Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council is an organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring alto saxophonist Kris Allen



WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring alto saxophonist Kris Allen
WHEN: Tuesday, January 28 from 7:30 to 8:30 followed by the open jazz jam session.
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA.

We are pleased to welcome back one of our regular favorites, alto saxophonist Kris Allen. Besides being an exciting player Kris is also a band leader, prolific composer and educator as head of the Williams College Jazz Program. http://www.krisallenjazz.com

We are also happy to have Kris take part in our Workshop and Jazz Festival collaboration, the Elliot Ross Jazz Artists in the Schools program at Northampton High School. On Monday night he and the trio will teach a clinic at the high school and then do a school wide assembly performance along with some students on Tuesday morning.

And finally, please save this date: Sunday, April 5th will be the Northampton Jazz Festival "Jazz Brunch" featuring tenor saxophonist Houston Person with the Green Street Trio. This will be the festival's annual fundraiser to benefit the Davis Financial Group Jazz Artists In Schools Program and will also be a celebration of the Jazz Workshop's 10 anniversary. We are thrilled to once again share the stage with Houston for this event at the Delaney House in Holyoke. 11AM-2PM and tickets available soon and more on this to come.

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set and donations to the band gratefully accepted. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830




Also of Interest:

1. Thursday, January 23 -Convergence Trio live at New City Brewery in Easthampton- Eugene Uman-p, David Picci-b, Jon Fisher-d.

2. FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 AT 7:30 PM - JAZZ SHARES: FAY VICTOR'S SOUNDNOISEFUNK3 at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St. Greenfield, MA 01301 http://jazzshares.org

3. Saturday, January 25 - cellist Stephen Katz in concert with ANGELS in the ENGINE ROOM (a Carnegie Recital Hall Preview). 7:30 at Studio 4, 25 Main St., Suite 444, Northampton. stephenkatzmusic.com

4. Sunday, January 26th - Haley Peltz-vocals, George Kaye-bass and Paul Arslanian-piano and Jon Fisher- drums at the 350 Grille. Jazz standard and Brazilian standards and originals. 6-9PM. https://www.350grill.net


Upcoming Guest Artists:
2/4 – Michael Zsoldos on tenor sax
2/11 – The Young Lions - Carolyn Dufraine on trombone and vocals and Nate Jennings on tenor
2/18 - Michael Rabinowitz on bassoon
2/25 - Fat Tuesday Celebration – Samirah Evans on vocals with Don Anderson on trumpet.

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop



Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Four Sundays in February 2020

Design by James Hindle

Silver Chord Bowl 2020

Design by Nate Duval

Silver Chord Bowl 2020

The Silver Chord Bowl, in its 36th year, is the oldest and most respected collegiate a cappella showcase in the region, hosted in John M. Greene Hall on the Smith College campus. This year’s event will begin with a performance by Northampton High School’s very own Northamptones, followed by performances by 6 groups from colleges and universities around the Northeast. This year we will see the Dartmouth AiresBerklee Upper StructureSkidmore DynamicsIthacappellathe UMass Doo Wop Shop and Smith College Groove.

The Silver Chord Bowl 2020 will be hosted by Smith College President Kathleen McCartneyNorthampton Mayor David Narkewicz, and Steve Sanderson of the Northampton Arts Council.

When: Sunday, February 2 – 2:00PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30PM

Where: John M. Greene Hall-Smith College, 60 Elm Street Northampton, MA 01060

Ticket Outlets: Online - Brown Paper Tickets - http://silverchordbowl.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006; In Person - State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence, A.J. Hastings in Amherst, World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield

How Much: Advance Price Premium Assigned Seating All Ages - $35 (Available through BrownPaperTickets Only) General Admission All Ages - $15 (Available online or in person); Day of at Door Price Premium Assigned Seating All Ages - $40 General Admission All Ages - $20

Silver Chord Bowl 2020 Headline Sponsor: Lathrop Community

Monday, January 20, 2020

Overtures and Arias featuring the Panopera Orchestra

Designed by Alexis Design

Overtures and Arias featuring the Panopera Orchestra


The Northampton Arts Council Presents, as part of Four Sundays in February, a 30 piece live Orchestra featuring the Panopera Orchestra and soloists in a concert playing a variety of operatic favorites. Two hours of music by Mozart, Bizet, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini and Wagner, featuring Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy as Carmen.

When: Saturday, February 8th – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30PM

Where: Sweeney Hall at Sage Hall-Smith College, 144 Green Street Northampton, MA 01063

Ticket Outlets: Online - Brown Paper Tickets - http://overturesandarias.brownpapertickets.com/ or call 1-800-838-3006; In Person - State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence, A.J. Hastings in Amherst

How Much: Advance Price General Admission All Ages - $20 (Available online or in person); Day of at Door Price General Admission All Ages - $25

Last Year’s Concert Video Link: Here

Media Sponsors: Daily Hampshire Gazette, WRSI - 93.9 The River/WHMP/Hits 94.3/Pure Oldies 96.9, New England Public Radio, Northampton Open Media, MassLive.com/The Republican, Valley Advocate

Org. Support: Massachusetts Cultural Council, City of Northampton, Smith College

Organizational Support: Massachusetts Cultural Council, City of Northampton, Smith College

Four Sundays in February/KidsBestFest are produced by the Northampton Arts Council

