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The Deerfield Wind Quintet will perform Wednesday as part of the "Music in the Noon Hour" series at Smith College.

‘Music in the Noon Hour’ series continues at Smith College

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Concerts don’t have to be long to be meaningful. In fact, you can pack a lot into just half an hour. Case in point: “Music in the Noon Hour,” a popular series of free, midday concerts at Smith College that last about 30 minutes each. This year, the series, now in its second decade, will feature Smith faculty and guests, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Hampshire College alum’s film about music-industry phenom Danny Fields a must-see

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NYC filmmaker and Hampshire College graduate Brendan Toller got this lifelong music geek’s attention with his first feature, a 2008 documentary about record stores called “I Need That Record!” His latest film is another music-related labor of love, “Danny Says,” an engaging documentary about Danny Fields — “forever the coolest guy in the …

Weekend Planner — Music: Quartetto di Cremona at Smith College

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mozart’s “Dissonance” string quartet gets its name from its remarkable introductory passage, in which the four instruments wander lugubriously through the chromatic scale in the search of a home key — seemingly like ghosts in search of a body — before settling into C major, whose sunny mood dominates the rest of the …

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Music review: “Bel Canto Opera’ carries on fine tradition in Blandford

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Opera, once dismissed by 18th-century English writer Samuel Johnson as “exotic and irrational,” flourishes and renews itself largely through local festivals or in towns far from the great (and expensive) stages of the Metropolitan Opera in New York …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Preachin’ the Blues’ at the Three County Fair

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Founded by Art Steele, the annual “Preachin’ the Blues” concert at the Three County Fair takes a different tack this year, with an all-star lineup of women scheduled to pay tribute to the roots of American music. Featuring …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Northampton Jazz Festival and other musical goodies this week in the Valley

Thursday, September 3, 2015

“The Northampton Jazz Festival” is upon us! It’s grown beyond just one city, becoming a five-day sprawl that offers live performances, both indoors and outdoors, at many venues in multiple towns, with a lineup that spotlights younger artists …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Eilen Jewell/Dustbowl Revival Double CD Release — Fri., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20, $25. academyofmusictheatre.com Diana Ross — Fri., Sept. 18, ., July 31, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $50-$80. foxwoods.com Anjelah Johnson — Sat., Sept. …

Your Time: Roger Salloom’s summer concert, Look Park, Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On a warm summer evening last Thursday, singer-songwriter Roger Salloom performed his 32nd annual free concert at Look Park. This year, the show was held in a tent outside the park’s Garden House. Salloom was joined again this …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lake Street Dive’s ‘Amourasaurus’ at Look Park, and much more

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have personally witnessed Lake Street Dive CDs and LPs flying off the local store shelves. People can’t get enough of the jazzy, soulful Brooklyn band and their records on the Northampton-based label Signature Sounds. The quartet started …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: ‘Duck Variations’ play in Huntington; ‘Amoursaurus’ at the Pines Theater in Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BIRDS OF A FEATHER The summer theater season is coming to a close but there’s still a bit of quack in that duck. With September’s studiousness ahead, make this a laughable moment by driving up to North Hall, 40 Searle Road in Huntington, for “The Duck Variations,” David …

Taylor Swift’s ‘musical crush’ Justin Timberlake helps her end historic Staples Center run

Thursday, August 27, 2015

By Gerrick D. Kennedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Early into the final night of a five-show run of sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Wednesday, Taylor Swift made a promise to the nearly 15,000 fans. “Since you’ve done so many crazy things for …

Giving back: Singer-songwriter’s new album to benefit Safe Passage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Once, Joslyn Thomas was a victim of abuse. Now, Thomas, 27, is using her talents as a musician to lend her support to Safe Passage, the organization she credits with saving her life. Thomas says she was emotionally …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mohawk Trail Concerts season finale

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Mohawk Trail Concert series concludes its 2015 season Sunday with a recital in honor Ruth Black, who died at her home in Amherst May 7. With her husband, Arnold, Black was a founding member of MTC and …