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Messiah Sing in Cummington on Sunday continues 50 years of tradition

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

CUMMINGTON — Marking 50 years of tradition, the Village Church in Cummington will host its annual Messiah Sing on at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Messiah Sing in Cummington began in 1964 when church and community members gathered to lift their voices in celebration of Christmas and George Frideric Handel’s popular three-part musical piece for voice and orchestra that draws on teachings from King James Bible and the Book of Common …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: LuxDeluxe takes over Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

As 1968 drew to a close, The Rolling Stones were the ringleaders of a rock ‘n’ roll circus, putting live music under a big top (on a London soundstage). Here at the end of 2014, local rockers LuxDeluxe (pictured, at right) are borrowing the spirit of the idea to ring in the new …

Joe Cocker, gravelly voiced rock star, dies at 70

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Joe Cocker, a musician best known for hits such as “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Have a Little Faith,” and “You Are So Beautiful,” has died. Cocker died at his home in Colorado on Monday after a battle with lung cancer, his agent’s office and a spokesman for Sony Music Entertainment …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

James Taylor — Thurs., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $85, $115. mohegansun.com Dark Star Orchestra — Fri., Dec. 5, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $27.50. 586-8686, iheg.com The Nutcracker — Albany Berkshire Ballet Ballet performs Sat., Dec. …

Art Maker: Bill Venman: VLO co-founder

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bill Venman says when he and his wife, Sally, founded Valley Light Opera 40 years ago, he had no idea it would become a permanent part of his life. Venman, 83, a UMass professor emeritus, used to play …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Local musicians join concert to raise awareness, funds for Epilepsy Foundation

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I didn’t know much about epilepsy; Springfield resident Mary Kelly has had no choice but to become an expert. She started having seizures at age 11, making her unable to continue to pursue her love of gymnastics. Her …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Dire Honeys plays farewell concerts, and other music in the Valley

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I remember a book from my elementary school years called “Fortunately,” the tale of a kid’s epic journey that see-sawed between good news and bad news. I got a similar feeling from a recent talk with Dire Honeys …

Weekend Planner — Music: Two-Piano Concert at Northampton Community Music Center

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Eugenie Malek has taught piano at the Williston Northampton School, the University of Massachusetts, and Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges. Meg Kelsey Wright teaches piano privately, at the Williston Northampton School and at the Northampton Community Music Center. …

Advance bookings: From John Hodgman to Donnie and Marie, loads of entertainment choices coming up

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

John Hodgman: I Stole Your Dad — Fri., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20. 584-9032, academyofmusictheatre.com Patti LaBelle — Fri., Nov. 21, 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $35-$75. foxwoods.com John Butler Trio, Monica Heldal — Sat., Nov. …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Winterpills, the duo, ready to hit the road

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Philip Price and Flora Reed of the band Winterpills are fitting in an interview as they finish their lunch. Price juggles what’s left of his fresh-baked Hungry Ghost pretzel; Reed glances over to the hand-drawn calendar on the …

Headliners: Battlefield Band at the Parlor Room; Agnes Obel at the Iron Horse

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Highland jam Not a military ensemble, Scotland’s Battlefield Band takes its name from the Glasgow suburb of Battlefield, where the group was formed by four students in 1969. Distilling its own brand of Scottish traditional music over 40 …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Robyn Hitchcock at the Iron Horse and other musical offerings in the Valley

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bob Dylan, Doctor Who, John Lennon, Syd Barrett — put them all into your space-age transmogrifying contraption and you might get Robyn Hitchcock, the English singer-songwriter whose memorable songs combine the personal and the surreal. After first going …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘Speciesism: The Movie’

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

While there are many stories of people who are willing to strike blows against racism, sexism, ageism or any other system of belief that consigns a portion of humanity to secondary status, you don’t hear too much about …