A New Club Helsinki: A New Glimmerglass, Too
Club Helsinki, once a thriving nightspot in Great Barrington, closed its doors last year, but has just reopened in Hudson, NY. It took four years of work to restore one of the townâ€™s fine historic buildings, and now, with more space than in its previous incarnation, the club is hosting a typically eclectic assortment of bands. This Friday the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret, an old-fashioned variety show that has traveled the world and for two years, operated â€œthe last vaudeville house in Times Square.â€ Recently it has been developing programs in the Hudson Valley and Catskills, and its 400-plus alumni are working in every facet of the entertainment industry. Showtime: June 25 at 9 p.m.; 21 and over only. Doors open at 8. $20.
Details and tickets at clubhelsinki.com, or 800-594-8499.
Glimmerglass Opera has announced that starting next season, it is
changing its name to The Glimmerglass Festival, and will begin to
incorporate one musical each year into its schedule (â€œAnnie Get Your
Gunâ€ will be the 2011 offering), along with concerts, lectures, symposiums and cabaret throughout the season. This year the focus remains solely on opera, with four works in rotation in a season that runs from July 9 through Aug. 24. Opening night will be Pucciniâ€™s â€œTosca,â€ starring Lise Lindstrom, a California native who won accolades last season for her â€œTurandotâ€ at the Metropolitan Opera. Adam Diegel plays the poet Cavaradossi and David Angus, Glimmerglassâ€™s music director and a veteran of many European performances, will conduct. On July 10 the festival presents the first of its performances of Aaron Coplandâ€™s â€œThe Tender Land,â€ a bittersweet American tale performed by many superb students who are studying at Glimmerglass this year.
July 17, Mozartâ€™s â€œThe Marriage of Figaroâ€ begins its run, followed on the 18th by Handelâ€™s â€œTolomeoâ€ in its first American professional staging. For tickets: glimmerglass.org or at 607-547-2255.