Tuned in by Ken Maiuri

  • Parker String Quartet LUKE RATRAY PHOTOGRAPHY 2017

  • Mal Devisa

  • Diana Alvarez.  Photo by Yasmina Mattison

  • Quebe Sisters 

Published: 8/9/2018 4:20:06 PM

“Fiercely committed,” “pinpoint precision,” “intense,” “extraordinary grace and flexibility” — these raves aren’t commenting on Olympic athletes but the Grammy-winning classical group The Parker Quartet

The Boston-based string ensemble plays the next “Watermelon Wednesdays” concert, held at the West Whately Chapel on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Violinists Daniel Chong and Ken Hamao, violist Jessica Bodner and cellist Kee-Hyun Kim are the acclaimed foursome, known for virtuosity and dynamic performances since their start in 2002.

Their concert will include Janáček’s Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata;” Kurtag’s Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervanksky, Op. 28; and Beethoven’s Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, “Razumovsky.”

If you’ve never seen one of the West Whately Chapel shows, the acoustics of the cozy room, built in 1896, are perfect for unplugged ensembles like the Parker Quartet, where every gorgeous held note or percussive scrape of the bow can be heard.

The yearly summer series has been going strong since 2000, and gets its name from the intermission snack. Concertgoers filter outside to breathe the dusky country air, see the bats fly out from the rafters and have a healthy slice of watermelon. 

Mal Devisa (aka bassist/vocalist/songwriter Deja Carr, pictured above) teams up with Topsy (aka Hannah Mohan, lead vocalist/songwriter/guitarist of And The Kids) for a FREE show on the Hampshire County Courthouse lawn on Friday, today, at 5:30 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards had his big hit in 1971 with “Sunshine,” but he’s been a touring road warrior ever since. He appears at the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Friday, today, at 7:30 p.m.

Local blues/soul octet The Mary Jane Jones teams up with Providence soul/groove band Boo City at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton on Friday, today, at 9 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert made a name for himself at Boston folk music open mics, impressing folks like Shawn Colvin (who invited him to open for her on the road) and later George Carlin (who also had him along as a regular opening act). “Vance has soul to the bone,” said one fan. He can slam your funny bone with one tune and then turn around and make you cry with something like “Unfamiliar Moon.” Gilbert returns to The Iron Horse in Northampton on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Diana Alvarez — Xicana singer-songwriter, poet, composer, and documentary filmmaker — shares a bill with the Pamela Means Band at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Kris Delmhorst, singer/songwriter and longtime Signature Sounds recording artist, plays Energy Park in Greenfield on Sunday at 6 p.m. The folks in charge of the Sundays In the Park summer concert series say lawn chairs and picnics are welcome.

Tim Eriksen — frontman of Cordelia’s Dad and “one of the best singers in music” according to producer T Bone Burnett — is joined by musical friends for a lawn concert outside the Forbes Library in Northampton on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The show is FREE. “Bring a picnic, bring a blanket, bring the kids!” And if thunderstorms threaten to soak the fun, the concert will move indoors to the Coolidge Museum on the library’s second floor.

Texas swing trio and Grand Ole Opry faves The Quebe Sisters (at right) play The Iron Horse on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Local singer/songwriter Eric Lee starts off the night.

Singer/songwriter Mitski took the indie world by storm with her album “Puberty 2,” and she’ll take the stage at Gateway City Arts on Thursday at 8 p.m., on the eve of the release of her new record “Be the Cowboy.” Sidney Gish is the opening act.



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