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Keeping Tabs on the Arts


    "Blue Water" by Eileen Jager

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF WMAIA<br/>A house design by Burr and McCallum

    A house design by Burr and McCallum

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF WMAIA<br/>A house design by Burr and McCallum

Open studios

The “2012 Cottage Street Open Studios and Sales,” presented Friday, Saturday and Sunday at One Cottage Street in Easthampton, will feature artwork and holiday gifts, including photography, furniture, paintings, mosaics, sculpture, glass, ceramics, lighting and jewelry by nationally and internationally known artists.

Eileen Jager, who was recently awarded a commission to create an installation for the new Easthampton Savings Bank Loan and Banking Center, will feature her signature glass mosaic art, while Susan Pecora will display her popular watercolors of quintessential New England scenes and artists from Riverside Industries will show their work.

Visiting textile artist Lisa Bertoldi will offer kitchen towels, handwoven from Swedish yarns on a Swedish Glimakra loom, while a second visiting textile artist, Scott Norris, will display kitchen linens, including his specialty: handwoven, hand-dyed table clothes.

Easthampton’s Popcorn Noir will offer lunch items and other treats for sale on Saturday and Sunday.

Hours are Friday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Directions and additional information is available at www.cottagestreetstudios.com. The venue is handicapped accessible.

Local architecture

“Be Local, Build Local,” an architectural exhibit, will be on view Dec. 4-15 at the A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St. in Northampton.

The show which has been coordinated by the Western Massachusetts chapter of the American Institute of Architects, highlights the work of area architects who, through thoughtful, conscientious and elegant design, contribute to the quality of life throughout the Valley and beyond. The projects on display are part of the WMAIA’s Biannual Design Awards program and have been selected from the entries to that awards program because of their focus on some aspect of local design.

The public is invited to attend the exhibit and to cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award for the project that most embodies the title of the exhibit.

The show culminates with a reception on Dec. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m., when the award will be presented.

For information, visit www.wmaia.org.

30-year achievement

The Heart of the Valley Chorus, a women’s barbershop a cappella chorus based in Northampton, but with members from across the Valley, was awarded its 30-year certificate recently by Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing barbershop, according to information provided by the group.

The local chorus, which began three decades ago in Greenfield as the Mount Sugarloaf Chorus, has members ranging in age from 22 to 75. The group moved its rehearsals 10 years ago to the JFK Middle School in Florence. At that time, the name was changed to Heart of the Valley Chorus.

The group rehearses on Wednesdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. New members are welcome. For information, visit www.heartofthevalleychorus.org.

Music at UMass

“Euridice Ensembles” will be presented Friday at 8 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The performance, directed by Robert Eisenstein, will feature early music with a Baroque chamber orchestra of strings and winds.

∎ A collaborative piano and voice master class with guest artist Joshua Greene, will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall.

Greene is the assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where he assisted pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim with a production of “Tristan und Isolde” and Met conductor James Levine with “Orfeo ed Euridice,” “The Magic Flute,” “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” and “Falstaff.”

As the former music director of the New York City Opera National Company, Greene conducted over 30 performances of “La Traviata” in the United States and Canada. A noted recital accompanist, he has performed with singers such as Jerry Hadley, Jane Bunnell, Joyce Guyer, Carolyn James and James Morris.

The masterclass is part of a guest artist residency, hosted by UMass professors Nadine Shank (piano coordinator) and William Hite (voice area coordinator).

Both of the above programs are free. For information on these events, call 545-0018.

∎ A Vocal Ensemble concert will be presented Monday at 8 p.m. at Bezanson Recital Hall. On the program: Paris Rutherford’s re-harmonized arrangement of Livingston/Evans’ a cappella ballad “Never Let Me Go” plus arrangements by Jensen-Hole and others.

∎ The Symphony Band & Percussion Ensemble will perform Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. On the program: Persichetti’s Symphony No. 6, Edwin Eugene Bagley’s “National Emblem,” Bob Margolis’ “Color” and other classical and contemporary music for winds and percussion.

∎ On Dec. 6 at 8 p.m., in Bowker Auditorium, the Chapel Jazz & Jazz Lab Ensembles will perform.

Tickets for the above two concerts cost $10; $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, seniors and children under 18. To reserve, call 545-2511 or visit www.umasstix.com/musicanddance.

UMass Music, off-campus

The Choral Ensembles of UMass Amherst (University Chorale, Women’s Choir and Recital Choir) will perform Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 165 Main St., Amherst.

On the program: Eric Whitacre’s “The Seal Lullaby,” Morten Lauridsen’s “Dirait-on,” Michael Praetorius’ “Jubilate Deo” and “Psallite, unigenito,” Barbara Baker’s “The Storm is Passing Over,” Andrea Ramsey’s “Heaven Unfolding” and other selections. Free. For information, call 545-0018.

Home for the ‘Follidays’

The Springfield Symphony Christmas Concert “Home for the Follidays” will be presented Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Springfield Symphony Hall.

The production will resemble a show like that presented by Radio City Music Hall or an Andy Williams Christmas TV variety show.

“The concert will be like a musical follies review, so we are calling it ‘Home for the Follidays,’ ” said the symphony’s executive director, Michael Jonnes. “We have a full complement of acts to help the orchestra present our western Massachusetts holiday tradition.”

In addition to the full orchestra, the lineup of performers includes the 100-voice Springfield Symphony Chorus under the direction of Nikki Stoia, the Children’s Chorus of Springfield directed by E. Wayne Abercrombie and the Tap Dancing Santas choreographed by David Michael Bovat, all led by guest conductor Joseph R. Olefirowica, a director of European musical theater.

The performance is family fare and includes music from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” a holiday-music sing-along and a visit from Santa.

Tickets are available online at www.springfieldsymphony.org.

Being Frost

“This Verse Business,” by A.M. Dolan, a play based on the writings and recordings of Robert Frost, will be performed today and Friday at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater on Amherst College campus.

The one-man show performed by Gordon Clapp is being presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Frost Library at the college.

Beginning with the recreation of one of Frost’s lively poetry readings and continuing with a more intimate monologue, “This Verse Business” shows the private faces of the famous poet and one-time Amherst College professor. Free; no reservations required. For information, call 542-2411.

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