MuseFLASHES: Fall concerts by the Smith College Orchestras and the Hampshire Choral Society

  • Allan Taylor, conductor of the Hampshire Choral Soceity HAMPSHIRE CHORAL SOCIETY

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Free concerts at Smith

“To Russia with Love,” an orchestra concert at Smith College, will be presented Saturday at 8 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall in Sage Hall on the college campus in Northampton.

The concert by the Smith College Orchestras, directed by Jonathan Hirsh, will feature pieces by Russian composer Mussorgsky, orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel.

Henry Kramer, the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano and Lecturer of Music at Smith, will join the orchestra in performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto #1 Op. 10 in D-flat Major.

Kramer has played with orchestras around the world, including the National Belgian Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic and others. He is winner of Second Prize at the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition and the 2015 William Petschek Recital Debut Award from the Juillliard School. He holds degrees from Juilliard and an artist diploma from the Yale School of Music.

Prior to the 8 p.m. concert, the orchestras will perform for an audience of young people and their families. The kids-oriented concert will take place at 5 p.m, also at Sweeney Concert Hall. On the program: Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bare Mountain” and “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Hampshire Choral Society

The Hampshire Choral Society, directed by Allan Taylor, will present its fall concert Sunday at 3 p.m. in Abbey Chapel on the Mount Holyoke College campus in South Hadley. Also appearing will be the Young People’s Chorus, under the direction of K.C. Conlan.

On the program: Handel’s “Foundling Hospital Anthem,” for chorus, soloists and orchestra. Handel wrote this music in 1749 for a benefit concert in support of an orphanage that supported infants and children who would otherwise have been in desperate trouble.

The text of the music is drawn from Psalm 41, and begins “Blessed are they that consider the poor and needy ...” Handel incorporated music he had previously written for other occasions, including the “Hallelujah” chorus from “Messiah.”

Tickets cost $15; $10 for students and seniors; $5 for 12 and under. To reserve, visit www.hamsphirechoral.org. They are also available at Hastings in Amherst, Broadside Books and State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence and the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley.