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The Deerfield Wind Quintet will perform Wednesday as part of the "Music in the Noon Hour" series at Smith College.

‘Music in the Noon Hour’ series continues at Smith College

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Concerts don’t have to be long to be meaningful. In fact, you can pack a lot into just half an hour. Case in point: “Music in the Noon Hour,” a popular series of free, midday concerts at Smith College that last about 30 minutes each. This year, the series, now in its second decade, will feature Smith faculty and guests, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Hampshire College alum’s film about music-industry phenom Danny Fields a must-see

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NYC filmmaker and Hampshire College graduate Brendan Toller got this lifelong music geek’s attention with his first feature, a 2008 documentary about record stores called “I Need That Record!” His latest film is another music-related labor of love, “Danny Says,” an engaging documentary about Danny Fields — “forever the coolest guy in the …

Weekend Planner — Music: Quartetto di Cremona at Smith College

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mozart’s “Dissonance” string quartet gets its name from its remarkable introductory passage, in which the four instruments wander lugubriously through the chromatic scale in the search of a home key — seemingly like ghosts in search of a body — before settling into C major, whose sunny mood dominates the rest of the …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ricky Martin— Sun., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $46, $66. mohegansun.com From the Boat to Obama — Musical celebrating the achievements of African Americans Fri., Oct.16, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 17, 2 p.m., Academy of Music, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band play the Iron Horse, and lots more music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Brooklyn’s Dap-Kings created a gritty, classy and classic soul/funk foundation for vocalists Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse, and their collaborations are responsible for bringing snappy ’60s R&B sounds back into current pop culture — naturally raw drums and …

Valley Syrian Relief Committee will host Northampton benefit concert for medical work

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Calling the Syrian refugee crisis a “muddy, muddy mess,” a local committee is doing its part to help raise awareness — and money — for what experts describe as the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. …

Weekend Planner — Music: Waywords and Meansigns at Flywheel Arts and Amherst Poetry Festival

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Guaranteed to be weird, wild and fun, Waywords and Meansigns — a fluctuating ensemble of musicians, performers and writers — is bringing excerpts from its full-length musical setting of James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” to Easthampton and Amherst on …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A touring musician’s compendium of post-gig digs

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Editor’s note: Ken Maiuri has been on tour with the Mike & Ruthy Band. Big bands might travel from gig to gig in a hulking custom bus: after the show, a hired driver whisks the group away from …

Music review: Harpsichord concert is grand season opener for Arcadia Players

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Arcadia Players opened its new season Saturday with a program of works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi, a fitting combination as the two composers were contemporaries, born, respectively, in 1685 and 1678. Bach knew and transcribed some of Vivaldi’s music. Vivaldi was a violinist, and the …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas play the Parlor Room in Northampton

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Alasdair Fraser has been called “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” and the 60-year-old musician from Clackmannan, Scotland, is a definite all-star. He’s devoted his life to the study of his four-stringed instrument and its musical history, sharing …

Headliners: Taylor Davis at the Iron Horse; Senegal-America Project at Academy of Music

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Queen of covers Forget Tom Cruise hanging off the side of an airplane — for real entertainment value check out violinist Taylor Davis’ solo rendition of the “Mission Impossible” theme on YouTube. Or maybe her cover of the …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: ‘Songs for Syria’ Sunday at First Churches in Northampton; Kalliope Jones in Ashfield

Thursday, September 24, 2015

SUPPORT FOR SYRIA The music is free at Sunday’s concert by the Arabic music ensemble Layaali, but those who come will be asked to help raise money for the Syrian American Medical Society, which aids refugees of that country’s civil war. It’s time “to turn our sorrow into …

Don Henley takes a solo flight out of Eagles nest with ‘Cass County’

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

By Randy Lewis Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — On “Cass County,” Don Henley’s first solo album in 15 years, the Eagles’ founding member is surrounded by women. Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, Alison Krauss, Lucinda Williams, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Michelle Branch, Ashley Monroe …