Programs and Events

Music, performances, art, storytelling…

The Mount is both a historic site and a cultural destination. Our programming reflects Wharton’s love of culture and the arts.  Year-round programming includes live storytelling events, workshops, theater, music, an outdoor sculpture exhibition, and the popular Monday Lecture series.

Click here for a calendar of upcoming events. From May-October, we also offer guided tours of the house and gardens as well as Ghost tours and our new Backstairs tours.

For more information about events and tours, call 413-551-5100 or email info@edithwharton.org.

  Click here for listings and tickets on Eventbrite

Aug
5
Wed
Wharton on Wednesdays @ The Mount
Aug 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Come hear for yourself why Edith Wharton’s writings continue to captivate readers and win Wharton new fans!

Enjoy summer afternoons on The Mount’s view-rich Terrace while listening to Wharton’s short stories read by professional actors. Gardens are open for strolling. Wine and other light refreshments are available for purchase.

The readings begin at 5 pm on the Terrace.

Tickets for Wharton on Wednesday can be purchased at the door before the event.  No advanced reservations are needed.

Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

                                                   Wednesday Ghost Walks

Please note: The August 5 ghost tour is sold out.

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Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps…The Mount’s haunted history includes it all!  For over a century, The Mount has been home to writers, actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants, and teenage girls.  Take a special guided tour of the most haunted parts of the estate to find out who may still call The Mount home.  You never know who–or what–might happen to show up!

The 90-minute ghost tour starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and includes about a half-mile walk with some steep areas.

Two helpful hints: dress warmly and wear sensible shoes!

Advance reservations for ghost tours are required.  To purchase tickets, fill in the ticket form below or call 413-551-5100. If tickets are sold out for a particular evening and you’d like to be added to a waitlist, please email info@edithwharton.org.

Please note: This spooky tour is not recommended for children under 12.

Aug
6
Thu
Hamlet @ The Dell at The Mount
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A 90-minute performance of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet, will be performed ‘bare Bard’ style in the Dell at The Mount.

Bring your own seating and blanket and come enjoy Shakespeare & Company’s rendition of Hamlet, directed by Jonathan Croy!  Grounds are open for picnicking prior to each performance.

For more information and tickets, visit Shakespeare.org.

PLEASE NOTE: Hamlet will typically be performed in inclement weather; any questions regarding weather-related cancellations, should they occur, should be directed to the Shakespeare & Company box office at 413-637-3353.

Aug
7
Fri
Petit Dejeuner @ The Mount
Aug 7 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

French flagDu 5 juin au 28 août, chaque vendredi matin de 8h à 9h30, café et croissant, sur la terrasse pour bavarder en français. $5. Prière de réserver avant 17heures le mercredi. RSVP à petit.dejeuner.francais@gmail.com

Come enjoy coffee, croissants, and some French conversation on the terrace every Friday morning in June, July and August in honor of Edith Wharton’s love affair with France! Petit Dejeuner is open to all French speakers. Conversation begins at 8:00 and costs $5.

La participation est limitée à 30 personnes.  Reservations must be made the Wednesday prior at petit.dejeuner.francais@gmail.com

Music After Hours @ The Mount
Aug 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us on the Terrace every weekend in July and August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for lively evenings of free music played by the region’s most talented musicians. Relax with a glass of wine while savoring the sounds and the spectacular view and enjoy delicious Latin cuisine by Lucia’s Latin Kitchen, available for purchase.

Charles Neville and Jon Suters. Photos by John Seakwood.

Lucia's Latin Kitchen

Note: No outside food and drink, please.

We are proud to present this season’s Music After Hours lineup:

Wanda Houston.

Wanda Houston.

July 3 Struttin’ With Some BBQ, featuring The Heth ~Bradley~Houston Band and Charlie Tokarz on saxaphone

Wanda Houston is a professional singer, actress and song stylist who has traveled the stages of the world searching for the perfect song and performance. Her travels brought her to The Berkshires in 2001 where she has continued to “search” in Musical Theatre, Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Blues, Folk and Rock-‘n-Roll.

Featuring Jay Bradley on drums, Scott Heth on keyboard, and Wanda Houston on vocals.

July 4David Caldwell-Mason

David Caldwell-Mason began playing classical piano at the age of five under the direction of Hilda Shapiro. After receiving his Associate of Arts degree from Simon’s Rock College of Bard, he continued his education at William Paterson University. Over the course of a decade on the New York jazz scene, David has released two albums as a leader. David has performed with Darren Barret, Mark Guiliana, Tyshawn Sorey, Juris Teppich, Ari Hoenig, Linda Oh, and Gary Smulyan. He has performed at The Harvard Club, The UN, Tea Lounge, the Greenwich Village Bistro, and the Bitter End in New York, Duke University in North Carolina, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Charles Pointe in Bridgeport, West Virginia and Club Palm, Club Evans, and the Uiwang City Hall in Seoul, South Korea.

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David Caldwell-Mason Trio.

Félix Lecaros comes from a Chilean jazz dynasty of the highest order. His career highlights include numerous concerts and jazz festivals in Chile and abroad. On a national level he has played from Arica to Punta Arenas, and international tours have led him to Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Jamaica, Nassau, United States, Sweden, Spain, England, Poland, South Korea, and China. He has performed with international musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Danilo Pérez, Arnie Lawrence, Sheryl Bailey, Stanley Clarke, Bruce Barth, Mike Stern, Dennis Chambers, Marcus Baylor, and Aaron Goldberg among others.

