Thursday March 14, 2013

Butterfly Swing Band plays at Putney Inn

PUTNEY -- The Butterfly Swing Band plays at the Putney Inn on Saturday, March 16, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Butterfly Swing Band plays hot classic swing grooves from the ‘20’s, ‘30’s and ‘40’s guaranteed to get people schmoozin’ and movin’. The band features Joe LoMonaco on percussion, Scott Sizer on trumpet, harmonica and vocals, Mark Anagnostopulos on guitar and vocals, Walter Slowinski on clarinet, sax and vocals, and for March 15, Andrew Lohse on upright bass.

There is no cover. For information, call 802-387-5517.

Shape note singing is Sunday

BRATTLEBORO -- All are welcome to sing shape note music on Sunday, March 17, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St.

Shape note singing is powerful, a cappella singing in four-part harmony -- joyful, deeply moving, and spiritual. Listeners, beginners and people of all ages are invited to sing. No musical experience is necessary. Music books will be available for loan or purchase. A potluck snack will be shared.

Admission is free.

For more information, contact Dan Hertzler at 802-674-6963 or danhertzler@gmail.com or Matt Wojcik at 802-246-1008 or mwojcik@earthlink.net.

Brattlyn Brothers rock Whetstone Station

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattlyn Brothers perform at the Whetstone Station on Wednesday, March 20, from 9 to11:30 p.m.

The Brattlyn Brothers play classic rock and roll in the style of Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Wilson Pickett and more. The band includes Kevin Parry and Joe Santry on guitars and vocals, Ken Storey on bass and vocals and Richard Mayer on drums, plus special guest Scott Sizer on trumpet and harmonica.

There is no cover charge. For information, call 802-490-2354 or visit www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra goes to the movies

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and "Siegfried’s Funeral March" from Wagner’s "Götterdämmerung" comprise the program for the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s fourth concert of the 74th season "PVS at the Movies" on Saturday, March 16, at Greenfield High School at 7:30 p.m.

Cellist Yahuda Hanani will join the orchestra as soloist for Dvorak. Described as engaging, polished and a consistently expressive artist, Hanani also engages listeners with his weekly radio program on WAMC, "Close Encounters with Music." Hanani has previously performed twice with the Pioneer Valley Symphony under the baton of Nathan Gottschalk.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 has been prominently featured in film scores since 1934, most recently in "The King’s Speech."

Wagner’s own vast tetralogy "The Ring of the Nibelungen" reaches its tragic climax in the final drama when the hero Siegfried is murdered by the villain Hagen during a hunt. As the members of the hunting party lift Siegfried’s body, the orhestra launches into "Siegfried’s Funeral March," one of the Ring’s greatest pieces.

Further information can be found at www.pvso.org.

Valley Classics takes a ‘MUSEical Journey’

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Valley Classics opens its Spring 2013 season at The Arts Block, 289 Main St., on Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m., with "A MUSEical Journey: Adventures in Composition," a program combining recent works with a lush Romantic favorite.

The first half features the viola duo of Scott Slapin and Tanya Solomon. Their honors have included Best Chamber Music Performance award at the 2008 New Orleans Tribute to the Classical Arts, and Strad Magazine hailed their debut CD, "Sketches from the New World: American Viola Duos in the 21st Century," as "absolutely brilliant." They will perform a piece composed by Slapin, "Nocturne," as well as a Zydeco-influenced work by composer/fiddler David Rimelis, "A Day in Acadia," and the world premiere of "Games" by composer/bassist Patrick Neher. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s colorful "Souvenir de Florence" for string sextet.

Tickets for "A MUSEical Journey" are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. They may be purchased at the door or at theartsblock.com.