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Weekend planner: Kids

The legend of Johnny Appleseed tells of a man from Massachusetts who planted apple trees all the way to California. But Johnny Appleseed was a real person, known as John Chapman. In her book, “Johnny Appleseed,: The Legend and the Truth,” local children’s book writer Jane Yolen sets out to tell the whole story of the individual who changed the landscape of America, detailing his growing desire to travel west, his love of nature and his encounters with Native Americans and settlers. The book is illuminated by paintings by award-winning artist Jim Burke.

Now Smith College composer/pianist Clifton J. Noble has written a musical score for the text, which he’ll perform Saturday to accompany a live reading by Yolen at a free children’s concert set in Smith’s Sweeney Concert Hall. The concert will also feature music by the Celtic ensemble Blacksheep, including flutist Ellen Redman, violinists Marsha Harbison and Joel Pitchon, cellist Volcy Pelletier and Kevin Fontaine on banjo.

11 a.m. Sweeney Concert Hall is in Sage Hall on Green Street in Northampton.

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