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ARTS PREVIEWS

  • The work of composers (clockwise from top left) Clifton J. Noble, Geoffrey Hudson, Joshua Hummel and Kaeza Fearn will be featured by the South Hadley Chorale on Sunday. Photos by Jon Crispin/CS Hoover Photography


Thursday, March 07, 2019
South Hadley Chorale to perform

The South Hadley Chorale, conducted by Alexandra Ludwig, will perform at the Abbey Memorial Chapel at Mount Holyoke College on Sunday, March 10 in a concert featuring the work of several guest artists.

The 3 p.m. performance will feature the songs of New England composers Joshua Hummel, Geoffrey Hudson, Clifton J. Noble and Kaeza Fearn. In addition, the Michael E. Smith Middle School Opus singers will be part of the performance, which will be followed by a reception at the First Congregational Church of  South Hadley.

Concert tickets will be sold at the door for $20 general admission, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students and children. Tickets can also be purchased, from between $16 and $5, before March 10 at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley or at  www.even-tbrite.com.

Holyoke Community College Theater Department wins awards

The Holyoke Community College Theater Department, winner of eight awards in the past seven years, has received two new ones for its fall 2018 production “In the Heights,” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The HCC production was co-directed by theater professor Patricia Sandoval and music professor Ellen Cogen.

The two awards, for outstanding ensemble work and choreography, came from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) earlier this year in Cape Cod. KCACTF includes colleges and universities in northern New York and the New England states, and its awards are based on reviews of college theater productions from that region. 

New nonprofit group seeks to make theater accessible to underserved individuals

The Scarlet Sock Foundation, a Northampton-based nonprofit that seeks to involve young people in theater, will hold a kick-off event Friday, March 8 at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke to describe its mission and to begin soliciting donations for its work.

The opening event, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will include a slide show of a former Valley youth, Laura DiPillo, who was involved in theater; a talk by her mother, Margaret Russo; a theatrical presentation by Real Live Theater of Northampton; and a talk by a theater student on how being involved in acting influences her life.

The Scarlet Sock Foundation has been formed to fund opportunites for underserved individuals to participate in theater programs. A specific focus is on social justice theater, which aims to raise awareness about social issues through the performing arts.

More information is available at scarletsock.org.