Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Remembering Christopher R. Morley on May 28 at Music Mountain

Christopher Morley, the Falls Village resident whose generosity and support of the arts was legendary, will be memorialized at a free concert at Music Mountain on Saturday, May 28, at 7 p.m. Morley died unexpectedly in April at the age of 58 at his home on Undermountain Road.

Two of Morley’s favorite organizations were the Falls Village Children’s Theatre and Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, and each group will present performances in his honor. Every year, Morley paid for tickets so all interested children in Falls Village could attend a Shakespeare play in the Berkshires.

In his memory, four actors from Shakespeare & Company will perform at Music Mountain: Kate Abbruzzese and Sam Parrott will stage the great fight scene from “Hamlet,” and Dana Harrison and David Joseph will perform excerpts from “Shakespeare & the Language That Shaped a World.” The children of the FVCT will sing a selection of greatest hits from the first five seasons, and there will also be performance by Vance Cannon and Donald Sosin.

Morley was also a major benefactor of the D.M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, where he underwrote the new Art Wall, and the library will offer readings in his honor, too.

Friends and neighbor are invited to picnic on the majestic Music Mountain grounds beginning at 5 p.m., before the 7 p.m. performance.

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