Arts Beat: Opera star to headline gala at Mahaiwe in Great Barrington


Renee Fleming, the award-winning opera, musical theater and concert star, headline the 2022 Mahaiwe Center for the Performing Arts Gala on July 30 at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington. Honored with four Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, she has sung on memorable occasions, from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. In 2014, Renée became the first classical artist to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl. For more details :

“Emojiland” the hit Off-Broadway musical is currently touring the country under the auspices of Visceral Entertainment, playing The Bushnell in Hartford June 10-12. Not to be confused with, and very different from, “The Emoji Movie”, “Emojiland” is an electric ensemble piece inspired by the Unicode standard, about a diverse community of archetypes that take themselves literally: a smiling face in the face of depression; a princess who does not want a prince; a fading dying skull; a nerd face too smart for its own good; a face with sunglasses that cannot see past its own reflection; and a policeman and a construction worker who just want to work together. When a software update threatens to destroy life as they know it, Emojiland is faced with the most fundamental questions a society – and a heart – can face: who are we? And who counts? For more details :


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