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KEVIN GUTTING
University of Massachusetts faculty members Elizabeth Chang, left, on violin, Gilles Vonsattel, at piano, and Astrid Schween, right, on cello, rehearse "Concerto in D Minor for Keyboard" with the Opus One Chamber Orchestra.

A passion for Bach: UMass festival celebrates music, legacy of baroque composer

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It started with a T-shirt. More specifically, it was the T-shirt that Amanda Stenroos, a University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student in music, was wearing one day in early 2014 when she walked in for a violin class with her professor, Elizabeth Chang. The shirt, which dated from Stenroos’ undergraduate days at The Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace in …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Spring Arts Festival’ at Amherst College

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Amherst College’s weeklong “Spring Arts Festival” closes with a medley of presentations and performances by arts faculty Sunday at 3 p.m. in the college’s Kirby Theater. Amherst composer-in-residence Eric Sawyer will collaborate with theater and dance professor Ron Bashford to debut two new scenes from Sawyer’s opera “The Scarlet Professor,” based on the …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Sufjan Stevens’ concert a revelation of mother’s love and loss

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Take a seat in the vast golden chamber of Mortensen Hall in the Bushnell Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Magnificent layers of intricate design — inlaid suns, moons, stars, clouds and muses — arc above the stage and up over your head, no matter how far back you crane your neck. You’re a small …

Music Review: Academy of St. Martin of the Fields

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

There was a full house at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall Saturday to hear The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London’s, and perhaps Europe’s, most distinguished chamber orchestra. The audience was …

Weekend Planner — Music: Jesse Holstein, Heath Marlow, Jeff Louie perform at Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Meeting at Greenwood Music Camp in Cummington some 25 years ago, Jesse Holstein, Heath Marlow and Jeff Louie went on to divergent musical careers, Holstein (pictured) as a violinist, Marlow as cellist, and Louie as a musician proficient …

Headliners: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem at the Iron Horse; ‘The Nile Project’ at UMass FAC

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sugar-free love songs Use of the word “eclectic” to refer to a particular musical performance style ought henceforth to be banned, except in the case of the Valley’s favorite acoustic string ensemble, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, who …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Dweezil Zappa at the Calvin and other musical happenings in the Valley this week

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dweezil Zappa has dedicated his life to the electric guitar, but also in more recent years to the compositions of his father, Frank, which he plays with an all-star cast of virtuoso musicians under the name Zappa Plays …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Miranda Lambert — Sat., April 11, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $59, $79. mohegansun.com Gregory Alan Isakov, Jolie Holland — Sat., April 11, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Stephen Petronio Company — Thurs., April 16, …

Weekend Planner — Music: Jesse Holstein, Heath Marlow, Jeff Louie perform at Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Meeting at Greenwood Music Camp in Cummington some 25 years ago, Jesse Holstein, Heath Marlow and Jeff Louie went on to divergent musical careers, Holstein (pictured) as a violinist, Marlow as cellist, and Louie as a musician proficient …

iHeartRadio Music Awards might be one show too many

Monday, March 30, 2015

By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times (TNS) The stated theme for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards was “My Journey,” which meant that the show featured, in addition to performances and acceptance speeches, artists describing formative moments in their careers. There was Kelly Clarkson talking about winning “American Idol.” …

In the spotlight: Former backup singer Lisa Fischer takes center stage at Calvin Theatre

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BACKUP singer turned solo powerhouse Lisa Fischer is on a national tour that brings her to Northampton Tuesday. After being featured in the documentary film “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” Fischer has gone from singing backup for acts like …

Music review: Johannes Quartet delights at Music in Deerfield concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Johannes Quartet, new to the Music in Deerfield concerts, performed at Smith College’s Sage Hall Sunday before a large and enthusiastic audience. The concert began with a challenge to the audience, that is, a performance of “Homunculus,” …

Young@Heart to perform at Academy of Music

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“Everybody can perform,” says Bob Cilman, who’s staked his musical career on that credo: Cilman is the founder and director of The Young@Heart Chorus, the wildly popular singing group for seniors that has performed rock hits for audiences …