Pablo Menares is one of the most important young bass players in Chile. His bass playing is considered to be elegant, musical and lyric, while firmly rooted in swing and polyrhythmic concepts. Menares has performed with all of the leading jazz musicians in Chile including: Christian Galvez, Claudio Rubio, Andy Baeza, Esteban Sumar, Martin Joseph, Felipe Riveros, Sebastian Jordan, Giovanni Cultera, and Camila Meza. He has also performed at major jazz festivals all over South America including the Lapataia Jazz Festival (Uruguay), Mar del Plata Jazz Festival (Argentina), Jazz Peru (Peru), and Providencia Jazz (Chile).

July 10Jon Suters Hosts: Natalia Bernal and Jason Ennis

Jason Ennis, Natalia Bernal, and Jon Suters.  Photo by John Seakwood.

Jason Ennis, Natalia Bernal, and Jon Suters. Photo by John Seakwood.

Natalia Bernal is a child of the desert of Atacama in Chile. Singing original songs and jazz and Latin jazz standards in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, Natalia represents the new wave of Latin American musicians who are interpreting jazz, pop, and the music of their native countries with a distinctive fusion of Latin roots and world influences.

New York City-based guitarist Jason Ennis is an exciting up-and-coming voice in the world of jazz guitar. His unique sound, deep groove and sensitive feel, along with a diverse background in jazz, blues, Brazilian music and classical music have made him highly in demand as a soloist, sideman, bandleader and musical director.

An accomplished musician and teacher, Jon Suters plays the piano, guitar, string bass, cello, violin, trombone, saxophone, drumset and percussion, and steel drums. He has and continues to perform music with Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers), Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Eugene Friesen and Paul Halley (the Paul Winter Consort), and has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Rickie Lee Jones, Tuck and Patti, Martin Sexton, Madeline Peyroux and many others.

Benny Sharoni.

Benny Sharoni.

July 11No Music After Hours.

July 17 Benny Sharoni

Night 1 of our 1st Music After Hours double-header!

Benny Sharoni is an Israeli-born tenor saxophonist, bandleader, composer and arranger who is a mainstay on the U.S. and European jazz scenes. After emigrating from Israel to the U.S. to study at Berklee College of Music, Sharoni studied with jazz masters Charlie Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone before exploding onto the scene with his own unique brand of music. Fusing together classic bop influences of Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Steve Grossman, Sharoni flavors his music with Latin rhythms and an energetic drive that delights audiences worldwide. The repertoire includes unique arrangements of standards from the American Songbook, as well as original compositions.

July 18 Benny Sharoni

Night 2 of our 1st Music After Hours double-header!

Benny Sharoni is an Israeli-born tenor saxophonist, bandleader, composer and arranger who is a mainstay on the U.S. and European jazz scenes. After emigrating from Israel to the U.S. to study at Berklee College of Music, Sharoni studied with jazz masters Charlie Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone before exploding onto the scene with his own unique brand of music. Fusing together classic bop influences of Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Steve Grossman, Sharoni flavors his music with Latin rhythms and an energetic drive that delights audiences worldwide. The repertoire includes unique arrangements of standards from the American Songbook, as well as original compositions.

July 24Jon Suters Hosts: Charles Neville and Frank Brocklehurst

Charles Neville and Frank Brocklehurst.

Charles Neville and Frank Brocklehurst.

Charles, the second oldest Neville brother, has the most diverse musical background. His experience on saxophone has included rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, be-bop, popular and even American Indian music. He cites as influences Louis Jordan, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Professor Longhair. He is also the only brother that lived away from New Orleans for long periods of time, making places like New York, Memphis and Oregon his home.

Frank Brocklehurst is a UK born Bass player, Luthier and Composer who is making his mark in the East coast United States music scene. Frank studied music in England through the Royal Guildhall before moving to the USA in 1990 where he studied Jazz at WCSU. Over the past 20 years he has had a very diverse careerplaying in Funk, Pop, Blues, Classical, Celtic, Jazz and Brazilian bands. Frank has been fortunate to play and collaborate with Rico Lewis ( Parliament/Funkadelic), Jonathan Blank ( Verve Jazz group) Charles Neville ( Neville bros ), Snooty Garland, John Suters and many other talented musicians.

July 25Bob Meyer Project

Bob Meyer has performed on Joe Lovano’s Blue Note release and group, Viva Caruso. Also, his Symbiosis, Sinatra and More, trios and quartets. Currently leading The Bob Meyer Project, with Steven Frieder, Luke Franco and Peter Brendler. Recently they released their CD Scabiosa; available on iTunes and CD Baby.

Bob Meyer.

Bob Meyer.

Among other people he has played or am playing with are; Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie, Ed Schuller, Ken Werner, Nina Sheldon, Judi Silvano, Perry Robinson, Glenn Moore, Cameron Brown, Andy Statman, Sheila Jordan, Ray Nance, Art Davis, Jaki Byard, Paul McCanless, Julian Priester, Gary Peacock, Peggy Stern, Bert Wilson, Diane Schurr, Stanley Cowell, Mal Waldron, David Friesen, Jim Pepper, Red Rodney, Itzhak Perlman, Arnie Lawrence, James Moody, Kirk Leitsey, Avishai Cohen, Wayne Horvitz, Drew Gress, Rob Scheps, Mike Bisio, Don Friedman, James Emery, Tony Malaby, Essiet Essiet, Santi Debriano, Vic Juris, Harvey Wainapel, Peter Barshay and Mel Martin among many others.

