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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • PHOTO COUTESY OF JAZZ SHARES<br/>Angelica Sanchez
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE<br/>Opus One

Jazz Shares

Pianist Angelica Sanchez and guitarist Omar Tamez will perform in the Pioneer Valley’s Jazz Shares first concert on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the United Congregational Church in Holyoke.

Sanchez is a member of Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet and his big band, Organic, Chad Taylor’s Circle Down with Chris Lightcap, Harris Eisenstadt’s September Trio with Ellery Eskelin and Kevin Norton’s Bauhaus Quintet, all in New York City. She also leads her own quintet featuring Marc Ducret, Tony Malaby, Drew Gress and Tom Rainey. Her debut solo album, “A Little House,” was released in 2010.

Tamez is one of the premier guitar players of Mexico. For more than 15 years, he has led the group NonJazz, and is the founder, producer and artistic director of the “International Musicians Meeting,” an annual festival in his native Monterrey.

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concerts are produced by a group of music lovers whose members have purchased shares to provide the capital needed to produce concerts with minimal institutional support. Shares and single tickets ($15) are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door.

Fundraiser

“The Brick Church” Music Series presents its second concert of the season Sunday at 3 p.m. at the First Church of Deerfield, featuring performances by New York artist Irwin Reese (tenor) and Julia Bady (piano) of Greenfield.

Reese performed in the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera Company for 23 years. She has also performed in national and international tours of “Porgy and Bess.”

Bady, a concert pianist and piano teacher, performs solo piano and chamber music throughout New York and New England.

The event is a fundraiser for the church with a suggested donation of $10 at the door. There will be a reception following the concert. For information call 774-2657.

Music at UMass

The Opus One Chamber Orchestra will perform Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bezanson Recital Hall. The program features music from Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 9 and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade.

∎ A concert by the Infinity Brass Ensemble will be presented Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. at the Bezanson Recital Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. On the program will be performances by Eric Berlin, Seven Bailey and Steve Felix (trumpet), Laura Klock (horn), Greg Spiridopoulos (trombone) and John Bottomley (tuba).

Tickets for both concerts are available online at www.umasstix.com/musicanddance or at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 545-2511. Tickets are $3 for UMass Amherst students, $5 for other students, senior citizens, and children under 18 years of age, $10 for the general public.

BSO on radio

This season’s Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts can be heard from 1 to 3 p.m. on 8.85FM-WFCR during the station’s Sunday classical music line up.

On the program Sunday are pianist Nikolai Lugansky and conductor Charles Dutoit.

Lugansky is a soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Dutoit conducts “Fanfares and Symphonic Fragments” from Debussy’s “The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian” and Martin’s “Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments.”

On Nov. 11: Opera at the BSO: Soprano Olga Peretyatko sings the title role in Stravinsky’s “The Nightingale,” half of an operatic double bill that also includes Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les sortilèges,” conducted by Dutoit.

On Nov. 18: Britten & Dvorák: Gil Shaham is the soloist in Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto and Juanjo Meno conducts the American premiere of “Circle Map” (a BSO co-commission) and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7.

On Nov. 25: Guerro conducts Sierra, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev: Conductor Giancarlo Guerro leads the BSO in Roberto Sierra’s “Fandangos,” Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist Daniil Trifonov, and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5.

On Dec. 2: Soprano Dawn Upshaw is the soloist in Sibelius’ “Luonnotar,” conducted by Thomas Adés, who also leads his own “In Seven Days” and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1, both with piano soloist Kirill Gerstein, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 6.

On Dec. 9: Christian Zacharias is the soloist and conductor in a program that includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 76, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 18 and the ballet score for Beethoven’s “The Creatures of Prometheus.”

For information, call 545-0100 or visit nepr.net.

Amherst author

The Florida Publishers Association has announced that Amherst author Richard Ellis’ book, “Blinding Pain, Simple Truth: Changing Your Life Through Buddhist Meditation,” has been awarded the silver medal in the self-help category of the 2012 FPA President’s Books Awards.

“Blinding Pain, Simple Truth” tells the story of how Ellis transformed the pain and suffering caused by chronic headaches into healing and peace using Buddhist mindfulness meditation. The book is available in soft cover and as both a Kindle and a Nook eBook.

Music at UMass

A concert by the Infinity Brass Ensemble will be presented Nov. 7 at 8:15 p.m. at the Bezanson Recital Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. On the program will be performances by Eric Berlin, Seven Bailey and Steve Felix (trumpet), Laura Klock (horn), Greg Spiridopoulos (trombone) and John Bottomley (tuba).

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