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  • PHOTO COURTESY OF SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA<br/>The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will present "Home for the Follidays" Dec. 1.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
    The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will present "Home for the Follidays" Dec. 1.

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST BIENNIAL 2012<br/>Fort River School student,, from left, Sheila Chelegat, Gabe Hennessy, Julia Farnham, Katie Borden, Sophie Schilling, Delaney Lynch, Sora Green, Amanda McKimmie, Maya Moczo and Kabir Narayana.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST BIENNIAL 2012
    Fort River School student,, from left, Sheila Chelegat, Gabe Hennessy, Julia Farnham, Katie Borden, Sophie Schilling, Delaney Lynch, Sora Green, Amanda McKimmie, Maya Moczo and Kabir Narayana.

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLERY A3<br/>"Yellow Honkers," a photograph by Gloria Kegeles, is among the pieces included in "Small Wonders" at Gallery A3.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLERY A3
    "Yellow Honkers," a photograph by Gloria Kegeles, is among the pieces included in "Small Wonders" at Gallery A3.

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC AND DANCE<br/>The Euridice Ensemble

    PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC AND DANCE
    The Euridice Ensemble

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE<br/>Chapel Jazz

    PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE
    Chapel Jazz

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE<br/>The Percussion Ensemble

    PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE
    The Percussion Ensemble

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE<br/>The University of Massachusetts Chorale

    PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE
    The University of Massachusetts Chorale

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE<br/>The UMass Vocal Jazz Ensemble

    PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE
    The UMass Vocal Jazz Ensemble

  • COURTESY OF HOPE & FEATHERS GALLERY<br/>Sandy Litchfield's "Leafy Mix" is one of the works on view at Hope & Feathers' Small Works show.

    COURTESY OF HOPE & FEATHERS GALLERY
    Sandy Litchfield's "Leafy Mix" is one of the works on view at Hope & Feathers' Small Works show.

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF ROCHELLE WILDFONG<br/>Rochelle Wildfong appears at this month's Song & Story Swap.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF ROCHELLE WILDFONG
    Rochelle Wildfong appears at this month's Song & Story Swap.

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA<br/>The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will present "Home for the Follidays" Dec. 1.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST BIENNIAL 2012<br/>Fort River School student,, from left, Sheila Chelegat, Gabe Hennessy, Julia Farnham, Katie Borden, Sophie Schilling, Delaney Lynch, Sora Green, Amanda McKimmie, Maya Moczo and Kabir Narayana.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLERY A3<br/>"Yellow Honkers," a photograph by Gloria Kegeles, is among the pieces included in "Small Wonders" at Gallery A3.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC AND DANCE<br/>The Euridice Ensemble
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE<br/>Chapel Jazz
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE<br/>The Percussion Ensemble
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE<br/>The University of Massachusetts Chorale
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE<br/>The UMass Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • COURTESY OF HOPE & FEATHERS GALLERY<br/>Sandy Litchfield's "Leafy Mix" is one of the works on view at Hope & Feathers' Small Works show.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF ROCHELLE WILDFONG<br/>Rochelle Wildfong appears at this month's Song & Story Swap.

Being Frost

“This Verse Business,” by A.M. Dolan, a play based on the writings and recordings of Robert Frost, will be performed Nov. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater on Amherst College campus.

The one-man show performed by Gordon Clapp is being presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Frost Library at the college.

Beginning with the recreation of one of Frost’s lively poetry readings and continuing with a more intimate monologue, “This Verse Business” shows the private faces of the famous poet and one-time Amherst College professor.

Free; no reservations required. For information, call 542-2411.
Music at UMass

“Euridice Ensembles” will be presented Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The performance, directed by Robert Eisenstein, will feature early music with a Baroque chamber orchestra of strings and winds.

∎ A collaborative piano and voice master class with guest artist Joshua Greene, will be held Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall.

Greene is the assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where he assisted pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim with a production of “Tristan und Isolde” and Met conductor James Levine with “Orfeo ed Euridice,” “The Magic Flute,” “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” and “Falstaff.”

