Berkshire Music School: A 20th Anniversary Cabaret Workshop

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Music School (BMS) announced Music @ The Taft presents Songs from the Heart: A 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Berkshire Music School Cabaret Workshop on Monday, December 12 at 7pm.
 
BMS voice faculty member Sherri James Buxton brings her Broadway and New York cabaret experience to the Taft in a program of songs, stories, and anecdotes about performing before, during and after Covid. 
 
Sherri will perform with Bob Shepherd (piano), Dan Broad (bass) and guest, Paul Green (clarinet). This group, who have worked together for many years, will present an evening of music to celebrate 20 years of BMS's Cabaret Workshop. Songs include selections from Broadway, Cabaret, and the Great American Songbook.
 
The performance will take place at the Berkshire Music School Taft Recital Hall: 30 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201. Doors will open at 6:30pm, and the performance will begin at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be served. Tickets for the performance are on sale for $40 each or $75 per couple, and can be purchased through the Berkshire Music School website box office at www.berkshiremusicschool.org/box-office, or you may call to reserve your seats at 413-442-1411.
 
This program is supported in part by grants from the Feigenbaum Foundation, Greylock Federal Credit Union, and Pittsfield Cultural Council, a local agency this is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Kelly Hathaway of Pittsfield pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of animal cruelty in Central Berkshire District Court as part of a plea agreement. Following the plea agreement, she was ordered to have a mental health evaluation and follow any after care as instructed by the court.
 
She was placed on two years probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service. She is not allowed to possess any animals and was ordered to surrender any she has in her care. She is also prohibited from volunteering with any animal groups.
 
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