BTG plans outdoor music series next to Unicorn Theatre

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STOCKBRIDGE — Some of the Berkshires' best-known musician-performers — among others, Billy Keane, Bobby Sweet, Misty Blues, David Grover, Wanda Houston — will be performing on August weekends in an open-air tent next to the Unicorn Theatre at Berkshire Theatre Group's Stockbridge campus.

Bobbie's Summer Series begins at 7 p.m., August 14 with Misty Blues and lead vocalist Gina Coleman in a tribute to women of color who became the matriarchal pioneers of the blues — Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton, Ruth Brown and Koko Taylor — and wraps 7 p.m. Aug. 29 with Hannah Lynn Cohen and Jeremiah Blacklow in "The Evolution of the Violin Duo," a program exploring the evolution of the violin duo, with selections from the baroque era up to 20th-century duets.

The series is sponsored by former BTG president and emeritus trustee Bobbie Hallig. In a statement released Wednesday, BTG artistic director and CEO Kate Maguire described Hallig as "a major force in our ongoing activities.

"Twenty-five years ago (she) spearheaded the fundraising campaign to build the Unicorn Theatre. Now during these most complicated times, she again is building a series of events on the grounds of BTG in Stockbridge."

In addition to the musicians, Bobbie's Summer Series will include members of the dance collective Dancers of the Berkshires in an evening of virtual works created through Zoom, performed live in a socially distanced outdoor space. Performing will be Sarah Daunt, Briana Markovich, Olivia Martin, Melissa Martinez, Fiona Scruggs and Rachael Weber.

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Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for use on the grass.

BTG officials said seating and all other arrangements are in line with "procedures and protocols in a manner that is consistent with state and local mandated health and safety guidelines."

For evening events, the grounds will open at 6 p.m. Performances begin at 7.

Food will be available for purchase from BB's Hot Spot (Aug. 14), KJ Nosh (Aug. 15, 21, 22, 28), and a vendor to be named (Aug. 29).

Complete information and ticket reservations are available in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South St. in Pittsfield; online at BerkshireTheatreGroup.org; or by phone (413) 997-4444. The ticket office is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or any performance day from 10 a.m. until curtain.


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