BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA APPOINTS ANDRIS NELSONS 16 May 2013, 12:19 pm
Andris Nelsons and his wife Kristine Opolais
May 16, 2013 – Andris Nelsons has been appointed the 15th Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since its founding in 1881. The announcement was made today by Chairman of the BSO Board of Trustees Ted Kelly, BSO Board of Trustees Vice Chairs Stephen B. Kay and Robert O’Block, and BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe, following a meeting of the orchestra’s Board of Trustees earlier in the day at Symphony Hall. At 34 years old, Andris Nelsons is the youngest music director to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in over 100 years; he is also the first Latvian-born conductor to take on the post.
Nelsons and Opolais will be performing Verdi Requiem with the BSO on Saturday July 27th at Tanglewood. Brook Farm Inn has availability for that weekend.
“On The Town” Comes to the Berkshires in June 9 May 2013, 8:23 am
|Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Based on an idea by Jerome Robbins
Directed by Tony-winner (Urinetown) John Rando
(BSC’s Guys and Dolls)
Choreography by Emmy-winner (TV’s “Smash”) Joshua Bergasse (BSC’s Guys and Dolls, West Side Story)
Music Direction by Darren R. Cohen
|Set in 1944, On the Town is the story of three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City who somehow manage to find love and incredible adventures in the Big Apple. A New York City musical comedy bursting with high energy dancing, not to be missed!
June 12 – July 13
Barrington Stage Co. presents this wonderful performance in June. It’s Berkshires theater at its best — convenient to the inn and near good restaurants too. And did you know that Leonard Bernstein, who wrote the music, stayed at Brook Farm Inn when he was a conducting fellow at Tanglewood Institute?
Berkshire International Film Festival May 30-June 2 8 May 2013, 3:38 pm
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Spring Events in Lenox, MA 22 Apr 2013, 6:18 am
Lenox offers special events this spring. In addition to the historic homes and Berkshires cultural attractions that start their seasons in May, guests of Brook Farm Inn can look forward to these:
Sat.-May 25,-RHURBARB FESTIVAL-Roche Reading Park
Sat.-May 25, “LENOX MARATHON”-Lenox & Tanglewood
Sun.-May 26,-“LENOX MARATHON”
Fri. ,-June 14,-“LENOX MOTORCAR CLASSIC”
Hope to see you here!
April 20th Berkshires Concert 18 Apr 2013, 6:36 am
Erin Keefe, violin
Erin Keefe, violin
Weekend Special $99 for Second Night 29 Mar 2013, 6:00 am
Enjoy a romantic two-night Berkshires getaway in a lovely Lenox B&B. Book any room and the second night is only $99.00! This special is available Friday, Saturday or Saturday, Sunday. This special offer is good only for reservations made for arrival June 7th-9th or June 15th-16th (Cannot be combined with other specials or third party gift certificates.) Choose a room with the amenities that make Brook Farm Inn special - canopy bed, whirlpool tub, and full breakfast. This promotion cannot be booked through our online reservation software. Please call us to reserve and mention the $99 special.
Berkshire Cycling Classic June 9th
Lenox Motor Car Classic June 14th
Tanglewood has three new popular artist performances! 18 Mar 2013, 10:50 am
|Sunday, June 23, 2:30pm, Shed
With Special Guest The Indigo Girls
|Tuesday, July 23, 7pm, Shed
The Last Summer on Earth Tour
Featuring Barenaked Ladies,
Ben Folds Five, and Guster
|Monday, August 19, 7pm, Shed
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
With Special Guest Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band
Tickets go on sale March 21. For more information go to www.bso.org or www.tanglewood.org. Don’t forget to book your room at Brook Farm Inn so you will be close to the concert, restaurants, and all of the Berkshires attractions.
