Arts Previews

  • Kris Danielsen brings his trombone to UMass Amherst for a free concert at Bezanson Recital Hall on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Submitted photo

  • An exhibit of new prints by Elisa Lanzi, “Silk Roads/Paper Trails,” has opened at the Elusie Gallery in Easthampton.

Thursday, March 14, 2019
UMass Amherst presents guest artists in concert

Beginning Wednesday, March 20, the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present three concerts featuring a diverse group of guest artists, faculty and alumni. The concerts will take place in Bezanson Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m., and all are free and open to the public.

 Kris Danielsen starts things off on March 20 by joining faculty pianist Nikki Stoia in a concert that will include works by Pryor, Mozart, and Jongen, plus the premiere of Danielsen’s trombone sonata. He is a freelance trombonist and educator in New England; he is also the bass trombonist of the regional ensemble Valley Winds.

The other concerts include the New York City-based SoundMind Ensemble on March 25, which will perform works by works by Dvořák, Gesualdo, Reicha, and Will Healy. The ensemble includes UMass bassoon lecturer Rémy Taghavi. And on March 26, the Feathery Jazz Quartet, led by 2006 UMass graduate and saxophonist Lena Bloch, will perform music inspired by 20th- and 21st-century jazz and Middle-Eastern, Jewish, and Eastern-European music.


Musical benefit for Rosenberg Fund

Celebrated folk-rockers The Mammals will play a benefit show on Saturday, March 16 in Haydenville for the Rosenberg Fund for Children, the Easthampton organization that helps the children of parents targeted by the government for their political activism.

The Mammals, led by Mike Menrenda, Ruth Ungar and a rotating group of touring musicians, have been described as “subversive acoustic traditionalists” who play a mix of  traditional folk, soul, old-time, blues, Cajun, and other rootsy sounds.

The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Valley View Farm, 16 Walpole Road in Haydenville and is part of the Hinterland Live series, which pairs live music with farm-to-table meals served in a 19th-century barn. Saturday’s dining event begins at 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets for music and dinner are $60 in advance and $65 at the door. Music only is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit laudable.productions for more information.


New exhibit at Elusie Gallery

The Elusie Gallery in Easthampton has opened a new exhibit by Elisa Lanzi, “Silk Roads/Paper Trails,” which features original hand-pulled monotype prints, handmade paper works and an illustrated haiku portfolio.

Accoring to press notes, the artist explores “the geography of ancient silk routes — the crossroads, oases, and waterways — as avenues for conveying the invention of papermaking across the globe. Lanzi fuses her own family history, real and imagined, onto these same routes ending up in the Mediterranean,” using painterly monotypes, handmade paper and Japanese washi paper.

The exhibit runs through April 6. For more information about the show and visiting hours at the Elusie Gallery, visit bigredframe.com/the-elusie-gallery/ or call (413) 529-9265.