Our Opinion: South Mountain award speaks for many


The prestigious award coming to South Mountain Concerts serves as a reminder of the contributions made by all of the small venues that contribute to the cultural richness of the Berkshires.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will honored by its service to chamber music when the society opens its 47th season on October 18 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. South Mountain Concerns is more than twice as old as the Chamber Music Society and will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2018.

This "jewel of a chamber music series" in the words of the Chamber Music Society, has drawn a lengthy roster of prominent artists to its modest venue on Pittsfield-Lenox Road. Under Executive Director Lou Steigler and Board of Directors President Ann Galt, South Mountain has increased attendance and seems assured of moving into a second century on solid footing. South Mountain, which has had only three executive directors in its long history — a tribute to its stability — ends its current season on Sunday at 3.

The contributions to the Berkshire cultural scene and the Berkshire economy made by Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow and prominent theater companies are well known, but the smaller groups like South Mountain that dot the landscape are important as well. It is satisfying when those contributions are recognized.


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