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.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Four Sundays in February 2019 Winter Arts Festival

Poster by Yondernod

Four Sundays in February is one of the longest running community winter arts series in the country, the first Four Sundays being presented in 1993. The series traditionally takes place during the month of February at various performance venues in Downtown Northampton and is produced by the Northampton Arts Council. This year we present the 35th annual Silver Chord Bowl A cappella invitational at John M Greene Hall-Smith College, Overtures and Arias: The Greatest Hits of Opera featuring a full live orchestra at Sweeney Concert Hall-Smith College, KidsBestFest 2019: A Film Festival for Kids and Their Adults and Live from Northampton, it’s Sunday Afternoon! at the Academy of Music Theatre. For more information about the series click on the jump.

Four Sundays 2019 Headline Sponsor: Christopher Heights of Northampton

Four Sundays 2019 Media Sponsors: NEPRDaily Hampshire GazetteThe Republican/MassliveNorthampton Community Television93.9 the River/WHMP/Hits 94.3

Four Sundays 2019 Organizational Sponsors: Northampton Arts CouncilCity of NorthamptonMassachusetts Cultural CouncilSmith CollegeAcademy of Music Theatre


Poster by Nate Duval

What?
Silver Chord Bowl 2019 A cappella Invitational

When?
Sunday, February 3rd – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30PM

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

What?
The first Sunday in February will be devoted to the 35th 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, part of the Four Sundays in February winter arts series presented by the Northampton Arts Council.

This years event will kickoff 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 On the Vox from Berklee College of MusicDartmouth AiresTufts sQ!Amherst College ZumbyesMIT Ohms, and Smith College Smiffenpoofs. The Silver Chord Bowl will be hosted by Smith College Dean of the College, Susan Etheredge and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz. Performances subject to change.

How Much?
ADVANCE
Premium Admission (Reserved seating in the front section of the Orchestra) - All Ages - $35 (Available through BrownPaperTickets Only) http://silverchordbowl.brownpapertickets.com
General Admission (First come, first serve) - All Ages - $15

DAY OF AT John M Greene Hall Box Office - opens at 1:15pm
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?
ONLINE: Premium Admission and General Admission click here: Brown Paper Tickets or call 1-800-838-3006

General Admission Tickets Only
State Street Fruit Store in NorthamptonCooper’s Corner in Florence A.J. Hastings in Amherst, World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield

DAY OF AT John M Greene Hall Box Office. opens at 1:15pm.

Event Sponsored by?
Silver Chord Bowl 2019 Headline Sponsor: Smith College 

Four Sundays 2019 Headline Sponsor: Christopher Heights of Northampton

Silver Chord Bowl 2019 Media Sponsors: NEPRDaily Hampshire GazetteThe Republican/MassliveNorthampton Community Television93.9 the River/WHMP/Hits 94.3

Silver Chord Bowl 2019 Organizational Sponsors: Smith CollegeNorthampton Arts CouncilCity of NorthamptonMassachusetts Cultural Council

Parking?

Parking is difficult around John M Greene Hall, please refer to the map below. Please be sure to give yourself enough time. PARKING: On Sunday, there is free on-street parking. All of Northampton's municipal lots are free EXCEPT for the downtown parking garage. Smith College parking lots and the Smith College garage on West Street are complementary and open to the general public. There are also lots at Forbes Library, the Northampton Senior Center, and the World War II Club.


Accessibility?
There is accessible parking and an accessible entrance with a ramp on the right side of John M Green Hall at Smith College. Please refer to the above map for details.

We encourage wheelchair accessible guests and one companion to purchase general admission tickets. Please refer to the seating map below for Wheelchair Accessible seating for patrons. The Wheelchair accessible places have no seat, they are a space for a wheelchair. However, there is a seat for one Wheelchair companion of the guest to accompany a guest with a wheelchair. If you have any questions please contact Brian Foote, bfoote@northamptonma.gov or call 413-587-1069.


