RECESS | Things to do this week: Audition to conduct with the BSO, explore spring wildflowers, attend a bike rodeo


Editor's note: This article was modified on May 15, 2018, to reflect that the Young Leaders program at Bard College at Simon's Rock has been canceled. 

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As part of the Boston Pops' season-long centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein's birth, Conductor Keith Lockhart and the orchestra will host a conducting competition for students ages 18-30 who live in or attend school in New England or New York, giving one winner the opportunity to conduct the Boston Pops in Bernstein's "Overture to Candide" during the orchestra's June 7 performance, which also features Broadway star Sutton Foster. The competition gives contestants the same opportunity that Bernsteind had on July 11, 1941, when he made his professional conducting debut after winning a contest held by the Boston Herald.

To enter, contestants must submit a live performance video by 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. The video (with or without an audience) must be of themselves conducting an ensemble of any size in a musical piece of their choosing to Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtag #ConductingBernstein. Videos must be shared publicly on the social media sites to be considered for the competition. With their social media post, contestants also need to share the reason, in 150 words or less, why they should be chosen to receive the opportunity to conduct. Three finalists will be selected to audition with Keith Lockhart, and be interviews.

For contest details, visit

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Mass Audubon will host a Spring Wildflower Walk from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox. The cost is $8 for the general public, $6 for members. With a naturalist, search for meadow and woodland wildflowers and other signs of spring on this leisurely walk. Participants will learn to use guidebooks and apps to look up plants they discover along the way. Bring trail snacks, curiosity, and a hand lens if you have one, and be sure to wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.

Register at or by calling 413-637-0320.

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Bike Fest 2018 will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, in collaboration with the 2018 North Adams Mayor's Fitness Challenge Kick-Off in downtown North Adams. Eagle Street will be open to bicyclists and pedestrians only, to celebrate all things cycling. Bring your bikes, your friends and your family and come ride through a bike rodeo, a small bike pump track, practice sharing the road, decorate your bike and enjoy being on your bike. There will also be bike giveaways, food and music at this free, family-friendly event.

Visit for more information and to register for the fitness challenge.

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The annual Horizons Spring Plant Sale will include annuals and perennials, tomatoes, herbs and house plants, colorful geraniums, succulents in handmade ceramics, and more this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the greenhouse at Miss Hall's School, 492 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. (Use the back entrance, near the tennis courts.) All plants and ceramics, respectively, are grown and crafted by Miss Hall's freshwomen. The proceeds will benefit students' philanthropic efforts and community service projects. For more information, visit


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