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ENSEMBLE EAST
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents Ensemble East  in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public. The musicians of Ensemble East bring the atmosphere and sounds of Japanese classical music to Williamstown. From tales of the geisha, to the poetry of nature, the stories of old Japan unfold in this rich musical tradition.

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ENSEMBLE EAST PERFORMS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Ensemble East draws from tales of the geisha and poetry of nature, as well as stories of old Japan, all presented in rich musical tradition. Modern solo music offers contemporary context. A gateway to Japanese poetry, literature, and story telling, the music speaks a language everyone can understand http://music.williams.edu/events/ensemble-east  Ensemble East, Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall
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ALLEN TOUSSAINT AND PRESERVATION JAZZ BAND
North Adams, 8 p.m.
As both a brilliant pianist and as the city’s premier composer, arranger, and producer, Allen Toussaint is New Orleans’ musical foundation, having worked with a who’s who of Big Easy musicians including Dr. John and the Neville Brothers – as well as other luminaries such as Paul McCartney, the Band, and Albert King. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been a musical treasure chest of traditional New Orleans sounds for half a century.
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ZAMBEZI MARIMBA BAND FAMILY DAYS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams Family Days highlights the verve and energy of Zambezi in a free performance open to all. Inspired by traditional Zimbabwean marimba music as well as contemporary African styles. Fun for the whole family!.  http://music.williams.edu/events/zambezi-marimba-band/  Chapin Hall
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FACULTY RECITAL WITH SOPRANO ERIN NAFZIGER
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Williams College Department of Music presents Erin Nafziger, soprano, in a faculty recital in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the college campus. The event is free and open to the public. Nafziger offers an evening of classical song. Her performance includes "O Quand je dors," and other selections by Franz Liszt. She also sings Antonin Dvorak's “Song to the Moon” from the opera “Rusalka,” and “The Hermit Songs” by Samuel Barber.

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ERIN NAFZIGER, SOPRANO AND DORIS STEVENSON, PIANO AT WILLIAMS
Williamstown, 8pm
Soprano Erin Nafziger offers an evening of classical song along with her colleague pianist Doris Stevenson. Their performance includes "O Quand je dors," and other selections by Franz Liszt, as well as selections by Antonin Dvorak and Samuel Barber. http://music.williams.edu/events/erin-nafziger-soprano/  Brooks-Rogers
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CENTRAL BERKSHIRE HABITAT BENEFIT CONCERT
Pittsfield, 4:30 p.m.
Local singer-songwriter Bobby Sweet will headline a "Giving Thanks Dinner and Concert" event to benefit Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity programs and services at First United Methodist Church at 55 Fenn St. The event is a homemade turkey dinner followed by a benefit concert lineup that features Sweet and The BSweet Band along with Zink & Company. In addition to dinner there will be refreshments and a raffle. Doors open at 4 p.m. There are two dinner seatings, at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors to the show open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $15 and show tickets are $15. Combo tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased online at berkshirehabitat.org or at bobbysweet.com.

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'BASICALLY BAROQUE'
Pittsfield, 4 p.m.
The Berkshire Concert Choir, under Paula Nuss, artistic director, will present the concert, “Basically Baroque,” at Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St. The choir will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantatas No. 68 and No. 72, Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria, and Ubi Caritas by Maura Tuffy.  They will be accompanied by the Pittsfield High School Chamber Orchestra, under Alla Zernitskaya, orchestra director. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors, and free for age 12 and under. For information, call 413-442-6120 or go to berkshireconcertchoir.org.

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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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