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MCLA Presents! Home: Past Shows : 2009/2010 Season  

Alex Torres and his Latin OrchestraAlex Torres & his Latin Orchestra
Sunday, September 20, 2009; 3 p.m.
MCLA Quad

Join MCLA and The Latin American Society as we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month and the MCLA Presents! 2009-2010 season... With their original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as salsa, merengue, cha-cha, bomba, plena and latin jazz, Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra are a dancer's delight and a listener's indulgence captivating audiences of all ages and cultures.

Kinodance CompanyKinodance Company
The Refractive Kinescope
Thursday, September 24, 2009; 6,7 and 8 p.m.
MCLA Gallery 51 Annex

Immerse yourself in art with a multi-sensory performance that will rejuvenate your eye and challenge your perception. Kinodance Company, an artist collaborative founded in Boston in 1999, creates stage performances, installations and films which make transparent the boundaries between dance, cinema and visual art. Commissioned by DownStreet Art, Kinodance Company will culminate their summer's work in this special gallery performance in their installation The Refractive Kinescope at MCLA's Gallery 51 Annex.

Watcha ClanWatcha Clan
Wednesday, September 30, 2009; 8:00 p.m.
MCLA Venable Gymnasium

Be ready to dance as we take a musical trip  the world with the eclectic stylings of Watcha Clan. True nomads in the world of music, and based in Marseilles, France, Watcha Clan searches for space and freedom. With a socially progressive agenda and a complex tapestry of musical styles, they combine Eastern European melodies with Algerian blues, cherifian grooves and hip-hop to form music that sings with the freedom of traveling people.

Emeline MichelEmeline Michel
Wednesday, October 28, 2009; 7:30 p.m.
MCLA Church Street Center

The reigning Queen of Haitian Song brings the sounds of the Caribbean to Church Street Center. Emeline Michel is a captivating performer, versatile vocalist and one of the premier Haitian songwriters of her generation. Singing both in French and Haitian Creole, her nine albums have catapulted her to international acclaim. A hit three years ago when Emeline performed for the incoming freshman class, it is an honor to have her back on the Church Street Center stage.

 

Donna McKechnie115th Anniversary Celebration featuring
Donna McKechnie

Friday, November 13, 2009
5:30 p.m. Dinner 8:00 p.m. Concert - MCLA Church Street Center Auditorium

SPECIAL PRICE SHOW Call 413.662.5204

Celebrate 115 years of excellence at MCLA with dinner and a show! The world of Broadway comes to the Berkshires in an intimate and dazzling evening with the incomparable Donna McKechnie. Donna is known to many as the Tony Award-winning Cassie in the original A Chorus Line and regarded internationally as one of Broadway's foremost singing and dancing stars.

Please join us for this special evening to benefit scholarships at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.


AnimaliaAnimalia: Stories of Collapse, Calamity and Departure
Wednesday, November 18, 2009; 7:30 p.m.
MCLA Church Street Center
 
Animalia is an inter-species fairytale that combines live music on singing saw, accordion and strings with movement and projection.  Performed within a landscape of mesmerizing video and archival film, Animalia invokes visions of secret bee societies and haunted circus scenes. A multimedia performance, Animalia offers metaphors of flight as departure points from environmental collapse and the hallucinatory effects of war. By appropriating the masculine power symbol of the buck 'rack' and reinserting it onto feminine characters, the narrative blurs the divisions between masculine/feminine identity and human/animal forms. This project was created by artist-musician C. Ryder Cooley.

 

God\\\'s TrombonesMargaret A. Hart '35 GospelFest
God's Trombones

Sunday, December 6, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
MCLA Church Street Center

$20 General Admission, FREE MCLA Students
All proceeds benefit the Margaret A. Hart '35 Scholarship.

After sell-out performances at the world famous Apollo Theater, Craig Harris's God's Trombones returns to the Berkshires in a stirring concert version at MCLA. God's Trombones is based on James Weldon Johnson's classic collection of poems that refigure inspirational sermons by itinerant African-American preachers. Craig Harris' interpretation looks to transcend the sectarian roots of the sermons and focus on the spirituality that moves all religious experiences.

