There are two fun and very different from each other music events coming up in the City of Pittsfield. One of them is to enjoy as an audience member, and the other is looking for your participation. The best part... they are both FREE! 

This one you can sit back and enjoy as a spectator. For the third year, Pittsfield Common is hosting a free screening of a Tanglewood performance this coming Saturday, July 17th at 7 pm. The video screening of an archived Boston Symphony Orchestra performance will feature composers George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto, Duke Ellington’s “Harlem,” Aaron Copland's “A Lincoln Portrait” narrated by actor John Douglas Thompson, and John Harbison’s “Foxtrot for Orchestra” from his opera, “Remembering Gatsby.” 

Pre-concert activities will take place at 6 pm and will include live performances by Kids 4 Harmony and the Eagles Community Band. There will also be a “Best Picnic” contest so be sure to come with your baskets packed!  

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The Pittsfield Common is located at 101 First Street with several public parking lots in close proximity. The rain date for the event is July 18 at 5 p.m. 

Tanglewood in the City at the Pittsfield Common is the result of a collaborative partnership between Mill Town and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

This event is one that YOU can take an active role in! The Berkshire Concert Choir, now in its 44th season of providing quality choral music in the Berkshires, is welcoming all singers to join the choir in an outdoor summer “sing” on Tuesday, July 27th, at 7 pm. The "sing" will be held outdoors at the Pittsfield Common, located next to Zion Lutheran Church at 74 First Street in Pittsfield. Singers will be led by the choir’s newly appointed Artistic Director, Matthew O. Thomas, and accompanied on the keyboard by Zion’s Music Director, Amy Renak.

The free event is open to fully vaccinated singers only. Singers are asked to bring a food item to support a local food pantry. Zion Lutheran Church will supply folding chairs, or if you want to, you may bring your own lawn chair. Among some of the music to be sung are Bright Morning Stars by J. Althouse, How Can I Keep from Singing as arranged by local composer and arranger Scott Bailey, and two selections from Vespers by Sergei Rachmaninoff.      

This is NOT a performance but rather an opportunity to join--or just listen to--your friends and neighbors in singing for fun. Singers of all skill levels are welcome.  

Although all singers are welcome, to help planning, singers are asked to indicate their interest in attending the event by indicating so at facebook.com/berkshireconcertchoir. 

Fun! Fun! Fun! 

 

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