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Lisa Fischer says appearing in the film "Twenty Feet From Stardom" was "a gift from heaven."

In the spotlight: Former backup singer Lisa Fischer takes center stage at Calvin Theatre

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BACKUP singer turned solo powerhouse Lisa Fischer is on a national tour that brings her to Northampton Tuesday. After being featured in the documentary film “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” Fischer has gone from singing backup for acts like The Rolling Stones and Sting, to having her name on the marquee at venues all around the country. Fischer will take center …

Music review: Johannes Quartet delights at Music in Deerfield concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Johannes Quartet, new to the Music in Deerfield concerts, performed at Smith College’s Sage Hall Sunday before a large and enthusiastic audience. The concert began with a challenge to the audience, that is, a performance of “Homunculus,” written for the quartet in 2007 by Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen. This short work’s title …

Young@Heart to perform at Academy of Music

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“Everybody can perform,” says Bob Cilman, who’s staked his musical career on that credo: Cilman is the founder and director of The Young@Heart Chorus, the wildly popular singing group for seniors that has performed rock hits for audiences worldwide. The group takes the stage Wednesday at 7 p.m. for its second annual “April …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mount Holyoke College Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Despite her untimely death from multiple sclerosis at 42, Jacqueline du Pré secured a position as one of the master cellists of the late 20th century, becoming famous in particular for her interpretation of Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, …

‘Laugh-In’ announcer, voiceover veteran Gary Owens dies at 80

Sunday, February 15, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Gary Owens, the droll, mellifluous-voiced announcer on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and a familiar part of radio, TV and movies for more than six decades, has died. He was 80. The veteran voiceover star died …

Get off the couch for a good cause: Roger Salloom’s ‘All You Need is Love’ Valentine’s dance

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, Roger Salloom will gather together some of his musical friends for a Valentine’s Day dance. “All You Need is Love” will take place Saturday at the Garden House at Look Park in Northampton. …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Foreigner whips Calvin Theatre crowd into happy frenzy

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I’m the nostalgic type, so I have a soft spot for classic rock — but there are people who have a fiery passion for classic rock, and I was in their good company when Foreigner played the Calvin …

Weekend Planner — Music: 10th annual Schubertiad

Thursday, February 12, 2015

An unadvertised gathering in a private home in early 19th-century Vienna to perform and listen to the music of Franz Schubert, the Schubertiad remains popular today, though it more often takes the form of a formal concert. Locally, …

Midwinter in the Valley: A classical music roundup

Thursday, February 12, 2015

There have been many concerts in the Pioneer Valley during these cold winter days. The most unusual was Ronald Perera’s one-act children’s opera, “The Araboolies of Liberty Street,” performed in Sweeney Hall at Smith College in Northampton on …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sturgill Simpson at Pearl Street Nightclub and other Valley gigs

Thursday, February 12, 2015

When you work in a record store, you know an artist is on his way to bigger things when multiple customers suddenly start asking for him or her by name. Recently, that name has been Sturgill Simpson. He …

Advance bookings

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Sing-Off Live Tour — Sat., Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Grupo Corpo — Tues., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $15, $38, $42 general; $10, $12, …

Pharrell, Beyonce, Rosanne Cash win 3 Grammys each

Sunday, February 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Pharrell’s two-year-old song is still bringing him happiness: The performer, who won four Grammys last year, won three awards Sunday. The singer-rapper-producer won best pop solo performance for a live version of “Happy,” released in …

CD for Cynthia: Musician remembers photojournalist friend, Smith grad, killed while covering Chechen-Russian War

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tony Jillson can still remember the moment, in late December 1994, when the phone rang in his Brooklyn apartment. A reporter from The New York Times was on the line, asking about a childhood friend of his, Cynthia …