Fun facts: Music in the Berkshires
The county is full of music with deep roots this weekend. Beloved Berkshire musician and composer David Grover and his gang will perform Hanukkah classics to prepare for the holiday at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, at Hevreh of Southern Berkshrie, 270 State Road (Route 23) Great Barington, (413) 528-6378.
Internationally acclaimed Grammy-winning Klezmer group the Klezmatics, above, will appear at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday as part of Yidstock: The Festival of Jewish Music, at 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. (413) 528-0100, www.mahaiwe.org
Klezmatics co-founder Alicia Svigals will also perform a score she has composed for the silent film ‘The Yellow Ticket,' starring the great Polish actor Pola Negri. The 1918 silent film follows Anna Mirrel (Negri), a young Jewish girl in Czarist Russia. Anna, believing her father is ill, must present herself as a prostitute -- the only women allowed to travel freely outside the ghetto -- to obtain a yellow travel ticket to reach her father. Svigals will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mass MoCA in North Adams. www.massmoca.org
Williams College's concert anc chamber choirs will present ‘Songs from the Cold Seas: Vocal Music from Iceland,' a concert of traditional music directed by Brad Wells, at 8 p.m. Friday in Thompson Memorial Chapel, in Williamstown. The concert is free and open to all. music.williams.edu
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