Art Briefs for Dec. 9



Book launch at Rockwell Museum

New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott-winning illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi will return to the Norman Rockwell Museum Sunday, Dec. 9, starting at 2 p.m., for a special program to celebrate the launch of his new holiday book. "The Broken Ornament." The artist's work was previously the subject of the museum's 2017/2018 exhibition, "Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi."

In DiTerlizzi's story, main character Jack wants this to be the best Christmas ever, but when a beloved ornament breaks, the young boy wonders whether the holiday can be saved. Through an illustrated talk, the Amherst--based artist will discuss the origin and development of his new holiday tale, followed by a book signing, and special giveaways, while supplies last. Copies of "The Broken Ornament," suitable for young readers, will be available for purchase in the museum store.

The family-friendly event is free for museum members and children 18 and younger, or with regular museum admission.

PBS to air Bernstein celebration

In honor of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, Tanglewood — the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra — dedicated its 2018 season to the iconic composer, conductor, performer, educator and humanitarian. The festivities culminated on Bernstein's centennial birthday on Aug. 25, in a special celebrity-studded gala concert, with every memorable moment captured for a worldwide audience by THIRTEEN's Great Performances series.

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"Great Performances: The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood," featuring some of the world's leading performers and musicians from the classical stage, opera and musical theater, premieres nationwide Friday, Dec. 28, at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will be available to stream the following day via and PBS apps.

Hosted by film, television and theater star Audra McDonald, "Great Performances: The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood" features appearances by prominent conductors Andris Nelsons, Christoph Eschenbach, Keith Lockhart, John Williams and Michael Tilson Thomas leading an orchestra made up of musicians from some of the organizations most important to Bernstein.



The Berkshires own folk duo, Oakes & Smith, will perform a free holiday season concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. Paul's Church in Stockbridge,

Together for a decade, Katherine Smith and Robert Oakes have produced six recordings, and performed locally at The Guthrie Center, Canyon Ranch and Kripalu, as well as on the national music stage.

Their music expresses a sense of wonder, reflecting themes of love, creativity, and an appreciation of natural beauty.

The concert is open to the public free; any voluntary contributions will benefit the historic Stockbridge church.


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