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Williamstown Theatre Festival 2013 16 Mar 2013, 11:45 am
June 26 – July 14, 2013
Book by George S. Kaufman & Morrie Ryskind
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby
Adapted and Directed by Henry Wishcamper
Hooray for Captain Spaulding! The intrepid African explorer, inveterate womanizer, and interminable jokester hobnobs with high society as the guest of honor at a swanky soiree. But when a priceless painting is pilfered, he and the guests are swept up in a screwball search for the thief. This new interpretation of the Marx Brothers’ hit Broadway musical and classic film overflows with mirthful melodies, dynamite dancing, and seriously silly slapstick.
July 17 – 27, 2013
By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Nicholas Martin
With Robert Sean Leonard
“You have no idea how frightfully interesting it is to take a human being and change her into a quite different human being.” With all the parallels of a modern reality-show makeover, an impoverished flower seller is taken in hand by a linguistics professor who attempts to change her accent and pass her off as the epitome of English society. For a wager. A sharp satire on class and women’s independence, Shaw’s century-old masterpiece features Robert Sean Leonard as Henry Higgins in an uproarious, poignant, and unforgettable battle of wits between two of theatre’s most iconic characters.
August 1 – 18, 2013
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Bartlett Sher
In 1992, a rural American romance by an unknown author became a literary phenomenon. Millions of readers have been captivated by the simple story of Francesca, a beautiful Italian woman who marries an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy. Her new life in Iowa is common until she encounters Robert, a loner and artist, whose photography at National Geographic shields him from commitment and connection. Their three days of flirtation, memories of Naples, food, and laughter inspire a timeless love, and an impossible choice. Lushly transforming the best-selling novel into an intimate musical work for the stage, Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown have added new resonance to a lyrical portrait of true love, loss, sacrifice, and devotion.
June 26 – July 7, 2013
By Bess Wohl
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Three ounces of meat. Two ounces of cheese. Four ounces of lettuce. Seventeen-year-old Sheri and her co-workers at a new submarine sandwich franchise have honed their skills making everything from the Turkey Torpedo to the Big Kahuna Tuna exactly as specified in the corporate manual. But when the franchise owner mysteriously disappears, they are forced to improvise, and Sheri takes charge of the ragtag band of “sandwich artists.” See just how far they’ll go to keep their shop afloat in Bess Wohl’s hilarious, surreal tale of the struggle for optimism in tough times, the power of sandwiches, and the glorious, messy American Dream.
July 10 – 21, 2013
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Evan Yionoulis
With Kate Burton
Treacherous twins and double (or triple?) agents abound in a twisty-turny look at the unlikely interrelation of quantum physics and international espionage. Simultaneously channeling John le Carré, Albert Einstein, and Mel Brooks, Tom Stoppard’s Cold-War thriller boasts equal shares of brains, guts, and sly humor. WTF mainstay Kate Burton takes on the tour-de-force title role, the brilliant but eccentric British intelligence chief working to expose a Soviet double agent while attempting to keep her personal life under wraps.
July 24 – August 4, 2013
Book by Richard Dresser
Music by Robert Reale
Lyrics by Willie Reale
Directed by Marc Bruni
The infamous Curse of the Boston Red Sox is brought to life through the changing fortunes of three orphaned souls: Johnny O’Brien, a hard-luck right-hander on the 1919 Sox; his idol, Babe Ruth; and Daisy Wyatt, a dazzling African-American blues singer and the love of Johnny’s life. The mystical intertwining of their fates reveals both the source of the Curse and the secret to its triumphant end off Big Papi’s bat in 2004. Packing a resonant commentary on social history into a quintessentially American musical, Johnny Baseball will bring cheers and tears to baseball fans and theatre lovers alike.
August 7 – 18, 2013
The fourth Nikos Stage show will be announced soon.
