphere, and there will be sections of this show in which that iconic persona reverberates — sometimes metaphorically, sometimes sonically, sometimes stylistically, and sometimes with just a trace of irony. But juxtaposed against her public face, as we examine this excavation of remarkably personal objects, we will come to better understand some of the underlying and more private forces that motivate her work in song, and her passionately argued campaigns for justice, global health, and social equity across gender and race,” notes MASS MoCA Director Joseph Thompson.

The exhibition — part material diary, part art installation, and utterly human — is accompanied by a printed “field guide” in which Lennox annotates many of the objects on display, identifying the objects and adding recollections, personal stories, and provenance.

 

About Annie Lennox
Celebrated as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time, Dr. Lennox was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2011 for her work towards the eradication of AIDS and poverty in Africa. She is a Royal Academician, a respected social activist and philanthropist, and is the first female Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University of her native Scotland.

Annie is also founder of The Circle – a not-for-profit organisation that works to support and empower some of the most marginalised women and girls around the globe.

Her work in the visual arts has included an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The House of Annie Lennox, which travelled to Manchester, Aberdeen, and The National Portrait Gallery of Edinburgh.

Named as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine, Annie Lennox’s musical career now spans over four decades. Her collaboration with partner Dave Stewart formed ‘Eurythmics’ in the early ’80s.

Lennox has also enjoyed a widely celebrated solo career – selling over 83 million albums worldwide, her song writing and performances have garnered numerous musical accolades, including: 8 BRIT Awards (including Lifetime Achievement), 4 Ivor Novello Awards, 3 MTV Awards, 4 Grammy Awards with 10 Grammy nominations, 26 ASCAP Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. She is the first woman to receive a British Academy of Songwriters Fellowship.

In 1986 Lennox became an associate of The Royal Academy of Music, which was then followed by a Fellowship in 1997 and an Honorary Doctorate in 2017. She has been recognized with doctorates and fellowships from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Edinburgh College of Art, the Open University of Scotland, Essex University, Williams College, USA, and Berklee College of Music, USA.

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MASS MoCA: Anselm Kiefer
Jun
14
to Jan 14

MASS MoCA: Anselm Kiefer

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The long-term exhibition—realized in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation—includes Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels)(2002), an 82-foot long, undulating wave-like sculpture made of cast concrete, exposed rebar, and lead; The Women of the Revolution (Les Femmes de la Revolution) (1992), comprised of more than twenty lead beds with photographs and wall text; Velimir Chlebnikov (2004), a steel pavilion containing 30 paintings dealing with nautical warfare and inspired by the quixotic theories of the Russian mathematical experimentalist Velimir Chlebnikov; and a new, large-format photograph on lead created by the artist for the installation at MASS MoCA.

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Jun
28
to Jun 30

MASS MoCA: Solid Sound Festival 2019

Spanning three days and four stages, Solid Sound includes music by Wilco and its members’ side projects, as well as many other musical performers. It also features a full comedy lineup, family fun for all ages, local food, craft beer, camping, naturalist activities, and more. Concerts held rain or shine.

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Jul
19
5:00 PM17:00

Berkshire Botanical Garden: Cocktails in Great Gardens

Where: 

Rockland Farm, Canaan, NY (address and directions provided upon registration).

Rockland Farm comprises a variety of areas that flow one from another over about ten acres of our property. A 450-foot-long rock ledge runs parallel to the front drive and is topped by a dry garden in silver, gray and blue, with a thyme walk along one edge. Raised areas on the west side of the house feature exotic and tropical plants, many in containers. Behind the house is a sequence of garden rooms: a lavender garden contained within a raised hornbeam hedge; a perennial garden in pastels surrounding our pool; a water garden, fronted by a white garden and with a shade garden and rhododendron walk behind; a hot sundial and rock garden; and a fenced vegetable and cutting garden. From here, a hydrangea allée leads to a lawn with sweeps of perennials on one side and a mixed garden containing a faux-bois set on the other—or to steps up to a small, wooded knoll, where paths offer intermittent views of the garden and the hills beyond and connect a folly, a water feature and a stumpery. Where the garden meets open land, a Tim Prentice kinetic piece snakes its way through the trees, and a massive carved bench in a pine grove overlooks a three-acre lake in the middle-distance. Rockland Farm has been featured in magazines and in the books Great Gardens of the BerkshiresPrivate Edens, and Private Gardens of The Hudson Valley. READ MORE