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What?
Overtures and Arias: The Greatest Hits of Opera featuring the Panopera Orchestra

When?
Saturday, February 16 – 3:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 2:30PM

Where?
Sweeney Hall-Smith College, 144 Green Street Northampton, MA 01063

What?
The Northampton Arts Council Presents, as part of Four Sundays in February, a 30 piece live Orchestra featuring the Panopera Orchestra and soloist in a concert playing a variety of operatic favorites. 75 minutes of Overtures and arias by Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini with an intermission.

The complete Repertoire includes: From The Barber of Seville (Rossini): Overture, Aria “Largo al factotum della citta”, Storm Music; From The Magic Flute (Mozart): Overture, Aria “Ein Vogelfaenger bin ich, ja.”, Aria “Ein Maedchen oder Weibchen”; From The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart): Overture, Duet “Che soave zefiretto.”; From Fidelio (Beethoven): Overture; From La Boheme (Puccini): Aria “Che gelida manina”, Aria “Mi chiamano Mimi”, Duet “O soave fanciulla”; From Tosca (Puccini): Aria “E lucevan le stelle”; From Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) Aria “O mio babbino caro”; From Rigoletto (Verdi): Aria “La donna e mobile”; From Otello (Verdi): Aria “Ave Maria”; From The Elixir of Love (Donizetti) Aria “Una furtiva lagrima”; From The Merry Widow (Franz Lehar) Duet “Lippen schweigen”; From La Traviata (Verdi) Duet “Libiamo ne lieti calici”

How Much?
Advance - $20 General Admission in Balcony & Upper Orchestra/$35 Premium Assigned Seating in First 7 Rows of Orchestra Middle

Day of at door - $22 General Admission in Balcony & Upper Orchestra/$37 Premium Assigned Seating in First 7 Rows of Orchestra Middle

Ticket Outlets?
ADVANCE
Online for Premium and General Admissionhttp://overturesandarias.brownpapertickets.com/

In Person for General Admission Only: State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper's Corner in Florence, AJ Hastings in Amherst

DAY OF
Sweeney Hall Box Office Opens at 1:00pm on the day of the show.

Event Sponsored by?
Four Sundays 2019 Headline Sponsor: Christopher Heights of Northampton

Overtures and Arias Media Sponsors: NEPRDaily Hampshire GazetteThe Republican/MassliveNorthampton Community Television93.9 the River/WHMP/Hits 94.3

Overtures and Arias Organizational Sponsors: Smith CollegeNorthampton Arts CouncilCity of NorthamptonMassachusetts Cultural Council
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Poster Design by James Hindle

What?
KidsBestFest 2019: A Film Festival for Kids and Their Adults

When?
Winter School Break: Monday February 18th, 2019 - Friday February 22nd, 2019
Film Screenings start at 11:00 AM // Doors Open at 10:30 AM

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

What?
KidsBestFest is a film 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 Monday February 18th at 11:00am with one screening of The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, followed on Tuesday the 19th with one screening of Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver at 11:00am, on Wednesday the 20th we will show Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) at 11:00am, Thursday the 21st is Lu Over the Wall, and we will wrap up the film festival on Friday February 22nd with one showing of Kubo and the Two Strings.

How Much?
FREE, donations encouraged.

Film Schedule?
Monday, February 18: The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (2017, Recommended Audience: Age 3+, English Dubbed (French), 80 Minutes, Animated)


Watch Trailer Here

From the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated Ernest & Celestine comes another hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits destined to become a classic. The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as it’s made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again! Directors Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert adapt Renner’s own acclaimed graphic novel into a delirious, delightful triptych of interlocking stories, with a pacing and visual spontaneity that harkens back to classic Looney Tunes shorts and slapstick two-reelers. But underneath the gags (and there are plenty of them), the three stories offer a sensitive and beautiful portrayal of family and the anxieties of modern life.



Tuesday, February 19Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver (2019, Family Film, German with English Subtitles, 105 Minutes, Live Action)

Watch Trailer Here

Based on the bestselling novel by Michael Ende (The Neverending Story), this epic fantasy adventure follows a young orphan boy JIM BUTTON, his best friend LUKE and a magical steam engine called EMMA as they travel across the world in search of the truth about where Jim came from. Battling pirates and dragons, outsmarting make-believe giants, they must travel through the Forest of a Thousand Wonders, beyond the End of the World to find the hidden Dragon City.









