Kids 4 Harmony Returns to Ozawa Hall

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LENOX, Mass. — 18 Degrees will host their Kids 4 Harmony Summer Gala Concert on June 25, 5:30 PM, at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood.

The evening will begin with a reception followed by performances starting at 7:00 PM. Over 50 Kids 4 Harmony students will be involved, and there will be a special piece featuring Boston Symphony Orchestra Cellist Owen Young.  

Carolyn and Eli Newberger will be honored for their dedication to the program, in addition to the  commitment they have made to child welfare and the power of music. The evening's program includes pieces by Bohm, Meyer, Price, and Couperin, as well as an original composition by one of the K4H student musicians.

The concert will close with a special performance of Che-Yi Lee's Dancing Strings by current students, alumni, and teaching artists.  

Kids 4 Harmony, an after-school program based at Morningside Community School in Pittsfield and Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, is inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema, an ensemble-based musical approach with a social justice mission.

Through Kids 4 Harmony, students have access to music instruction, performance opportunities, and family support at no cost.  

Tickets for the Gala, which include a catered reception at the Tanglewood Tent Club, and concert-only tickets are available on our website,


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Pittsfield Starbucks Closed Temporarily

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff

A sign outside the coffee shop assures customers the closure is only temporary. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Your alarm goes off, you get ready, and you leave for school, work, or whatever your appointment a little bit early to get a cup of coffee to start your day, only to find that the Pittsfield Starbucks, located at  555 Hubbard Ave., is closed. 
The sign has been removed, and the drive-through is blocked, but Starbucks coffee addicts need not worry — this closure is only temporary. 
The coffee shop closed its doors temporarily on July 7 to undergo a standard renovation with the chain's new Siren System, a Starbucks spokesperson said. 
According to the signage, the reopening date is projected to be Aug. 21. 
According to its website, the Siren System is part of the chain's Starbucks Reinvention plan, which aims to improve the experience for partners and staff by responding to changing needs and increasing demands. 
"As a standard course of business, we continually evaluate our store portfolio using various criteria to ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers," the spokesperson said. 
The chain's article on unveiling its innovations said, "Over the past few years, the number of cold beverages ordered has surpassed the number of hot drinks year-round. And, two in three drinks ordered have requested customizations such as extra espresso shots and flavorings."
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