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Monday, February 17, 2020

Four Sundays in February 2020

Design by James Hindle


Welcome to the FOUR SUNDAYS IN FEBRUARY 2020 Winter Arts Series!

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 Northampton and is produced by the Northampton Arts Council. Our upcoming events include Overtures and Arias featuring Panopera Orchestra at Sweeney Concert Hall-Smith College, Blank - An Original Solo Play About the Truths of Adoption and Identity at the Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley Street, KidsBestFest 2020: A Film Festival for Kids and Their Adults and Back to the Baystate a one-of-a-kind event that features performances and stories from legendary Bay State era musicians paired with archived audio/video excerpts at the Academy of Music Theatre. This year we added another show, The Bachata Academy DREAM Project Performance, which is a live introduction to Bachata, a genre of folk music and dance from the Dominican Republic, featuring Grammy-nominated musicians Martires de Leon and Abel Martinez taking place at the Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley Street.


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 Aires, Berklee Upper Structure, Skidmore Dynamics, Ithacappella, the UMass Doo Wop Shop and Smith College Groove. The Silver Chord Bowl 2020 will be hosted by Smith College President Kathleen McCartney, Northampton 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

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

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

Headline Sponsor: Lathrop Community

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

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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

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://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

Last Year’s Concert Video Link: Here

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

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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, Northampton, MA 01060

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

Organizational Support: Massachusetts Cultural Council, City of Northampton, Northampton Center for the Arts

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KidsBestFest 2020: A Movie Festival for Kids and Their Adults
Co-presented by The Academy of Music
KidsBestFest is a free 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 free movie 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 one short animated film from local animation studio Opertura, “Weird Healing.”

When: Tuesday February 18th - Friday February 21st, 11:00AM Showtime, Doors Open 10:30AM

Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

How Much: FREE DONATIONS ENCOURAGED to keep our movies free for everyone. The seating is limited to 400 in the orchestra.

Tuesday Feb 18 at 11:00AM - Sesame Street presents Follow that Bird!
Wednesday Feb 19 at 11:00AM - Song of the Sea
Thursday Feb 20 at 11:00AM - The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
Friday Feb 21 at 11:00AM - Aya of Yop City

Headline Sponsors: A2Z Science and Learning Store, Greenfield Savings Bank, Northampton Open Media

Organizational Support: Massachusetts Cultural Council, City of Northampton

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Back to the Bay State
Featuring performances and stories from legendary Bay State era musicians paired with archived audio/video excerpts, all on the Academy of Music stage. Come check out rare Bay State memorabilia including photographs and flyers, audio clips from classic concerts, and a firsthand look at interviews and stories from the upcoming Bay State Hotel Documentary.

When: Sunday February 23 – 2:00PM, Doors Open at 1:30PM

Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

How Much: Advance - $13 Adults / $11 Senior 65+ & Students & Vets / $7 Kids 12 & Under
Day of at door - $15 Adults / $13 Senior 65+ & Students & Vets / $9 Kids 12 & Under

Ticket Outlet: Academy of Music Theatre Box Office - http://aomtheatre.com, (413) 584-9032, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

More info: With appearances from Mark Mulcahy, The Maggies, The Stone Coyotes, Steve Westfield, Aloha Steamtrain, Flower Thief, Mike Flood, Gobblehoof, Drunk Stuntmen, Spouse, The Lonesome Brothers, Matt Hebert, The Unband, The Figments, The Big Bad Bollocks, J Mascis, and more!

The venue provided, as one local writer in the ‘90s described it, “Your chance to see one of the area’s scrappy rock or pop bands in a setting visually better suited to blue hair and meatloaf specials.” Acts like Sebadoh, Scud Mountain Boys and New Radiant Storm King played some of their earliest shows and developed their sound at the Bay State, while an incredible array of alternative national touring acts and musicians such as Arthur Lee & Love, Morphine, Moe Tucker, Blonde Redhead, Royal Trux, and members of My Bloody Valentine joined local bands to play in a unique and intimate setting.

Join us for an afternoon of stories and songs from an influential era in the history of Northampton's music scene, before they're lost to time. Highlights from recently unearthed troves of cassette recordings, film footage, photographs, show flyers, set-lists & more will be presented in between performances from bands and musicians from the Bay State scene. The event will provide a time machine for audiences who experienced the era, as well as a portrait of the legendary scene for younger generations. Back to the Bay State will celebrate, save and preserve memories from the landmark venue at a critical period in Northampton’s musical history.

Organizational Support: Massachusetts Cultural Council, City of Northampton, Academy of Music Theatre
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Bachata Academy DREAM Project Performance
Join us for an introduction to Bachata, a genre of folk music and dance from the Dominican Republic. Bachata is an evolving genre of folk art and is quickly gaining international popularity as an alternative to salsa. Learn about Dominican musical history, culture, and techniques of an art form directly from master practitioners.

When: Friday February 28th - 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30PM

Where: 33 Hawley Flex Space 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060

How Much: Advance Price General Admission All Ages - $15 (Available online or in person); Day of at Door Price General Admission All Ages - $20

Ticket Outlets: Online - Brown Paper Tickets - http://bachata.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

More Info: The Bachata Academy is the first and only program teaching Bachata in the world. Started in 2013, the Bachata Academy aims to enrich the Dominican community through song and dance and to share barrio culture internationally. The head instructors Martires de Leon and Abel Martinez are Grammy-nominated musicians aiming to not only teach a new generation of Bachata musicians but to teach a new generation of Bachata instructors.

Headline Sponsor: Smith College
Organizational Support: Massachusetts Cultural Council, City of Northampton
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FOUR SUNDAYS IN FEBRUARY 2020 Sponsors

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

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

KidsBestBest is co-presented by the Academy of Music Theatre

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

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