Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Last modified: Friday, July 12, 2013

Piano sonatas

Canadian pianist Alan Fraser will present a solo recital Sunday at 4 p.m. in Earle Recital Hall, in Sage Hall on the Smith College campus in Northampton.

On the program: “Rachmaninoff Revisited” features both of the piano sonatas written by Rachmaninoff: No 1 in D minor and No. 2 in B flat minor.

The recital will kick off Fraser’s Piano Institute, which will be held the week of July 7 at the College. Fraser who is now based in Serbia, will be in residence at the college, teaching adult pianists from around the U.S. and Canada.

Using the neuromuscular reeducation method of Moshe Feldenkrais, he unlocks the hand’s innate structure and potency at the keyboard. He finds that improving the physical relationship to the instrument gives a musician greater contact with their essential artistic self.

In addition to performing and teaching Fraser writes about his approach to piano technique and has published three major volumes on the subject.

Admission to the recital is $10 at the door.

At Gallery A3

“Line | Edge,” an exhibit by eight artists, will be on display Friday through July 27 at Gallery A3, 28 Amity St., Amherst. There will be a reception July 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Marianne Connolly, Helena Dooley, Constance Hamilton, Keith Hollingworth, Margaret Jean, Sue Katz, Tom Morton and Janet Walerstein Winston explore the use of line and creation of edges through multiple methods, including photography, oil and pastel on paper, and aquatint and pen.

Hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m.

For information, call 256-4250 or visit

At Porter-Phelps

The duo 22 Srutis, Scott Halligan, cello, and Robert Markey, sitar, will perform Saturday at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley. The duo uses modal improvisation to explore the convergence of world music traditions.

Halligan studied classical, jazz and North Indian music at the New England Conservatory. Markey studied classical and blues guitar, then sitar in Boston and India.

The concert is part of the museum’s A Perfect Spot of Tea series, which continues every Saturday through Aug. 31 at the museum, 130 River Drive, Hadley. Guests are invited to drink Earl Grey tea, sample pastries and enjoy live music on the museum’s back veranda.

Seatings are at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $10. For information, call 584-4699, or visit

∎ Also at the museum, on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Sunken Garden, the Wednesday Folk Traditions series continues with the fourth annual performance by the Horace Clarence Boyer Gospel, featuring the newly formed Amherst Area Gospel Choir.

Admission is $10; $2 for children 16 and under. On Wednesday Folk Traditions days, picnickers are welcome on the museum grounds, beginning at 5 p.m.

Music at Old Deerfield

The Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert Series will present a performance by Lisa Woods, mezzo-soprano, and Teri LaFleur, soprano, accompanied by Jerry Noble, piano, Sunday at 3 p.m. in the music room of Memorial Hall Museum, 8 Memorial St., Old Deerfield.

The first half of the concert will include works by Offenbach, Strauss, Mozart and Rossini. The second half is a collection of recent show tunes.

Admission costs $10; $5 for students and seniors.

For information, call Memorial Hall Museum at 774-3768, ext. 10.

Jazz in July

Students participating in the Jazz in July program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will perform Wednesday and July 17 at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Brewing Company, 10 University Drive, Amherst.

Jazz in July faculty concerts will take place June 11 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bezanson Recital Hall on the UMass campus.

A day-long Jazz Futures program features performances by students July 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bezanson Recital Hall. These performances feature the latest graduating classes of the Jazz in July program.

For information including concert lineups and faculty bios, visit

For tickets, call 545-2511, visit, or purchase at the door the night of performance.

On the silly side

“Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art & Whimsy by Mo Willems” will be on view through Feb. 23 at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst.

Willems has created more than 40 books for children, and is a winner of multiple Caldecott Honors, Geisel Medals and Geisel Honors. This exhibit features almost 100 examples of his works, including the characters Knuffle Bunny, Elephant, Piggie and Pigeon, among others.

Preliminary drawings showcase Willems’ process, while other, finished illustrations display his full talent. Works by artists who influenced Willems will also be on display, including art by Charles M. Schulz, William Steig and Saul Steinberg.

For information, call 658-1100 or visit

At Chester Theatre

“Tryst,” a psychological thriller by English playwright Karoline Leach, and directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer, will be presented July 11-21 at the Chester Theatre, Chester Town Hall.

The scene is London in the first decade of the 20th century. A con man, going by the name of George Love (Justin Campbell), courts women, marries them and steals their money. His newest target is Adelaide Pinchin (Allison McLemore), who seems to affect him differently. Nothing goes as planned in this suspenseful romance.

Tickets are available at CTC’s website, or by phone at 800-595-4TIX.

On the radio

New England Public Radio will present live broadcasts from Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sundays (July 7-Aug. 25) from 2-5 p.m. on 88.5 FM, beginning Sunday with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhard, conductor, with special guest Vince Gill

July 14: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor; Lynn Harrell, cello. Stravinsky’s Suite from “Pulcinella”; Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8

July 21: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman, conductor, violin and viola; Elizabeth Rowe, flute; John Ferrillo, oboe; Thomas Rolfs, trumpet; Malcolm Lowe, violin; Amanda Forsyth, cello. Vivaldi’s Four Concertos; Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

July 28: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor; Garrick Ohlsson, piano. Dvorák’s “Carnival Overture”; Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3; Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

Coming up in August:

Aug. 4: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit, conductor; Yo-Yo Ma, cello. Stravinsky’s Fireworks; Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B minor; Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”

Aug. 11: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Christian Zacharias, conductor and piano. All-Beethoven: “Coriolan” Overture; Piano Concerto No. 2; Symphony No 6, “Pastoral”

Aug. 18: Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor; Emanuel Ax piano. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, “Jeunehomme”; Mahler’s Symphony No 1, “Titan”

Aug. 25: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, conductor; Erin Wall, soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Kaiser, tenor; John Relyea, bass-baritone, Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

For information, visit

Ko Festival

The Ko Festival of Performance returns to Amherst College for its 22nd season, this year with the theme of courage. The festival begins with “Just Kids,” Friday through Sunday at the Holden Experimental Theater, 200 South Pleasant St. in Amherst. Additional performances will take place each weekend though Aug. 4.

The festival continues with “Spaceman” (July 12-14), a brave and funny play about a courageous woman’s one-way solo journey to Mars; “The Burnin’ ” (July 19-21), an a cappella musical inspired by famous club fires; “Conversations with my Molester: A Journey of Faith” (July 26-28), a true journey of faith about recovery from abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest; and “Meditations From A Garden Seat” (Aug. 2-4), a dance/theater hybrid on the healing power of gardens.

Special programs include “Taliesin” (July 14 at on the Amherst College Observatory Lawn, off Snell Street), based on a medieval Welsh tale of sorcery and intrigue, with live music, puppets and movement; and the KoFest Story Slam & Party (July 28), first-person true stories told live, without notes.

All Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m., at Holden Theater, unless listed otherwise. Tickets cost $20; $16 for students and seniors, unless otherwise mentioned at

The five weekends of theatrical performance also include three, six-day theater workshops, including shadow puppetry, beginning July 15; generating new material, beginning July 22; and theater of place, beginning July 29. Workshops are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call 427-6147 or visit For tickets, call 542-3750.


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