Paul Green.

Paul Green.

July 31Paul Green Quartet (Paul Green, clarinet; Joe Rose, keyboard; Andy Wrba, Bass; and Bill Chapman, Drums)

Clarinetist Paul Green’s career spans jazz, classical music and klezmer. He is co-director of “A Summer Celebration of Jewish Music” which presents a wide variety of Jewish music throughout the Berkshires, director of “Klezmer East,” in residence at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and first clarinetist of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. He performs jazz widely throughout the Berkshires and South Florida, appearing at the Barrington Stage, the Colonial Theatre, the Gateways Inn, the Red Lion Inn, Florida International University and Lynn University, among other venues, He is an active teacher as well, and a member of the faculties of the Hotchkiss School, in Lakeville, Connecticut and the Berkshire Music School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In Florida, he was a faculty member at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University.

Berkshire Jazz Collective.

Berkshire Jazz Collective.

August 1Berkshire Jazz Collective

Anchored by Andy Wrba, Bill Chapman, and Benny Kohn, the BJC is the premier jazz band of the Berkshires. The BJC has featured special guests including Charles Neville (saxophone), Benito Gonzales (piano), Marisa Massery (vocals), Armen Donelian (piano) and more of the region’s finest musicians.

August 7Jon Suters Hosts: Special Guests Ted Perry, Bill Chapman, Charlie Tokarz, and Andy Wrba

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Jon Suters, Charlie Tokarz, Bill Chapman, Ted Perry, Andy Wrba.

An accomplished musician and teacher, Jon Suters plays the piano, guitar, string bass, cello, violin, trombone, saxophone, drumset and percussion, and steel drums. He has and continues to perform music with Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers), Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Eugene Friesen and Paul Halley (the Paul Winter Consort), and has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Rickie Lee Jones, Tuck and Patti, Martin Sexton, Madeline Peyroux and many others.

August 8Elizabeth Kasius and Heard

The original repertoire of HEARD is the work of composer-arranger-pianist ELIZABETH WOODBURY KASIUS who brings a wide array of styles –jazz, classical and world music– into her captivating soundscape. Her inspirations come from her diverse experiences and interests and are often drawn from the raw and powerful sources that nature provides.

Heard.

Heard.

Elizabeth received her formal musical training at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she studied ethnomusicology, piano performance and composition with Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, trombonist Julian Priester and Big Band leader/trumpet player Jim Knapp, as well as with Nigerian Juju musician IK Dairo.

August 14Jon Suters Hosts: Natalia Bernal and Jason Ennis

Natalia Bernal is a child of the desert of Atacama in Chile. Singing original songs and jazz and Latin jazz standards in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, Natalia represents the new wave of Latin American musicians who are interpreting jazz, pop, and the music of their native countries with a distinctive fusion of Latin roots and world influences.

New York City-based guitarist Jason Ennis is an exciting up-and-coming voice in the world of jazz guitar. His unique sound, deep groove and sensitive feel, along with a diverse background in jazz, blues, Brazilian music and classical music have made him highly in demand as a soloist, sideman, bandleader and musical director.

Jason Ennis, Natalia Bernal, and Jon Suters.  Photo by John Seakwood.

Jason Ennis, Natalia Bernal, and Jon Suters. Photo by John Seakwood.

An accomplished musician and teacher, Jon Suters plays the piano, guitar, string bass, cello, violin, trombone, saxophone, drumset and percussion, and steel drums. He has and continues to perform music with Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers), Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Eugene Friesen and Paul Halley (the Paul Winter Consort), and has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Rickie Lee Jones, Tuck and Patti, Martin Sexton, Madeline Peyroux and many others.

August 15Zack Cross and Mammal Dap

MAMMAL DAP is an unassuming crew of four young mammals aggressively contorting their instruments to create music that is both forward-thinking yet nostalgic, indescribable but strangely familiar. The band is based in Northampton, MA, comprised of Killian Karlsson (guitar), Zack Cross (keys), Rhees Williams (bass, synth bass), and Colin Jalbert (drums, samples). Coupling lay-back, off-kilter hip hop beats with a ferocious indie rock approach, they create instrumental alchemy that has elevated crowds in Boston, Philly, NYC and beyond. Take the hooks of Hall and Oates, simmer them in loops of Madlib, then wrap it in the attitude of the Beastie Boys. Throw the microphone in a river. Now you’ve got something close to Mammal Dap.

Mammal Dap.

Mammal Dap.

The four best friends first came together in fall 2012, while playing the stealth roles of rhythm section sidemen in various projects. Out from the back and into the front, they utilize those years of experience to lock in hypnotic breaks that draw from an equal love of old tones and new tricks. Their debut EP, 5lbs High5, captures the band’s earliest songwriting sessions as their unique take on soul music comes to shape. They have returned to their home studio once again to record their first full length record. In this relaxed environment, the mammals meticulously experiment with the fusion of electronic music and the element of human interaction.

Jon Suters, Rob Putnam, and Charlie Tokarz.

August 21Jon Suters Hosts: Special Guests Rob Putnam and Charlie Tokarz

An accomplished musician and teacher, Jon Suters plays the piano, guitar, string bass, cello, violin, trombone, saxophone, drumset and percussion, and steel drums. He has and continues to perform music with Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers), Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Eugene Friesen and Paul Halley (the Paul Winter Consort), and has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Rickie Lee Jones, Tuck and Patti, Martin Sexton, Madeline Peyroux and many others.

