Thursday January 24, 2013

Butterfly Swing Band plays at Putney Inn

PUTNEY -- The Butterfly Swing Band performs at The Putney Inn on Friday, from 7 to 11 p.m. There is no cover.

Playing hot classic swing grooves from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s, The Butterfly Swing Band features Joe LoMonaco percussion, Scott Sizer on trumpet, harmonica and vocals, Mark Anagnostopulos on guitar and vocals, and for Friday, Jim Kurty on clarinet, sax and vocals and Andrew Lohse on upright bass. Bring your dancin’ shoes.

For information, call 802-345-3769.

Amandla Chorus celebrates 25th anniversary

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- The Amandla Chorus is going strong, 25 years after forming as a group of anti-apartheid activists. An anniversary concert on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church, will feature joyful and justice-oriented songs from around the world.

In addition to songs in Zulu, French, Xhosa, Spanish, Vietnamese, Latin and English, the concert will showcase a solo by a young Zimbabwean singer. Natalia Gutsa, 20, a chorus member and student at Greenfield Community College, who will sing the hauntingly beautiful South African song "Senzenina," which poses the question: "What is our crime?" Following the official end of apartheid, the song’s lyrics have been updated to reflect a new, more hopeful era.

To celebrate its mission of bringing hands-on activism into the community, partial proceeds from the concert will support a new music program at Holyoke Rehabilitation Center, where Amandla singers lead workshops in that facility’s head injury unit.

Amandla, made up of 40 men and women ages 14-81, will be joined in the Jan. 27 concert by members of Song Squad, an all-ages chorus that includes children as young as 3.

Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors, available at World Eye Bookshop, 158 Main St., and at the door. The concert is free for children 10 and under. For more information, visit www.amandlachorus.org.

Pioneer Valley Symphony presents ‘Made in America’

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- The Pioneer Valley Symphony & Chorus presents a concert titled "Made in America" on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m., at Greenfield High School.

The program features the Philip Glass Violin concerto with soloist Johnny Gandelsman; Gershwin’s "American in Paris," Copland’s "Red Pony" and John Williams’ "Schindler’s List."

Tickets ($20 for adults, $17 for seniors and students and $6 children under 18) are available at www.pvso.org, 413-773-3664 or at the door. Tickets also at World Eye Books in Greenfield, Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls, Amherst Books in Amherst and Broadside Books in Northampton.