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In this October 2013 photo provided by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons poses for a photo at Symphony Hall in Boston. Nelsons, 35, is scheduled to make his debut as conductor and musical director of the BSO Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Originally from Latvia, Nelsons is the 15th music director in the BSO's history and the youngest in more than a century. (AP Photo/Boston Symphony Orchestra, Marco Borggreve)

New conductor begins tenure at BSO

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON — Andris Nelsons makes his highly anticipated debut this weekend as the youngest conductor in more than 100 years to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 35-year-old Latvia-born Nelsons starts his tenure as other prominent orchestras in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York are turning to younger music directors. Mark Volpe, managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, says …

Friends of the Forbes Library to hold benefit wine-tasting Friday

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Supporters of the Forbes Library are hosting a wine-tasting event Friday that will raise money for the Northampton institution. The event, the fourth of its kind sponsored by the Friends of Forbes, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. Tickets are $25 and can be bought at the 20 West St. library, Liquors 44 on King Street or through …

Art people: Jeffrey Gatrall/painter

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeffrey Gatrall once studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Italy and Scotland, and considered trying for a career as an artist. It didn’t work out quite that way, though he found creative work as an animator and animation director for Warner Brothers, Disney and other companies; he even …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Not-so-endless summer

Thursday, September 11, 2014

About this time of year I find myself winning a battle, but not the war, with those who would say that summer is over. Yep, Labor Day and the start of school surely spell the end, but we …

Art People: Alexandra Lynch | collage artist

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Alexandra Lynch is a painter, a poet, a law school graduate (who got hives just thinking about practicing law, so she didn’t), a fashion impresario, a curio hunter, and, most recently, a collage artist. In her current work, …

Grand-opening celebration Saturday for South Hadley’s new $10.1 million library

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — The grand-opening celebration Saturday for the new $10.1 million public library at 2 Canal St. in the Falls section of town will include tours, music and exhibits as well as talks on local history, environmental design and anti-poverty work. The South Hadley Community Band will …

Art People: Jonathan Wilhelm | painter, woodcut artist

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jonathan Wilhelm describes himself as a hard worker who’s been focused on his art for 20 years. That’s not an unusual length of time — but the fact that Wilhelm is only 25 does add context. “My earliest …

Photo Gallery: Remembrance of things past

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I was hunting for a feature-photo opportunity recently on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts, where I took this photo of the empty colonnade at the Fine Arts Center, and I was struck with a funny …

Physicist puts time on timeless Monet painting

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Impressionist art movement began Nov. 13, 1872, right around 7:35 a.m. local time. That’s the moment Claude Monet put brush to canvas to depict a hazy sunrise seen from his hotel room in Le Havre, according to Donald Olson, a physicist at Texas State University, San Marcos. …

Art People: Elizabeth Bannish | printmaker, illustrator

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Elizabeth Bannish wasn’t sure what she’d major in when she arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Much as she liked art, she wondered how practical it would be as a career. She also had an interest in …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A frame divided

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I took this picture last week as I watched people using the third-floor skyway that leads from Thornes Marketplace to the E. J. Gare Parking Garage in Northampton. I like the way the frame is divided between the …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Performance at East Street Ballet in Hadley

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ilse Kapteyn and Ruben Rascon, graduates of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow who now dance with the New Jersey Ballet, have been conducting master classes for the past two week at the East Street Dance Center, where …

SLIDESHOW Northampton takes a selfie: Slideshow at Historic Northampton features a photo portrait of city

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It’s a record for the ages — a digital photographic record, that is. This past May, Historic Northampton invited people to take a collective snapshot of the city over a two-day period, submitting up to 12 pictures each …