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Music

 New Salem resident Steven Schoenberg, a composer and improvisational pianist.

Sounds Local: Ho, Ho, Ho ... time for some music!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s that time of year again and nothing can get you in the holiday spirit like Christmas music. And I’m not talking about the endless stream of Christmas songs that blare out of store speakers this time of year, I’m talking about live performances by an assortment of stellar local talent. There are a variety of holiday-themed shows happening in the upcoming weeks and they range from the silly to the sublime to sing-alongs. Some of these shows have companion CDs that you might want to consider as holiday gifts or as welcomed additions to your own collections. So, read on for … 0

Sounds Local: ‘Shine on you crazy diamond’

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

“Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun. Shine on you crazy diamond. Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky. Shine on you crazy diamond.” — Pink Floyd Pink Floyd is one of the most influential and popular bands in rock history. The British group, … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: ‘For Cynthia’ honors a slain Ashfield journalist

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

“I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.” — Henry Luce I have just listened to Tony Jillson’s recent CD, “For Cynthia.” It is a set of eight instrumental works featuring Daniel Plane on cello, Kelly Halloran and Joe Jewett on violins and Jillson himself … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Do not fear the trombone

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

“I don’t know why but the trombone makes me very uncomfortable.” — Sigmund Freud, father of psychology A close encounter of the trombone kind is in the offing as the opening concert of the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s season … 0

Trailer Park: smokey, saucy & spicy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tom Mahnken remembers the first show he and his four buddies performed as Trailer Park in April 1994 at the Iron Horse in Northampton. “We were fair, at best,” said Mahnken. “But we had energy and that very … 0

Sounds Local: Hitting the front burner

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tin Pan Valley Trio. You have to admit it’s a clever band name and one that is easy to remember. Musicians Lenny Zarcone and Bill Shontz came up with the name when they were talking about forming a … 0

Sounds Local: June & the Bee

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The past month was a busy one for CD releases and there are more on the horizon. This week sees the release of the debut recording by the folk pop band June & the Bee, an Amherst-based quintet … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Brick Church Music series returns

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The cello is a hero because of its register — its tenor voice. It is a masculine instrument, whereas the violin is feminine because of its soprano pitch. When the cello enters in the Dvorak Concerto, it is … 0

Sounds Local: Parsonsfield at the Shea Friday

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It’s a Wednesday afternoon and The five members of Parsonsfield are on their way to Nashville to take part in AmericanaFest 2014, a week-long celebration of American roots music that features showcases at clubs around the city. They … 0

Sounds Local: New music worth listening to

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall is here and with it comes the release of some new CDs, the first of many that will be arriving in the months ahead. That’s right CDs, compact discs. They have not completely gone the way of … 0

Movie Times: July 17-23

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Editor’s Note: The movie listing deadline is the Tuesday before publication, by 3 p.m. Features@recorder.com or fax to 774-5020. Questions? Call Adam Orth at 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Please note, these listings are based on information sent us by the theaters. Double checking a theater’s website beforehand will help … 0

Sounds Local: The Gas Light Tinkers — fusion that gets you moving

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Gaslight Tinkers hadn’t even taken the stage and the dance floor was already filling up, a sure sign that this crowd was familiar with the band and its danceable grooves. The group, which consists of Peter Siegel … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Ancient music rocks ... who knew?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

“As poetry is the harmony of words, so music is that of notes; and as poetry is a rise above prose and oratory, so is music the exaltation of poetry.” — Henry Purcell, considered England’s first great composer … 0