July 10 – 19, 2013
By Bram Stoker
adapted by Steve Lawson
Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel comes alive under the stars in a new adaptation by WTF veteran and Free Theatre co-founder Steve Lawson. One of the most haunting figures of our common imagination, “the Count” has stalked his nightmarish way through literature, art, theatre, and film, never failing to leave an impression, as well as the marks of his fangs. This dynamic new stage version of Stoker’s iconic tale is sure to hold audiences rapt. Leave your nerves at home…but bring the whole family and a picnic. (Garlic provided.)
Robert Jacob former owner of Brook Farm Inn 13 Mar 2013, 10:59 am
We are sad to hear of the passing away of our friend Bob Jacob. Bob and his wife Betty are former owners of Brook Farm Inn. Bob and Betty came by the inn about a year after we bought the inn and introduced themselves. Pictured above Bob is reading some of his poetry at the inn. He established the Brook Farm Inn poetry theme, the tradition of readings, the collection of poetry, our logo, and the tag line “there is poetry here”. He will be missed.
JACOB, Robert H.
Robert Henry Jacob, 81, of West Hartford, died at home in the care of his family and Hospice on March 10, 2013. Bob was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1932. He was a poet, a businessman, and an avid baseball fan. At the time of his passing, Bob had yet to forgive the Brooklyn Dodgers for their defection. Bob served his country during the Korean Conflict, patriotically using his athletic skills playing soccer in Germany for the U.S. Army Soccer Team. He married his high school sweetheart, Betty (Schriefer) in 1952, celebrating their 60th anniversary last June. The couple moved to West Hartford in 1962 to raise their three children. Bob was a lover of music and art and encouraged his family’s self _expression_ through the modeling of his own creativity – painting, drawing, writing, storytelling, adventurous music appreciation, and a large and relentless repertoire of jokes – both appropriate and inappropriate! Bob worked as Vice President of Sales for Hartford Office Supply until 1987. He was also an active member of the National Office Products Association. When Bob retired, he and Betty moved to Lenox, MA and became proprietors of The Brook Farm Inn. There Bob invited well known poets to read their work and lead poetry workshops – offering free room, board, and a spellbound audience. When Bob and Betty returned to West Hartford in 2002, Bob volunteered as a Reader of Loving Words at Branford Hospice, sharing poetry with patients and their families. Bob was the enthusiastic sole male participant in PIPs – Partners In Poetry. Bob was a dealer of poetry books, and he catalogued the work of Donald Hall for the University of New Hampshire Library. Bob published three books of poetry, The Day Seamus Heaney Kissed My Cheek in Dublin, Everybody Says Hello and Perspectives – Hospice Poems. Perspectives – Hospice Poems was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Betty; their three children and families: Paula and David Norton and Caroline, Aaron, Clair, and Timothy; Alison Jacob-Bour and Robert Bour and Jerehme, Kaela, Emma, Mark, and Stephen; Steven and Adrienne Jacob and Cara, Colin, and Ethan; and one great grandson, Beau. Bob is survived by his brother, Paul. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas. Many grateful thanks to Mary Hebb and Gideon Nkansah for their loving care of Bob.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the Chapel of Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford. Burial will be private. Calling hours will be Wednesday, March 13 from 4-7 p.m. at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 136 South Main St., West Hartford. If you would like to contribute in Bob’s name: Masonicare Home Health and Hospice, 111 Founders Plaza, Suite 200, East Hartford, CT 06108 ormasonicare.org. For directions and online condolences, please visitwww.taylorandmodeen.com.
Lettice and Lovage — See It in the Berkshires in March 7 Mar 2013, 7:01 am
Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten! As docent at Fustian Hall, “the dullest house in England,” Lettice Duffet employs the “3 E’s” to give visitors the memorable tour they deserve. But when fiction and fact collide, heads will roll!
This uproarious play was written by Peter Shaffer, with Dame Maggie Smith originally playing the title role. You can see it March 15 – 31 at the Ghent Playhouse, here in the Berkshires.
At Brook Farm Inn we can provide information for you on tickets and directions.
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