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Thursday, November 29, 2018

December At The Academy

December 2018

Dear Friends,

This month we welcome back some traditional December programming and announce a few new additions. Come in out of the cold and get in the holiday spirit! We begin our month with Pioneer Valley Ballet's 40th Nutcracker (12/7, 12/8, 12/9)!  Join us for this treasured community event that includes over 250 dancers from towns throughout western Mass alongside professional guest artists.  The insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies of The Weepies Holiday Acoustic Duo Tour (12/12) with indie singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen are up next, then  J Mascis (12/14), best known as the front man of indie rock trio Dinosaur Jr., brings his solo tour to our stage.

We welcome back A Celtic Nutcracker (12/15) to watch the classic story of The Nutcracker through Celtic Dance performed by the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company, and we welcome back The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Sing-Along SPECTACULAR (12/22 3pm & 7pm) with their signature take on the holiday sing-along.  We bring you into the New Year for Bach at New Year's (12/30) with Berkshire Bach Ensemble Director and Soloist Eugene Drucker.  Don't miss the annual First Night Northampton (12/31) performances, with a special performance by Academy Youth Productions at 4pm on the AOM stage!

See you at the theatre!

Debra J'Anthony

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents: The 40th Nutcracker
Friday, December 7 @ 4pm (Sensory & Family Safe)
Friday, December 7 @ 6:30pm
Saturday, December 8 @ 1pm
Saturday, December 8 @ 4:30pm
Sunday, December 9 @ 1pm
Sunday, December 9 @ 4:30pm


The Weepies Holiday Acoustic Duo Tour
Wednesday, December 12 @ 7:30pm


J Mascis 
Friday, December 14 @ 8pm


A Celtic Nutracker
Saturday, December 15 @ 3pm


The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Sing-Along SPECTACULAR! 
Saturday, December 22 @ 3pm
Saturday, December 22 @7pm


Bach at New Year's 
Sunday, December 30 @3pm


First Night Northampton
Monday, December 31


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