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A passion for Bach: UMass festival celebrates music, legacy of baroque composer

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It started with a T-shirt. More specifically, it was the T-shirt that Amanda Stenroos, a University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student in music, was wearing one day in early 2014 when she walked in for a violin class with her professor, Elizabeth Chang. The shirt, which dated from Stenroos’ undergraduate days at The Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace in …

Reclamation project: Runner’s art recaptures Boston Marathon’s joy and whimsy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

With her running shoes and her paintbrush, Hope Phelan of Easthampton is trying to recapture the joy and whimsy of the Boston Marathon. An artist …

Music Review: Amherst Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s Third Symphony with verve, aplomb

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The most important concert of the year was performed Saturday in Buckley Hall of Amherst College by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. The program consisted of …

Book Bag: ‘The Chapel’ by Michael Downing; ‘Letters Grom Erastus: Field Notes on Grace’ by Anne. D. Emerson

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE CHAPEL By Michael Downing Counterpoint Press www.michaeldowningbooks.com Novelist Michael Downing impressed critics several years ago with “Perfect Agreement,” a book that was part academic satire and part exploration of finding new meaning in life. He also won …

Valley Readings

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ANCHOR HOUSE OF ARTISTS: Jo O’Lone Hahn reads from the work of the late Anchor House artist and poet Mary Dunn Sunday, 2-4 p.m., 518 Pleasant Street, Northampton. 584-4323 BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: …

Headliners: ‘Cyclonic: Readings from ‘The Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay’ ” at Wistariahurst Museum;

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Before there was Lady Gaga ... ... before there was Madonna, there was Eva Tanguay (1878-1947), the Holyoke-raised singer who became America’s most popular live entertainer in the early years of the 19th century. Appearing first in Broadway …

Art Maker: Nan Salky | assemblage artist

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Artist Nan Salky, 59, works in multiple mediums, but has shifted her focus recently — away from her earlier work in painting and drawing to assemblage, using mostly vintage pieces. Now she’s working on a series of pieces …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Double take

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To fully appreciate this scene at a Frontier Regional track meet earlier this month, I had to take a second look. At first, I saw it simply as two girls wrapped in a blanket, but when I looked …

‘Most dangerous movie ever made’ charges into theaters

Thursday, April 16, 2015

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES — “No animals were harmed during the making of ‘Roar.’ But 70 members of the cast and crew were.” So claims a trailer for the theatrical re-release of a little-seen …

‘On Hurricane Island’: War on Terror at center of local novelist’s new thriller

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Since a fateful day in September 2001, going through airport security has been quite the drill. Show your ID along with your ticket. Empty your pockets and get your carry-on baggage ready to be sent through an electronic …

To tell the truth: Emily Dickinson Museum to honor filmmaker Ken Burns

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns says he’s a big fan of Emily Dickinson — always has been. Burns read Dickinson’s poetry frequently when he was a Hampshire College student in the early 1970s, and even lived for a time …

Weekend Planner — Music: Amherst College Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A work of vast scale conceived as a paean to the natural world, Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony is performed less often than his other symphonies due to its great length (an hour and a half) and the extravagant …

A LOOK BACK

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

50 Years Ago  Peter R. Shaughnessy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shaughnessy of 32 Bright St., recently was honored for his part in the Red Cross Blood Donor Program at Norwich University. During a drive at the school, he fulfilled his gallon donation requirement.  Apparently …