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Weekend Planner: Music

The Pittsfield-based Sister City Jazz Ambassadors aim to build bridges between international communities using jazz as a common tongue. They’ve traveled to Ireland and to Cava de’ Tirreni in Italy, and they’ve spent time with the people of Malpasillo, Nicaragua, where “the joy of sharing music beyond spoken language was palpable.” This year they’ve planned an extended stay in Istanbul.

On Sunday, however, they will be making the much shorter trip to Amherst to perform a “jazz vespers” concert as a fundraiser for Craig’s Place, Amherst’s emergency shelter for the homeless. A unique nondenominational service combining music, scripture and prayer, the performance will be in Grace Episcopal Church beginning at 5 p.m. All are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation. Donation requested. Rev. Randall K. Wilburn, 687-5568 or rkwilburn@comcast.net for information.

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