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Great Barrington, Mass.—The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents a full lineup of live programming in 2022. The rollout consists of An Evening with Josh Ritter on June 17; the Handel and Haydn Society with Glories of the Baroque: The Great Concertos on June 29; The High Kings on July 21; An Evening with Graham Nash on July 23; Chris Isaak on July 27; Get Happy!, Michael Feinstein celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial on August 5; Dear Erich, A Jazz Opera by Ted Rosenthal on August 6; Pat Metheny Side-Eye on September 3; Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band on November 4; and Strings Attached with John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey on December 17.
“The through-line is high craft, as the Mahaiwe threads Americana, Classical, Irish Folk, Rock, American Songbook, Jazz, Opera, and more across the summer and fall,” says Mahaiwe Executive Director Janis Martinson. “Our year-round programming won’t stop here, either. There is more exciting news on the horizon. We think people are ready to be happy, and we are giving them lots of options.”
The newly announced performances join Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World’s Most Creative People, with Debbie Millman and Roxane Gay on May 15, The Wallflowers on May 20, and Madeleine Peyroux on May 27 in rounding out the Mahaiwe’s year-round schedule. More shows are expected to be added later this year as well, including a Gala performance on Saturday, July 30.
An Evening with Josh Ritter
The Mahaiwe presents An Evening with Josh Ritter on Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m. Josh Ritter is a songwriter from Moscow, Idaho. He was named one of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste Magazine, alongside Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Neil Young. Joan Baez and Bob Weir have covered his songs. He regularly sells out legendary venues such as the Fillmore, the Beacon Theatre, and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Tickets are $29 to $49 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and youth.
Handel and Haydn Society — Glories of the Baroque: The Great Concertos
The Handel and Haydn Society brings Glories of the Baroque: The Great Concertos to the Mahaiwe on Wednesday, June 29 at 8 p.m. Sparkling, exuberant and breathtakingly virtuosic: Vivaldi and his fellow Baroque composers set a new standard for musical brilliance that lasts to this day. And nobody brings these showpieces alive like the period instrument virtuosi of Boston’s renowned Handel and Haydn Society (H+H), expert in revealing the music’s original freshness and vitality — just as the composers intended. Join the H+H all-stars in their debut performance at the Mahaiwe for a night with the rock stars of the Baroque. The show will feature H+H musicians, led by concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky. Find out why the Strad says, “H+H presented some of the liveliest, most characterful and engaging period-playing I’ve heard.” Tickets are $25 to $50 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and youth. This performance is sponsored by Fairview Hospital.
The High Kings
The High Kings bring their Irish Folk music to the Mahaiwe on Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m. The High Kings play 13 instruments between them. Their 2018 self-titled debut album reached number 2 on the world Billboard Music chart, and in March 2009, The High Kings played five consecutive sold out shows to a packed audience in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. The High Kings continue to set the bar extremely high for Irish Folk bands across the world and are widely regarded to be at the forefront of the genre. Tickets are $34 to $49 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and youth. This performance is sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites.
An Evening with Graham Nash
The Mahaiwe presents An Evening with Graham Nash on Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m. Legendary artist Graham Nash, as a founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who has seen rock history unfold at some of its seminal moments – from the launch of the British Invasion to the birth of the Laurel Canyon movement a year later. An extraordinary Grammy Award-winning renaissance artist – and self-described “simple man” – Nash was inducted twice into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, for his work with CSN and his work as a solo artist, beginning with two landmark albums, Songs For Beginners and Wild Tales. The concert marks a return to the Mahaiwe, with the British-American music icon having performed on the historic stage in 2015. Tickets are $41 to $86 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and youth. This performance is sponsored by the Allegrone Companies.
Chris Isaak will perform at the Mahaiwe on Wednesday, July 27 at 8 p.m. Over the course of his three-decade plus career, Platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated singer and actor Chris Isaak has performed to sold-out crowds across the globe with his longtime band Silvertone. His music and film credits include nine critically acclaimed studio albums, and twelve chart-topping singles, along with several motion pictures, such as The Silence of the Lambs and That Thing You Do! His work has also taken him behind the scenes, creating music for multiple film soundtracks, including Eyes Wide Shut, True Romance, Wild at Heart, and Blue Velvet. Isaak has starred in his own critically acclaimed television series The Chris Isaak Show on Showtime, has previously served as a judge on The X Factor Australia, and hosted the music talk show, The Chris Isaak Hour on Bio. Isaak’s beloved Heart-Shaped World album, which includes his breakthrough classic “Wicked Game,” saw its 30th anniversary in 2019. He is currently recording a new studio album in Nashville. Tickets are $64 to $119 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and youth. This performance is sponsored by Berkshire Money Management.