As the former music director of the New York City Opera National Company, Greene conducted over 30 performances of “La Traviata” in the United States and Canada. A noted recital accompanist, he has performed with singers such as Jerry Hadley, Jane Bunnell, Joyce Guyer, Carolyn James and James Morris.

The masterclass is part of a guest artist residency, hosted by UMass professors Nadine Shank (piano coordinator) and William Hite (voice area coordinator).

Both of the above programs are free. For information on these events, call 545-0018.

∎ A Vocal Ensemble concert will be presented Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. at Bezanson Recital Hall. On the program: Paris Rutherford’s re-harmonized arrangement of Livingston/Evans’ a cappella ballad “Never Let Me Go” plus arrangements by Jensen-Hole and others.

∎ The Symphony Band & Percussion Ensemble will perform Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. On the program: Persichetti’s Symphony No. 6, Edwin Eugene Bagley’s “National Emblem,” Bob Margolis’ “Color” and other classical and contemporary music for winds and percussion.

∎ Also on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m., in Bowker Auditorium, the Chapel Jazz & Jazz Labe Ensembles will perform.

Tickets for the above two concerts cost $10; $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, seniors and children under 18.

To reserve, call 545-2511 or visit www.umasstix.com/musicanddance.

UMass Music, off-campus

The Choral Ensembles of UMass Amherst (University Chorale, Women’s Choir and Recital Choir) will perform Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 165 Main St., Amherst.

On the program: Eric Whitacre’s “The Seal Lullaby,” Morten Lauridsen’s “Dirait-on,” Michael Praetorius’ “Jubilate Deo” and “Psallite, unigenito,” Barbara Baker’s “The Storm is Passing Over,” Andrea Ramsey’s “Heaven Unfolding” and other selections.

Free. Call 545-0018.

Young artists

Artwork created by students at the Fort River School in Amherst was installed recently at Bank of America as part of Amherst Biennial 2012.

Some of the students’ work also was included in “Emily’s Rhapsody” (local artists’ response to Emily Dickinson’s poems) at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst.

Tell a tale

Hilltown storyteller and poet Rochelle Wildfong will be the guest artist at this month’s Song & Story Swap, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and the Nacul Center, 592 Main St. in Amherst.

Wildfong, who tells tales in a downhome, straightforward style, is highly regarded for her renditions of Carl Sandburg’s “Rottebaga Stories.”

The swap invites others to tell stories or sing, or simply sit and listen. This month’s theme is storms.

For information, call Paul Kaplan at 687-5002 or Jeff Lee at 636-1687.

Home for the ‘Follidays’

The Springfield Symphony Christmas Concert “Home for the Follidays” will be presented Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Springfield Symphony Hall.

The production will resemble a show like that presented by Radio City Music Hall or an Andy Williams Christmas TV variety show.

“The concert will be like a musical follies review, so we are calling it ‘Home for the Follidays,’ ” said the symphony’s executive director, Michael Jonnes. “We have a full complement of acts to help the orchestra present our western Massachusetts holiday tradition.”

In addition to the full orchestra, the lineup of performers includes the 100-voice Springfield Symphony Chorus under the direction of Nikki Stoia, the Children’s Chorus of Springfield directed by E. Wayne Abercrombie and the Tap Dancing Santas choreographed by David Michael Bovat, all led by guest conductor Joseph R. Olefirowica, a director of European musical theater.

The performance is family fare and includes music from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” a holiday-music sing-along and a visit from Santa.

Tickets are available online at www.springfieldsymphony.org.

At Gallery A3

“Small Wonders,” a holiday exhibition, opens with a reception Dec. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m., at Gallery A3 in Amherst and will remain on view through Dec. 29.

Featured will be over 60 pieces of art by gallery members and invited guests. All work cost $200 or less.

∎ The “Cross Pollination Series” will present a concert of early music for lute and voice featuring Catherine Bell Dec. 13 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The gallery is located at 28 Amity St. in Amherst. Hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m. For information, call 256-4250 or visit www.gallerya3.com.

At Hope & Feathers

Hope & Feathers will host its second annual Small Works show, beginning with a reception Dec. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery in Amherst. All the work is smaller than 16-inches-by-20-inches.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information, call 835-0197 or visit www.hopeandfeathersframing.com.

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