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While Mighty Thunders Roll: Popular Artists Sing the Shakers
The Shakers wrote 25,000 songs, 10,000 of which survive. From American anthems like Simple Gifts to lesser-known hymns, ballads, and laboring songs, music plays a central role in Shaker life. Through video and audio, While Mighty Thunders Roll explores and expands this musical legacy with newly commissioned a capella renditions of Shaker songs performed by popular musicians including Laurie Anderson, Yo-Yo Ma, and Natalie Merchant, along with a display of historic objects and ephemera alongside. The result is a timely exhibition that enlivens the history of Shaker music and illuminates the power of voice as a fundamental expression of spirit.

When: Jun 1, 2019 12am to Nov 11, 2019 12am in Pittsfield, MA

Borrowed Light: Barbara Ernst Prey

Painter Barbara Ernst Prey has an affinity for light, deftly capturing the fleeting luminosity within built and natural environments. To the Shakers, light was everything. They designed their buildings to bring the light in through windows, skylights, portholes, and reflective walls. The exacting architecture allows light to move in idiosyncratic ways, creating a mystery of shifting beams, shadows, and pools that enliven corridors and rooms. The Shakers coined the term "borrowed light" to describe how they used this fluid nature of light. Prey captures its beauty in this exhibition featuring new large-scale watercolors depicting village scenes. Her voice brings new consideration to the visual and haptic experience of Hancock Shaker Village, historically and today.

When: Jul 1, 2019 12am to Nov 11, 2019 12am in Pittsfield, MA

Silo Songs

Inspired by early wordless Shaker songs, Grammy-award winning composer Brad Wells created Silo Songs, a sound art installation that offers visitors an immersive musical experience inside one of the historic silos. The score is sung by Sam Amidon, Rhiannon Giddens, Eamon O'Leary, and Caroline Shaw, who capture the ecstatic feel of Shaker worship and suggest what Mother Ann's singing evoked in her followers, in which "the spacious apartment would ring with beautiful songs which no man could learn."

When: Jul 1, 2019 12am to Nov 11, 2019 12am in Pittsfield, MA

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About Pittsfield, MA
The City of Pittsfield was founded as a town in 1761 and again as a city in 1891.Pittsfield is located in Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts and is known as the “Plastics Technology Center of the Nation”.

The 4th of July Parade given by the City of Pittsfield brings thousands of visitors to the city for the annual celebration. The Hancock Shaker Village which was established more than 200 years ago gives tourists the chance to discover the Shaker way of life.

Another Pittsfield land mark is Arrowhead which was where the completion of “Moby Dick” and others took place. Till this day many writers and artists call Pittsburg home.