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Cecil Brace, from left, Matthew Brace, James Lee Thereault, and Kent Mitchell, dance along during a performance Wednesday by the Young@Heart Chorus at the Hampshire County Jail in Northampton.

The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one note higher: “mi-mi-mi-mi-MI-mi-mi-mi-mi.” Then one note higher, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Karl Wallinger lets in the light at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Karl Wallinger spoke to the Iron Horse crowd in Northampton last Sunday night with a friendly grin, a little self-depreciation and a lot of dark sarcasm: “Here’s another song about how great everything is in the world.” Environmental destruction, constant war, corporate greed, public apathy ... Wallinger has covered all that and more …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Mario Pavone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“He works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” says The New Yorker of jazz bassist and composer Mario Pavone: “The sheer dynamism of his playing is matched by the lustre of his writing and arranging for small bands.” On Saturday, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares hosts …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Will Lee — best known as the longtime bassist in David Letterman’s “Late Night” and “Late Show” bands — appreciates a good tribute. Recently on the program, Lee sang lead vocals on a fully orchestrated version of Jimmy …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Wailin’ Jennys, The Stray Birds — Fri., May 1, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales — Sat., May 2, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $17, $27, $32, $67. mullinscenter.com Seth Meyers — Sat., May 2, 8 …

Music Review: UMass presents enthralling performance of Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

“The St. John Passion” by J. S. Bach was performed Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst, part of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Bach Festival. Bach composed this musical account of the passion of Jesus in 1724 for performance during the Vespers service in Good Friday in …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jack Simons brings ‘the good stuff’ with new album

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Todd Rundgren, Prince, Stevie Wonder, R. Stevie Moore, Adam Elk of the Mommyheads in his “Swiss Army Knife” phase, Ray Mason in his ’80s, homespun days, XTC’s Andy Partridge out in his demo-writing shed — they’re all one-stop …

‘James and the Giant Peach’ album to be released for free

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer NEW YORK — The Tony Award-nominated songwriting team behind the musical “James and the Giant Peach” have good news for their fans — and even better news. The good news is that …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Music Review: Amherst Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s Third Symphony with verve, aplomb

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The most important concert of the year was performed Saturday in Buckley Hall of Amherst College by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. The program consisted of a single work, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, composed in 1895-1896 and first performed in its entirety in 1902, in Krefeld, Germany, with …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The brand-new Mammal Dap CD features the band’s portrait in needlepoint (done by Sarah Laakso), displayed on wood paneling, as if in grandma’s rec room. But the simplified figures and font also look like something from a classic …