Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra CD Release Concert at Sweeney Hall, Smith College

Friday, May 6 at 7:30 pm. Tickets $15 adults and $12 students/children. Available in advance at Brown Paper Tickets
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The Center for the Arts is thrilled to present composer, performer, and guitar innovator Peter Blanchette directing the critically acclaimed Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra (HVGO) in the debut of its long-awaited follow up CD. "Unknown Album" features recent repertoire from Beethoven’s iconic 7th Symphony Allegretto movement, popular mid-west rockers Wilco, minimalist composer Philip Glass, and South American composer Gustavo Santoalalla. Along with a new piece from Leo Kottke, the concert will feature door prizes, special guests, and CD giveaways.

Blanchette on HVGO’s new CD: “I named it Unknown Album because this is music that’s never been heard before. Beethoven’s 7th certainly wasn’t conceived for electric guitars. 16th ...

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25: The Lisa Leizman Dance Company Anniversary Concert

At the Shea Theater on Saturday, May 7, 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 adults, $7 children under 10 years and include a post-performance reception. They are available in advance at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door, cash or check only. Box office opens at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm for general seating.
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No, it’s not an Adele CD release party… it’s the 25th Anniversary of the Lisa Leizman Dance Company! Join the celebration at Turners Falls’ historic and newly renovated venue, where the Center for Arts, currently a fiscal sponsor for the Shea, presents one of its own resident companies for the first time.

For this special occasion, Leizman has chosen a program of works old and new to celebrate 25 years of dancing together. Enjoy audience favorites "All Blues", set to the classic Miles Davis tune, "Down a Country Lane" with music by Aaron Copland and "some bird, perhaps" with music by Arvo Part. The anniversary concert also features new works: "sentient being on this beautiful planet" (music by Cecile Schott) and the first full ...

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First Night Northampton 2017

Performer applications available now!
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Are you a performer who wants to participate in First Night Northampton on Saturday, December 31, 2016? Applications are now available at the First Night Northampton website.

Next Steps @ 33 Hawley

Keeping Art in the Heart of Downtown Northampton
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After a year of hosting classes, performances and special events, we are leaving the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street where the long-awaited process of renovation and transformation begins. As we transition from old space to new, we invite you to stop by our office located at 5 Strong Avenue in Northampton. You will find us on the second floor where we share Suite #202 with Alexis Design. We continue to produce Arts Night Out, First Night Northampton, and support a variety of visual and performing arts events including Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares. For more information about our next great adventure, click here.

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