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Music

JERREY ROBERTS
From left, Adwoa Rampiah-Bonney, Sarah Fischer and Arlee Lovett-Dietrich chat between songs during a recent rehearsal at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst.

The sound of music: Hampshire Young People’s Chorus marks 15 years of youthful singing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First they shook their hands and feet and shoulders as the chorus director counted in Spanish. Then they did scales to piano accompaniment, singing the notes with the words, “I love to sing.” Once warmed up, they sang several verses, with intricate harmonies, of an arrangement of the old spiritual “Go Down, Moses.” Next assignment? Sing the verses and chorus …

Weekend Planner — Music: Da Camera Singers perform Friday in Hadley

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A musical setting of the Mass based on a hymn by St. Thomas Aquinas, the “Missa Pange Lingua” was written by the Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez around 1515 and had a strong influence on later composers, including Bach and Mozart. Da Camera Singers are set to perform this rarity, as well as …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘The Great Mix CD Mix-Up’ — A musical message in a bottle

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January? Dullsville. Gray skies, gray ground, treacherous ice, bitter cold. But luckily every year there’s an event that transforms any winter rut with colorful new sights and sounds: “The Great Mix CD Mix-Up.” Since 2009 it’s been a regular Valley concert event for music geeks of all ages: Showgoers are invited to bring …

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Advance Bookings

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fleetwood Mac — Sat., Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $125, $195. mohegansun.com Foreigner, Jamie Kent — Tues., Feb. 10, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $55, $65, $75. 586-8686, iheg.com The New Pornographers, Operators — Wed., Feb. 11, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: One-of-a-kind The Bad Plus to play Iron Horse in Northampton

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jazz trios don’t come any more dazzling than The Bad Plus. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King make accessibly adventurous music that’s even more fun when you can see the three longtime friends in …

Headliners: ‘Dérive’ at the Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst; duoJalal at UMass

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Drifters Noting that everyday life under advanced capitalism was becoming increasingly predictable and monotonous, a group of French intellectuals in the 1950s came up with the idea of the dérive (“drift”). They defined it as “an unplanned …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Mandolin Orchestra of South Hadley to perform Saturday

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My grandfather played the mandolin. I still have his old instrument, crafted from wood and round-backed, like a teardrop you cradle in your arms. Its four pairs of strings (a regular guitar has six single ones) make a …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Carolyn Walker at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Defined as “bloodred” or “having the pinkish color of flesh,” the term “incarnadine” evokes images of the carnal or physical world, along with its passions, transformations and desires. “For me, ‘incarnadine’ means turning from that inexperienced songwriter who …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Junior Brown plays the Iron Horse and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Here comes guitar star Junior Brown, a striking figure making his way over the horizon from his home in Austin, Texas. There’s the larger-than-life cowboy hat, the low baritone voice, the one-of-a-kind signature instrument — a two-headed “guit-steel” …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fleetwood Mac — Sat., Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $125, $195. mohegansun.com Foreigner, Jamie Kent — Tues., Feb. 10, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $55, $65, $75. 586-8686, iheg.com The New Pornographers, Operators — Wed., Feb. 11, …

Hard Times: Legendary saxophonist Charles Neville talks about the life of black musicians in the Jim Crow South

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Looking back on his years as a young musician playing in the South in the 1950s, Charles Neville can recall the absurdity of some of the Jim Crow laws meant to segregate blacks and whites. Like the time …

Jeff Daniels’ alter ego: Versatile actor to show off his musical side at Northampton concert

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few months, it’s been hard to miss Jeff Daniels. The veteran actor has been all over the news and movie and TV screens, from his role as the not-so-bright …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Nothing goes to waste with Matt Lorenz’s one-man band, Suitcase Junket

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One person’s discarded stuff is Matt Lorenz’s symphony orchestra. He’s an in-the-moment multi-instrumentalist, a true one-man band, carefully connecting and arranging unique objects around himself so that he’s a singer, guitarist, drummer and percussionist all at once. The …