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A past summer concert in the series produced by Jamie Kent and The Music Collective Group

Northampton Summer Concert Series opens July 18 on the Old Courthouse lawn

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Northampton Summer Concert Series, presented by The Collective Music Group (TCMG), is back for its the third straight year, this time with a new, more prominent downtown location. Every Friday from July 18 to August 22, concerts will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the lawn of the Old Courthouse, on the corner of Main and King … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Let’s (Not) Talk About Love’ at Mohawk Trail Concerts

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pianist William Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris are back for their annual visit to Mohawk Trail Concerts this weekend but this time they’re bringing colleagues John Musto and Amy Burton (pictured) for a double-date program called “Let’s (Not) Talk About Love.” Featuring songs by Ira and George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, … 0

Weekend Planner — ‘Cabaret Alive’

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sponsored by Hilltown Arts Alive and the Worthington Historical Society, Saturday’s third annual Hilltown “Cabaret Alive!” will feature jazz and blues vocalist Samirah Evans (pictured), an appearance by Carol Channing impersonator Roxanne Labato-Bailey, plus dancing to the music of The Lost 45s. The event, which includes hors d’oeuvres, snacks and a cash bar, … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: NRBQ has new album; XTC tribute show at Iron Horse in Northampton

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

“Do you feel it?” “Ain’t it all right?” “That’s neat, that’s nice.” “Keep this love goin’.” “I feel so good and I want you to feel good, too.” It’s been a running theme through the long lifetime of … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Opera showcase, North Hall Arts Festival

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The most popular French opera in history, Charles Gounod’s “Faust,” is replete with great melodies, including the bright and buoyant “Jewel Song,” which coloratura soprano Angela Leson (pictured) will perform this weekend at North Hall in Huntington. The … 0

Music review: Pioneer Valley Symphony masters sea music by Vaughan Williams, Ravel

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus celebrated their 75th anniversary with a remarkable concert Saturday, performed at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, before a large and appreciative audience. It is rare that … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: World Party at Iron Horse in Northampton and more, this week in the Valley

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Karl Wallinger has been making music under the name World Party since the mid-1980s. Like the Beatles, he appreciates melody and optimism; like Prince, he loves creating in his studio. That winning combination gave Wallinger’s World Party timeless … 0

Sea Voyage: Pioneer Valley Symphony closes season with music of Vaughan Williams, Ravel

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

There’s nothing like almost dying to put new life into you. So it was for the young, nature-adoring, beauty-bewitched British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, who underwent such an experience just after his first marriage — a near death … 0

Art People: Anne Louise White | musician, teacher

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Music is so much more than entertainment, says Anne Louise White, a singer, pianist, choral director and music teacher. It’s a way to build community, to learn about history, to reach across cultural barriers, and to feed our … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Northampton Community Music Center’s Springfest

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A rite of spring since 1995, the Northampton Community Music Center’s Springfest finds hundreds of NCMC students and faculty taking to the streets of downtown Northampton for a day of public performances and festivities. Running 10:30 a.m. to … 0

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Doug Hewitt Group

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

When it comes to turning out CDs, Amherst-based singer-songwriter-guitarist-bandleader Doug Hewitt has never been in a hurry. A painstaking compositional craftsman, he took 10 years to produce his first album, 2006’s widely praised “Picasso Tomato.” His second, “Roots … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Music booker Donal Rooke — back home at The Deuce

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Donal Rooke has family on his mind, as he’ll soon begin writing a book about three generations of the Rooke clan, from Ireland to the Hungry Hill neighborhood in Springfield, to his own town of Northampton. But as … 0

Music Review: ‘Radiance’ is operative word for Illuminati performance

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble presented “Radiance,” a concert of choral music, Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Northampton. The title proved to be a fitting one, for the program was distinguished by the bright sound of … 0