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KEVIN GUTTING
University of Massachusetts faculty members Elizabeth Chang, left, on violin, Gilles Vonsattel, at piano, and Astrid Schween, right, on cello, rehearse "Concerto in D Minor for Keyboard" with the Opus One Chamber Orchestra.

A passion for Bach: UMass festival celebrates music, legacy of baroque composer

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It started with a T-shirt. More specifically, it was the T-shirt that Amanda Stenroos, a University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student in music, was wearing one day in early 2014 when she walked in for a violin class with her professor, Elizabeth Chang. The shirt, which dated from Stenroos’ undergraduate days at The Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace in …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Spring Arts Festival’ at Amherst College

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Amherst College’s weeklong “Spring Arts Festival” closes with a medley of presentations and performances by arts faculty Sunday at 3 p.m. in the college’s Kirby Theater. Amherst composer-in-residence Eric Sawyer will collaborate with theater and dance professor Ron Bashford to debut two new scenes from Sawyer’s opera “The Scarlet Professor,” based on the …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Sufjan Stevens’ concert a revelation of mother’s love and loss

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Take a seat in the vast golden chamber of Mortensen Hall in the Bushnell Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Magnificent layers of intricate design — inlaid suns, moons, stars, clouds and muses — arc above the stage and up over your head, no matter how far back you crane your neck. You’re a small …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Deerhoof to kick up its heels at Pearl Street Nightclub

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dull music is everywhere, so when you’re zapped by sounds that are truly alive, you don’t forget it. One of the most alive bands I know is Deerhoof, and it’s finally coming back to town to play Pearl …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Mystery Train in Amherst celebrates 19th birthday with in-store performance

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Amherst’s hidden-away record shop Mystery Train celebrates its 19th birthday with a cavalcade of live in-store performances from some of its favorite musicians — including Matt Krefting (above, left), Bob Fay, Jen Gelineau, Chris Carlton, Pete Nolan and …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dweezil Zappa— Wed., April 8, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Miranda Lambert — Sat., April 11, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $59, $79. mohegansun.com Gregory Alan Isakov, Jolie Holland — Sat., April 11, 8 …

McCartney, Metallica to headline Lollapalooza

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CHICAGO — Paul McCartney, Metallica and Sam Smith will be among 130 acts at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar and The Weeknd are also on the …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Celebrating The Buzz with 2-day mini-palooza

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

“I’ve always been someone who got people together, hosted parties.” So said Carla Racine exactly one year ago, as she readied the debut issue of her local music publication, The Buzz, “a music scene zine for the 413 …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton — Tues., March 31, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Dweezil Zappa— Wed., April 8, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Miranda Lambert — …

Weekend Planner — Music: Peter Blanchette’s annual Bach concert

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A certified Valley tradition after eight years, Peter Blanchette’s annual concert celebrating the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach features the archguitarist’s trademark arrangements of music composed by the honoree, who was born 330 years ago. This year, Blanchette …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Nick Zammuto show at Mass MoCA a must-see

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Books was a uniquely creative duo that chopped up found sounds, text and video and spliced it all together with live instrumentation and a sense of humor. When it broke up in 2011, it was a bummer. …

Headliners: Jason Robinson demystifies contemporary jazz at Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst; Liz Longley at the Parlor Room in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jazz on the edge When he’s not teaching at Amherst College, saxophonist/composer/band leader/music scholar Jason Robinson occupies a prominent place in the world of contemporary jazz, a post-modern sort of realm in which improvisation and composition commingle with …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Peter Blanchette’s “Bach Birthday Concert”; UMass takes Bach to the street

Thursday, March 19, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, J.S. BACH On Friday at 7:30 p.m., archguitarist Peter Blanchette presents his eighth annual “Bach Birthday Concert,” with guests Duo Orfeo, at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. The concert will feature Blanchette’s arrangements of music by the German composer, who was born 330 …