Golden Tones: Berkshire Lyric Celebrates 50 Years with Gala Concert

Robert Blafield Berkshire Lyric Theatre Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Lyric Founder Robert Blafield, at piano, with Artistic Director Jack Brown.

Berkshire Lyric, a musical institution that took shape 50 years ago, will take the stage at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall in celebration of its golden anniversary with a gala concert on Sunday, June 9 at 3 P.M.

The 90-voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus will be joined by the Blafield Children’s Chorus in an afternoon of choral music from several centuries, ranging from the works of Handel, Mozart, and Beethoven to contemporary American works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, and others.

The performance will be led by Berkshire Lyric artistic director Jack Brown and accompanied by Joe Rose, with a special appearance by Berkshire Lyric’s founder Robert Blafield who has written a new work for the occasion, to be performed by the choruses.

Guest soloist Maureen O’Flynn, an internationally acclaimed soprano, will join the Berkshire Lyric chorus in the Mozart piece Laudate Dominum. A native of Stockbridge and a former student of Robert Blafield, O’Flynn has performed in leading roles at major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera.

“The chorus is excited to return to this elegant venue after having performed there several times in the early years of the hall’s opening,” said Berkshire Lyric Artistic Director Jack Brown. “This promises to be a very special afternoon with a look back at half a century of community music-making at the highest level.”

Ozawa Hall is one of the foremost concert halls in the world, having opened in 1994 at the Boston Symphony’s world famous summer campus in Lenox. For more information and to order tickets, please visit www.BerkshireLyricInfo.org. Tickets may be purchased by cash or check on the day of the event.

Berkshire Lyric has been a fixture in the Berkshire musical landscape for 50 years, beginning as a lyric theatre performance group. It has since grown to be the only multi-generational music performance and educational group in the Berkshires, providing scholarships, tuition-free education, and quality performance opportunities to Berkshire residents of all ages. As a non-profit, federally tax exempt charitable organization, Berkshire Lyric is supported in part by grants from local Massachusetts Cultural Councils, local corporations and gifts from individual contributors.

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