Proceeds for all shows benefit the 2020 ArtsEZ Grant Round administered by the Northampton Arts Council

Photographs by Veronika Patty, Jesse Merrick, and Kay Canavino


WHAT: Photographs by Veronika Patty, Jesse Merrick, and Kay Canavino
WHERE: Forbes Library 20 West Street Northampton MA WHEN: February 7 – March 5, 2020
              Reception with Kay Canavino and Jesse Merrick: Saturday, February 8, 2-4 PM
              Reception with Veronika Patty and the Northampton Recovery Center:
              Wednesday, February 12, 6-7 PM

Veronika Patty – Project Redemption

Project Redemption is a travelling photo exhibit featuring people in recovery created by Ashburnham photographer Veronika Patty. In August, Patty came to Northampton to take pictures of people in recovery who are affiliated with the Northampton Recovery Center. This exhibit is sponsored by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, Hampshire HOPE, the Northampton Recovery Center, with generous funding from Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

Project Redemption was created as a collaboration between Alyssa’s Place at AED Foundation and Photography by Veronika Patty to help de-stigmatize addiction and people who struggle with substance use disorder and to make the point that people in recovery come from all walks of life.

There will be a community reception, featuring the photographer and speakers who are part of the exhibit, on Wednesday Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Coolidge Museum.

Kay Canavino – Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne in the Berkshires

Fine art photographer Kay Canavino recently moved to Northampton from the Berkshires. The color photographs she is showing at the Hosmer Gallery are from a project she did on the writers Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne and how the landscape shaped their writing. Many of the photographs show the abundance of whale and sea imagery in the landscape—things Melville might have seen to remind him of his time spent at sea.

Jesse Merrick – Street Scenes & Historic Buildings

This photography collection consists of black & white photographs reflecting my interest in local & national historic buildings and in capturing engaging and dramatic street scenes. I am interested in photography that has a retro or timeless atmosphere and I am most inspired by classic architecture, landscape and street photography. Recording interesting and spontaneous, real-life candid moments with striking lighting is my primary focus. I love photography that is fun to look at, full of life, has not been overly-edited or processed and that looks a bit different than other common modern photography styles.

I am a local photographer, filmmaker, video editor and teacher. I teach public high school and middle school classes in photography, video production, art/technology, business and social studies. I also teach professional development technology classes to teachers and other adults. My educational background includes Film Production at Mass. College of Art, Film/Video Studies at UMass Amherst (B.A. Degree) and a Master’s Degree in Education (and Technology) from MCLA in North Adams, MA. Website: JMerrickMedia.com

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Blank - An Original Solo Play About the Truths of Adoption and Identity


Blank - An Original Solo Play About the Truths of Adoption and Identity

Written & Performed by Brian Stanton
An award-winning, nationally acclaimed solo show explores adoption and identity.
Playing 12 characters, Brian embarks on a mythical quest ultimately discovering the horrific truth of his birth, an instinctive love for his birth mother and a grateful dedication to his adoptive family.

Stanton plays 12 hilarious yet poignant characters in BLANK to tell his true adoption story, the title referring to the namespace on his Original Birth Certificate. He embarks on a mythical quest for identity only to learn he’s a product of rape. This horrific truth ultimately leads Brian to discover an instinctive love for his birth mother, a grateful dedication to his adoptive family and a sense of wholeness within.
When: Sunday February 16th, 2020, 7:00 PM Show, 6:00 PM Doors Open

Where: The Flex Space at 33 Hawley Street

How Much: Advance Price General Admission All Ages - $20 (Available online or in person); Day of at Door Price General Admission All Ages - $25

Ticket Outlets: Online - Brown Paper Tickets - http://blank.brownpapertickets.com/ or call 1-800-838-3006, In Person - State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence, A.J. Hastings in Amherst

Media Sponsors: Daily Hampshire Gazette, WRSI - 93.9 The River/WHMP/Hits 94.3/Pure Oldies 96.9, New England Public Radio, Northampton Open Media, MassLive.com/The Republican, Valley Advocate

Organizational Support: Massachusetts Cultural Council and the City of Northampton

Four Sundays in February/KidsBestFest are produced by the Northampton Arts Council

Portions of the proceeds for all shows benefit the 2020 ArtsEZ Grant Round administered by the Northampton Arts Council

Friday, January 17, 2020

KidsBestFest 2020: A Movie Festival for Kids and Their Adults

Design by James Hindle

When: During Winter School Break -  Tuesday February 18th, 2020 - Friday February 21st, 2020; Film Screenings start at 11:00AM // Doors Open at 10:30AM

Where: Academy of Music Theatre274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

What:
KidsBestFest is a movie festival for kids and their adults with free admission during winter school break on the big screen at the Academy of Music Theatre! KidsBestFest, a part of the Four Sundays in February winter arts series, is presented by the Northampton Arts Council and the Academy of Music Theatre. We kick off the film festival on Tuesday February 18th at 11:00AM with one screening of Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird!, followed on Wednesday the 19th with one screening of Song of the Sea at 11:00AM, on Thursday the 20th we will show The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part at 11:00AM, and on Friday the 21st is Aya of Yop City at 11:00AM. As an added bonus we will feature a special screening before each movie of a short animated film from local animation studio Opertura, “Weird Healing.”

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