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Weekend Planner — Music: Arcadia Players at Mount Holyoke College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Supposedly written to showcase his compositional skills and mastery of many styles, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 is a highly theatrical piece of religious music, filled with diverse choral groupings, unusual vocal effects and sumptuous instrumentation. The work was intended to be performed from the balconies of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice; for their performance on Saturday, Arcadia Players are …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: This ‘Moment’ has staying power

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Drop the needle on drummer Makaya McCraven’s fantastic new album, “In the Moment,” and the sounds of Chicago surround you — the ambience of a live concert, conversations burbling in the background, and the experimental spirit that runs in the city’s musical blood, whether jazz, rock or hip-hop. The record’s 19 tracks flow …

Project Rehovot presents a concert for a cause

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For more than 20 years, volunteers from the Jewish Community of Amherst have been lending a helping hand for an educational and social cause nearly halfway around the world. Project Rehovot, as it’s known, is dedicated to helping young immigrants to Israel build a secure footing in their new country; through art projects …

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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Miro Sprague at the Arts Block Cafe in Greenfield and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pianist and Shutesbury native Miro Sprague has made the most of 2014. He graduated from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA, joined with six of his fellow students to create the band Holophonor (which …

Police demonstrations bring new protest songs

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BERKELEY, Calif. — Stop. Hey, what’s that sound? Protest songs are taking their place alongside chants of “I can’t breathe” and “Hands up, don’t shoot” as demonstrators raise their voices to condemn the deaths of unarmed black men …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Bill Kirchen and his all-Austin band at the Iron Horse, and other music this week in the Valley

Thursday, December 11, 2014

There are musicians unknown to the average joe who get spoken about in reverent tones by longtime fans; one such musician is guitarist Bill Kirchen. In the late ’60s and early ‘70s he tore up the fretboard with …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Westfield State University’s Night Owls; Valley Festival Brass Choir

Thursday, December 11, 2014

VOICE POWER In my mind, there’s almost nothing more joyful than a strong a cappella performance. When that a cappella group is an energetic college ensemble, all the better. Westfield State University’s Night Owls performs Friday on their campus. Around since 2002, they’ve had 12 years to hone …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Dar Williams at the Calvin Theatre; The Surly Temple at the Parlor Room

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DAR WILLIAMS RETURNS Folkie Dar Williams got her start some 20-odd years ago in Northampton; her breakthrough moment came with the release in 1994 of “The Honesty Room,” a homegrown album that began to open doors for her, including invitations to open for Joan Baez and Ani DiFranco. …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Fashion People Records ready to launch at Iron Horse Music Hall

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It’s apocalyptic chaos out there in the world of recorded music! Newspaper headlines regularly trumpet that CD sales are plunging to their inevitable death. Vinyl sales are rising, but the record remains a niche item, bought by pockets …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kenny Rogers Christmas — Fri., Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $35. mohegansun.com Mark Anthony — Fri. and Sat., Dec. 19-20, 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $95, $175. foxwoods.com Donny and Marie — Tues., Dec. 23, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 27, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 28, 4 p.m., …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Orchestra and Chorus concert

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

For its annual holiday concert this year, the Pioneer Valley Orchestra and Chorus is enlisting for the first time both the PVS Youth Orchestra and the Deerfield Festival Chorus (pictured). The PVS Youth Orchestra will join the adult …

Music-industrial complex reveals this year’s models

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Imagine trying to guide the Mississippi River through a beer bong. That is, in essence, what the 2,000 voters for the Grammy Award nominations, announced Friday, attempted when considering the torrents of music up for their scrutiny. Stretched across platforms, services, labels, apps and websites, the flow of …

Rockin’ at the preschool: Award-winning musician brings his tunes into the classroom

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Back in 2000, musician Nick Deysher was on his way to an interview for a job as a preschool teacher when he decided to grab his guitar and take it along. Good decision. Deysher, now of Leeds, got …