Get Happy! Michael Feinstein celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial
The Mahaiwe presents a special event from a beloved returning performer on Friday, August 5 at 8 p.m. — Get Happy! Michael Feinstein celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial. Legendary singer Michael Feinstein salutes and celebrates the great Judy Garland on her 100th birthday. Executive produced by Liza Minnelli, audiences are invited to join a nostalgic and spectacular musical journey of Garland’s illustrious career. Filled with special surprise moments, Feinstein and audiences will come together in celebrating Garland’s unparalleled talent and charisma. No one could break or lift your heart like Judy Garland! Feinstein will lead a historical journey through Garland’s amazing life, telling stories that he has learned from Liza Minnelli and other close friends. Audiences will be treated to recently discovered, previously unheard musical arrangements, and given rare insight into the enduring Garland mystique. Tickets are $59 to $124 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and youth. This performance is sponsored by Red Lion Inn.
Dear Erich — A Jazz Opera by Ted Rosenthal
The Mahaiwe presents Dear Erich — A Jazz Opera by Ted Rosenthal on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. This concert performance features members of the NYC Opera cast, accompanied by renowned jazz pianist Ted Rosenthal and his trio. Rosenthal’s jazz opera Dear Erich tells a refugee story for our times. Inspired by letters written in Germany between 1938 and 1941 by Herta Rosenthal to the composer’s father, Dear Erich depicts a family’s dual fates. Dear Erich addresses walls and wars, refugees and immigrants, survivors and victims, the promise of a new world; and asks what is found when a survivor forms a new family, and what gets lost when the next generation is untethered from the past. The opera’s scenes of immigration and refugees in crisis raise moral dilemmas that resound today. Dear Erich stands for the power of remembrance, not just to honor the past but also to root us in the present and chart our future. Tickets are $25 to $60, with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and youth.
Pat Metheny Side-Eye
Another veteran of the Mahaiwe stage returns on Saturday, September 3 at 8 p.m. Pat Metheny Side-Eye unites the jazz guitar great with keyboardist Chris Fishman and drummer Joe Dyson. It is one thing to attain popularity as a musician, but it is another to receive the kind of acclaim Pat Metheny has garnered from critics and peers. Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist” and awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter from Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 20 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, and Best Instrumental Composition, at one point winning seven consecutive Grammys for seven consecutive albums. In 2015 he was inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame, becoming only the fourth guitarist to be included (along with Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery) and its youngest member. Metheny has spent much of his life on tour, often doing more than 100 shows a year since becoming a bandleader in the ‘70s. Tickets are $54 to $89, with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and youth. This performance is sponsored by Number 10.
Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band bring their Southern Remedies Tour to the Mahaiwe on Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m. New Orleans’ most celebrated modern brass band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, pairs up with the Squirrel Nut Zippers and their multi-platinum blend of 1930s era jazz, swing and folk. For these two groups, breaking molds and charting a new musical course is what helped each attain the highest level of success. The performances by these two critically acclaimed bands make for a delightfully eclectic and entertaining evening, with two sets plus collaboration. Tickets are $51 to $81 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and youth. This performance is sponsored by Départ Wine.
Strings Attached with John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey
A holiday season tradition returns to the Mahaiwe in a new iteration on Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. — Strings Attached with John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey. Travel back to the days of the Hot Club of France and Reinhardt and Grappelli for an intimate evening of standards performed by a “Django-esque” of two guitars, violin, bass and of course, John Pizzarelli on guitar and vocals and Jessica Molaskey’s vocals. Tickets are $44 to $94 with discounts for Mahaiwe Members and youth.
Tickets to An Evening with Josh Ritter, Handel and Haydn Society — Glories of the Baroque: The Great Concertos, and An Evening with Graham Nash go on sale to Mahaiwe Members on Wednesday, April 6 at noon, and to the public on Saturday, April 9 at noon.
Tickets to Chris Isaak, Get Happy! Michael Feinstein celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial, and Dear Erich – A Jazz Opera by Ted Rosenthal go on sale to Mahaiwe Members on Wednesday, April 13 at noon, and to the public on Saturday, April 16 at noon.
Tickets to Pat Metheny Side-Eye, Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Strings Attached with John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey go on sale to Mahaiwe Members on Wednesday, April 20 at noon, and to the public on Saturday, April 23 at noon.
To purchase tickets, visit mahaiwe.org or call 413-528-0100 during Box Office hours, Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. To learn more about Mahaiwe Membership, visit mahaiwe.org/membership.
For $15 youth discounts (ages 30 and under), contact the Box Office directly.
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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 22,000 students from 73 different schools have benefited from the Mahaiwe’s school-time performances and residencies. For more information, see mahaiwe.org.