Headliners: Matt Haimovitz, Christopher O’Riley at UMass FAC: Local Vocal Chord Bowl at NHS

Last modified: Thursday, May 08, 2014

Mixing it up

Cello virtuoso (and former Valley resident) Matt Haimovitz has long been a critic of what he calls the artificial and outmoded boundaries that divide classical and popular music, and with the emergence of the iPod generation — a listening public that mixes Mozart with Lady Gaga — he’s serendipitously discovered an audience in synch with his doctrine. Taking its title from media-player terminology, “Shuffle.Play.Listen,” Haimovitz’s new two-disc collaboration with Christopher O’Riley — a classical pianist similarly inclined to genre-jumping — interweaves an arrangement of film composer Bernard Herrmann’s five-part suite for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” with related pieces by Igor Stravinsky, Argentine tango composer Ástor Piazzolla and Czech composers Bohuslav Martinu and Leoš Janáček (disc one), then delves further into the mosaical (disc two) with a series of arrangements of works by various outre rock artists (Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Cocteau Twins) to create “a wonderfully diverse musical experience performed by two incredibly complex artists” (All Things Strings).

On Monday Haimovitz and O’Riley bring their Shuffle.Play.Listen tour to the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall for a 7:30 p.m. show. The first half of the concert is pre-arranged; the second half will be programmed from the stage to allow the players to share contexts and permit the music to flow seamlessly from one genre to the next.

$15, $30, $40 general; $10 Five College, GCC, STCC students and youth 17 and under. There is a pre-concert talk with NEPR afternoon classical music host Walter Carroll at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club. 545-251, fineartscenter.com

A cappella encore

A spinoff of the Northampton Arts Council’s wildly popular Silver Chord Bowl (with permission to pilfer part of its name formally granted by NAC years ago), the Local Vocal Chord Bowl annually brings together high school, college and independent a cappella groups for a concert to benefit a local nonprofit community organization. On Saturday look for Green Street Brew, the Amherst High School Chorale (both winners in WGBY’s Together in Song showcase), the Northamptones (pictured), the Amherst College Zumbyes, the UMASS Wicked Pitch and the Smith College Smithereens, among others, to gather in Northampton High School auditorium for a show 100 percent of whose proceeds will go to the Hatfield-based Mustard Seed Missions to fund efforts to provide free medical care and practical help with water and education in remote villages in Haiti. Your host for the evening is Peter Bigwood of The Dadz, a local quartet of professional men (two lawyers, a financial adviser and a businessman) offering “rock for the (middle) ages.”

7 p.m. Advance tickerts are $10 general, $6 students and children and are available at State Street Fruit in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence and A.J. Hastings in Amherst. Tickets at the door are $2 additional.

— Dan DeNicola


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