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FILE - In this July 3, 2006 file photo, Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, left, and Aerosmith's lead singer Steven Tyler sing together during a sound-check and rehearsal for the Fourth of July show at the Hatch Shell in Boston. In 20 seasons, Lockhart has raised his baton 1,700 times and has also shared the stage with other diverse guest including Robert DeNiro and Big Bird.    (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki, File)

Q&A: Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart on music, tech

Monday, May 25, 2015

BOSTON — Keith Lockhart was just 35 and a musical wunderkind when he took over as conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995. Now in his 20th season, Lockhart has raised his baton 1,700 times to lead the group nicknamed “America’s Orchestra.” Along the way, he’s shared the stage with more than 250 guest artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Robert DeNiro and Big Bird. The Associated Press caught up with Lockhart in his office at Symphony Hall, dominated by a well-worn Hamburg Steinway piano that once belonged to Russian composer Serge Koussevitzky. Animated and fast-talking, the now 55-year-old maestro — free of his trademark tuxedo …

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 …

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 …

Beatles 2.0: Fab Faux to recreate ‘Abbey Road’ album in its entirety at UMass concert

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In early 1969, Paul McCartney sat down with his fellow Beatles and tried to convince them that they should go back on tour, something the band hadn’t done since August 1966 as they concentrated instead on studio recording. …

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 …