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University of Massachusetts Amherst professor of composition and contrabass Salvatore Macchia, seen here at at Bezanson Recital Hall. Macchia is one of the chief organizers of the Five College New Music Festival; he will also perform at the concerts, and one of his compositions is on the program.

Expanding the classical tradition: ‘Five College New Music Festival’ showcases pioneering sounds of the 20th century

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Just as literature has its classic heavyweights, from Shakespeare to Leo Tolstoy to James Joyce, so classical music has long had its top-ranked composers, drawn primarily from 1650 through the 1800s: Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Handel and Tchaikovsky, to name just a few. But what about Pierre Boulez, Leon Kirchner and Arnold Schoenberg — or Jennifer Ellis, Salvatore Macchia and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘Dancing Larry’ Howes’ death leaves void in Valley music scene

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dancing Larry. Punk-rock spirit was in his every atom. A man of action. For more than three decades he tirelessly went to shows up and down the Valley, showing his support for musicians by getting right in front of the band and shimmying, vibrating, wiggling, sweating and smiling. The unflagging energy he put …

Music review: “Bel Canto Opera’ carries on fine tradition in Blandford

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Opera, once dismissed by 18th-century English writer Samuel Johnson as “exotic and irrational,” flourishes and renews itself largely through local festivals or in towns far from the great (and expensive) stages of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Bayreuth in Germany, and Covent Garden in London. Many towns in Germany have such …

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Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Preachin’ the Blues’ at the Three County Fair

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Founded by Art Steele, the annual “Preachin’ the Blues” concert at the Three County Fair takes a different tack this year, with an all-star lineup of women scheduled to pay tribute to the roots of American music. Featuring …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Northampton Jazz Festival and other musical goodies this week in the Valley

Thursday, September 3, 2015

“The Northampton Jazz Festival” is upon us! It’s grown beyond just one city, becoming a five-day sprawl that offers live performances, both indoors and outdoors, at many venues in multiple towns, with a lineup that spotlights younger artists …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Eilen Jewell/Dustbowl Revival Double CD Release — Fri., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20, $25. academyofmusictheatre.com Diana Ross — Fri., Sept. 18, ., July 31, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $50-$80. foxwoods.com Anjelah Johnson — Sat., Sept. …

Your Time: Roger Salloom’s summer concert, Look Park, Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On a warm summer evening last Thursday, singer-songwriter Roger Salloom performed his 32nd annual free concert at Look Park. This year, the show was held in a tent outside the park’s Garden House. Salloom was joined again this …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lake Street Dive’s ‘Amourasaurus’ at Look Park, and much more

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have personally witnessed Lake Street Dive CDs and LPs flying off the local store shelves. People can’t get enough of the jazzy, soulful Brooklyn band and their records on the Northampton-based label Signature Sounds. The quartet started …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: ‘Duck Variations’ play in Huntington; ‘Amoursaurus’ at the Pines Theater in Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BIRDS OF A FEATHER The summer theater season is coming to a close but there’s still a bit of quack in that duck. With September’s studiousness ahead, make this a laughable moment by driving up to North Hall, 40 Searle Road in Huntington, for “The Duck Variations,” David …

Taylor Swift’s ‘musical crush’ Justin Timberlake helps her end historic Staples Center run

Thursday, August 27, 2015

By Gerrick D. Kennedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Early into the final night of a five-show run of sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Wednesday, Taylor Swift made a promise to the nearly 15,000 fans. “Since you’ve done so many crazy things for …

Giving back: Singer-songwriter’s new album to benefit Safe Passage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Once, Joslyn Thomas was a victim of abuse. Now, Thomas, 27, is using her talents as a musician to lend her support to Safe Passage, the organization she credits with saving her life. Thomas says she was emotionally …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mohawk Trail Concerts season finale

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Mohawk Trail Concert series concludes its 2015 season Sunday with a recital in honor Ruth Black, who died at her home in Amherst May 7. With her husband, Arnold, Black was a founding member of MTC and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Making music in Cloud Cuckooland

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Todd Rundgren was once nicknamed “The Hermit of Mink Hollow”; local musician Jim Weeks is “The Hermit of Pleasant Street.” Weeks runs his own recording studio, a Northampton hideaway of creativity called Cloud Cuckooland, and he has much …