Robert R. Putnam has performed on guitar and keyboards both as a soloist and as an accompanist with such artists as Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger. He has had a variety of experience in concert halls, recording studios, radio, and television with many artists.

Jeanne Laurin and John Sauer.

Jeanne Laurin and John Sauer.

August 22Jeanne Laurin and John Sauer Quartet

Performing together since 2002, Jeanne Laurin and John Sauer have been delivering a rich harmonic blend of refreshing arrangements of songs from Cole Porter, the Gershwin brothers and earlier, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and many others, including some country gems.

At the Mount on August 22, 2015 Jeanne and John will be joined by Pioneer Valley guitarist Bob Ferrier and Berkshire bassist Jon Suters, for a reprise of last year’s dynamic quartet!

Wanda Houston.

Wanda Houston.

August 28Wanda Houston Band

Wanda Houston is a professional singer, actress and song stylist who has traveled the stages of the world searching for the perfect song and performance. Her travels brought her to The Berkshires in 2001 where she has continued to “search” in Musical Theatre, Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Blues, Folk and Rock-‘n-Roll.

Featuring Jeff Stevens on Trumpet & Vocals, Wanda Houston on Vocals, Rob Kelly on Keyboard & Vocals, and Peter Putnam on Drums & Vocals.

August 29Jon Suters Hosts: Special Guests Charlie Tokarz, Bill Chapman, Roger Suters, and Bobby MacVeety

Jon Suters, Charlie Tokarz, Bill Chapman, Roger Suters, Bobby MacVeety.

An accomplished musician and teacher, Jon Suters plays the piano, guitar, string bass, cello, violin, trombone, saxophone, drumset and percussion, and steel drums. He has and continues to perform music with Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers), Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Eugene Friesen and Paul Halley (the Paul Winter Consort), and has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Rickie Lee Jones, Tuck and Patti, Martin Sexton, Madeline Peyroux and many others.

Roger Suters (double bass) was coaxed out of “music retirement” after thirty eight years to perform with the Jon Suters Jazz Trio at Castle Street Café and has had the opportunity to perform with many of the region’s top musicians and vocalists. Performs regularly with several groups including the Stockbridge Sinfonia, Berkshire Music School Orchestra, Talbott Suters Trio, Last Minute Jazz Ensemble and the Eagles Stage Band.

Bobby MacVeety loves to sing and play the guitar and enjoys every opportunity he gets to play with Berkshire County’s best jazz and blues musicians.

Aug
8
Sat
Hamlet @ The Dell at The Mount
Aug 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

A 90-minute performance of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet, will be performed ‘bare Bard’ style in the Dell at The Mount.

Bring your own seating and blanket and come enjoy Shakespeare & Company’s rendition of Hamlet, directed by Jonathan Croy!  Grounds are open for picnicking prior to each performance.

For more information and tickets, visit Shakespeare.org.

PLEASE NOTE: Hamlet will typically be performed in inclement weather; any questions regarding weather-related cancellations, should they occur, should be directed to the Shakespeare & Company box office at 413-637-3353.

Music After Hours @ The Mount
Aug 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us on the Terrace every weekend in July and August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for lively evenings of free music played by the region’s most talented musicians. Relax with a glass of wine while savoring the sounds and the spectacular view and enjoy delicious Latin cuisine by Lucia’s Latin Kitchen, available for purchase.

Charles Neville and Jon Suters. Photos by John Seakwood.

Lucia's Latin Kitchen

Note: No outside food and drink, please.

We are proud to present this season’s Music After Hours lineup:

Wanda Houston.

Wanda Houston.

July 3 Struttin’ With Some BBQ, featuring The Heth ~Bradley~Houston Band and Charlie Tokarz on saxaphone

Wanda Houston is a professional singer, actress and song stylist who has traveled the stages of the world searching for the perfect song and performance. Her travels brought her to The Berkshires in 2001 where she has continued to “search” in Musical Theatre, Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Blues, Folk and Rock-‘n-Roll.

Featuring Jay Bradley on drums, Scott Heth on keyboard, and Wanda Houston on vocals.

July 4David Caldwell-Mason

David Caldwell-Mason began playing classical piano at the age of five under the direction of Hilda Shapiro. After receiving his Associate of Arts degree from Simon’s Rock College of Bard, he continued his education at William Paterson University. Over the course of a decade on the New York jazz scene, David has released two albums as a leader. David has performed with Darren Barret, Mark Guiliana, Tyshawn Sorey, Juris Teppich, Ari Hoenig, Linda Oh, and Gary Smulyan. He has performed at The Harvard Club, The UN, Tea Lounge, the Greenwich Village Bistro, and the Bitter End in New York, Duke University in North Carolina, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Charles Pointe in Bridgeport, West Virginia and Club Palm, Club Evans, and the Uiwang City Hall in Seoul, South Korea.

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David Caldwell-Mason Trio.

Félix Lecaros comes from a Chilean jazz dynasty of the highest order. His career highlights include numerous concerts and jazz festivals in Chile and abroad. On a national level he has played from Arica to Punta Arenas, and international tours have led him to Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Jamaica, Nassau, United States, Sweden, Spain, England, Poland, South Korea, and China. He has performed with international musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Danilo Pérez, Arnie Lawrence, Sheryl Bailey, Stanley Clarke, Bruce Barth, Mike Stern, Dennis Chambers, Marcus Baylor, and Aaron Goldberg among others.