 

EdgeEdge

Wednesday, January 27, 2010; 7:30 p.m.
MCLA Gallery 51

Delve into the mind of American poet Sylvia Plath, as played by Marcy J. Savastano, in the critically acclaimed play Edge produced by Method Machine. Plath was a poet and author from the '50s and '60s, most famous for the novel The Bell Jar. Paul Alexander's play is set in England on the last day of the prolific writer's life as she reflects on her childhood, her husband poet Ted Hughes and her work.  


Slavic Soul PartyMCLA's 5th Annual Blues & Funk Festival: DAY ONE
Slavic Soul Party
Thursday, February 4th, 2010; 7:30 p.m.
MCLA Venable Gymnasium


2-NIGHT FESTIVAL TICKETS: $20 General Admission

Slavic Soul Party gets the festival started on Thursday night with fiery Balkan brass,  hip-grinding American grooves, and ecstatic anthems both new and old. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City--melding Gypsy, East European, Mexican and Asian immigrant backgrounds with American jazz and soul.

Big Sam\'s Funky NationMCLA's 5th Annual Blues & Funk Festival: DAY TWO
Big Sam's Funky Nation

Friday, February 5th, 2010; 7:30 p.m.
MCLA Venable Gymnasium

2-NIGHT FESTIVAL TICKETS: $20 General Admission

Big Sam's Funky Nation takes the stage New Orleans style on Friday night. Presiding over his Funky Nation is Big Sam, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who blows the funk out of his trombone and refuses to let the audience sit still. Between solos and trombone riffs, Big Sam second-lines (a uniquely New Orleans style of street-dance) and gets the crowd going both in movement and in replies to his call-and-response MC-style.

 

The Amazing AcoustaphotophongrammitronThe Amazing Acousta- photophono- grammitron
Music = Art
Thursday, February 25, 2010; 7:30 p.m.
MCLA Gallery 51

Throughout the months of February and March, MCLA Gallery 51, in partnership with MCLA Presents!, will be exhibiting artists who find the muse both in the visual and performative worlds--in other words, artists who are musicians, musicians who are artists and all that falls between. Thursday February 25 will be an evening of performances by a handful of these artists  including Paul de Jong (of The Books), Tristan Perich, Lesley Flanigan and Ven Voisey.
 

 


Iyeoka Ivie OkoawoSekou Sundiata Evening of Poetry and Spoken Word
Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo

Wednesday, March 10, 2010; 7:30 p.m.
MCLA Gallery 51

Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo, of Nigerian decent, is one of the most sought after poetry slammers, a recipient of the 2008 National Performance Network/NCCC Artist of Color Residency Award and a two-time National Poetry Slam Individual Finalist. She has been asked to compose and perform for Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, and was commissioned by Discovery Channel for their 2008 brand campaign. 

A Night at the CabaretA Night at the Cabaret
with Katie Johnson '07
Friday, April 16, 2010; 9:00 p.m.
Taylor's Restaurant

SPECIAL PRICE SHOW
$5 General Admission, MCLA Alumni, Faculty and Staff, FREE Members and MCLA Students

A Night at the Cabaret returns to Taylor's Restaurant with Katie Johnson. Katie was a huge hit at last year's highly successful Cabaret Night. Katie's credits include but are not limited to Urinetown, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fame: The Musical, Chicago, Annie, Sound of Music, and Cinderella. Bring sheet music for your favorite Broadway show tune and take your own turn at the mic.

World street CornersPAM! Show: World Street Corners
Wednesday, April 28, 2010; 7:30 p.m.
MCLA Venable Gym

World Street Corners is an urban music festival featuring headliners The ReMINDers and Gokh-Bi System. Planned and organized by MCLA's Performing Arts Management class under the supervision of Jonathan Secor, World Street Corners will end the season with a bang.