Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit 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.

First Night Northampton 2018

The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present our city’s 33rd annual New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts on December 31, 2017. This is the first year that the Northampton Arts Council will produce First Night. Arts Council staff are working closely with the Center for the Arts to ensure a smooth transition and to preserve the community’s New Year’s Eve tradition.

For the First Night 2018 Schedule, to purchase buttons, and for more information about sponsorship please visit: FIRSTNIGHTNORTHAMPTON.ORG

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Silver Chord Bowl 2018 A Capella Invitational

illustrated and designed by Nate Duval
Designed and Illustrated by Nate Duval

Sunday, February 4 – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30PM

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

The first Sunday in February will be devoted to the 34th Silver Chord Bowl, the oldest and most respected collegiate a cappella show case in the region, hosted in John M. Greene Hall on the Smith College campus.

This years 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 MIT Ohms, Pitch, Please! of Northeastern University, Tufts sQ!, Vocal Suspects of UMass, the UMass Doo Wop Shop and the Smith College Smithereens. The Silver Chord Bowl 2017 will be hosted by Smith College President Kathleen McCartney and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz. Performances subject to change.

How Much? 

Premium Admission (Reserved seating in the front section of the Orchestra) - All Ages - $35 (Available through BrownPaperTickets Only

General Admission (First come, first serve) - All Ages - $15


Premium Admission (Reserved seating in the front section of the Orchestra) - All Ages - $40

General Admission (First come, first serve) - All Ages - $20

Ticket Outlets?
Premium Admission and General Admission
 Brown Paper Tickets or call 1-800-838-3006 

General Admission Tickets Only

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sibz the Movie at Academy of Music

When two freeloading adult children are forced to leave their childhood home, they have to get creative. Warning: this movie is not rated, offensive humor, language and mild nudity.

Show Date/ Time:
Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Doors at 7:30 pm

Ticket Prices:
5.00 (plus applicable fees)

Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)

Online Tickets Click on Show Desired:

Friday, December 8, 2017

Joan Holliday’s Holiday Hootenanny Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Sing Along

WHAT: Joan Holliday’s Holiday Hootenanny Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Sing along
WHERE: Academy of Music 274 Main St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: Friday, December 22, 2017. Two Shows at 3:00pm and 7:00pm.

Christmas time is here! The Sweetback Sisters are back with their ninth annual blow-out holiday sing-along. This wildly popular show requires a bit of audience participation and, especially, a love for all genres of holiday music (fear not, songbooks are provided). Add in a healthy dose of trivia, prizes, and matching outfits and we think it’s safe to say this event lives up to its name: The Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Sing-Along SPECTACULAR!

Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of rock and country music from the 1950s and 60s. Together with their fine band of brothers, The Sweetback Sisters carry the torch of country music’s finest golden era performers. For this show the girls bring their perfected mix of modern nostalgia to the old holiday songs we all know and love.

3pm matinee is specifically geared towards kids and families. 7pm evening show is for all.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

2017 SCDT Gala

WHEN: Saturday December 16, 6-10 PM

A party and fundraiser reflecting on an incredible year and dancing into the future! Performances/installation with Hatchery and many SCDT artists, photo exhibit by Peter Raper, video by A Good Night's Sleep, live music from Stephen Katz, ReBelle, Kalliope Jones, and DJ Brian Foote! With food and drink provided by generous local sponsors!

6-7PM- Show #1- Hatchery, Kalliope Jones, SCDT dance program, special guests!

7-8:30PM- PARTY- free food and drinks, installations by SCDT artists, live music by Stephen Katz, Chris Gonzalez, and DJ Brian Foote

8:30-9:30PM- Show #2 with SCDT artist-in-residence Meredith Bove, Rythea Lee, Joy Davis, and special guests!

More info:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Royal Frog Ballet Hindsight/Foresight

An installation and performance series
WHEN: DECEMBER 6 -22, 2017
WHERE: A.P.E. 126 Main StreetNorthampton, MA 01060

Friday, December 8th 6-8:00
Gallery opening in conjunction with Northampton's Arts Night Out
Cheap Art booth open!

Saturday, December 9th 7:00
'A Listening Evening'
new and old stories, songs and poetry from The RFB
Tickets available here
Cheap Art booth open before the show

Sunday, December 10th
Workshop: Experiments with clown, song, and breath
multi-generational workshop designed for ages 11-85
Sign up
Cheap Art booth open from 12-1:00

Friday, December 15th 7:00
Envisioning Possible Futurity
RFB Visual artists present new work and host panel discussion
By donation
Cheap Art booth open before the panel

Saturday, December 16th 7:00
'A Listening Evening'
new and old stories, songs and poetry from The RFB
Tickets available here
Cheap Art booth open before the show

Sunday, December 17th
Workshop: Experiments in collective writing and drawing
multi-generational workshop designed for ages 11-85
Sign up
Cheap Art booth open from 12-1:00


Apply Now: Lyra Music Festival and Workshop July 8-28 at Smith College

Lyra Music Festival and Workshop: July 8-28, 2018
Smith College, Northampton, MA
Applications Available Online Here

The Lyra Music Workshop Core Curriculum Program is a 3-week intensive summer camp for classical pianists and string players ages 9-18. Intermediate and advanced level musicians are immersed in a supportive, conservatory-style environment; focusing on the study of solo and chamber music repertoire; and sharing their performances with the surrounding community. Students have the option to live on or off-campus.

The Lyra Young Artist Program is a highly selective program running in tandem with the Core Curriculum. This program is designed for advanced students seeking to intensify their experience and enhance their chamber music skills through side-by-side mentorship and performance with Lyra faculty.

Students of both programs live and work together in a fun and energetic atmosphere, sharing classes, activities, social events and excursions. Internationally recognized guest artists work with Lyra students in Master Classes. All students will attend guest artist and faculty concerts as part of the Lyra Music Festival and will participate in outreach performances and a final student gala concert as junior members of the Festival. Our 2018 Summer Festival guest artists will include: Kristen Lee, violin, Nicholas Tzavaras, cello, Gilles VonSattel, piano, and Guest collaborative pianists Rieko Aizawaand Jeremy Jordan.

Lyra Music Workshop:
• Daily Lessons or Chamber Coaching with Dedicated Faculty
• Chamber Ensembles and Solo Repertoire
• Supervised Practice
• Masterclasses and Concerts with Guest Artists
• Community and Gala Concert Performance Opportunities
• Group Classes: including Music Theory, Ear-Training, Rhythm,
• Performance
• Group Sports
• Outdoor Recreational Activities
• Social Events
• Regional Excursions

Enrollment is by rolling audition for all Lyra programs. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Minimum requirements, application materials, audition and financial aid information can be found on our website

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Celtic Nutcracker

WHAT: A Celtic Nutcracker
WHERE: Academy of Music 274 Main St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Doors at 2:30 pm

Experience the story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance from the perspective of a young girl living in a cottage in Ireland. Her journey takes her to Tir Na Nog, the land of eternal youth, where she finds herself transformed into a princess and receives gifts from Scottish Sword Dancers, Cornish Dancers, Galician Dancers and more. She even meets a few leprechauns along the way! This performance is set to the original Tchaikovsky score as well as Celtic Music and is performed by the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company ages 12-adult from the Pioneer Valley. This is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance!

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