Pablo Menares is one of the most important young bass players in Chile. His bass playing is considered to be elegant, musical and lyric, while firmly rooted in swing and polyrhythmic concepts. Menares has performed with all of the leading jazz musicians in Chile including: Christian Galvez, Claudio Rubio, Andy Baeza, Esteban Sumar, Martin Joseph, Felipe Riveros, Sebastian Jordan, Giovanni Cultera, and Camila Meza. He has also performed at major jazz festivals all over South America including the Lapataia Jazz Festival (Uruguay), Mar del Plata Jazz Festival (Argentina), Jazz Peru (Peru), and Providencia Jazz (Chile).

July 10Jon Suters Hosts: Natalia Bernal and Jason Ennis

Jason Ennis, Natalia Bernal, and Jon Suters.  Photo by John Seakwood.

Jason Ennis, Natalia Bernal, and Jon Suters. Photo by John Seakwood.

Natalia Bernal is a child of the desert of Atacama in Chile. Singing original songs and jazz and Latin jazz standards in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, Natalia represents the new wave of Latin American musicians who are interpreting jazz, pop, and the music of their native countries with a distinctive fusion of Latin roots and world influences.

New York City-based guitarist Jason Ennis is an exciting up-and-coming voice in the world of jazz guitar. His unique sound, deep groove and sensitive feel, along with a diverse background in jazz, blues, Brazilian music and classical music have made him highly in demand as a soloist, sideman, bandleader and musical director.

An accomplished musician and teacher, Jon Suters plays the piano, guitar, string bass, cello, violin, trombone, saxophone, drumset and percussion, and steel drums. He has and continues to perform music with Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers), Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Eugene Friesen and Paul Halley (the Paul Winter Consort), and has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Rickie Lee Jones, Tuck and Patti, Martin Sexton, Madeline Peyroux and many others.

Benny Sharoni.

Benny Sharoni.

July 11No Music After Hours.

July 17 Benny Sharoni

Night 1 of our 1st Music After Hours double-header!

Benny Sharoni is an Israeli-born tenor saxophonist, bandleader, composer and arranger who is a mainstay on the U.S. and European jazz scenes. After emigrating from Israel to the U.S. to study at Berklee College of Music, Sharoni studied with jazz masters Charlie Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone before exploding onto the scene with his own unique brand of music. Fusing together classic bop influences of Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Steve Grossman, Sharoni flavors his music with Latin rhythms and an energetic drive that delights audiences worldwide. The repertoire includes unique arrangements of standards from the American Songbook, as well as original compositions.

July 18 Benny Sharoni

Night 2 of our 1st Music After Hours double-header!

Benny Sharoni is an Israeli-born tenor saxophonist, bandleader, composer and arranger who is a mainstay on the U.S. and European jazz scenes. After emigrating from Israel to the U.S. to study at Berklee College of Music, Sharoni studied with jazz masters Charlie Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone before exploding onto the scene with his own unique brand of music. Fusing together classic bop influences of Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Steve Grossman, Sharoni flavors his music with Latin rhythms and an energetic drive that delights audiences worldwide. The repertoire includes unique arrangements of standards from the American Songbook, as well as original compositions.

July 24Jon Suters Hosts: Charles Neville and Frank Brocklehurst

Charles Neville and Frank Brocklehurst.

Charles Neville and Frank Brocklehurst.

Charles, the second oldest Neville brother, has the most diverse musical background. His experience on saxophone has included rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, be-bop, popular and even American Indian music. He cites as influences Louis Jordan, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Professor Longhair. He is also the only brother that lived away from New Orleans for long periods of time, making places like New York, Memphis and Oregon his home.

Frank Brocklehurst is a UK born Bass player, Luthier and Composer who is making his mark in the East coast United States music scene. Frank studied music in England through the Royal Guildhall before moving to the USA in 1990 where he studied Jazz at WCSU. Over the past 20 years he has had a very diverse careerplaying in Funk, Pop, Blues, Classical, Celtic, Jazz and Brazilian bands. Frank has been fortunate to play and collaborate with Rico Lewis ( Parliament/Funkadelic), Jonathan Blank ( Verve Jazz group) Charles Neville ( Neville bros ), Snooty Garland, John Suters and many other talented musicians.

July 25Bob Meyer Project

Bob Meyer has performed on Joe Lovano’s Blue Note release and group, Viva Caruso. Also, his Symbiosis, Sinatra and More, trios and quartets. Currently leading The Bob Meyer Project, with Steven Frieder, Luke Franco and Peter Brendler. Recently they released their CD Scabiosa; available on iTunes and CD Baby.

Bob Meyer.

Bob Meyer.

Among other people he has played or am playing with are; Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie, Ed Schuller, Ken Werner, Nina Sheldon, Judi Silvano, Perry Robinson, Glenn Moore, Cameron Brown, Andy Statman, Sheila Jordan, Ray Nance, Art Davis, Jaki Byard, Paul McCanless, Julian Priester, Gary Peacock, Peggy Stern, Bert Wilson, Diane Schurr, Stanley Cowell, Mal Waldron, David Friesen, Jim Pepper, Red Rodney, Itzhak Perlman, Arnie Lawrence, James Moody, Kirk Leitsey, Avishai Cohen, Wayne Horvitz, Drew Gress, Rob Scheps, Mike Bisio, Don Friedman, James Emery, Tony Malaby, Essiet Essiet, Santi Debriano, Vic Juris, Harvey Wainapel, Peter Barshay and Mel Martin among many others.

Paul Green.

Paul Green.

