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Hilltown Voices: Benefit program in Plainfield combines love of nature and music

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Plainfield Congregational Church on Sunday will host a unique program with two presentations on the Mahican-Mohawk Recreational Trail and a performance by a classical ensemble called “Musical Visions of Nature.” The event is co-sponsored by Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest and the Franklin Land Trust, to benefit the creation of a 100-mile hiking trail that retraces an ancient Native American route from the Connecticut River to the Hudson …

Where it all began: Three top classical musicians with Valley roots to perform at Amherst College

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

When Wilhelmina Smith was growing up in Amherst in the early 1980s and studying cello, she remembers going to hear a talented young classical pianist, Lydia Artymiw, who also lived in town and performed every year at a concert series at Amherst College. Fast-forward 30-odd years and Smith and Artymiw, longtime acclaimed musicians, …

Sunderland native Noah Jackson competes on ‘The Voice’

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Noah Jackson, a Sunderland native and graduate of Northampton High School, has secured a spot on Gwen Stefani’s team on the current season of the popular NBC television show “The Voice.” On the show, contestants sing to four judges — singer Adam Levine of Maroon 5, country singer Blake Shelton, singer/songwriter …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Musical Vistions of Nature’ in Plainfield

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Envisioned as a 100-mile hiking trail that retraces an ancient Native American route from the Connecticut River to the Hudson River, the Mahican-Mohawk Trail is currently a work in progress, with about 30 miles open in Franklin County. …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Early music: the 15th-century Led Zeppelin

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The textbook definition of “early music” is all I’ve ever known, just a blip in a music appreciation class in college: “Western classical music created in the years between 500 and 1600.” But Laura Osterlund, for whom early …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Third Eye Blind — Mon., Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $31. 586-8686, iheg.com An Evening with David Sedaris — Tues., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $55, $65. academyofmusictheatre.com Ricky Martin— Sun., Oct. 18, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band play the Iron Horse, and lots more music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Brooklyn’s Dap-Kings created a gritty, classy and classic soul/funk foundation for vocalists Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse, and their collaborations are responsible for bringing snappy ’60s R&B sounds back into current pop culture — naturally raw drums and …

Valley Syrian Relief Committee will host Northampton benefit concert for medical work

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Calling the Syrian refugee crisis a “muddy, muddy mess,” a local committee is doing its part to help raise awareness — and money — for what experts describe as the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. …

Weekend Planner — Music: Waywords and Meansigns at Flywheel Arts and Amherst Poetry Festival

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Guaranteed to be weird, wild and fun, Waywords and Meansigns — a fluctuating ensemble of musicians, performers and writers — is bringing excerpts from its full-length musical setting of James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” to Easthampton and Amherst on …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A touring musician’s compendium of post-gig digs

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Editor’s note: Ken Maiuri has been on tour with the Mike & Ruthy Band. Big bands might travel from gig to gig in a hulking custom bus: after the show, a hired driver whisks the group away from …

Music review: Harpsichord concert is grand season opener for Arcadia Players

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Arcadia Players opened its new season Saturday with a program of works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi, a fitting combination as the two composers were contemporaries, born, respectively, in 1685 and 1678. Bach knew and transcribed some of Vivaldi’s music. Vivaldi was a violinist, and the …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas play the Parlor Room in Northampton

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Alasdair Fraser has been called “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” and the 60-year-old musician from Clackmannan, Scotland, is a definite all-star. He’s devoted his life to the study of his four-stringed instrument and its musical history, sharing …

Headliners: Taylor Davis at the Iron Horse; Senegal-America Project at Academy of Music

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Queen of covers Forget Tom Cruise hanging off the side of an airplane — for real entertainment value check out violinist Taylor Davis’ solo rendition of the “Mission Impossible” theme on YouTube. Or maybe her cover of the …