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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLERY 13<br/>Photographs by Eric Broudy are on view at Gallery A3 in Amherst.
  • Da Camera Singers
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA<br/>A scene from "Safety First!"
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA<br/>A scene from "This House"

Musical suites

A concert of original music by Vermont composer/percussionist Julian Gerstin, will be performed Friday at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall at Hampshire College in Amherst.

“The Ghana Suite,” based on traditions of Ghana, includes six horns — tuba, trombone, two saxes, two trumpets — plus six percussionists on Ghanaian instruments.

“The Martinique Suite” explores rhythms and melodies of this small French Caribbean island, where Gerstin lived for two years, studying musical traditions and playing with the island’s leading folkloric troupes. Gerstin, on the tanbou drum, joins the same six horns.

Gerstin performs frequently in the Valley as a percussionist with the Cuban folkloric troupe Iroko Nueve, Afrobeat band Alafia and the eclectic Middle-eastern-Caribbean-jazz group, As Yet Quintet.

The ensemble includes Brian Bender, a klezmer and world jazz trombonist; Jon Weeks, on saxophones; Geoffrey Cunningham and Dave Bilodeau on trumpet; and Kevin Smith, a.k.a. Tuba Love. Writing the horn arrangements and playing saxophone and flute is Michael Asoldos.

The West African percussion section is led by Faith Conant, director of the Five College West African and Dance Ensemble. Also joining the group will be Rafi Singer, and drummer Dave Noonan.

Tickets cost $10; $7 for students and seniors.

To reserve, send an email to julian@zabapmusic.com.

The show will be repeated June 1 at 8 p.m. in the Vermont Jazz Center, Cotton Mill Hill Studios in Brattleboro, Vt.

Community music

A community music concert performed by students, faculty and professional musicians celebrates Jason Trotta’s 10-year anniversary as the executive director of Northampton Community Music Center, Saturday at 4 p.m. at Sweeney Concert Hall on the Smith College campus in Northampton.

Mayor David Narkewicz will emcee the event, which will include performances by Paul Arslanian, Evelyn Harris, a student and faculty Mozart piano quartet, and a NCMC student jazz quartet, among other performances.

The concert has a $15 suggested donation; $25 for a family. Proceeds from the event will benefit NCMC programs and scholarship fund. For information, visit www.ncmc.net or call 585-0001.

‘Youth on Broadway’

A musical theater revue, performed by 30 fourth- through 11th-graders from LSSE (Leisure Services and Supplemental Education),will be presented Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium.

The revue, directed by Becca Greene-Van Horn, features 28 musical numbers from 21 shows including “Wicked,” “Seussical,” “Billy Elliot,” “Annie,” “Newsies”and “Mary Poppins.”

“It’s a family-friendly show,” Greene-Van Horn said.

Tickets are $10 for adults in advance and $5 for children, available at the Jones library, or the LSSE office in the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst. Tickets purchased at the door are $12 for adults and $7 for children. Visit www.lsse.org, or call 259-3065 for more information on the show.

Da Camera Singers

“War: Triumph and Agony,” a concert performed by Da Camera Singers, will be presented Saturday at 8 p.m. in Wesley Methodist Church, North Maple St., Hadley.

The triumph of war will be represented by songs of Janequin: “La Guerre,” which celebrates the battle of Marignan in the 16th century, and his madrigal “La Guerre de Renty.” Janequin was known for incorporating sounds (chickens, horses trotting, cannons firing) in his vocal music.

The agony of war will be represented through settings by Josquin des Pres, Thomas Weelkes, Thomas Tomkins and Eric Whitacre of King David’s words on the death in battle of his son Absalom.

Contemporary composer Eric Whitacre created his work in collaboration with the Dance Generators of Northampton, which will perform.

Free. For information, call Sheila Heffernon at 498-3341 or Kay Moran at 549-5767 or visit www.facebook.com/DaCameraSingers.

The concert repeats Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Raymond Concert Hall, Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill.

At Amherst Cinema

“This House,” a play presented by Britain’s National Theater, will be shown in live-capture HD Saturday at 1 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, 28 Main St., Amherst.

James Graham’s critically acclaimed new play, a dramatic political thriller, strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on occasion bend the rules, to maneuver a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

∎ Two screenings of Harold Lloyd’s 1923 classic silent film “Safety Last!” will be presented Sunday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the cinema

Lloyd plays a small-town bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, finding employment as a lowly department-store clerk. He concocts a wild publicity stunt to draw attention to the store, resulting in an incredible feat of derring-do that gets him started on the climb to success. Seventy minutes; not rated.

To reserve tickets, call 253-2547 or visit www.amherstcinema.org.

Robert Floyd Gallery

“Perceptions,” a photo exhibit by Bob Solosko, opens with a reception Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., and will remain on view through July 2 at the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center, 2 East St., Southampton. There will be a closing reception on June 30 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Through multiple techniques, Solosko captures small details, the feeling of place and emotions, which he uses to represent his sense of the world, he said in an artist’s statement.

The gallery’s hours are Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. For information, visit www.robertfloydphoto.com or call 529-2635.

Nature meets art

An exhibit of the late Thomas Locker’s representations of Kaaterskill Clove, a gorge in the Catskill Mountains in New York State, will be on view through June 12 at the R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main St., Northampton.

In addition, “Kaaterskill Clove: Where Nature Met Art,” an exhibit of Clove artwork by contemporary painters, including Locker, will open Saturday at the Zadock Pratt Museum, 14540 Main St. Prattsville, N.Y., and will remain on view through Oct. 11.

The exhibit is intended to increase awareness about the cultural, historical value of Kaaterskill Clove, and gain support to petition for its preservation as a national landmark.

Saturday’s opening at the Zadock Pratt will include a 1 p.m. lecture by Kevin Avery, a senior research scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The R. Michelson gallery is open Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

For information, visit www.RMichelson.com or call 586-3964.

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