July 31Paul Green Quartet (Paul Green, clarinet; Joe Rose, keyboard; Andy Wrba, Bass; and Bill Chapman, Drums)

Clarinetist Paul Green’s career spans jazz, classical music and klezmer. He is co-director of “A Summer Celebration of Jewish Music” which presents a wide variety of Jewish music throughout the Berkshires, director of “Klezmer East,” in residence at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and first clarinetist of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. He performs jazz widely throughout the Berkshires and South Florida, appearing at the Barrington Stage, the Colonial Theatre, the Gateways Inn, the Red Lion Inn, Florida International University and Lynn University, among other venues, He is an active teacher as well, and a member of the faculties of the Hotchkiss School, in Lakeville, Connecticut and the Berkshire Music School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In Florida, he was a faculty member at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University.

Berkshire Jazz Collective.

Berkshire Jazz Collective.

August 1Berkshire Jazz Collective

Anchored by Andy Wrba, Bill Chapman, and Benny Kohn, the BJC is the premier jazz band of the Berkshires. The BJC has featured special guests including Charles Neville (saxophone), Benito Gonzales (piano), Marisa Massery (vocals), Armen Donelian (piano) and more of the region’s finest musicians.

August 7Jon Suters Hosts: Special Guests Ted Perry, Bill Chapman, Charlie Tokarz, and Andy Wrba

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Jon Suters, Charlie Tokarz, Bill Chapman, Ted Perry, Andy Wrba.

An accomplished musician and teacher, Jon Suters plays the piano, guitar, string bass, cello, violin, trombone, saxophone, drumset and percussion, and steel drums. He has and continues to perform music with Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers), Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Eugene Friesen and Paul Halley (the Paul Winter Consort), and has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Rickie Lee Jones, Tuck and Patti, Martin Sexton, Madeline Peyroux and many others.

August 8Elizabeth Kasius and Heard

The original repertoire of HEARD is the work of composer-arranger-pianist ELIZABETH WOODBURY KASIUS who brings a wide array of styles –jazz, classical and world music– into her captivating soundscape. Her inspirations come from her diverse experiences and interests and are often drawn from the raw and powerful sources that nature provides.

Heard.

Heard.

Elizabeth received her formal musical training at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she studied ethnomusicology, piano performance and composition with Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, trombonist Julian Priester and Big Band leader/trumpet player Jim Knapp, as well as with Nigerian Juju musician IK Dairo.

August 14Jon Suters Hosts: Natalia Bernal and Jason Ennis

Natalia Bernal is a child of the desert of Atacama in Chile. Singing original songs and jazz and Latin jazz standards in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, Natalia represents the new wave of Latin American musicians who are interpreting jazz, pop, and the music of their native countries with a distinctive fusion of Latin roots and world influences.

New York City-based guitarist Jason Ennis is an exciting up-and-coming voice in the world of jazz guitar. His unique sound, deep groove and sensitive feel, along with a diverse background in jazz, blues, Brazilian music and classical music have made him highly in demand as a soloist, sideman, bandleader and musical director.

Jason Ennis, Natalia Bernal, and Jon Suters.  Photo by John Seakwood.

Jason Ennis, Natalia Bernal, and Jon Suters. Photo by John Seakwood.

An accomplished musician and teacher, Jon Suters plays the piano, guitar, string bass, cello, violin, trombone, saxophone, drumset and percussion, and steel drums. He has and continues to perform music with Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers), Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Eugene Friesen and Paul Halley (the Paul Winter Consort), and has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Rickie Lee Jones, Tuck and Patti, Martin Sexton, Madeline Peyroux and many others.

August 15Zack Cross and Mammal Dap

MAMMAL DAP is an unassuming crew of four young mammals aggressively contorting their instruments to create music that is both forward-thinking yet nostalgic, indescribable but strangely familiar. The band is based in Northampton, MA, comprised of Killian Karlsson (guitar), Zack Cross (keys), Rhees Williams (bass, synth bass), and Colin Jalbert (drums, samples). Coupling lay-back, off-kilter hip hop beats with a ferocious indie rock approach, they create instrumental alchemy that has elevated crowds in Boston, Philly, NYC and beyond. Take the hooks of Hall and Oates, simmer them in loops of Madlib, then wrap it in the attitude of the Beastie Boys. Throw the microphone in a river. Now you’ve got something close to Mammal Dap.

Mammal Dap.

Mammal Dap.

The four best friends first came together in fall 2012, while playing the stealth roles of rhythm section sidemen in various projects. Out from the back and into the front, they utilize those years of experience to lock in hypnotic breaks that draw from an equal love of old tones and new tricks. Their debut EP, 5lbs High5, captures the band’s earliest songwriting sessions as their unique take on soul music comes to shape. They have returned to their home studio once again to record their first full length record. In this relaxed environment, the mammals meticulously experiment with the fusion of electronic music and the element of human interaction.

Jon Suters, Rob Putnam, and Charlie Tokarz.

August 21Jon Suters Hosts: Special Guests Rob Putnam and Charlie Tokarz

An accomplished musician and teacher, Jon Suters plays the piano, guitar, string bass, cello, violin, trombone, saxophone, drumset and percussion, and steel drums. He has and continues to perform music with Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers), Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Eugene Friesen and Paul Halley (the Paul Winter Consort), and has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Rickie Lee Jones, Tuck and Patti, Martin Sexton, Madeline Peyroux and many others.