Wednesday, February 20Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, Rated G, English, 98 minutes, Live action)

Watch Trailer Here                                                                                                                                                                                  A poor little boy wins a ticket to visit the inside of a mysterious and magical chocolate factory in his town. When he experiences the wonders inside the factory, the boy discovers that the entire visit is a test of his character, with a marvelous reward if he passes muster.














Thursday, February 21Lu Over the Wall (2017, Recommended Audience: Age 8+, English Dubbed (Japanese), 107 Minutes, Animated)

Watch Trailer Here

From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame. Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. His only joy is uploading songs he writes to the internet. When his classmates invite him to play keyboard in their band, their practice sessions bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance – whether they want to or not.

As Kai spends more time with Lu, he finds he is able to tell her what he is really thinking, and a bond begins to form. But since ancient times, the people in the village have believed that mermaids bring disaster and soon there is trouble between Lu and the townspeople, putting the town in grave danger.  Winner of the Grand Prize at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival and an official selection of Sundance 2018, Lu Over the Wall is a toe-tapping, feel-good demonstration of Yuasa’s genre-mixing mastery that will leave you humming long after you leave the theater.


Friday, February 22Kubo and the Two Strings (2016, Rated PG, English, 101 Minutes, Stop Motion Animation)

Watch Trailer Here

A young Japanese boy embarks on a journey to learn the truth about his missing father. Along the way, he battles the vengeful Moon King and two evil twin sisters with his shamisen, a magical stringed instrument.














Event Sponsored by?
KidsBestFest 2019 Headline SponsorsA2Z Science & Learning StoreGreenfield Savings BankNational Grid

Four Sundays 2019 Headline Sponsor: Christopher Heights of Northampton

KidsBestFest 2019 Media Sponsors: NEPRDaily Hampshire GazetteThe Republican/MassliveNorthampton Community Television93.9 the River/WHMP/Hits 94.3

KidsBestFest 2019 Organizational Sponsors: Northampton Arts CouncilCity of NorthamptonMassachusetts Cultural CouncilAcademy of Music Theatre
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Poster by Alexis Design

What?
Live from Northampton, it’s Sunday Afternoon!
When?
Sunday, February 24 – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30PM

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

What?
The Northampton Arts Council will present our 27th annual local variety showcase on Sunday February 24, 2019 at the Academy of Music. After a successful new theme debut in 2018 we are proud to announce once again “Live from Northampton, it’s Sunday Afternoon!”
Sunday Afternoon Live! will feature sketch comedy, improv theater, music, and video from a cross section of rising and established artists from the Northampton area. A showcase of the best local talent in the Valley’s favorite variety show at the communities’ most beloved theater. A surprise celebrity will host with the Really Big Show orchestra led by Jim Armenti.
Featuring...
Northampton High School Improv ensemble Funktionlust.
Deep Thoughts with Henning Ohlenbusch
Violet Walker plays the Musical Saw
Get your yearly dose of local news with Afternoon Update
The Baystate Hotel Music History Project
Adventures with Mask Girl
Featured Band: The Leafies You Gave Me

How Much?
Advance - $10 Adults/$8 Senior 65+ & Students/$5 Kids 12 & Under

Day of at door - $13 Adults/$11 Senior 65+ & Students/$8 Kids 12 & Under

Ticket Outlet?
Academy of Music Theatre274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

Event Sponsored by?
Sunday Afternoon Live! Headline Sponsor: Lathrop Communities

Four Sundays 2019 Headline Sponsor: Christopher Heights of Northampton

Sunday Afternoon Live! Media Sponsors: NEPRDaily Hampshire GazetteThe Republican/MassliveNorthampton Community Television93.9 the River/WHMP/Hits 94.3

Sunday Afternoon Live! Organizational Sponsors: Northampton Arts CouncilCity of NorthamptonMassachusetts Cultural Council

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