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Keeping tabs on the arts

  • COURTESY OF THE HOSMER GALLERY<br/>"Hydrangea" by Susan Valentine
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF HOSMER GALLERY<br/>Amy S. Dane's "Flowers for Day of Dead Festival" in Patzcuaro, Mexico

At the Hosmer

“People Carrying Things Across Cultures,” an exhibit of 36 photographs from 13 countries, by Amy S. Dane, will be on view from Tuesday through July 30 at the Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton.

Dane, a world traveler, started to notice the interesting ways and objects that people carry around the world. During her travels to 90 countries, she documented her impressions of the people and their cultures in her photographs.

“We all carry things, but people from different cultures carry different things in different ways,” Dane writes in an artist’s statement. “People carry with their hands shoulders, backs and heads. ... In most cultures women carry children, but in Madagascar men were often seen carrying the children.”

The exhibit is group into five themes: people carrying food; carrying for work; people carrying other people; carrying for religion/religious festivals; and a section she calls OMG.

Gallery Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 587-1011, ext. 4529 or visit Dane’s website, www.amydaneadventures.com.

∎ An exhibit of paintings by Susan Valentine will also be on view through July 30.

Valentine took up paintings late in life. Three years ago, in the summer of her 56th year, a friend gently led her to put paint on brush to canvas. Now Valentine is an art major at Greenfield Community College and has been recognized in a national contest. Her oil painting “Daylily2” won second place in The Artist’s Magazine’s 2012 competition for student still life/floral, and is featured in the January 2012 issue of the magazine.

Les Mis

Ja’Duke will present “Les Misérables,” the Tony Award-winning musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, Friday and Sunday at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

The musical, based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo is a tale of redemption. It debuted on Broadway in 1987, and became the fourth-longest running show on The Great White Way.

Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant who is jailed for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving sister’s child.

Performance rights were recently made available for community theater productions.

The cast includes Duane Waters (Valjean), Codey Kolasinki (Inspector Javert), Jessica Bishop Thompson (Fantine), Alex Schmidt (Cosette as a child), Kristina Boguslawski (Cosette as an adult), Tim McCormack (Marius); Bethany Sterling (Eponine), John Waynelovich (Enjolras), Eric Albanese (Garvoche) and Judith Kulp and David Neil (the Thernardiers).

Tickets cost $15; $12 for youths 12 and under. To reserve, visit www.academyofmusictheatre.com.

Mohawk Trails concert

“A Tribute to Eric Grinnell,” music by Rossini, Verdi, Poulenc and Britten, will to open the 44th season of the Mohawk Trail Concerts Friday and Saturday at the Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main St., Charlemont.

Tenor William Hite will perform songs by Francis Poulenc and Benjamin Britten, accompanied by pianist Estela Olevsky.

In addition to leading roles in Baroque and contemporary opera and oratorio, Hite has performed with major orchestras in the United States and abroad. His most recent and upcoming engagements include his Carnegie Hall debut in “Messiah” with Musica Sacra and his Kennedy Center debut in Haydn’s “Paukenmesse,” as well as appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Dresdner Phiharmonie in Dresden, Germany, among others.

Olevsky has performed often with MTC. She has appeared as solo pianist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., among others, and has presented piano recitals in major music centers in the U.S. and abroad. She is a professor emeritus of piano at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she chaired the piano department for over two decades.

Also on the program, a string-quartet performance by Joel Pitchon and Masako Yanagita, violin; Ronald Gorevic, viola; Marie-Volcy Pelletierr, cello; and Salvatore Macchia, double bass of “Tempest,” by Gioacchino Rossini, and “Quartet in e minor” by Giuseppe Verdi.

Tickets for Friday’s concert, which begins at 7 p.m., cost $18; $15 for students and seniors. Tickets for Saturday’s concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., cost $20 or $18 for students and seniors.

Tickets are available at Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main St., Northampton, by calling 625-9511 or online at www.mohawktrailconcerts.org .

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