Robert R. Putnam has performed on guitar and keyboards both as a soloist and as an accompanist with such artists as Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger. He has had a variety of experience in concert halls, recording studios, radio, and television with many artists.

Jeanne Laurin and John Sauer.

Jeanne Laurin and John Sauer.

August 22Jeanne Laurin and John Sauer Quartet

Performing together since 2002, Jeanne Laurin and John Sauer have been delivering a rich harmonic blend of refreshing arrangements of songs from Cole Porter, the Gershwin brothers and earlier, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and many others, including some country gems.

At the Mount on August 22, 2015 Jeanne and John will be joined by Pioneer Valley guitarist Bob Ferrier and Berkshire bassist Jon Suters, for a reprise of last year’s dynamic quartet!

Wanda Houston.

Wanda Houston.

August 28Wanda Houston Band

Wanda Houston is a professional singer, actress and song stylist who has traveled the stages of the world searching for the perfect song and performance. Her travels brought her to The Berkshires in 2001 where she has continued to “search” in Musical Theatre, Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Blues, Folk and Rock-‘n-Roll.

Featuring Jeff Stevens on Trumpet & Vocals, Wanda Houston on Vocals, Rob Kelly on Keyboard & Vocals, and Peter Putnam on Drums & Vocals.

August 29Jon Suters Hosts: Special Guests Charlie Tokarz, Bill Chapman, Roger Suters, and Bobby MacVeety

Jon Suters, Charlie Tokarz, Bill Chapman, Roger Suters, Bobby MacVeety.

An accomplished musician and teacher, Jon Suters plays the piano, guitar, string bass, cello, violin, trombone, saxophone, drumset and percussion, and steel drums. He has and continues to perform music with Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers), Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Eugene Friesen and Paul Halley (the Paul Winter Consort), and has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Rickie Lee Jones, Tuck and Patti, Martin Sexton, Madeline Peyroux and many others.

Roger Suters (double bass) was coaxed out of “music retirement” after thirty eight years to perform with the Jon Suters Jazz Trio at Castle Street Café and has had the opportunity to perform with many of the region’s top musicians and vocalists. Performs regularly with several groups including the Stockbridge Sinfonia, Berkshire Music School Orchestra, Talbott Suters Trio, Last Minute Jazz Ensemble and the Eagles Stage Band.

Bobby MacVeety loves to sing and play the guitar and enjoys every opportunity he gets to play with Berkshire County’s best jazz and blues musicians.

Aug
10
Mon
Food Adventures @ The Stable at The Mount
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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PLEASE NOTE: The following workshop has been cancelled. Please contact us at info@edithwharton.org or 413-551-5100 with any questions.

In partnership with The Nutrition Center, The Mount is presenting a week-long Food Adventures summer program August 10 – August 14.

Food Adventures at The Mount occurs over the course of five days: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Registration and cost is for all five classes together.

Join us for a week-long, hands-on cooking series designed especially for school-age children (ages 7-12) located on the beautiful grounds of The Mount. Children will learn basic cooking skills and nutrition concepts while focusing on ideas that were near and dear to Edith Wharton’s heart: a reverence for tradition, the importance of home cooking, gathering around a beautiful table, and eating mindful, sociable meals with friends and family. Food Adventures will provide all of the ingredients for a memorable summer workshop that encourages kids to explore seasonal eating, the magic of whole foods, making healthy and delicious desserts, and one of Wharton’s favorite elements of entertaining: menu planning. We will take advantage of the bounty of local produce as well as the historic setting in which kids can embrace the fun of food.

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The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects @ The Stable at The Mount
Aug 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Deborah Lutz.

Deborah Lutz.

Deborah Lutz’ current book is entitled The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects, a unique and lovingly detailed biography of a literary family that has enthralled readers for nearly two centuries, and the topic of her talk at The Mount. Lutz illuminates the complex and fascinating lives of the Brontës through the things they wore, stitched, wrote on, and inscribed. By unfolding the histories of the meaningful objects in their family home in Haworth, she re-creates the sisters’ daily lives while moving us chronologically forward through the major biographical events: the death of their mother and two sisters, the imaginary kingdoms of their childhood writing, their time as governesses, and their determined efforts to make a mark on the literary world.

From the miniature books they made as children to the blackthorn walking sticks they carried on solitary hikes on the moors, each personal possession opens a window onto the sisters’ world, their beloved fiction, and the Victorian era. A description of the brass collar worn by Emily’s bull mastiff, Keeper, leads to a series of entertaining anecdotes about the influence of the family’s dogs on their writing and about the relationship of Victorians to their pets in general. The sisters’ portable writing desks prove to have played a crucial role in their writing lives: it was Charlotte’s snooping in Emily’s desk that led to the sisters’ first publication in print, followed later by the publication of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Charlotte’s letters provide insight into her relationships, both innocent and illicit, including her relationship with the older professor to whom she wrote passionately. And the bracelet Charlotte had made of Anne and Emily’s intertwined hair bears witness to her profound grief after their deaths.

The lecture, which will be held in the historic Stable, will be followed by a tea and book signing. If you are a Mount member and do not have your access code to purchase tickets at the reduced member price, please call 413-551-5100 or email info@edithwharton.org.

Deborah Lutz is an Associate Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture in the Department of English at Long Island University. Her scholarship focuses on material culture; the history of attitudes toward death and mourning; the history of sexuality, pornography and erotica; and gender and gay studies. Her books include The Dangerous Lover: Gothic Villains, Byronism, and the Nineteenth-Century Seduction Narrative; Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism, and Relics of Death in Victorian Literature and Culture. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and collections, including Novel: A Forum on Fiction; Victorian Literature and Culture; The Oxford History of the Novel in English, and Cabinet. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, Salon, New York Post, Dublin’s News Talk Radio, The John Batchelor Radio Show, and The History Channel.

