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JOSH RITTER
, 8 p.m.
Idaho-native singer and guitarist Josh Ritter has a literary disposition and an affinity for the old-guard likes of Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul Simon that led The New York Times to place him "among the cream of the young singer-songwriter crop." His songs are playfully erudite, equally dense with clever metaphor and whimsical turns of phrase. He's here in an intimate acoustic setup to try out new material for an as-yet unnamed forthcoming album. “About six months ago I was hit by a song on the New York Thruway," he recently wrote. "The whole thing. Verses, bridge, a witty one-liner or two. Nothing like that had ever happened with such force. It was the first raindrop in a thunderstorm that I’m thankful continues unabated. I don’t normally go in for showing songs before they’re fully done, but what the hell, you only live once.”
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SHAMISEN CONCERT
Williamstown, 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The East Coast tour of A Salute to Tradition, featuring Japan’s preeminent shamisen players, comes to the Clark Art Institute. Shamisen player Fujii Hirokazu performs a free 20-minute piece in the Kyushu regional jiuta style at 10:30 a.m.; at 5 p.m., two traditional shamisen musical styles — nagauta and gidayu — are performed by chanters, shamisen players, and a traditional nihon buyo dancer. The morning performance is free; tickets to the 5 pm performance are $15. Tickets are available at clarkart.edu or by calling 413-458-0524.

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WILLIAMS GOSPEL CHOIR: "NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT"
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The Williams Gospel Choir presents a concert titled "Never Would Have Made It.” The performance features gospel hits such as “Every Praise,” “Praise Is What I Do,” and “Thirsty.” Williams Gospel Choir is a group with a long history of service to the college and community. http://music.williams.edu/events/williams-gospel-choir-5/   Chapin Hall
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GRAND TRADITION PIANO RECITAL
Williamstown, 1 p.m.
A warm and relaxing hour of piano music will be performed by WES students on the school's grand piano in the Williamstown Elementary School auditorium. This event is free.

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BENEFIT CONCERT
North Adams, 6:30 p.m.
A concert will take place at Berkshire Nursing Families’ new home at the Blackinton Center, 1288 Massachusetts Ave., featuring performances by Mike DiLego, The Sandy McKnight Fiasco, and headliner, Color 9. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. Bring your own beverage. Suggested donation is $10. Since 1989, Berkshire Nursing Families has provided the only comprehensive lactation services available in Berkshire County, at no cost to families. This concert precedes the Double Down for BNF campaign to raise $40,000, kicking off December 1, 2014. Every dollar raised will matched 1:1 by a local charitable foundation.

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L’ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Vermont, 3 p.m.
Oldcastle Theatre announces L’Ensemble’s first performance in residence this season “Classical Voices: String Quartet with Soprano” featuring Dale Stuckenbruck on violin, Ashley Horne on violin, Olivia Koppell on viola and Jesse Levy on cello. Ida Faiella is the featured soprano singer for the afternoon. The program consists of Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia Duo, Dvorak Terzetto, Kodaly Sonata and Respighi Il Tramonto. Tickets are $25 and available through Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main St., Bennington. For info call 802-447-0564 or visit oldcastletheatre.org.

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'BASICALLY BAROQUE'
Pittsfield, 4 p.m.
The Berkshire Concert Choir will present “Basically Baroque,” a concert of music of Bach and Vivaldi, at Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St. The Concert Choir will be accompanied by the Pittsfield High School Chamber Orchestra.  This opening performance of the group’s 37th season features Antonio Vivaldi’s dynamic Gloria and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantatas No. 68, Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt (God so loved the world), and No. 72, Alles nur nach Gottes Willen ( All things according to God's will).  A contemporary setting of the hymn Ubi Caritas (Where charity and love are, God is there) by Maura Tuffy completes the program. Tickets are available at the door: $15, $12 for students and seniors; children age 12 and under are admitted free.  For more information on the choir or concerts, call 413-442-6120 or visit www.BerkshireConcertChoir.org.

