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Bard College at Simon’s Rock Upcoming Events: Affordable, Year-Round Culture in the Berkshires

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces some upcoming February events. All events listed are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted. From visual and performing arts to lectures and readings, the Simon’s Rock campus offers residents numerous opportunities to delve into cultural events—free of charge. For more event information, or parking instructions, visit the College’s frequently updated online calendar at www.simons-rock.edu/events. To request related images, send an email to alicem@simons-rock.edu.

Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. — McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
Craig Harris Jazz Concert: Du Bois Center Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 11 a.m. — Du Bois Center of Great Barrington
Film: The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story"

On Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in the McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center, the Du Bois Center of Great Barrington and Bard College at Simon’s Rock will present a concert by legendary jazz musician Craig Harris, as part of the Du Bois Center’s Fifth Anniversary celebration.

Trombonist Harris composed “Souls Within the Veil” to commemorate the centennial of W.E.B. Du Bois’s "Souls of Black Folk." Harris (www.craigsharris.com) and a star-studded ensemble will perform “Souls," with playwright Ed Bullins providing introductory remarks. Simon's Rock Professor Wesley Brown will serve as master of ceremonies. Du Bois Center Pioneer Awards will be presented to philanthropist Rachel Fletcher and maestro Maurice Peress.

On Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 11 a.m., the film, "The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story (1994)" will be shown at the Du Bois Center. This film starred James Earl Jones as the civil rights leader Johns, Mary Alice as his wife Altona, and Nicole Leach as their daughter “Baby Dee.” "The Road to Freedom:” was directed by Kenneth Fink, written by Leslie Lee and Kevin Arkadie, with theme music by Taj Mahal, and executive produced by Richard P. Rubinstein and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Mr. Rubinstein and Ms. Leach (aka Nicolle Rochelle) will host the Christopher Award winning and critically acclaimed film at the Du Bois Center, with Ms. Rochelle and Mr. Rubinstein providing background on the making of the movie and civil rights movement during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Admission is $35 for the concert, reception, and the film. Contact: Randy F. Weinstein, duboiscenter@gmail.com
Phone: 413-644-9595
On the web: www.duboiscentergb.org 

Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 8:00 pm — Kellogg Music Center
Faculty Recital Series: Baroque music

On Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 8:00 p.m., the Faculty Recital Series of Bard College at Simon’s Rock will present a Baroque music concert, featuring Ron Gorevic on violin, Larry Wallach on harpsichord, and Anne Legêne on viola da gamba. They will perform works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and P. Degli Antoni.

Ronald Gorevic has had a long and distinguished career as a performer and teacher, on both the violin and viola. As a violist he has been a member of several well known string quartets, spanning over twenty years, and covering most of the quartet repertoire. He has toured throughout the U.S., Germany, Japan, Korea and Australia, and has also been broadcast on radio stations across the U.S., S. German and S.W. German radio, and the Australian Broadcast network. As a violinist Mr. Gorevic has performed recitals in major U.S. cities including New York, Chicago, Cleveland and Atlanta. He has also performed in London, where he gave the British premieres of pieces by Donald Erb and Ned Rorem. Mr. Gorevic is a founding member of the Prometheus Piano Quaret, with which he has recorded piano quartets of Saint-Saens and D’Indy for Centaur. He has also recorded for Koch International and Crystal records. His most recent recording, of Brahms clarinet quintet and trio in Brahms’s own arrangement for viola instead of clarinet, was released in 2010 on the Centaur label. He is also currently on the faculty of Smith College, where he teaches both vioin and viola.

Larry Wallach is a pianist/harpsichordist, composer, and music historian who holds the Livingston Hall Chair in Music at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. He earned a PhD in musicology from Columbia University, where he wrote a dissertation about Charles Ives. His recent activities on harpsichord include organizing and performing a program of music for multiple harpsichords that was heard in Norfolk, Connecticut, Great Barrington, and Albany; chamber music with Stephen Hammer and Lucy Bardo; and playing continuo for the Berkshire Bach Society’s Christmas Oratorio performance under James Bagwell. As a pianist he performs a wide range of repertory, but specializes in American music, particularly that of Charles Ives; today’s performance of the Third Violin Sonata completes a project of playing all four sonatas which was initiated in 1985. He has performed them with violinists Nancy Bracken (of the Boston Symphony), Paul Woodiel, Simon’s Rock senior Marcy Goode, alumna Emily Kalish, and Ronald Gorevic. He also performs frequently with his wife, cellist Anne Legêne, and has appeared with the Simon’s Rock Piano Quartet, the Avanti Wind Quintet, guitarist John Myers, and others. He has composed chamber works for the Prometheus Piano Quartet, the Walden Chamber Players, the Avanti Wind Quintet, guitarist Stephen Aron, the Mannes College Percussion Ensemble, and the Housatonic River Festival. A new work for the Winds in the Wild Trio was premiered last March.

