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John Rinehart, front, sings with other members of the Young@Heart Chorus in an April 1 concert at the Academy of Music.

Building on the past, with an eye toward the future: Young@Heart Chorus charts new course as an independent group

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

They’ve long been an institution in the Valley as well as a hit in other parts of the country. They’ve toured overseas, been the subject of an acclaimed documentary and become a symbol of elderly people staking out new definitions of aging — as well as bringing new interpretations to pop, rock and R&B songs from the past 50 years. … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Jesse Arnaud Cook plays Calvin Theater in Northampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When rock ‘n’ roll overtook Spain in the late ’50s and early ’60s traditional flamenco music receded from the scene but did not die. During the ensuing decades it was instead infused with other sounds and re-emerged in the ’80s as nuevo flamenco, a labile blend of jazz, rock, swing, salsa or what-have-you … 0

Clubland: John Darnielle makes magic at Pearl Street show in Northampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

“I stand stark before the face of the infinite,” said a grinning John Darnielle to the shoulder-to-shoulder mega-crowd upstairs at Pearl Street in Northampton late Tuesday night. He was actually sitting at a keyboard, right before his first encore, and the grand sentence was his way of saying, “I have no idea what … 0

Voices for Freedom: Opera at Mount Holyoke College tells the story of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Unless you’ve been living on a remote desert island for the past 60 years, you know the names of at least some of the leaders of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s — Martin Luther … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Juke Joint Jazz, Doug Hewitt launch CDs; Leo & Anto tour

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Any band that covers Miles Davis’ dusky masterpiece “Nardis” has my ear. Local quintet Juke Joint Jazz performs it on its latest CD, “Live At the Arts Block” — and according to guitarist and band founder Michael Levine, … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Benefit show for Letha Melchior and more, this week in the Valley

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In December 2010, painter and experimental musician Letha Melchior was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma; one month later she found out she also had breast cancer. Since then she’s had more than 10 operations. Through it all she’s … 0

Music review: As Haimovitz and O’Riley shuffled and played, the audience gladly listened

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The distinguished cellist Matt Haimovitz returned to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Monday, together with the brilliant pianist Christopher O’Riley, with “Shuffle.Play.Listen,” an unusual (if not eccentric) concert before a full house in the Fine Arts Center Concert … 0

Headliners: Green Street Trio’s Northampton Jazz Workshop; Nellie McKay at the Iron Horse

Friday, April 4, 2014

Noho jazz workshop turns four A Tuesday night fixture in Northampton since April 2010, the Green Street Trio’s Northampton Jazz Workshop is set to celebrate its fourth anniversary on April 8 at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Kenny Garrett at UMass

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A performance by eight-time and current DownBeat Magazine Poll-winning alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett and his quintet on Saturday night in UMass’ Bowker Auditorium will figure as part of the UMass music department’s 6th Annual High Jazz Festival. The … 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