Thursday May 16, 2013

Music and pizza served at West Townshend Country Store

WEST TOWNSHEND -- On Friday, there will be pizza and a concert at the West Townshend Country Store. The outdoor bake oven will be fired up and ready for baking at 5:30 pm. For $10, build your own pizza from a variety of delicious toppings and watch while it bakes.

At 7:30 p.m., the music begins. Singer-songwriter Doug Johnson returns to the West Townshend Store, accompanied by local guitarist Joe Chagnon.

Keene Cheshiremen celebrate ‘The Magic of Barbershop’

SWANZEY, N.H. -- The Keene Cheshiremen’s 61st annual spring show, "The Magic of Barbershop," is coming to Monadnock Regional High School on Saturday at 7 p.m.

In addition to the music of the chorus, audiences will enjoy the harmony of quartets including the Northeastern District Competition winner On Air, all followed by an afterglow with refreshments and more songs.

Tickets are $15, $12 in advance, available at the door or in advance at Your Kitchen Store, Toadstool Books and Hannaford in Keene.

For information or tickets, visit www.cheshiremen.org or call 877-312-7467.

PVSO offers ‘Mozart and Mahler at the Movies’

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- The Pioneer Valley Symphony & Chorus presents "Mozart and Mahler at the Movies" on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at Greenfield High School, Lennox Avenue.

The program features Mozart’s "Marriage of Figaro Overture" and "Vesperae solenne de confessore" and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors/students and $6 for children under 18, available at www.pvso.org, at 413-773-3664, or at the door.

Tickets are also available at World Eye Books in Greenfield, Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls, Amherst Books in Amherst and Broadside Books in Northampton.

West Dummerston lawn concert features classic country

WEST DUMMERSTON -- GinMillBill will sing and play guitars for a classic country and lawn concert on Saturday, May 25, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St.

Chairs are provided or bring your own lawn chair. All donations go to the Community Center heating and maintenance fund.

For information, call 802-254-9212.

Valley Classics series honors Benjamin Britten

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Valley Classics concludes its 2013 Spring Series at the Arts Block on Sunday, May 26, at 3 p.m., with a concert commemorating the centennial of the birth of Benjamin Britten.

What is unusual about this program is that it contains no music by Britten himself. Instead, it focuses on his predecessors and contemporaries.

Edward Elgar was the first important English composer since the death of Henry Purcell 200 years earlier. Frank Bridge was Britten’s role model and most influential composition teacher. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Britten’s rival claimant for the title of Great English Twentieth Century Composer, wrote in an impressionistic pastoral idiom very different from Britten’s more astringent style. In the year of Britten’s birth, Australian-born Percy Grainger had been living in London for more than a decade; his modernist experiments with British folk material influenced Britten’s own folksong settings. All these composers contributed to the astonishing renaissance of English concert music in our time.

Tickets for "The Touches of Sweet Harmony" are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. They may be purchased at the door or online at theartsblock.com.

The musicians include Gregory Hayes (piano), Rebecca Hartka (cello), Colleen Jennings (violin), Scott Slapin (viola) and Tanya Solomon (viola),