Anne Legêne studied cello with Jean Decroos, principal cellist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands, her native country. She performs a wide range of chamber music, with many of the region's fine musicians, and often with her husband, pianist and harpsichordist Larry Wallach. She has a Graduate Performer's Diploma in Early Music from the Longy School in Cambridge, MA, studying viola da gamba with Jane Hershey and baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai. She was a member of the baroque orchestra "Foundling" in Providence, RI, and has played with ensembles "The Italian Connection" and "Les Inégales," the viol consort "Long and Away", The Harvard Choir and Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, and the Berkshire Bach Society. In the summer she teaches at the Early Music Week at World Fellowship Center near Conway, NH. Anne teaches cello and conducts the chamber orchestra at Bard College at Simon's Rock. She teaches cello in her home studio, and for many years was a cello teacher and orchestra conductor at area Waldorf schools.

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Through Friday, March 18, 2011 — The Atrium Gallery, Alumni Library
Anna Dibble: Canines & Primates

Canine dinner parties with a human twist. An animated discussion about Darwin’s boat, a blue skinned woman in a sleeveless white dress, an unhappy Indian Runner Duck. Loosely painted fictional mutts posing in earnest for their portraits. The animals sit around brightly colored tables, musing, barking, singing, clutching wine glasses or coffee cups, sometimes dressed in clothes, sometimes naked, and often uncomfortable with the whole situation or themselves. Food is usually involved – Coq au Vin, Roast Duck Pizza, Moules Frites, Roasted Mullet.

This is the curious world of Vermont painter and writer, Anna Dibble, whose latest works will be exhibited at the Atrium Gallery at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington through March 18, 2011.

“Dibble’s people dogs are a cross between caricatures and portraits. Given her background – as an animation artist for Hanna-Barbera, Marvel and Disney – it is only natural that her creatures would be cartoonish vehicles for expression and personality. These dogs sigh, roll their eyes, mull the state of the world and smile wolfishly….Dibble seems not to worry about refining the images, and so they are direct and seem remarkably free of the kind of fastidiousness that can kill the original spontaneity of a work of art….”
Anne Galloway – Times Argus, Montpelier, Vermont

For over 35 years Dibble has shown her paintings and sculpture in solo and group shows throughout New England. Dibble’s current series of oil and mixed media paintings—Canines and Primates—are about everyday human angst and dilemma told through a dog’s point of view: Macklin and Tink share a glass of wine as they compare notes on the brevity of life and the joys of rolling in horse manure, a white dog named Sparky flirts with a Hooded Merganser, a raven in a red dress flutters her wings….

Anna Dibble’s current work reflects her interest in food, story, natural history, and a Dadaistic view of modern life: dogs, animal people, and humor as metaphors for our nonsensical human condition. For more about the artist, visit www.annadibble.com.

The Atrium Gallery is located within the Alumni Library at Simon’s Rock. The gallery is open during regular library hours while the college is in session: weekdays 8:30 a.m. – midnight and weekends 11:00 a.m. - midnight.

On Facebook: Bard College at Simon's Rock Gallery/Exhibitions http://www.simons-rock.edu/campus-resources/facilities/daniel-arts-center/exhibitions
Exhibitions Office: 413.528.7389, Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator, mcherin@simons-rock.edu 

For a complete listing of events or more information, please visit: http://www.simons-rock.edu/events. Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only college designed expressly to educate bright, highly motivated students after the tenth or eleventh grade. Founded in 1966 as the nation’s first and only early college, Simon’s Rock joined the Bard College system in 1979. It maintains its own campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (the heart of the culture-rich Berkshires), and unique identity as a supportive intellectual home for early college students. Bard College at Simon’s Rock enrolls approximately 450 full-time students, and grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.