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Arts Previews

  • Forbes Library in Northampton hosts a holiday sing-along on Saturday, Dec. 15. Submitted photo

  • The James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor Duo plays Friday. Dec. 14 at the 121 Club in Easthampton. Submitted photo


Thursday, December 13, 2018
Black Gospel Christmas program in Amherst

The Amherst Area Gospel Choir will present its 10th annual Black Gospel Christmas program on Saturday, Dec. 15 at First Congregational Church of Amherst at 3 p.m.

The AAGC formed in 2009 and held its first gospel Christmas that year; the choir’s repertoire includes red hot and smooth jazz gospel as well as traditional spirituals. Audience members are encouraged to join in when the choir sings traditional Christmas carols.

The AAGC’s long-term mission is to preserve and contribute to the legacy of Black spiritual and gospel music that grew out of enslaved people’s ancestry and the black church.

First Congregational Church is located at 165 Main St. in Amherst. Donations for the concert are welcome; credit cards are accepted. Choir Director Jacqueline Wallace can be reached at (413) 253-5457.

Holiday sing at Forbes Library

Forbes Library and A E I O Ukes will host its sixth annual holiday sing-along on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. All voices, instruments and ages are welcome, and music will be provided.

The sing-along will take place in the Coolidge Museum; the event is free, and refreshments will be provided. Bring your voice, instruments and friends. Seasonal songs will be selected from “The Daily Ukulele” and will be projected on a screen for easy reading. 

Donations will be accepted for the Interfaith Winter Shelter.

James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor Duo in Easthampton

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares continues its 2018-19 program with a performance by the James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor Duo featuring James Brandon Lewis, tenor saxophone, and Chad Taylor, percussion, on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the 121 Club in Easthampton.

Lewis, born in Buffalo, N.Y., was exposed to gospel, R&B and jazz early in his life and more recently has explored hip hop and punk rock music. His latest album, “Radiant Imprints,” is a duo with Taylor, an in-demand percussionist who has played on over 50 recordings.

The 121 Club is located in Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St. in Easthampton. Single tickets ($15) are available for the show at www.jazzshares.org  and at the door.