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CONCERT BY LONNY JARRETT REDSHIFT FUSION
Lenox, 8 p.m.
The band Redshift is a fusion band in the truest sense of the word. We blend the best of jazz, blues, and funk, all with a rock edge that can be danced to. From Charlie Parker, Freddie Hubbard, and Cannonball Adderly to soulful renditions of Al Green, Freddie King, up through Hendrix we play jazz standards with a groove and groovy music with a jazz edge. Jazz you can dance to, Funk you can think about. eastover
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CHRISTMAS AT THE COLONIAL WITH MARY VERDI
Pittsfield, 2 and 7 p.m.
Mary Verdi is returning for her fifth annual Christmas at the Colonial Theatre, featuring special guest Rev Tor, the Dalton Ballet, Berkshire Music School’s violinists, a children’s vocal group, Berkshire Gymfest and, of course, Santa Claus. The shows will land on Mary Verdi’s 50th birthday and to celebrate this day, Mary will be joined by her daughters, Madilyn & Kate McCarthy, from Austin, Texas.Her brother, John Handley from Grand Junction, Colorado will also be performing with Mary. For tickets visit www.berkshiretheatre.org or call 413-997-4444.

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EAGLES CONCERT
Adams, 3 p.m.
The Eagles Brass Ensemble will perform at the Adams Library at 3 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken.
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WILLIAMS MAKES JAZZ! WITH SMALL JAZZ ENSEMBLES
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
A concert of Small Jazz Ensembles highlights two talented student groups. First to perform is a group of young jazz musicians under the guidance of John Wheeler, who explore the question: “What is jazz?” With new arrangements by cutting edge rap artists. The second group on the billing is led by Avery Sharpe presenting a program of jazz standards and originals.  http://music.williams.edu/events/small-jazz-ensembles-8/   Brooks-Rogers
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CLASSIC AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ!
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble, led by Kris Allen, will perform modern and classic Afro-Cuban Jazz by Dizzy Gillespie, Mario Bauza, Rebecca Mauleon and others. Hear how Williams makes jazz! .    http://music.williams.edu/events/williams-jazz-repertory-ensemble/
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WILLIAMS WIND ENSEMBLE
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams College Wind Ensemble in concert in Chapin Hall. This free event is open to the public. The Williams College Wind Ensemble offers an exciting program that melds contemporary and traditional music for wind and percussion instruments. David Maslanka’s transcendent “Give Us This Day: A Short Symphony” is partnered with Pulitzer Prize winner Karel Husa’s powerful and intense "Al Fresco.” Also featured is the passionate neoromantic American composer Vittorio Giannini and his “Symphony No. 3, as well as Adam Gorb’s charming and playful “Eine Kleine Yiddshe Ragmusik.”
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WILLIAMS STUDENT SYMPHONY
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music  presents the Williams Student Symphony in concert in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. The orchestra presents a concert titled “The Calm of the Evening.” This performance is free and open to the public. The program includes “Stillhunting” by Dan Kohane '12, “Chanson de nuit” by Edward Elgar, and “Mother Goose Suite” by Maurice Ravel. Student conductors Jasmine Thomasian ‘15 and Ben Kaufman ‘16 lead the group.

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'CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY'
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield, the oldest theater in Berkshire County and one of the oldest nonprofit theaters in the country, presents "Christmastime in the City" at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. A holiday variety show directed by Monica Bliss with accompanist Jeff Hunt, "Christmastime in the City" will celebrate the many varieties of entertainment you would expect to find in the "City": music, theater, dance, stand-up comedy and slam poetry, all with a holiday twist! Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10+; and $10 for members of Town Players. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Town Players' Box Office at 413-443-9279.

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'CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY'
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield, the oldest theater in Berkshire County and one of the oldest nonprofit theaters in the country, presents "Christmastime in the City" at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. A holiday variety show directed by Monica Bliss with accompanist Jeff Hunt, "Christmastime in the City" will celebrate the many varieties of entertainment you would expect to find in the "City": music, theater, dance, stand-up comedy and slam poetry, all with a holiday twist! Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10+; and $10 for members of Town Players. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Town Players' Box Office at 413-443-9279.

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'CHRISTMASTIME IN THE CITY'
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield, the oldest theater in Berkshire County and one of the oldest nonprofit theaters in the country, presents "Christmastime in the City" at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. A holiday variety show directed by Monica Bliss with accompanist Jeff Hunt, "Christmastime in the City" will celebrate the many varieties of entertainment you would expect to find in the "City": music, theater, dance, stand-up comedy and slam poetry, all with a holiday twist! Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10+; and $10 for members of Town Players. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Town Players' Box Office at 413-443-9279.

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT
North Adams, 4 p.m.
The annual North County Christmas presentation will be held at the First Congregational Church. A free-will offering will be taken.
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