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University of Massachusetts faculty members Elizabeth Chang, left, on violin, Gilles Vonsattel, at piano, and Astrid Schween, right, on cello, rehearse "Concerto in D Minor for Keyboard" with the Opus One Chamber Orchestra.

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 with her professor, Elizabeth Chang. The shirt, which dated from Stenroos’ undergraduate days at The Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace in …

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 Bashford to debut two new scenes from Sawyer’s opera “The Scarlet Professor,” based on the …

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 over your head, no matter how far back you crane your neck. You’re a small …

Jamaica moving to reclaim global dominance in reggae

Sunday, March 8, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica — For decades, the sound of Jamaica has been reggae, the infectious, uniquely syncopated music that transformed the small Caribbean island into a cultural powerhouse. But the genre’s success has taken it far beyond its roots, …

Hampshire Life: KEN MAIURI’S Tuned In

Thursday, March 5, 2015

“They rock!” That two-word sentence has been uttered by more than a couple smiling fans of The Snaz, a young band from Brattleboro that’s wowed the powers that be at 93.9 The River and the Iron Horse Entertainment …

Music, movie mogul David Geffen donates $100M to Lincoln Center

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Entertainment industry executive David Geffen has donated $100 million to New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building — long known as Avery Fisher Hall — will be renamed David …

KEN MAIURI on Valley music: Tuned In

Friday, February 27, 2015

Summers are perfect for outdoor music festivals, but what happens when winter hits and grassy fields get buried under waist-deep snow and anything paved becomes an icy danger zone? Make way for the indoor music festival. A diverse …

Viva la musica: 3rd String Trio brings Old-World flavors to Hadley cafe

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Parlez-moi de l’amour. Ah, la dolce vita, la vita d’amore! Even if you can’t understand what they’re saying, there’s something about the way the French and the Italians do zat zing that can be oh, so romantic. With …

Seldom-seen musician shines through his songs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If John Lennon’s White Album song “Julia” was a seed buried in the ground, the resulting stunning vegetation might be Chris Weisman’s new album, “The Holy Life That’s Coming,” released this week on LP and digital download by …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, February 19, 2015

You, New Englander, standing there whipped by the windchill — you’re in an icy arctic world, devoid of funk. But George Clinton and his Parliament-Funkadelic mob have the heat and they’re headed this way, prepared to melt that …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ZZ Top — Sat., March 7, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45, $65. foxwoods.com Craig Ferguson — Fri., Feb. 27, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra — Sat., Feb. 28, 8 p.m., …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: And the Kids celebrates release of debut full-length CD

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Members of the Northampton trio And the Kids were once hardworking buskers on Main Street. I distinctly remember the first time I heard the band, in its early quintet days. A twinkling glockenspiel cut through the bustle and …

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, …