Wynton, Wynonna, Steep Canyon Rangers heading for the Mahaiwe

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GREAT BARRINGTON - Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will headline the 2017 Mahaiwe Gala AT 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 30.

"We have been working to secure a performance by Wynton Marsalis here for several years and are thrilled to feature him at our 2017 Gala," Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center executive director Beryl Jolly said in a news release. "Jazz is a deeply original, democratic, and liberating form of music, and the appearance by this acclaimed jazz master as well as the full power of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is sure to blow the roof off the Mahaiwe this summer." Performance-only tickets are $80 to $150. Gala ticket packages, include orchestra seating and a pre-show dinner, will be available later this spring.

The booking leads off the first wave of new porgraming for 2017 that includes Wynonna Judd and The Big Noise, Steep Canyon Rangers with special guest Noam Pikelny, and Golden Dragon Acrobats next year.

"From Wynton to Wynonna, and bluegrass to Chinese acrobats, the Mahaiwe is delighted to celebrate iconic talents of great American music and the diversity of world cultures," Jolly said.

In addition, the theater will continue to broadcast HD productions by the Met Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, and London's National Theatre.

Tickets to the newly announced shows will go on sale to Mahaiwe members on Dec. 14 and to the general public on Dec. 17.

A limited number of $15 tickets are available for audience members ages 30 and younger to the Mahaiwe's live performances through the Mahaiwe ArtSmart Tix program.

LIVE PERFORMANCES

- Steep Canyon Rangers with special guest Noam Pikelny will perform at 7 p.m. on March 26. A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers walk the line between progressive, party-oriented string band and translating their songs for accompaniment by a full symphony. It's that mix that earned the band the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013, and drew comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to them when he needed a backing band.

Virtuoso banjo player Noam Pikelny is a founding member of Punch Brothers and a three-time Grammy nominee.

- The Golden Dragon Acrobats will give a family friendly performance at 3 p.m. on April 9. The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. Impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and theatrical techniques.

- Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times best-selling author Wynonna Judd will perform with her band, The Big Noise led by her husband/drummer/producer Cactus Moser, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1. Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of The Judds, or pursuing her own solo path, Wynonna has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning. Charting countless singles, including 20 No. 1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as "the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline."

BOLSHOI BALLET IN HD

The Bolshoi HD broadcasts for 2017 begin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 22 with "The Sleeping Beauty," with choreography by Yuri Grigorovich and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Also scheduled:

- Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake." 1 p.m., Feb. 5, with choreography by Yuri Grigorovich.

- "Contemporary Evening." 1 p.m. March 19 - new works choreographed by Hans Van Manen, Sol Le n, Paul Lightfoot, and Alexei Ratmansky to music by Benjamin Britten, Max Richter, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Leonid Desyatnikov.

- "A Hero of Our Time," 1 p.m., April 23, with choreography by Yuri Possokhov and music by Ilya Demutsky; adapted from Mikhail Lermontov's 1840 literary masterpiece.

The Mahaiwe is partnering with Jacob's Pillow to present a series of informational talks by Jacob's Pillow scholar-in-residence Brian Schaefer 20 minutes prior to each Bolshoi Ballet broadcast.

LONDON'S NATIONAL THEATRE IN HD

The 2017 portion of this series kicks off at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 with an encore broadcast of Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land," co-starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart as two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, who meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night. The schedule continues with:

- "Amadeus," 7 p.m. Feb. 4, broadcast live from the National Theatre, with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

- George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan," 3 p.m., Feb. 19, with Gemma Arterton as Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse.

- Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler," 3 p.m., March 12 - a modern dress production directed by Tony Award-winning Ivo van Hove.

MET OPERA LIVE IN HD

The new year begins at 1 p.m. on Jan. 7 with Verdi's "Nabucco" with Pl cido Domingo on stage and James Levine in the pit. Also on tap:

- Gounod's "Rom o et Juliette," 1 p.m., Jan. 21

- Dvo k's "Rusalka," 1 p.m., Feb. 25

- Verdi's "La Traviata," 1 p.m., March 11

- Mozart's "Idomeneo," 1 p.m., on March 25

- Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin," 1 p.m., April 22

- Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier," 12:30 p.m., May 13

Scholar Scott Eyerly will give a talk about each opera 75 minutes before the first screening.

GUEST PRESENTATIONS

The Mahaiwe will host classical music concerts produced by Close Encounters With Music on March 18, April 15, May 6, and June 10 and by Boston Early Music Festival on June 24 and 25.

EDUCATION

In addition to these events, the Mahaiwe is planning a series of arts education programming for students and families.

These performances will include David Gonzalez's Cuentos, Tales from the Latin World, Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats, and Erth's Dinosaur Zoo for hands-on exposure to pre-historic Australia.

Tickets for Mahaiwe Education events may be arranged through Judy Reinauer at 413.644.9040 x103 or education@mahaiwe.org.

Complete ticket and programming information is available online at mahaiwe.org; by phone at (413) 528-0100; or in person at the Mahaiwe box office.

The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle St. Box office hours are noon-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and three hours before show times.


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