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From left, Adwoa Rampiah-Bonney, Sarah Fischer and Arlee Lovett-Dietrich chat between songs during a recent rehearsal at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst.

The sound of music: Hampshire Young People’s Chorus marks 15 years of youthful singing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First they shook their hands and feet and shoulders as the chorus director counted in Spanish. Then they did scales to piano accompaniment, singing the notes with the words, “I love to sing.” Once warmed up, they sang several verses, with intricate harmonies, of an arrangement of the old spiritual “Go Down, Moses.” Next assignment? Sing the verses and chorus …

Weekend Planner — Music: Da Camera Singers perform Friday in Hadley

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A musical setting of the Mass based on a hymn by St. Thomas Aquinas, the “Missa Pange Lingua” was written by the Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez around 1515 and had a strong influence on later composers, including Bach and Mozart. Da Camera Singers are set to perform this rarity, as well as …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘The Great Mix CD Mix-Up’ — A musical message in a bottle

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January? Dullsville. Gray skies, gray ground, treacherous ice, bitter cold. But luckily every year there’s an event that transforms any winter rut with colorful new sights and sounds: “The Great Mix CD Mix-Up.” Since 2009 it’s been a regular Valley concert event for music geeks of all ages: Showgoers are invited to bring …

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 …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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. 6 at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 7 at 1:30 and …

One Direction, Iggy Azalea shine at the 2014 AMAs

Monday, November 24, 2014

One Direction won three honors at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year over powerhouse acts like Beyonce and Luke Bryan, while breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea beat out heavyweights Eminem and Drake in the rap categories. …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jamming with singer/songwriter Marcia Gomes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“More trees, less traffic, a slower pace and open space” is what singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Marcia Gomes was looking for when she left Boston and moved to the Valley in January 2012. She’d lived in the big city for more …