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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 …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Fiddling fun with Katherine First at the Parlor Room

Thursday, December 4, 2014

What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle? Local musician Katherine First has her favorite answer to that question: “A fiddle is fun to listen to.” Fiddling and fun go hand in hand for the classically trained …

Weekend planner — Clubs: Katherine First and the Kitchen Party

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Katherine First and Kitchen Party showcases up-tempo Celtic/traditional music by way of fiddle, banjo, guitar, penny whistle, djembe, song and step dancing. After years of making Happy Valley audiences even happier with their rhythm and energy, the band …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Fun and games at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The thermometer is dropping — ’tis the season where some people ask themselves, “Why do I live in New England?” and stay indoors. The warm and welcoming Luthiers Co-Op in Easthampton is offering a more social way to …

Advance bookingsPVB’s ‘Nutcracker’; John Waters Christmas; and more

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Nutcracker — Pioneer Valley Ballet performs Fri., Dec. 12 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 13 at 1 and 4:30 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 14 at 1 and 4:30 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. Dec. 12: …

Forever young, NBC’s ‘Peter Pan’ live and aloft

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NEW YORK — The boy who refused to grow up: It sounds like men today in this youth-obsessed culture. But nearly a century before his name found its way into pop psychology, Peter Pan was born as the …

Bill Cosby resigns from Temple’s board

Monday, December 1, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby stepped down as a trustee of his beloved Temple University following renewed accusations that he had drugged and sexually assaulted a string of women over many years. The 77-year-old entertainer has been a high-profile …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Woman Songwriter Collective: All for one, one for all

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

One strong way for a new band to get the word out is to use an audio business card, aka a CD. The Woman Songwriter Collective has one fresh-off-the-press, ready to share with the world, as member Christa …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Signature Sounds anniversary concerts; Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry at the Parlor Room

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY As of Tuesday, there were still tickets available for three of four Thanksgiving weekend concerts at Northampton’s Academy of Music, presented by Signature Sounds to celebrate the label’s 20th anniversary. From folk-blues troubadour Chris Smither, to alt-bluegrass pickers Crooked Still, to the …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Messiah’ season

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The “Messiah” season is upon us and Da Camera Singers offers the opportunity for fellow vocalists of all persuasions to get their musical chops polished with a sing-along of popular choruses from Handel’s oratorio on Sunday at the …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It’s a celebration so big it needs an entire weekend. The Northampton-based and internationally lauded record label Signature Sounds turns 20 this year, so it’s doing what it does best, showcasing its favorite musicians, with four concerts in …