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Weekend Planner — Music: Wistaria Chamber Music Society

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A rarely heard work, the Schöne Magelone, Op. 33, is a cycle of 15 songs written by Johannes Brahms in the 1860s that tell the story of Magelone and Peter, a pair of young lovers who elope, are separated by ill fortune and are finally reunited. Brahms based the songs on poems in a novella by the German romantic writer Ludwig Tieck, which itself drew on a 15th-century French romance. “These songs contain some of Brahms’ most ecstatic and rapturous music, and are the closest the composer ever got to writing opera,” says David Perkins, director of Wistaria Chamber Music Society, whose performance of the … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What’s a bridge without a troll? Or 10? Now that the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge has finally been renovated and reopened, RiverCulture, a partnership of arts and business leaders in Turners Falls, is celebrating with a colorful multimedia event: Troll Fest! On Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., venues around the mill town-turned-art hub … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: LuxDeluxe makes all the right moves on new CD

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

LuxDeluxe is in relaxed rehearsal mode at Spirithouse Recording Studio in Northampton, taking a low-key break for an interview, but there’s palpable excitement in the air. A big day is coming. A fun avalanche of big days, actually, and while the five guys calmly sip their drinks and kid around, the rumble has … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Carolina Chocolate Drops — Fri., April 11, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo— Sun., April 13, 4 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $20 general; $10 college students and youth 17 … 0

Track Record: Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life and Jerrod Niemann: High Noon

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life Various Artists, Rhino; $11.88 One of the greatest heavy metal vocalists, Ronnie James Dio left an indelible mark on the genre through his work with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his solo … 0

One Direction cleans up at Kids’ Choice Awards

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Robert Downey Jr. turned inspirational speaker at the Kids’ Choice Awards, Pharrell set another fashion trend, David Blaine lost his head during a slime-induced illusion, One Direction and Jennifer Lawrence cleaned up, and the green goo bath finally … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Smith College Chamber Singers pinch hit with aplomb at ‘Music in the Noon Hour’

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I was settling in for a free “Music in the Noon Hour” concert at Sweeney Hall on the Smith College campus this past Tuesday, a program of “contemplative and celebratory Irish songs” (in honor of the just-passed St. … 0

Headliners: Matt Haimovitz, Christopher O’Riley at UMass FAC: Local Vocal Chord Bowl at NHS

Friday, March 28, 2014

Mixing it up Cello virtuoso (and former Valley resident) Matt Haimovitz has long been a critic of what he calls the artificial and outmoded boundaries that divide classical and popular music, and with the emergence of the iPod … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Kate Soper, Mivos String Quartet, team up for concert at Smith College in Northampton

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In addition to being an assistant professor of music at Smith College, Kate Soper is a composer and performer whose work explores “the wonderfully treacherous landscape of the human voice.” On Sunday she’s teaming up with the Mivos … 0

Track Record

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Shakira Shakira RCA Records; $9.97 Shakira’s domination in America has dwindled since she became a hip-swiveling goddess of festive pop hits like “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” Already a superstar in her native Colombia, the multitalented singer-songwriter-instrumentalist … 0

Art People: Marcia Gomes | singer-songwriter

Thursday, March 20, 2014

‘There is no me without music,” says singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes. “It’s part of who I am.” Gomes, who lives in Granby, grew up in a music-loving household in central Massachusetts, where her extended family often gathered to tell … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland — The Buzz: New music-scene zine hits the 413 with release party at The Elevens in Northampton

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Carla Racine first arrived in Northampton in 1992. It wasn’t long before she experienced the beloved (and soon to be closed) Sheehan’s, saw The Equalites or Dieselmeat at the Bay State Cabaret (she can’t quite recall) and met … 0

Northampton impresario takes helm at Green River Festival

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

After more than 20 years of booking musical acts for the annual Green River Festival, Jim Olsen of Signature Sounds will launch his own “balloon” with this July’s 27th edition: the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s festival will … 1