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FILE - In this July 3, 2006 file photo, Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, left, and Aerosmith's lead singer Steven Tyler sing together during a sound-check and rehearsal for the Fourth of July show at the Hatch Shell in Boston. In 20 seasons, Lockhart has raised his baton 1,700 times and has also shared the stage with other diverse guest including Robert DeNiro and Big Bird.    (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki, File)

Q&A: Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart on music, tech

Monday, May 25, 2015

BOSTON — Keith Lockhart was just 35 and a musical wunderkind when he took over as conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995. Now in his 20th season, Lockhart has raised his baton 1,700 times to lead the group nicknamed “America’s Orchestra.” Along the way, he’s shared the stage with more than 250 guest artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Robert DeNiro and Big Bird. The Associated Press caught up with Lockhart in his office at Symphony Hall, dominated by a well-worn Hamburg Steinway piano that once belonged to Russian composer Serge Koussevitzky. Animated and fast-talking, the now 55-year-old maestro — free of his trademark tuxedo …

The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Karl Wallinger lets in the light at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Karl Wallinger spoke to the Iron Horse crowd in Northampton last Sunday night with a friendly grin, a little self-depreciation and a lot of dark sarcasm: “Here’s another song about how great everything is in the world.” Environmental destruction, constant war, corporate greed, public apathy ... Wallinger has covered all that and more …

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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Spanish for Hitchhiking celebrates release of ‘Night Alerts’ at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Eleven years after its last album, Spanish for Hitchhiking finally has a new one — “Night Alerts” — and the musicians are eager to get into your ears. Vocalist/guitarist Dennis Crommett, bassist Max Germer and drummer Dave Hower …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Who — Sun., May 24, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $109, $145. mohegansun.com America — Thurs., May 28, 7:30 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pitsfield. $50, $95, $125. berkshiretheatregroup.org Lynyrd Skynyrd — Fri., May 29, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45, $65. …

Headliners: Leah Song, Chloe Smith, Friday, Pearl Street, Northampton; Hampshire Choral Society performs John Knowles Paine’s Mass in D, UMass FAC

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Not your mother’s Southern music Raised by “radical folk musician parents” in Atlanta, sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith “spent our childhood following and learning and studying Appalachian folk in music circles, at contra dances and at folk …

Track Record

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various artists Universal Music Enterprises; $11.88 There is such a thing as being too clever. The Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers, who return in the film “Pitch Perfect 2,” have found …

Weekend Planner — Music: Susana Ogata, Ian Watson in Amherst

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Prior to Beethoven, composers wrote duo sonatas for “...and piano,” the implication being that the keyboard was basically accompaniment. Beethoven, however, wrote sonatas for “Piano and...,” giving weight to the proposition that the piano was first among equals …

Music review: Brooklyn Rider returns to Valley with engaging performance

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Brooklyn Rider string quartet played at Sage Hall of Smith College Saturday, a return from its well-received performance two years ago. This was the last concert of the 2014-2015 season of “Music in Deerfield.” These fine musicians …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Lord Russ looks for ‘quieter moments’ at The Parlor Room

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

In a valley full of bands, there are a lot of frontmen, but only one showman/shaman communicating with the spirit of the ’60s, and that’s Russell Brooks, better known as Lord Russ. Brooks will play a special solo …

Art Maker: Mary Witt | Musician

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mary Witt, 57, of Florence is a member of The O-Tones, a local dance band. Witt, who sings and plays bass, received raves from fellow musicians for her solo CD debut, “Dance With Me,” in 2005, and is …

Headliners: Max Pollak at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel; Pioneer Valley Symphony’s “Cavalleria rusticana” at the Academy of Music

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tapping into Rumba At age 5, Max Pollak became entranced watching Fred Astaire finesse his way across the screen of the family television set. Problem was, Pollak was a native of Vienna, Austria, where no tap-dance lessons were …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Jeff Bujak, Jen Dulong combine talents in unique show (hint: it includes an LED hula hoop)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Solo keyboardist Jeff Bujak has a unique live performance set-up: He teams up with Jen Dulong and her LED hula hoop to create a show he describes as “keys and hoops, lights and loops.” The twosome will be …