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DAN LITTLE
University of Massachusetts Amherst professor of composition and contrabass Salvatore Macchia, seen here at at Bezanson Recital Hall. Macchia is one of the chief organizers of the Five College New Music Festival; he will also perform at the concerts, and one of his compositions is on the program.

Expanding the classical tradition: ‘Five College New Music Festival’ showcases pioneering sounds of the 20th century

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Just as literature has its classic heavyweights, from Shakespeare to Leo Tolstoy to James Joyce, so classical music has long had its top-ranked composers, drawn primarily from 1650 through the 1800s: Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Handel and Tchaikovsky, to name just a few. But what about Pierre Boulez, Leon Kirchner and Arnold Schoenberg — or Jennifer Ellis, Salvatore Macchia and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘Dancing Larry’ Howes’ death leaves void in Valley music scene

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dancing Larry. Punk-rock spirit was in his every atom. A man of action. For more than three decades he tirelessly went to shows up and down the Valley, showing his support for musicians by getting right in front of the band and shimmying, vibrating, wiggling, sweating and smiling. The unflagging energy he put …

Music review: “Bel Canto Opera’ carries on fine tradition in Blandford

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Opera, once dismissed by 18th-century English writer Samuel Johnson as “exotic and irrational,” flourishes and renews itself largely through local festivals or in towns far from the great (and expensive) stages of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Bayreuth in Germany, and Covent Garden in London. Many towns in Germany have such …

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Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A Taste of Honey delights crowd at Florence’s Music on the Porch summer concert series

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The striking green cover of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ “Whipped Cream & Other Delights” (and the inevitable parade of parodies that followed) is the main reason the 1965 record lives on in pop culture, but the …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kenny Wayne Shepherd — Fri., Aug. 28, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Idina Menzel — Sat., Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Tanglewood. $24.50-$149.50. bso.org The Milk Carton Kids — Mon., Sept. 7, 8 p.m., …

Stolen Stradivarius recovered after 35 years

Thursday, August 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Renowned violinist Roman Totenberg left his beloved Stradivarius in his office while greeting well-wishers after a concert in 1980. When he returned, it was gone. Its case was later found in the basement of the Longy …

Weekend Planner — Cabaret: ‘To Be Perfectly Frank: A Sinatra Centennial Concert’

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

It’s hard to believe but Ol’ Blue Eyes would’ve turned 100 this year. The singer’s birthday isn’t until Dec. 12 but many tributes are already unfolding, including a traveling exhibit, a Bob Dylan album (“Shadows in the Night”), …

Weekend Planner — Music: The Springfield Mandolin Orchestra at Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Making its debut just this past year, the Springfield Mandolin Orchestra seeks to reclaim an era from 100 years or so ago when there were literally dozens of mandolin orchestras throughout New England. Based at Sweet Music Studio …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Al Stewart slays it at Iron Horse with his one-of-a-kind ‘historical folk-rock’

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

You couldn’t listen to the radio in the late ’70s without hearing Al Stewart’s warm and breathy voice — his atmospheric songs “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages” became instant staples of the airwaves. That’s all the …

Music review: Among friends — Trio presents grand piano quartets

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A delightful concert was performed by the Buckley Chamber Players at Sage Hall of Smith College in Northampton Wednesday, repeated two days later at Amherst College. Two of the performers, Joel Pitchon and Volcy Pelletier, are members of the music faculty at Smith, and the pianist, Alissa Leiser, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Among this week’s highlights, Kristin Hersh plays the Iron Horse

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Kristin Hersh does not make wallpaper music. Her songs are intense, even when hushed, and she performs them unflinchingly. The word she uses to describe herself in many an interview is “shy,” but, onstage, Hersh is as powerful …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Miranda Sings — Sat., Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $32.50, $75 (VIP). 586-8686, iheg.com Mötley Crüe — Sun., Aug. 16, 7 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $79, $99. mohegansun.com Santana — Wed., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. …

New Jersey teen to star as Dorothy in NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

By The Associated Press NEW YORK — NBC has found the young woman who will ease on down the yellow brick road. The network Wednesday unveiled newcomer Shanice Williams from New Jersey as its Dorothy for the Dec. 3 live production of “The Wiz Live!” “This is always …