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Refund requests will only be honored if made more than 1 week prior to lecture date.

Please Note: This lecture is sold out.  From time to time, we do receive cancellations.  If you wish to be added to a wait list, please call the office at 413-551-5100. 

We are also offering special tickets for a simultaneous audiocast in the room adjacent to the Stable auditorium.  Patrons will be able to attend the tea and book signing following the lecture.

No visuals will be available during the audiocast.  For more information, contact The Mount’s office at (413) 551-5100.

We would like to thank Blantyre for their ongoing sponsorship and support of the Summer Lecture Series.

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Aug
11
Tue
Food Adventures @ The Stable at The Mount
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

nutrition center

PLEASE NOTE: The following workshop has been cancelled. Please contact us at info@edithwharton.org or 413-551-5100 with any questions.

In partnership with The Nutrition Center, The Mount is presenting a week-long Food Adventures summer program August 10 – August 14.

Food Adventures at The Mount occurs over the course of five days: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Registration and cost is for all five classes together.

Join us for a week-long, hands-on cooking series designed especially for school-age children (ages 7-12) located on the beautiful grounds of The Mount. Children will learn basic cooking skills and nutrition concepts while focusing on ideas that were near and dear to Edith Wharton’s heart: a reverence for tradition, the importance of home cooking, gathering around a beautiful table, and eating mindful, sociable meals with friends and family. Food Adventures will provide all of the ingredients for a memorable summer workshop that encourages kids to explore seasonal eating, the magic of whole foods, making healthy and delicious desserts, and one of Wharton’s favorite elements of entertaining: menu planning. We will take advantage of the bounty of local produce as well as the historic setting in which kids can embrace the fun of food.

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Lenox Community Evening at The Mount @ The Mount
Aug 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On Tuesday, August 11th, Lenox residents are invited to walk the grounds at twilight and enjoy a rousing game of Bingo at 6 p.m. on the Terrace, courtesy of the Lenox Community Center and Council of Aging.  This is the third annual Lenox Community Evening at The Mount.

While the Whartons preferred to use their terrace for ping pong and star gazing, Edith would certainly have approved of the genteel European roots of the game Bingo.  The Mount’s first Bingo game, which took place on that same terrace in the summer of 2013, was a great success.

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Hamlet @ The Dell at The Mount
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A 90-minute performance of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet, will be performed ‘bare Bard’ style in the Dell at The Mount.

Bring your own seating and blanket and come enjoy Shakespeare & Company’s rendition of Hamlet, directed by Jonathan Croy!  Grounds are open for picnicking prior to each performance.

For more information and tickets, visit Shakespeare.org.

PLEASE NOTE: Hamlet will typically be performed in inclement weather; any questions regarding weather-related cancellations, should they occur, should be directed to the Shakespeare & Company box office at 413-637-3353.

Aug
12
Wed
Food Adventures @ The Stable at The Mount
Aug 12 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

nutrition center

PLEASE NOTE: The following workshop has been cancelled. Please contact us at info@edithwharton.org or 413-551-5100 with any questions.

In partnership with The Nutrition Center, The Mount is presenting a week-long Food Adventures summer program August 10 – August 14.

Food Adventures at The Mount occurs over the course of five days: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Registration and cost is for all five classes together.

Join us for a week-long, hands-on cooking series designed especially for school-age children (ages 7-12) located on the beautiful grounds of The Mount. Children will learn basic cooking skills and nutrition concepts while focusing on ideas that were near and dear to Edith Wharton’s heart: a reverence for tradition, the importance of home cooking, gathering around a beautiful table, and eating mindful, sociable meals with friends and family. Food Adventures will provide all of the ingredients for a memorable summer workshop that encourages kids to explore seasonal eating, the magic of whole foods, making healthy and delicious desserts, and one of Wharton’s favorite elements of entertaining: menu planning. We will take advantage of the bounty of local produce as well as the historic setting in which kids can embrace the fun of food.

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Wharton on Wednesdays @ The Mount
Aug 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Come hear for yourself why Edith Wharton’s writings continue to captivate readers and win Wharton new fans!

Enjoy summer afternoons on The Mount’s view-rich Terrace while listening to Wharton’s short stories read by professional actors. Gardens are open for strolling. Wine and other light refreshments are available for purchase.

The readings begin at 5 pm on the Terrace.

Tickets for Wharton on Wednesday can be purchased at the door before the event.  No advanced reservations are needed.

Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Aug 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

                                                   Wednesday Ghost Walks

Please note: The August 5 ghost tour is sold out.

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Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps…The Mount’s haunted history includes it all!  For over a century, The Mount has been home to writers, actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants, and teenage girls.  Take a special guided tour of the most haunted parts of the estate to find out who may still call The Mount home.  You never know who–or what–might happen to show up!

The 90-minute ghost tour starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and includes about a half-mile walk with some steep areas.

Two helpful hints: dress warmly and wear sensible shoes!

Advance reservations for ghost tours are required.  To purchase tickets, fill in the ticket form below or call 413-551-5100. If tickets are sold out for a particular evening and you’d like to be added to a waitlist, please email info@edithwharton.org.

Please note: This spooky tour is not recommended for children under 12.

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