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Great Barrington, Mass.—The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center has added four new live shows to its music programming schedule this summer: jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant on Thursday, July 20; flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook on Saturday, July 29; the Glenn Miller Orchestra on Sunday, August 6; and rock musicians Devon Allman and Donavon Frankenreiter on Wednesday, August 9. These events join a spring and summer lineup with Joan Osborne, Pedrito Martinez, Ryan Hamilton, Chris Botti, Brian Stokes Mitchell headlining the Mahaiwe Gala, Béla Fleck, and Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro.
“Come be entranced by the intelligent vocal inventiveness of Cécile McLorin Salvant’s treatment of jazz standards and the exquisite intricacy of Jesse Cook’s guitar in July, then in August, choose the big band bounce of Glenn Miller Orchestra or the breezy good times of Allman and Frankenreiter’s guitars, or both,” says Mahaiwe Executive Director Janis Martinson.
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Cécile McLorin Salvant will perform on Thursday, July 20 at 8 p.m. Cécile McLorin Salvant is a composer, singer, and visual artist. The late Jessye Norman described Salvant as “a unique voice supported by an intelligence and full-fledged musicality, which light up every note she sings.” Salvant has developed a passion for storytelling and finding the connections between vaudeville, blues, folk traditions from around the world, theater, jazz, and baroque music. Salvant is an eclectic curator, unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs with strong narratives, interesting power dynamics, unexpected twists, and humor. Salvant won the Thelonius Monk competition in 2010. She received Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album for three consecutive albums, For One to Love (2015), Dreams and Daggers (2017), and The Window (2018), and was nominated twice more for WomanChild (2014) and Ghost Song (2022). In 2020, Salvant received the MacArthur fellowship and the Doris Duke Artist Award. Tickets are $29 to $59 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and individuals ages 30 and under.
Jesse Cook will perform on Saturday, July 29 at 8 p.m. A career spanning twenty-five years has brought this Canadian guitarist multiple accolades including a coveted Acoustic Guitar Magazine “Player’s Choice Silver Award” in the Flamenco Category, eleven Juno Award nominations (he won for 2001’s Free Fall), a Gemini Award, three Canadian Smooth Jazz Guitarist of the Year awards and, most impressively, ten platinum and gold studio albums. Cook has said of his music: “If you go to Spain and you play [my] music, they’ll say, what is this? They don’t recognize it as Flamenco because it’s not, it’s a hybrid. I love Flamenco, but I also love world music, jazz, pop, Brazilian Samba, and Persian music.” He has sold out concert halls the world over, produced five PBS television specials and five live records. Tickets are $29 to $54 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and individuals ages 30 and under.
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Sonic Era Touring will present the Glenn Miller Orchestra on Sunday, August 6 at 4 p.m. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has toured the world, entertaining audiences with big band sounds and swing songs like “In the Mood,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” and their theme music “Moonlight Serenade.” Tickets are $40 to $75 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and individuals ages 30 and under.
Devon Allman and Donavon Frankenreiter
Devon Allman and Donavon Frankenreiter bring their See it All Tour to Great Barrington on Wednesday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m., stopping at the Mahaiwe amidst a record-setting run playing a different show in every state across the country.
For nearly four decades Donavon Frankenreiter has been traveling the globe, first as a professional surfer and now as a musician. With over a dozen albums under his belt, Frankenreiter has worked it on the touring trail worldwide for three decades.
Blues Music Award-winning singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer Devon Allman (son of rock legend Gregg Allman) has appeared at the world’s biggest festivals and has co-founded the supergroups Royal Southern Brotherhood and The Allman Betts Band amassing a recording catalog of 11 albums. He writes a column for Guitar Player Magazine, is endorsed by Gibson guitars, and serves on the board of directors for the National Blues Museum.
The See it All Tour will take them to places they’ve never been, at a pace that’s never been done. The concept is simple. The execution will be brutal — 50 shows in all 50 American states in less than 50 days. Like modern day Evel Knievels, the tour is going to test the wills of these road-tested veterans at every turn. Doing one set entirely together with a backing band, the duo will be playing songs from their upcoming collaborative EP, Rollers. Opening support will be provided by Jackson Stokes and Matt Anderson. Tickets are $39 to $69 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and individuals ages 30 and under. This performance is sponsored by Départ.
Tickets go on sale to Mahaiwe Members on Wednesday, April 12 at noon and to the public on Friday, April 14 at noon. Tickets can be purchased online at mahaiwe.org, or by calling or visiting the Box Office, 413-528-0100, on Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information on Mahaiwe Membership, visit mahaiwe.org/membership, or contact Advancement Manager Melissa Canavan at 413-644-9040, ext. 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals ages 30 and under are eligible for $15 tickets directly through the Box Office.
About the Mahaiwe
Located in downtown Great Barrington, Mass., the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the year-round presenter of world-class music, dance, theater, classic films, Live in HD broadcasts, and arts education programs for the southern Berkshires and neighboring regions. The intimate jewel box of a theater opened in 1905. Since 2005, the performing arts center has hosted over 1,500 events and welcomed over half a million people through its doors. More than 25,700 students from 73 different schools have benefited from the Mahaiwe’s school-time performances and residencies. For more information, see mahaiwe.org.