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David Noel Edwards

David Noel Edwards is a writer, composer, and recording artist from Canaan, New York. He has been writing for the Berkshire Edge since 2015, mainly about music, but also about books, birds, and reptiles.

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PREVIEW: Crescendo presents Carissimi’s “Jephte” and “Missa L’Homme armé”

This concert was scheduled for last year but was postponed and then rescheduled for this month. Click here  to see my original preview article...

Five things I’ll bet you didn’t know about the March equinox

After jumping over the fire singing, "sorkhi-ye to az man, zardi-ye man az to" ("Your redness mine, my paleness yours"), adherents then put a coin in a pot and drop it from the roof.

PREVIEW: Tango band Cuarteto Rotterdam brings melancholy, desire, and defiance to The Foundry, Friday, March 22

"Cuarteto Rotterdam can with good reason be regarded as one of the best European tango ensembles." — TANGO Reporter

PREVIEW: Jazz at Lincoln Center musicians Bria Skonberg and Benny Benack III celebrate the Great American Songbook, March 23, at the Mahaiwe

These musicians will be backed on the 23rd by a rhythm section comprising Jocelyn Gould on guitar, Miki Yamanaka on piano, Charles Goold on drums, and Mark Lewandowski on bass.

PREVIEW: Running on Jackson tribute show at the Colonial Theatre on March 22

"Running on Empty," released in 1977, assured Jackson Browne a place in pop music history as one of the most iconic artists of his generation.

John Fogerty, George Thorogood, Jon Batiste, Brandi Carlile, Roger Daltrey, KT Tunstall added to 2024 Tanglewood lineup

It is that time of year when winter is on the run, and Tanglewood announces new popular music bookings for the summer season.

PREVIEW: Close Encounters With Music presents Celtic Baroque band Makaris at the Mahaiwe on March 17

Their diversity of skills, backgrounds, and predilections is extraordinarily broad, and on stage, this seems to translate directly into the richly nuanced and spiritually unified musical performances they are known for.

Joyce Linde, philanthropist, BSO trustee, and namesake of Tanglewood’s Linde Center, has died at 81

"For those of us who had the honor of knowing her, Joyce Linde will be remembered as a kind, gracious, and humble presence. Her legacy is enormous, and we will miss her dearly." — Boston Symphony Orchestra

PREVIEW: Ben Nickley to give talk on bird banding at Old Town Hall on Friday, March 15

Aided by pictures and stories from BBO's pilot seasons, Nickley will talk about Berkshire Bird Observatory's mission, current research projects, and plans for the future.

PREVIEW: The Def Leppard Experience featuring Andrew Freeman at the Colonial, March 16

They're known as a heavy metal band, but the way Def Leppard sold roughly 100 million records was by writing catchy pop songs with memorable hooks.

INTERVIEW: Samantha Fish comes to the Mahaiwe with opener Sgt. Splendor on Saturday, March 16

Samantha has long been known in blues circles for her molten-hot electric guitar playing, powerful vocals, winning tunes, and rocking live shows.

‘Music and Mind: Harnessing the Arts for Health and Wellness,’ edited by Renée Fleming, makes the case for the therapeutic effects of music

An opera singer collaborates with scientists, artists, educators, therapists, and healthcare providers to advance our understanding of music's healing powers.

The Andy Gross Live: ‘Are You Kidding Me?’ tour comes to the Colonial Theatre on March 9

If you need a little clarity on how to parlay a racquetball career into a gig as a comedic magician-ventriloquist (and who doesn't?), then you will definitely want to see Andy's act.

REVIEW: Hot Club of New England at the Berkshire Museum, Feb. 24

Saturday's performance by the Hot Club of New England was a tight, well-paced show with a highly professional sheen reflective of outstanding musicianship.

The Orchestra Now premieres Wallach’s ‘Species of Motion’ at Simon’s Rock on Sunday, March 3

The Orchestra Now, which exists for the express purpose of making orchestral music more accessible and appealing to youthful audiences, comprises the best musicians from the Yale School of Music, Shanghai Conservatory, Royal Academy, and the Eastman School of Music.

PREVIEW: Crescendo presents Edson Scheid playing works for unaccompanied violin by Bach and Paganini

Anyone capable of performing Paganini's high-wire caprices on a modern violin without plummeting to Earth in the manner of Icarus may be called a virtuoso. A player who can do it on a baroque instrument may be called a god.

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