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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Richard Thompson at the Academy of Music and more music this week in the Valley

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The only way that you, dear reader, are not already a big Richard Thompson fan, is that you haven’t seen him perform live. Here’s your chance: the six-string troubadour (and original member of the legendary Fairport Convention) plays the Academy of Music in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m. “Our greatest living guitarist,” proclaimed a U.K. paper last year, and if you’re cocking an eyebrow in doubt, know that Thompson doesn’t deal in blues cliches like the vast majority of players. His style, even playing solo acoustic shows, is impassioned and unconventional, with a jazz-like way of coming at you sideways and surprising. Add to that …

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Headline In 1907, when she was 40 years old, the German artist Käthe Kollwitz executed a series of etchings depicting scenes from the 16th-century German Peasants’ War that included “After the Battle,” a work showing a woman with a lantern picking through corpses in search of her son that proved eerily premonitory. Kollwitz’s …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Formed in London in 1966 and repeatedly dying and being reborn over the next five decades, the blues band Savoy Brown faltered in its native England when the British blues boom faded in the early ’70s. But it gained widespread popularity in the U.S., where it increasingly concentrated and where its founder — …

Pierre Boulez, radical titan of modern music, dies at 90

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, a towering figure in contemporary music, was an enfant terrible who mellowed with age but never flagged from his crusade to push music lovers and the music establishment to let go of the …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Glenn Roth at Mocha Maya’s and much more music this week in the Valley

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Fingerstyle guitarist Glenn Roth is an underground artist in the most literal sense of the word — the busy musician spends a good amount of sunny daytime performing deep in the New York City subway system, filling busy …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Bach at New Year’s’; Hilltown Families music party at Flywheel

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BETTER WITH BACH Back in the day, I would have been a Bach groupie. I believe every day can only be enhanced by listening to works composed by Johann Sebastian, the German Baroque musician (1685-1750). His music is just that sublime. The Berkshire Bach Ensemble will perform some …

Headliners: Berkshire Bach Society’s ‘Bach at New Year’s’ at Academy of Music; ‘Marion Dodd and The Hampshire Bookshop,’ exhibit at Book Arts Gallery, Smith College

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bach again Returning to the Academy of Music in Northampton Jan. 2 for its annual “Bach at New Year’s” concert, the 20-member Berkshire Bach Society will be making use of the stellar collection of soloists it has accumulated …

And all that jazz: A conversation with Paul Arslanian

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

For the last few years, pianist Paul Arslanian has been a key part of the Northampton Jazz Workshop, a popular weekly open session that happened for several years at the Clarion Hotel. Now the hotel has closed, and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘Stop your mope-in’, keep on hope-in’ ’: Coming full circle

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Before the new year wipes the short-term slate clean, here’s a holiday-inspired tribute to my dad’s dad, my Pépère, who inspired me to start playing music — and, I later discovered, knew a thing or two about Clubland, …

Weekend planner — Kids: ‘Morning Music Party’ at Flywheel

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Hilltown Families celebrates the arrival of the new year Friday with the first of its monthly “Morning Music Party” series at Flywheel in Easthampton. During a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice and fruit, kids will be treated …

Weekend Planner — Sound tracks: The Super 8 Players

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Super 8 Players is Jason Mazzotta, Debbie Way and Ken Maiuri — two vocalists and a guitarist/ukulele player whose repertoire consists entirely of songs from movie sound tracks, such as “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing …

Weekend Planner — Storytelling: Christopher Thomas Elliott at Song & Story Swap

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

You may know Chris Elliott as one half of Austin and Elliott, the Valley duo (that’s Lisa Austin) devoted to the harmonic recounting of “tales of love gone wrong and death done right.” On his own, however, Christopher …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Rock Voices — Sat., Jan. 9, 7 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $15 general; $12 seniors; $8 students; children 12 and under free (only through the box office). academyofmusictheatre.com La Boheme — PanOpera performs Fri., Jan. 22, 7:30 …