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Alice Parker runs workshops and does guest conducting with church choral groups, university choirs and others. Photo courtesy of Alice Parker.

A lifetime of music; Smith College Alumnae Chorus to honor composer Alice Parker, class of 1947, in special concert

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections among graduates of different classes and keeping their voices raised in song. For Alice Parker, Smith class of 1947, choral music has been a lifelong calling — as …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Soul Magnets, will bring the funk to ‘RibFest Cook-Off Fundraiser’ at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“There is so much good music that other people have written that it seems a little silly to write more,” said Luke Jaeger, the guitarist and force behind the brand-new Valley group The Soul Magnets, a cover band that plays funk and neo-soul songs. The band will play its first-ever show at RibFest, …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Amherst Schubert Project’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In addition to its formal concert Sept. 19 at 8 p.m., the Brentano String Quartet and cellist Michael Kannen will play two “live recording” concerts this weekend in Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall, with Franz Schubert’s Cello Quintet as the centerpiece: Sept. 20, also at 8 p.m., and Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. …

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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Ava Luna at The Platinum Pony in Easthampton and other Valley gigs

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Part soul music, part panic attack — Brooklyn quintet Ava Luna makes experimental pop songs that cast a lasting spell. As the band winds up a 22-date tour, it visits the Valley and shares a bill with tourmates …

Advance bookings: Tig Notaro at the Calvin Theatre and much, much more

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tig Notaro — Fri., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Cher Dressed to Kill Tour — Sat., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., XL Center, Hartford. $29.50-$129.50. xlcenter.com Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John — …

‘Mift or tift’, ‘Wicked Walli’ and other fond memories: Jordi Herold, founder of Iron Horse Music Hall, recalls it all in new memoir

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jordi Herold began a recent interview by saying he didn’t have colorful stories at the ready (“They don’t just all sit there. I’m not a raconteur from the folklore society”), yet in reality, one simple recollection at that …

Your Time: Hot jazz

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It was a three-H day — hot, humid and hazy — last Saturday for the final, main-stage event of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival. Perhaps fittingly, as the temperature reached into the 90s, it felt more like …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Barbara Keith and her Stone Coyotes and more musical action this week in the Valley

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Barbara Keith started singing and playing her songs in the 1960s at Cafe Wha? in New York City’s Greenwich Village (the famous club that helped along such performers as Dylan, Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, Joan Rivers and countless …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: One Bar & Grill, live-music club in Northampton, opens with triple bill

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How often does one get to experience that “new club smell”? It’s one of the rarest of scents, but it’s currently whiffable at One Bar & Grill, the recently opened live-music spot in Northampton. As local booking man …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fantazia — Fri., Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $20-$40. mullinscenter.com Pink Martini — Sat., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $25, $50, $55 general; $10, $15, $20 Five College, GCC and youth …

Weekend planner — Music: Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Ingrid Laubrock is one of the most significant young voices in jazz today,” says Glenn Siegel of Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, which begins its third season with a concert by Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter Sept. 11 at the Northampton …

Pelham composer John Cooper headed to India to promote the blending of Eastern and Western musical styles

Monday, September 8, 2014

PELHAM — John Cooper, 89, of Pelham, will head to India for 10 days in November, where he and his longtime friend and collaborator, John McConville, will present a blend of Eastern and Western musical styles through dance …

Jazz at every turn

Sunday, September 7, 2014