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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 …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Milk Carton Kids — Mon., Sept. 7, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $30, $35. academyofmusictheatre.com Eilen Jewell/Dustbowl Revival Double CD Release — Fri., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20, $25. academyofmusictheatre.com Diana Ross …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Kamasi Washington brings ‘The Epic’ to Iron Horse

Thursday, August 20, 2015

If an artist is inspired to create something on a vast canvas, I want to experience it. David Foster Wallace’s 1000-page “Infinite Jest,” Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew,” Joni Mitchell’s “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter,” Yes’ “Tales from Topographic Oceans” …

Roomful of Teeth: Unique octet to perform at MassMoCA

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

No, we’re not talking about an exhibit of chattering teeth in summer’s heat, or a newly discovered Warhol painting of Mick Jagger’s dentures. Rather, we’re referring to the Aug. 28 performance at Mass MoCA by Roomful of Teeth, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Former ‘Valley guy’ Ari Vais releases EP on Northampton’s Rub Wrongways record label

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and self-described rock ’n’ roller Ari Vais lived in Northampton for only three years, from 1995 to 1998, but while he’s been all over the map ever since — including New York City, London and …

Weekend Planner — Music: Wistaria Chamber Music Society’s ‘Concerts at 7’

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

“Plainfield Congregational Church is a beautiful large space, with splendid acoustics, a fine concert grand piano and windows that glow with the sunset — as lovely a place for music as any in the region,” says David Perkins, …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Kenny Wayne Shepherd — Fri., Aug. 28, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Idina Menzel — Sat., Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Tanglewood. $24.50-$149.50. bso.org The Milk Carton Kids — Mon., Sept. 7, 8 p.m., …

Track Record

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ricki and the Flash, original motion picture soundtrack Various artists Republic Records Meryl Streep is simply unstoppable. After dipping her toes in the musical genre quite frequently in the last decade, Streep goes full-on rock star in the …

Little-known Colombian band mystified by Obama playlist spot

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

MIAMI — The members of the little-known Colombian salsa band are clueless as to how an obscure song they recorded more than a decade ago landed on a Spotify playlist curated by President Barack Obama. The track, “La …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Dick Dale, king of the surg guitar, plays Iron Horse and other music happenings

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dick Dale. The King of Surf Guitar. No one can argue. The tone of the living legend’s six-string attack was speaker-shredding even on his earliest recordings and it bowls you over in concert, here and now and very …

Weekend Planner — Music: Sevenars Music Festival closes season

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Originally designated the Schrade Family Pianists, the talented family of Robert and Rolande and their five children later became known as the Schrade/James Family Pianists after oldest daughter Robelyn Schrade married New Zealand pianist David James and the …