Berkshire Strings Presents
Instruction and Inspiration
Berkshire Strings Presents introduces the Studio Concert: an opportunity to hear excellent music in an intimate atmosphere and become aware of interesting projects happening in our community.
November 11th 3pm: Workshops 8pm:Concert
Neil Pearlman and Alden Robinson
Our first show will feature musicians Neil Pearlman on piano and Alden Robinson on fiddle. Eddie Sporn, a member of the State of Massachusetts group looking at a new passenger rail connection between the Berkshires and NYC, will make a short presentation.
Called “a tremendous pianist” on BBC Radio Scotland, Neil Pearlman is renowned for his unique approach to Celtic music on the piano. Rooted in traditional Cape Breton styles, Neil’s accompaniment expands traditional music with a broad palette of techniques from jazz and other genres. An accomplished Cape Breton step dancer as well, Neil grew up in the family band Highland Soles. He has performed with Natalie MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, among many others.
Alden Robinson has been described as a “powerhouse fiddler” by the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. He gravitated towards Irish traditional music in college, studying fiddle in Cork, Ireland. He performs regularly throughout the U.S. with the Maine-based Irish band The Press Gang. He also plays regularly for dances and teaches at music camps. He recently served as an Arts Envoy with the U.S. State Department in Lithuania.
WORKSHOPS: November 11 @ 3pm $15
Limited seating and parking are available for these workshops. Advanced reservations necessary, no walk-ins.
Alden will lead a fiddle workshop, teach a traditional tune and share tips and techniques. Alden is one of the best teachers I've experienced; he'll send you home with a solid tune you'll never forget.
Neil will be offering a piano workshop on traditional accompaniment. Neil is a brilliant accompanist and hears chords for fiddle tunes like no other pianist. Together they'll bring a powerful learning experience for all of us.
Berkshire Summer Strings Benefit Concert
Thursday, July 13 - 7:30pm
Dewey Hall in Sheffield, MA
Our Staff will perform their own award winning compositions and the traditional tunes that continue to inspire them. Suggested donation of $20 goes to the Youth Scholarship Fund.
Concert for the Community
Friday, July 14 - 5:30pm
French Park in North Egremont, MA
The grand celebration, Berkshire Summer Strings' musical gift to the Egremont community. Bring a blanket or a chair, or a whole picnic to enjoy on the lawn and be transported to another time through the music and singing of our program participants.
"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Alford/Egremont Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."