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Tuesday, April 1 through  May 29

The Gallery at Geer Village Featured Artist : Scott Zbel l - April 1st through May 29th












Thursday, April 3

‘When Rogers Meets Hammerstein”














Friday, April 4

Concert for 4 Hand Piano with Anne Chamberlain and Hilda Banks Shapiro - 2:30pm Hollenbeck Room

Piano for 4 Hands with Hilda Banks Shapiro and Anne Chamberlain

Anne Chamberlain has concertized extensively as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United State and Europe. Her numerous performances have included concerts at Alice Tully Hall and Town Hall in New York City, as well as appearances at other major halls, music festivals and universities, where she has premiered many works by her contemporaries.

Ms. Chamberlain was born in New York City, graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and studied at the Juilliard School. In recent years she has performed in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, coaching and accompanying singers from the Viet Nam National Opera Company and giving chamber music concerts with leading instrumentalists in the Ha Noi community

In addition to performing, Anne also works to connect people and music. Anne has been a member of the faculty of Bard College at Simon's Rock for many years where she teaches piano students. Her musical work in her own community, including directing a church choir, allows music to be shared in a variety of contexts, often of deep personal importance. She has wide experience accompanying the vocal art song - a repertoire she especially enjoys - and performing chamber music within settings that are both inter-generational and international.

Concert pianist Hilda  Banks Shapiro studied piano with Leonard Shure in Boston and with Artur Schnabel in New York. At only age 15 she was chosen by Sergej Koussevitzky to represent the Berkshire Center of Music, now known as Tanglewood, home of the Boston Symphony. By age sixteen she was given a critic’s choice award for her composition, the ‘Tom Sawyer Suite,” and at 20 years she was touring Europe. Hilda was a long time piano teacher at the Berkshire Music School, and still delights audience throughout the region.

On Friday, Aril 4th at 2:30pm they will perform a piano duet recital with works including Mozart’s Sonata in C major, Schubert’s Trois Marche Militaires, Faure’s “Dolly” opus 56 , Ravel’s ;ma mere l’Oye” and de Falla’s La Vida Breve; Dos Danzas.  This wonderful performance is free, and open to the public.


Monday, April 7

“Edutainer” Jeffrey Engel presents “Berlioz & his Symphonie Fantastique” - 2:30pm Chapel















Tuesday, April 8

The Douglas Library presents Words & Conversations hosted by Norma Haight Colman - 2:00pm 2nd Fl Conf. Rm

Wednesday, April 9

No Cost Balance Assessment with Mike Mangini - 3:00pm Hollenbeck Room



















Thursday, April 10

Titanic! An Afternoon to Remember with Denise Vanaria - 2:30pm Hollenbeck Room

Special Anniversary Performance of “Remembering the Titanic”

Enjoy a riveting presentation by Denise Vanaria as Helen (Mrs. Thomas) Andrews, widow of one of Titanic’s chief designers who perished with the entire Harland & Wolff "Guarantee Group" on 15 April 1912. Learn heretofore unknown intimate and heart-rending accounts of the Titanic tragedy and Edwardian society as Ms. Vanaria accurately recreates the life and times of Helen "Nellie" Andrews.

Ms. Vanaria appearsin authentic Titanic era attire selected from her large collection of Edwardian clothing. Ms. Vanaria’s credits and appearances include, among many others, Robert Ballard’s famous "Titanic Revealed;" the Broadway musical "Titanic," Voiceover artist for "Titanic, Pride of the White Star." Exhibitions of her meticulously restored Edwardian clothing have appeared around the world and she has for approximately ten years had numerous Titanic artifacts on display at  "Titanic the Experience" in Orlando, Fla.She is a Titanic/Andrews historian as well as a consultant on Edwardian fashion

consultant on Edwardian fashion and clothing to museums and entertainments. In the course of a lifelong passion for the restoration of Edwardian attire, she has accumulated one of the largest Edwardian clothing collections on the east coast.

This special presentation at Geer Village on Thursday, April 10th at 2:30pm in the Hollenbeck Room, happens to be on the 102nd anniversary of the ill fated ship’s maiden voyage. This is an event not to be missed.


Saturday, April 12

Matt Valenti in Concert - 10:15am Chapel

Monday, April 14

Bruce Hazard in Concert - 2:30pm Hollenbeck Room

Wednesday, April 16

Lisa Maras & Johnny Segalla in Concert - 2:30pm Hollenbeck Room

Tuesday, April 22

The Douglas Library presents Words & Conversations hosted by Norma Haight Colman - 2:00pm 2nd Fl Conf. Rm

Thursday, April 24

Author Ursula McCafferty to discuss her memoir “Caravan 88” - 2:30pm Hollenbeck Room

Monday, April 28

Live Llama Visit with the Country Quilt Llama Farm & the North Canaan Elementary School - 10:30am Hollenbeck Room

Special Fund Raiser Thursday, May 8
























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