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Tanglewood: Renee Fleming Sings World Premiere
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Tanglewood: Renee Fleming Sings World Premiere

PHOTO COURTESY DECCA/ ANDREW ECCLES

PHOTO COURTESY DECCA/ ANDREW ECCLES

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts Elgar and Puts featuring Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry

Tanglewood
Koussevitzky Music Shed Lenox MA

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano*
Rod Gilfry, baritone
Wendall Harrington, video artist
ELGAR Enigma Variations
Kevin PUTS The Brightness of Light
(world premiere; BSO co-commission)

The letters of iconic American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, the photographer and curator Alfred Stieglitz, are full of poetry, humor, passion, pain, and longing. Written over the many months and years they lived apart, these letters chronicle their initial flirtations in 1915—when Georgia was a young, aspiring artist—to Alfred’s death in 1946. Written especially for Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry, and accompanied by projections by Wendall Harrington, The Brightness of Light is the story of a great artist who ultimately turns from a painful marriage to embrace her work and the desert landscape she loves.

*2019 Koussevitzky Artist

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Tanglewood: Vocal Class by Renee Fleming
Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

Tanglewood: Vocal Class by Renee Fleming

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Tanglewood Learning Institute
TLI OpenStudio
Vocal Class led by Renée Fleming

Tanglewood

Seiji Ozawa Hall - Lenox, MA View Map

Led by world-renowned musicians, TLI OpenStudio master classes give you the rare opportunity to witness our exceptionally talented Tanglewood Music Center Fellows fine-tune their interpretive skills while exploring nuances of the classical repertoire.

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Tanglewood: Meet the Makers, Tom Stoppard
Jul
24
10:00 AM10:00

Tanglewood: Meet the Makers, Tom Stoppard

Tanglewood Learning Institute
Meet the Makers
Tom Stoppard, playwright

Tanglewood

Linde Center Studio E - Lenox, MA View Map

The BSO co-commissioned an “opera of sorts” from composer Sir André Previn and librettist Tom Stoppard about marriage and the endurance of love through the story of Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey, one of Previn’s final works. Join Tom Stoppard, one of the world’s leading creators of new work for a Meet the Makers session that explores the creative process and the genesis of Penelope.

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Jul
24
8:00 PM20:00

Tanglewood: Renee Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet

Renée Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet
Walker, Wernick, Barber, and Previn

Tanglewood

Seiji Ozawa Hall - Lenox, MA View Map

The Emerson String Quartet and 2019 Koussevitzky Artist Renée Fleming perform the BSO-commissioned world premiere of André Previn and Tom Stoppard’s Penelope, for soprano, string quartet, and piano, as part of the BSO’s celebration of Sir André’ Previn; the program will also include works by Walker, Barber, and Richard Wernick.

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Jul
26
12:00 PM12:00

MASS MoCA: The Pretenders

In the band’s only North American appearance during Summer 2019, The Pretenders will play at MASS MoCA on July 26, with proceeds from this benefit concert supporting the Hans and Kate Morris Fund for New Music, which underwrites new work by emerging and established musicians.

In association with the concert, join bandleader Chrissie Hynde on Saturday, July 27, at 2pm for a discussion and Q+A about her book and exhibition of original paintings.

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Jul
31
1:30 PM13:30

Tanglewood: Bach Cello Suites Class led by Yo-Yo Ma

Tanglewood Learning Institute
TLI OpenStudio
Bach Cello Suites Class led by Yo-Yo Ma

Tanglewood

Seiji Ozawa Hall - Lenox, MA View Map

Led by world-renowned musicians, TLI OpenStudio master classes give you the rare opportunity to witness our exceptionally talented Tanglewood Music Center Fellows fine-tune their interpretive skills while exploring nuances of the classical repertoire.

