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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • UMass Orchestra director Teresa Cheung
  • William Hite
  • The UMass Wind Ensemble
  • Members of the cast of "Willy Wonka"

At Northampton Center for the Arts

‘Illusions of Place,’ an exhibit of photographs by Pamela Cobb will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and will remain on view through Oct. 26 at The Northampton Center for the Arts. Cobb’s photos reflect here appreciation for both the dramatic scale and spaces of the West and intimate spaces of the East, and a corresponding vision of these two very different landscapes.

Her photographs have been exhibited nationally and are in the collection of the San Francisco MoMA Artists’ Gallery. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

Collection of memories

“Young@Heart Chorus: a 30th Anniversary Retrospective,” a collection of memorabilia from the chorus’s 30-year history including photographs, posters, video and costumes, will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Oct. 31 at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. The exhibit is curated by Stella Cilman. For information visit www.forbeslibrary.org.

At UNITE

‘Every bad thing always happening never again,’ an exhibit of work by Sean Sawicki, will open with a reception Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will remain on view through Nov. 7 at UNITE gallery in Northampton. Sawicki, of Southampton, incorporates sparse statements into minimal landscapes to illustrate the complexities of the world that surrounds as all and his current body of work focuses on the individual vs. the unknown.

At the Robert Floyd Gallery

An exhibit of photography by Roger Lobdell will open Sunday with a reception from 1 to 6 p.m. with a gallery talk at 3 p.m., and will remain on view through Oct. 30 at the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery in Southampton. There will be a second gallery talk Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.

Lobdell, of Florence, captures nature images in color and in black-and-white that portray a sense of place. For information, call 529-2635 or send an email to floyd@robertfloydphoto.com.

Musical Emily

Israeli actress and singer Efrat Ben Zur and her band will sing from her new album, “Robin,” music set to the poems of Emily Dickinson, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst. Ben Zur composed and co-produced the music which blends sounds from acoustic and alternative genres. The concert in Amherst links Israeli arts and culture with a local American icon, Emily Dickinson

Tickets cost $18; $12 for students; and $36 for preferred seating, which includes admission to a reception following the performance. To purchase, visit www.yiddishbookcenter.org/efrat or call the Springfield JCC at 739-4715.

‘Willy Wonka’

Arena Civic Theatre presents the musical “Willy Wonka” Oct. 13 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 14, 20 and 21 at 2 p.m. at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls.

“Willy Wonka” is based on the novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” written in 1964 by Roald Dahl.

The show is directed by Bob DuCharme, with musical direction by Amy Roberts-Crawford and choreography by Melenie Reneris.

Local cast members include Cole Mathewson of Belchertown who plays Charlie. He will be joined by John Darrow of Southampton; Wade Atkinson, Rory Lambert-Wright and Ted Trobaugh, all of Amherst; Tess Mathewson of Belchertown; and Stephanie Craven of South Hadley.

Tickets cost $15; $12 for seniors/students; $9 for children 12 and under. To reserve, call the Shea Theater at 863-2281. Also available at the Jones Library in Amherst.

Vocal practice

The University Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance will present a voice aria open house and audition seminar Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall. There will also be a voice master class with Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone John Creek at 6:30 p.m., also in Bezanson.

This is a free event for high school singers, their parents and voice/choral teachers interested in college auditions and the UMass Amherst Voice Program, with voice/choral faculty members William Hite (tenor), Amy Johnson (soprano), Marjorie Melnick (mezzo-soprano) and Tony Thornton (choral director).

For information, send an to email mkushick@music.umass.edu or call 545-0018.

A new old organ

The South Congregational church in Amherst will celebrate the installation of an 1896 organ with a dedicatory concert by Smith College organist Grant Moss Sunday at 3 p.m.

The concert will showcase music ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary, including pieces by J. S. Bach and Cesar Franck. It will also feature an original composition by church member Willis Bridegam in which the award-winning Amherst Regional High School Hurricane Singers, directed by Anita Anderson Cooper, will perform. Grant Moss is a senior lecturer in music at Smith and is a regional winner of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition.

The organ, which was constructed by Casavant Frères in Quebec in 1896, is the oldest playable Casavant in the United States. Admission to the concert is free, but contributions are welcome. The concert will be followed by a reception. For more information, call 253-2977.

Baseball history

“Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience,” a traveling exhibit that examines the challenges faced by black baseball players as they sought equal opportunities in the sport in the post-Civil War era, will be on view Oct. 12-Dec. 7 on the lower level of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The exhibit is composed of colorful freestanding panels featuring photographs of teams, players, original documents and artifacts in the collections of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and in other institutions and collections.

Related programs include:

Saturday, 1 p.m.: “The Might Jim Crow has Struck Out! The Story of How a Small New England Town Embraced the African-American Ball Player,” a talk by Dan Genovese, the author of two books about 19th-century baseball in western Massachusetts. Jones Library, Amherst.

Oct. 25, 4 p.m.: “Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game,” a talk buy Rob Ruck, senior lecturer in the history department at the University of Pittsburgh. The event is also an opening reception for the exhibit. Lower level Du Bois Library, UMass.

Nov. 8, 4 p.m.: “Effa Manley, the First Woman Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame,” a talk by Doron Goldman, a former lecturer in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass. Lower Level of the library.

Nov. 29, 4 p.m.: “Red, Black, and Green: The Red Sox, Race and Pumpsie Green,” a talk by Rob Weir, who has published four books about the American labor movement. Lower level of the library.

For information, call 545-0162.

At the Augusta Savage Gallery

The Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present a series of musical and literary performances on Oct. 15, 16, 17 and 18.

∎ On Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., playwright Richard Ballon will present monologues based on his first collection of writings, “enough of a little, to know the all.” The stories are meant to enchant, horrify, tickle and poke at what we assume to be our ordinary lives.

Also on the bill: Tuba player Joseph Daley and saxophonist Marty Ehrlic .

Daley has performed for nearly 40 years with such musicians as Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Gil Evans, Charlie Hadan and Taj Mahal. Ehrlich began his career 30 years ago in St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has made 25 recordings of his compositions for ensembles ranging in size from duo to jazz orchestra.

∎ On Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., bassist Avery Sharpe and saxophonist Charles Neville will present an evening of improvised music. Also on the bill, New York City theater artist, educator and UMass alumna Judyie Al-Bilali will read from her new memoir,” For the Feeling: Love and Transformation from New York to Capetown.”

For information, call 545-5177.

Music at UMass

The University of Massachusetts Orchestra, directed by Teresa Cheung, will perform Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. On the program: Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony #5 (Reformation), Op. 107; Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia Op. 26, No. 7 and Karelia Suite, Op. 11; and W.A. Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute K. 620.

∎ The UMass Wind Ensemble will present a concert Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. in the concert hall. Conducted by James Patrick Miller, the repertoire will include Richard Strauss’ Suite in B flat, Op. 4; Einojuhani Rautavaara’s “A Soldier’s Mass”; Holst’s “Hammersmith” and works by Gabriele, J.S. Bach and Maslanka.

Tickets for both concerts cost $10; $3 for UMass Amherst students; $5 for other students, seniors and children under 18. For information, call 545-0018.

Beatles scholar

“Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper: A Multimedia Journey Integrating Visuals and Music” will be presented by composer and Beatles scholar Scott Freiman Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst.

Using rare and unreleased recordings and drawing on first-hand sources, Freiman walks the audience through the construction of Beatles songs from their first takes through to the final versions.

Tickets cost $20. To purchase visit www.amherstcinema.org.

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