Mon. Feb 6th, 2023

As John Montanari sees it, the classical music discipline nowadays is awash with expertise, filled with artists who “are so good, versatile and simply damned good that they’ll pull off nearly something,” as he famous in a current e-mail.

Montanari, the creative director of Valley Classical Concert events (VCC), was referring partially to a live performance the group produced final spring, when the pianist in a chamber music ensemble, The Lysander Trio, fell sick just a few days earlier than the present. Her substitute, Montanari famous, stepped in and did the present with out lacking a beat.

Now VCC has produced a brand new chamber music live performance that’s additionally counting on a substitute musician — however Montanari’s assured this live performance will probably be and not using a hitch as effectively. It takes place Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. on the Bombyx Heart for Arts & Fairness in Florence and options pianist Orion Weiss, violinist William Hagen and cellist Nicholas ​​​​​​Canelkakis.

All three musicians, who will play picks by Dvorak, Haydn and Mendelssohn, have in depth expertise performing with a variety of orchestras, chamber ensembles, and different teams. They’ve additionally racked up many accolades: As an example, the Dallas Morning Information wrote about Hagen, who’s 30, “Even in an age when good younger violinists appear to develop on bushes, Hagen … is a standout.”

Hagen and Weiss additionally regularly carry out as featured soloists. Canellakis, whose taking part in the New York Instances has referred to as “impassioned,” is the late addition to the Jan. 15 present at Bombyx, changing Romanian cellist Andrei Ionita, who was unable to make the gig.

Montanari, the previous classical music director at what’s now New England Public Media, says he’s unsure why Ionita can’t carry out. However he’s completely satisfied to see the music go ahead: He notes that VCC initially deliberate to supply this live performance three years in the past however needed to cancel it due to the pandemic.


The Drake in Amherst will even function classical music in an upcoming present, this one by school members from the College of Massachusetts Amherst. It’s the primary efficiency in a collection of chamber music live shows on the downtown venue that may lengthen into spring.

The collection, offered by Amherst’s Enterprise Enchancment District (BID), begins Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. and can function Bandwidth, a quintet made up of Romie de Guise-Langlois (clarinet), Cobus du Toit (flute), Jonathan Hulting-Cohen (saxophone), Joshua Michal (French horn) and Rémy Taghavi (bassoon).

That the 5 are in a position to get collectively to play is not any small feat, given their instructing duties and busy schedules gigging with a spread of musical teams in New England and additional afield. Du Toit, as an illustration, a local of South Africa, has carried out in Russia, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Australia, Norway and France along with the U.S.

In response to program notes, Bandwidth performs, and likewise has additionally commissioned, music by various up to date composers resembling Marcos Balter, a extremely acclaimed Brazilian author. Additionally they cowl work by composers resembling Charles Loeffler, a German-American musician of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Becoming a member of the group on the Jan. 22 present will probably be visitor artist Kemp Jernigan, from the New York Metropolis space, on oboe.


The phrase “Will it play in Peoria?” has been round for the reason that vaudeville period, when it grew to become a means of asking if an inventive occasion or concept had sufficient attraction for a mainstream viewers — the sort that was assumed to exist on this central Illinois metropolis.

The Approach Down Wanderers, who hail from Peoria, appear to have made the reduce, producing plenty of followers of their hometown, their residence state, and elsewhere throughout the nation and in Nice Britain, maybe as a result of they’ve tapped into traditional American roots music in their very own means.

The five-piece band, which involves The Parlor Room in Northampton Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m., is somewhat robust to categorise. With percussion, mandolin, guitar, keyboards, bass, banjo and fiddle, they appear to straddle a line between indie rock and bluegrass/folks, however pop and jazz are additionally a part of their sound.

Because the Related Press writes, “Someplace on the spectrum between Previous Crow Drugs Present and Mumford and Sons lies the spirited bluegrass-based artistry of The Approach Down Wanderers. It’s joyful, daring and sometimes chic.”

The band is particularly famous for its tight harmonies and songwriting, drawing reward from reviewers with No Melancholy and Rolling Stone Nation specifically. They’ve adopted their 2019 album “Illusions” with the more moderen “Extra Like Tomorrow,” with 10 songs written by lead singers Collin Krause and his brother-in-law, Austin Krause-Thompson.

The album covers a variety of floor, together with Collin Krause’s restoration from alcohol abuse and different laborious classes, nevertheless it concludes with the deceptively titled “Every thing’s Made Out of Sand,” a jaunty old-time flavored tune recorded stay within the studio that just about celebrates 5 guys having enjoyable making music round a single mic.

Extra music on faucet

Amherst native Mtali Banda and his band deliver their mixture of jazz, funk, soul, R&B and extra to The Parlor Room Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The present will probably be a tribute to the late South African anti-apartheid musician Hugh Masekela.

Tem Blessed and Blest Vitality will ship “socially acutely aware” Hip Hop on the Drake Jan. 14 at 8 p.m.

Valley roots musician, ethnomusicologist, and writer Tim Eriksen, who’s at the moment the resident musician at Historic Deerfield, will carry out on the Deerfield Group Heart Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra performs Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Springfield Symphony Corridor to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with performances devoted to Black composers.

The Winter Cajun/Zydeco Pageant, that includes the Again O’ City Cajun Band and Planet Zydeco, in addition to dance classes in each genres, runs from 1 to five p.m., Jan. 15 at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Heart in Greenfield.

Valley Jazz Voices will maintain its annual fundraising live performance Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. within the Blue Room in CitySpace in Easthampton.

Get the Led Out, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, will probably be on the Calvin Theatre Jan. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m.

Wolfman Jack, an ongoing undertaking of various New England musicians who play the songs of the Grateful Lifeless circa 1965 to 1972, will probably be on the Divine Theater at Gateway Metropolis Arts in Holyoke Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.

Mud Bowl Revival brings its mixture of Americana, soul and r&b to the Drake Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Valley soul specialists The Mary Jane Jones will open the present.

Steve Pfarrer will be reached at [email protected]

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