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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE AUGUSTA SAVAGE GALLERY<br/>Prints by Juan R. Fuentes are on view at the Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass.
  • Photo by Julie Lemberger<br/>Janis Brenner
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLERY 13<br/>"Dragonfly", mixed media by Guru Karam Khalsa
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLERY A3<br/>"Grosbeak" by Guru Karam Khalsa
  • "Muskulinity"
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF EAST STREET DANCE CENTER<br/>Janis Brenner and Luke Murphy

Movement performance

“Maskulinity: Unfolding Codes of Gender,” a contemporary movement performance project created by Salix Productions in partnership with F.I.V.E. (For I’m A Versatile Entertainer) Productions, will be presented Friday at 8 p.m. at the Northampton Center for the Arts. Salix aims to create collaborative performances that illustrate women’s experiences while inspiring change. F.I.V.E. is an arts/entertainment company that utilizes dance to express urban contemporary and cultural ideology through the classroom, live stage and film.

In “Maskulinity,” the dancers and choreographers bring race, violence, sexuality and relationships to the stage in this innovative dance project. “... the dancers invited me to consider the predicament contemporary men find themselves in with their skill, not their politics,” said Rob Okun, editor of Voice Male magazine.

Tickets, sold at the door, cost $20; $15 for students and seniors. For information, visit www.salixproductions.com.

East Street Dance

“Lost, Found, Lost,” a performance by Janis Brenner & Dancers, will be presented Saturday at 8 p.m. at East Street Dance Center, 47 East St., Hadley.

The company has toured throughout the United States, Asia and Europe since 1989, and has collaborated with the United Nations and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York City. It has held guest residencies throughout the world and has served as cultural ambassador on tours to Indonesia, Russia and Taiwan.

The evening will feature the seven-member company in seven pieces, including the acclaimed 2011 “The Mind-Stuff Variations.” Brenner, an award-winning dancer, choreographer, singer and teacher, as bee described by The New York Times as “a “witty winsome performer” and “a one-woman argument for the seasoned gifts of mature performers.”

The company will be joined by dancers from UMass.

Members of the dance company will hold a master class earlier in the day, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The class is open to the public.

Tickets for the performance cost $15. Tickets for the master class cost $12. For information, call 584-5535 or visit www.eaststreetballet.com.

Late Beethoven

“Concert Conversations,” a performance by pianist Richard Goode of late Beethoven masterworks, will be presented Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Sweeney Concert Hall at Smith College.

On the program: Beethoven’s last three Sonatas, final set of Bagatelles (“Trifles”) and Opus 126.

Goode is co-artistic director of the Marlboro Music Festival. His set of complete 32 Beethoven sonatas stands as a landmark in the classical piano discography.

John Mantanari of WFCR Radio will speak about the program at 7 p.m. in nearby Earle Recital Hall.

Tickets cost $34; $5 for children/high school students; $10 for undergraduate students and adults accompanying children and high school students. To reserve, call 774-4200 or visit www.musicindeerfield.org.

At the Academy

The Joan Osborne Acoustic Duo will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

Osborne, a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated artist, has recently recorded a new album “Bring it on Home,” which features vintage blues, R&B, and soul songs. Osborne says she’s returning to her musical roots on this album remembering how “I cut my teeth in New York blues clubs. ... That’s where I really learned to sing.”

Tickets cost $28.

∎ The classical chamber ensemble Prometheus will perform Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Academy.

The group explores a broad musical repertoire in a variety of ensemble configurations. The ensemble plays “with strong presence and ensemble sensitivity...beautifully expressive without being sentimental” (Strings Magazine).

Tickets cost $20; $15 for seniors; $10 for students. To reserve, call the Academy of Music box office at 584-9032, ext. 105, or visit www.academyofmusictheatre.com.

Prior to the concert, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Prometheus will present a chamber music master class and reading session with students from the Northampton Community Music School. The class is free and open to the public.

SSO season opener

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will kick off its season Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a performance of Béla Bartók’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” performed by guest soloist Peter Serkin.

Serkin has played around the world with leading orchestras and world-famous conductors.

Also on the program: Franz Liszt’s “Festklange” (“Festive Sounds”) and Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 1”

The concert will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. with a half-hour “Classical Conversations” discussion with the symphony’s conductor, Kevin Rhodes. After the concert the audience is invited to an opening night champagne reception in the Mahogany Room, where they can meet Rhodes, Serkin and the rest of the musicians.

Tickets range from $22 to $65 and are available at the Springfield Symphony Box Office, 1350 Main St., Springfield, by phone at 733-2291 or online at www.SpringfieldSymphony.org.

Flamenco in Noho

Flamenco Guitarist Juanito Pascual will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South St., Northampton.

Pascual is internationally recognized as a unique and creative talent whom critics have called “one of the hottest flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years.” Accompanying Pascual are Barbara Martinez, flamenco singer and dancer; bassist Brad Barrett; and percussionist Jerry Leake.

Tickets cost $15 and are available in advance at www.nohoarts.org and at the door (cash or check only) starting at 6:30 p.m.

At North Hall Festival

The North Hall Arts Festival will close its season Sunday at 4 p.m. with a classical music tribute in honor of the late David A. Pardoe, a former board member.

On the program: The Jade Quartet, The Trout Quintet and Dvorak’s Dumky Piano Trio.

There will be a meet-the-musicians reception with refreshments following the concert.

Tickets cost $15; free for students. The festival is located at 40 Searle Road, Huntington. For information, call 667-5543 or visit www.northhallhuntington.org.

Social commentary

“Visions of Paper,” an exhibit of work by printmaker Juan R. Fuentes, will open with a reception Oct. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. and will remain on view through Oct. 25 at the Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass.

Fuentes was born in Artesia, Mexico, one of 11 children. He was influenced by the Social Realist tradition of Latin American printmaking and credits the turbulent times of the 1970s for setting the tone of his socially charged work.

“The Chicano, African American, Middle East, Asian and Native American struggles for equality, peace and justice helped shape a consistent theme and source for my art,” he writes in an artist’s statement.

The exhibit is free to the public. For information, call 545-5177.

Take a look

“A Closer Look,” an exhibit of new paintings by Guru Karam Khalsa, will open with a reception Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Oct. 27 at Gallery A3, 28 Amity St., Amherst.

Khalsa explores the theme of birds and nature but is also experimenting with approaches to painting. Each painting has a unique feeling. They are based on observation but are not always realistic.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m. For information call 256-4250.

At the Trailside

“Principles and Pathways,” paintings by Martin Bridge, will be on view through Oct. 6 at the Trailside Gallery, 14 Strong Ave., Northampton.

Bridge is an artist and teacher who lives in Chesterfield. He is inspired, he says, by the natural world and uses a variety of mediums to inspire viewers to work toward a balanced way of relating to the ecosystems that sustain us.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 478-3137.

Music at UMass

UMass faculty members John Bottomley, tuba, and Nikki Stoia, piano, will perform Friday at 8 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall.

∎ “Jazz Ensemble I & Chapel Jazz Ensemble” will be presented Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus.

The concert is directed by Jeffery W. Holmes, Felipe Salles, and Tom Giampietro and will feature guest artist Dave Liebman, a multiple Grammy nominee, on the saxophone.

Tickets for both concerts cost $10; $5 for students, seniors and children under 18; $3 for UMass students. To reserve, visit www.umasstix.com/musicanddance or call the UMass Fine Arts Center box office at 545-2511.

∎ A Trombone Choir concert will be presented Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall at UMass.

On the program: music for large and small ensembles.

Free. For information, call 545-0018.

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