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Christopher Hogwood, British conductor of early music, dies at 73

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Christopher Hogwood, an eminent English conductor, musicologist and harpsichordist who took a scholarly approach to early-music and Baroque repertoires, has died. He was 73. Hogwood died Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England, after an illness that had lasted several months, according to an announcement on his official website. An exacting maestro who devoted as much energy to lectures and writing as to performance, Hogwood brought a verbose intellectualism to …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Kneebody at Iron Horse in Northampton and other Valley gigs

Thursday, September 25, 2014

As much as I love jazz, I’m not interested in the solos as much as I am the unique colors and shapes of the musical themes themselves, and Kneebody is a quintet with cooler hues than most. They play the Iron Horse in Northampton on Monday at 7 p.m., with opening act The …

The healing arts: Northampton guitar concert aims to help children in Iraq

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

War is the ugliest manifestation of the human experience. You might say it’s the greatest example of humanity’s inhumanity. Art is the flip side — it’s an activity designed to create and appreciate beauty, to celebrate the best aspects of the human experience and our world. The organizers of a unusual weekend concert …

Weekend Planner — Music: Same Old Blues at Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

They may call themselves Same Old Blues, but they do put their own spin on the music. Dennis Shapson, guitar; Jon Lawless, harmonica; and Alan Kurtz, washboard and bones, perform ragtime country blues with a focus on Piedmont …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Josh Groban — Fri., Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $70, $90. mohegansun.com Roomful of Teeth— Fri., Aug. 29, 8 p.m., Mass MoCA. $15, $20, $25. massmoca.org Salute 2 Summer — Sat., Sept. 6, 5 p.m., Look Park, …

Headliners: Setting Millay to music at Mocha Maya’s; Frank and Vinny at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Setting Millay to music Never hampshiremuch of a poetry reader, singer/songwriter Liz Queler shelved the book of verse by Edna St. Vincent Millay her mother-in-law had given her for her birthday a few years back and forgot about …

Ken Mairui’s Tuned In: Alottle at the Platinum Pony in Easthampton, and lots more Valley music this week

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The proprietors of little ol’ Popcorn Noir, an intimate Easthampton space that started off by showing free films and serving food and drink, always had bigger plans. They opened in 2011, expanded next door in 2012, and earlier …

Weekend Planner — Music: Steampunk music, Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Both in conjunction with the New England Steampunk Meetup (a monthly gathering of steampunks held at sites throughout New England) and as the culminating event of the exhibit “Steampunk Springfield Armory: Reimagining Our Nation’s Weaponry” (on view through …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Span of Sunshine’s Steve Koziol celebrates his new babies

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

“I was ambitious,” said Steve Koziol, vocalist/guitarist of the western Masssacusetts-based quartet Span of Sunshine. “‘Let’s get this done before the baby’s born!’” He’s referring to the group’s new five-song EP, “Ray of June,” and the baby is …

Advance Booking, big acts coming to the area: Cher, Tig Notaro, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Josh Groban, Kevin James, more

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Yanni — Fri., Aug. 22, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $65-$85. foxwoods.com Lost Bayou Ramblers — Sat., Aug. 23, 8 p.m. Mass MoCA. $12, $16, $20. massmoca.org Isley Brothers — Sat., Aug. 23, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45-$85. foxwoods.com Josh Groban …

Musicians gather to fete Lynyrd Skynyrd

Monday, August 11, 2014

ATLANTA (AP — Lynyrd Skynyrd is getting the tribute treatment. An all-star cast of performers will salute the seminal Southern rock band during the taping of “One More for the Fans! Celebrating the Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd.” The Nov. 12 concert will feature performances from Gregg …

The path less traveled: Pioneer Valley Symphony receives award for ‘adventurous programming’

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Playing in a symphony orchestra ought to be risky business says musical conductor Paul Phillips, who for 20 years has led the Pioneer Valley Symphony along innovative musical paths. Taking those risks is just the thing to keep …

Weekend Planner — Music: Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

An effort to reignite the Hoop City Jazz & Arts Festival — which originated as a supposedly annual event in 2010 but ended the next year when a tornado damaged Court Square — Saturday’s Springfield Jazz & Roots …