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Aug
3
8:00 PM20:00

Tanglewood: BSO: Asher Fisch conducts Schumann, Dorman, Beethoven and Mendelssohn featuring violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Asher Fisch conducts Schumann, Dorman, Beethoven and Mendelssohn featuring violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth

Tanglewood

Koussevitzky Music Shed Lenox MA

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Asher Fisch, conductor
Pinchas Zukerman, violin
Amanda Forsyth, cello
SCHUMANN Overture to Genoveva
Avner DORMAN Double Concerto for violin,
     cello, and orchestra (American premiere;
     BSO co-commission)
BEETHOVEN Romance No. 1 in G, for violin
     and orchestra
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3, Scottish

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Aug
8
11:00 AM11:00

Artist Biographies: A Conversation with Harold Holzer

August 8th: Artist Biographies: A Conversation with Harold Holzer, author of Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French and Dr. Thayer Tolles, Marcia F. Vilcek Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Edith Wharton’s The Mount, 11 a.m. Lenox, Mass. Tickets on sale in June at www.edithwharton.org

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Berkshire Botanical Garden: Cocktails in Great Gardens
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Berkshire Botanical Garden: Cocktails in Great Gardens

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August 09, 2019 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: 

Livingston House Garden, Hudson, NY (address and directions provided upon registration).

Located on four acres overlooking the magnificent Churchtown Dairy, the garden at Livingston House has been a labor of love for the owner for over a decade. After caring for the beautiful, natural garden left by the previous owner, Peter Bevacqua was engaged in 2012 to imagine and design a new vision for what the garden could become based on a love of classic English gardens such as Great Dixter and Hidcote Manor (albeit on a much smaller scale!). The garden was laid out as a pattern of different rooms for the visitor to discover, each dedicated to a different concept connected with pebbled paths lined with hydrangeas and navigated with a large wall of red tumbled brick. The generous raised bed vegetable garden borders the small orchard of plums, apples, pears and peach and leads to an Italianate terrace planted with a wonderful weeping ginkgo, roses, lilacs, clethra and buddleia. Here you can enjoy a view of the tree lined tennis court with its magnolias and arborvitaes and extensive field of wildflowers. A path along the lawns and the space around the pool takes you to a different place entirely. High grasses, cool limestone, potted citrus and crisp green lawn evoke a deliberately contemporary space. From here you can disappear through a gate cut through towering viburnums to the tree filled field where the owner’s dogs run along paths and roll in the natural vegetation. 


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Sep
20
to Sep 22

MASS MoCA: FreshGrass Festival 2019

An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is a family-friendly festival, brimming with bright talent on four stages, and also in our galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy field, produced in partnership by MASS MoCA, the FreshGrass Foundation, and No Depression.

Music starts early in the museum courtyards, moves to our spacious (and grassy!) urban concert meadow, and then continues until past your bedtime with wild and woolly late-night barn dances in the Hunter Center on Friday and Saturday nights. Concerts held rain or shine. The lineup is jam-packed with guitar gods and banjo gurus, traditionalists, and trailblazers — artists you already know and love interspersed with FreshGrass discoveries. Taken together, it’s an expansive group of performers who both draw on the past and look to the future. We like to think of it as “great music uprooted.”

The FreshGrass Award celebrates new talent, with cash prizes to the contest winners. Finalists in the band, banjo, fiddle, and the No Depression singer-songwriter categories perform for a panel of industry professionals on Saturday and Sunday of the festival, with winners announced on Sunday afternoon. Open to all festival-goers, the contest showcases the future of bluegrass and roots music when the bands play original and traditional tunes. With prizes totaling $25,000, grand prize winners receive a performance spot at next year’s festival, recording sessions at Compass Records, and handcrafted instruments from festival sponsors. Submissions are now open.

FreshGround is a tent-camping field within easy walking distance (.7 miles; 12 minutes) of the festival, convenient to downtown merchants, bars, and restaurants. A shuttle bus runs continuously to the festival from the campsite.

Camp Aggie for RV and tent camping is located 4 miles down the road from the festival. Shuttle buses run to the festival every 20-30 minutes.

Stay tuned to freshgrass.com for the latest news—the music never stops at FreshGrass!

Follow FreshGrass on Facebook for updates and more.


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