Keeping tabs on the arts

Last modified: Tuesday, April 30, 2013


The Hatfield Education Foundation and Hatfield Public Schools will present the musical “Godspell” tonight and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Hatfield Elementary School Auditorium, 33 Main St. in Hatfield. The dates in last week’s Keeping Tabs on the Arts were incorrect.

Tickets, available at the door, cost $10; $8 for students and seniors.

Graceful piggies

Author David Ira and dancers from the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet will come together for a family event today at 2 p.m. at the Forbes Library, 20 West St. in Northampton that combines a reading of Rottenberg’s book “Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig” with a ballet performance. The performance will be followed by a book signing and mini-movement lesson with the ballerinas. The event is free and open to the public. For information contact the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet at 536-6200.

First Generation Benefit Concert

An evening of music, theater and movement-building will be held Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton to benefit First Generation.

First Generation brings together youths ages 15 to 22 for research, self-reflection, artistic training, intergenerational mentoring and dialogue.

The concert will feature Charles Neville, Evelyn Harris, Avery Sharpe, Youssouphia Sidibe, Tony Vacca and Jo Sallins. A meet-the-artists reception will follow from 9 to 11 p.m. at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton.

Tickets cost $15 for general admission, $50 for select seating and attendance at the reception. To reserve, call 584-9032 or visit For more information, visit or call 586-4960.

From shags to riches

“Shed the Shag,” a fundraising fashion show to help fund a renovation of the lobby at the Rand Theater at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (accessible bathrooms, lighting and a box office), will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. in the UMass Fine Arts Center atrium.

Faculty, staff and guest stars will model outfits created by the theater’s costume shop students out of the old orange shag carpet and seat covers of the remodeled theater.

Outfits range from the funny (shag chaps) to the sublime (an evening dress). There also will be a silent auction.

Tickets, at the door only, cost $40; $10 for students. For information, call 545-6808 or visit


The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, at 2 East St. in Southampton is extending its 12th annual “Women in History Month” exhibit until Sunday, when a closing reception will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. The exhibit features photos taken by local women of women around the world. An awards presentation will take place during the closing reception, at 3 p.m. For more information contact the gallery at 529-2635 or at

MHC spring choral concert

The Mount Holyoke College Music Department will present its Annual Spring Choral Concert Saturday at 8 p.m. in Abbey Memorial Chapel on the campus in South Hadley.

The show will feature the Mount Holyoke College Glee Club, Chamber Singers and Chorale, conducted by Lindsay Pope and Amanda Bistolfo (assistant conductor), and will include a broad range of music from traditional Georgian pieces to American classics. Some notable pieces include: “Laudate pueri Dominum,” “Nanie,” “Spruch,” “Triolett.”

The concert is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

Communication through music

Channa Seidenberg, an internationally known composer and music therapist, will host a workshop on musical improvisation titled Awakening Our Listening Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Seidenberg is the co-founder and faculty member of Resonare, a one-year foundation course in music out of anthroposophy, currently in its sixth year at the Harmonia Center for Instrumental and Vocal Music Therapy. She is the founder and director of the Camphill Village Ensemble in Copake, N.Y., and is a co-founder and member of the Board of the Lyre Association of North America.

“In this workshop, we will meet each other through music, conversing through tones and musical phrases rather than words,” Seidenberg said. “The experience of sounding and listening together is a community-building gesture, allowing us to connect with one another in a different way. “

Participants will improvise with metal instruments, open-string instruments and voice. The workshop is open to adults at any level of musical experience; beginners are welcome.

The event will take place at White Barn Studios, 20 Dickinson St. in Amherst and costs $75. To register, visit, or call the Pioneer Valley Muse Group at 549-0997.

Music at UMass

The Symphony Band and Percussion Ensembles will present a concert Friday at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

On the program: “Ionisation for thirteen percussionists” by Edgard Varèse, “The River of Life” (American Songbook I) by George Crumb and music by Claudio Grafulla, Robert Russell Bennett, Jack Stamp and H. Owen Reed.

Tickets cost $10; $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, seniors and children under 18. To reserve, call 545-2511 or visit

∎ “For Voices Only: UMass Chamber Choir Concert” will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Newman Center Chapel on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

On the program: A cappella works by Brahms, Whitacre, di Lasso, Palestrina, Finzi and Bruckner, and arrangements of spirituals by Moses Hogan, Warren Martin and Shaw-Parker.

The program is free; donations accepted to assist in fundraising for the choir’s May tour to Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague.

∎ The UMass Concert Band will perform Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

On the program: “A Bernstein Tribute” arranged by Clare Grundman; “Old Churches” by Michael Colgrass; “Thus do You Fare, My Jesus” by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Alfred Reed; “An American Elegy” by Frank Ticheli,” “Mancini!,” arranged by Stephen Bulla; “Men of Ohio” by Henry Fillmore; and “Sea Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Tickets cost $10; $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, seniors and children under 18. To reserve, call 545-2511 or visit

‘The Servant of Two Masters’

Smith College guest director Vernon Hartman will present his adaptation of “The Servant of Two Masters” at the college in Northampton, beginning Friday and running through April 27.

“The Servant of Two Masters” centers on the perpetually hungry servant, Truffaldino, who simultaneously serves two masters in order to feed himself, resulting in a comical web of confusion and misunderstanding. One of the theater’s most enduring comedies, this classic imbues traditional stock characters with profound human emotions, blending with physical shenanigans to create a memorable theatrical experience.

Hartman has nearly 40 years of experience as a performer, director, producer and administrator. He is the founder and president of Impresario Productions LLC, an independent production company serving all aspects of the arts industry. He has produced and directed opera and musical theater for more than 30 organizations in the United States and Europe.

Performances are Friday and Saturday and April 25 through 27 at 8 p.m. in Theatre 14 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts on the Smith College campus.

Tickets cost $8 adult; $5 for students and seniors($3 for Smith students with Smith ID at the box office only). April 25 is “Dollar Night” for all students. To purchase tickets, visit

EZ Grants

ArtsEZ 2013 Grant Application and Guidelines are available to all artists who are interested in displaying a project in Northampton, Florence or Leeds.

Grant awards, administered by the Northampton Arts Council, are determined by the merit of the proposal and the funds available. This spring the Arts Council will be awarding up to $12,500 in the following categories: dance, film/video, literature, mixed media, music, schools, theater and visual arts.

For information about ArtsEZ2013 and to download the application and guidelines, visit . For questions, send an email or call 587-1269.

Call for artists

The Hosmer Art Gallery at Forbes Library in Northampton is accepting applications through May 3 or from local artists who want to exhibit their work in 2014. All artists from the greater Northampton area are invited to apply. Criteria for review include technical and artistic quality, and presence of a coherent theme. Applications may be picked up at the library or downloaded from For information, visit the site or send an email to


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