Berkshires Theatre Tour

July 18-21, 2019

Our annual cultural trip includes tickets to 4 performances: Tanglewood Music Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Group and Music Mountain. Tours of museums and historic sites further enrich this summer holiday.

This trip is offered by Carew Travel with The Theatre Development Fund, our travel partner for over 25 years.

Trip sells out quickly, single rooms are limited.

Day 1. Thursday, July 18 (L/D)
Board the coach and meet your Carew Travel tour director in the central midtown Manhattan location (342 7th Avenue) at 8:30am. We stop for lunch enroute and travel to Chesterwood the former summer home and studio of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), sculptor of the Minute Man and Lincoln Memorial statues and a leading artist of his era. The site, located in idyllic Stockbridge, Massachusetts, includes: French’s home and studio; museum collections of objects owned or created by him; an archive of historic documents and photographs, outbuildings and 122 acres of designed and wooded landscape. The National Trust for Historic Preservation maintains the historic buildings, collections, and landscape as a museum for the public. A contemporary sculpture exhibition has been guest-curated and sited throughout the core of the property for four decades.

After our visit and tour, it’s a short drive to Pittsfield MA where you check in to the centrally located Crowne Plaza Hotel. The recently refurbished hotel has a pool, fitness center, restaurant and pub.

Following dinner, enjoy your first performance The Berkshire Theatre Group’s Rock and Roll Man the Alan Freed Story. In the summer of 1954, in a small radio station in Cleveland, an unknown disc jockey heard the sound that would change America. And the rest is music history. Rock and Roll Man is the new musical about the incredible rise and fall of Alan Freed, the man who coined the phrase rock and roll and brought its sound to the world.

Day 2. Friday, July 19 (B/L/D)
Today is a full day of art and theatre! First, we tour MASS MoCA, one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art. The Museum exhibits art by well-known and emerging artists. Dine as a group on site.

The afternoon and evening is spent in Williamstown, the picturesque, quintessential Berkshires village. You visit the renowned Clark Institute for a special Exhibit Renoir: The Body, The Senses. In recognition of the centenary of Renoir’s death, the Clark Art Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum present this daring exhibition, the first major exploration of Renoir’s unceasing interest in the human form, and it reconsiders Renoir as a constantly evolving artist whose style moved from Realism into luminous Impressionism, culminating in the modern classicism of his last decades.
Dine as a group and then head to the Williamstown Theatre Festival for the world premiere of Grand Horizons featuring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Mary Steenburgen. Bill and Nancy French have been happily married for fifty years. They can finish each other’s sentences and anticipate each other’s every sigh, snore, and sneeze. But there’s one thing nobody could have anticipated: Nancy wants out. As their adult sons Brian (Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Ben descend on the Grand Horizons senior living community, the walls of the French family as-they-know-it come crumbling down. Directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman, Bess Wohl’s world premiere play takes an intimate, funny, and painful look at the nature of love over time.

Day 3. Saturday, July 20 (B/D)
In the morning you travel to the Tanglewood grounds for a morning tour of the campus.Next you have free time for lunch and exploring the charming town of Lenox. You return to the hotel to refresh before your Tanglewood evening performance.

Supper tonight is on the Tanglewood grounds prior to the performance in the Shed. Andris Nelsons conducts the BSO featuring Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Kevin Puts The Brightness of Light featuring Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry. The 2nd piece a world premiere and BSO co-commision, The Brightness of Light is the story of a great artist who ultimately turns from a painful marriage to embrace her work and the desert landscape she loves. The letters of iconic American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, the photographer and curator Alfred Stieglitz, are full of poetry, humor, passion, pain, and longing. Written over the many months and years they lived apart, these letters chronicle their initial flirtations in 1915—when Georgia was a young, aspiring artist—to Alfred’s death in 1946. Written especially for Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry, and accompanied by projections by Wendall Harrington.

Day 4. Sunday, July 21 (B/L)
After breakfast and a late morning departure we travel to Connecticut and lunch in charming Litchfield county.

Enjoy the summer landscape prior to our final performance at Music Mountain, the beautiful and serene chamber music center at the foothills of the Berkshires. Music Mountain is America’s longest running chamber music festival and the oldest performing arts institution in Connecticut.
The coach returns to Manhattan at approximately 8pm.

Concert at Tanglewood -Berkshire Theatre Group Performance Chesterwood Tour 3 nights – Pittsfield Crowne Plaza Private coach throughout
Williamstown Theatre Festival Performance Music Mountain Performance —MASS MoCA and the Clark Institute Tours 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Carew Travel tour director

PROGRAM PRICES: (Based on a minimum of 25 people)Per person (double occupancy): $1499 Single Supplement: $300

DEPOSIT: $300 per person due with registration BALANCE: Due prior to May 31

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