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Upcoming Events

Dark Dining Room House Concert Series

Dark Dining Room brings the intimacy of your living room to the grandeur of Wistariahurst Museum’s Music Room. Concert curators Matthew Larsen and Greg Saulmon will again serve up two courses of amazing local and national musicians for a concert in February and March.

The concert on Friday, March 7 offers Matthew Larsen and the Documents. Sometimes short, quiet and sweet, and other times building into wall-of-sound Hotel-California-like anthems, Matthew’s songs often recall serious health issues (Matthew underwent a stem cell transplant at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston in 2005). Greg Saulmon, Alex Peterson and Mark Schwaber join Matthew on stage to contribute multi-part harmonies and quiet percussion.

Kevin O’Rourke will be opening the concert. Over the past 15 years, Kevin O’Rourke and Co. have been consistently writing and releasing beautiful, literate, contemplative and meditative material that has been described as “committed to the notion that there’s a place for popular music that values the sublime and restrained over the raw and showy.” (Boston Globe). Beginning with the self-titled debut EP in 1999, and the first full length, Nine the following year, Lo Fine has been well received, described as “utterly beautiful alt-country that has earned them a devoted following in New England, where newspapers regularly name them one of the region’s most treasured acts.” (Hybrid).

Enjoy some light refreshments provided by Holyoke Hummus while enjoying the concerts. There will also be a cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows. Reservations are suggested as these are popular concerts.

This event is sponsored by New England Public Radio, NEPR News Network.

when: Saturday March 7, 2015 7:30 pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 322 5660
price: Admission $18 general / $15 members
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/dark-dining-room-house-concert-series-2/
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THIS ENGLAND

As part of the world tour this season that our audiences are taking with us from their seats, this concert is featuring three English composers:
Sir Edward Elgar "Enigma Variations" - the beauty of this piece is not one of the enigmas!
Ralph Vaughan Williams "Concerto for Oboe and Strings"
featuring oboe soloist Aaron Lakota
Sir William Walton "Crown Imperial" first played at the coronation of King George VI in 1937.

when: Sunday at 3 pm on March 8
where: Holyoke Community College
Fine and Performing Arts Bldg. Leslie Phillips Auditorium
price: no admission charge. Donations are appreciated
info: www.holyokecivicsymphony.org
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Holyoke Creative Art Center Spring Session

Register now for Spring Session! The Holyoke Creative Arts Center offers weekly classes in upholstery, chair caning, wood carving, quilting, painting, drawing, writing, and stained glass.

For more information or to register for classes, visit the Holyoke Creative Arts Center website.

when: Monday, March 9 - Saturday, May 2, 2015
where: Holyoke Creative Arts Center
384 #A Dwight St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: class prices vary
info: www.holyokecac.org
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Cyclonic: Readings from 'Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay'

Join us for an unforgettable evening of a unique musical experience titled Cyclonic. Cyclonic is a dramatized stage rendering of four scenes from the book The Queen of Vaudeville, told with music and pictures. Holyoke’s own Eva Tanguay (1878-1947) was the biggest star of the vaudeville stage, a variety-format entertainment that was hugely popular in the years 1880-1920. Eva took vaudeville by storm and was soon the highest-paid performer in vaudeville.
Author Andrew Erdman came up with the idea of turning an ordinary book signing into a something livelier – a musical show. Acclaimed songwriter and musician, Mary Lorson, has written songs inspired by Eva, as well as interpreted a number of the tunes that helped Tanguay to become the “cyclonic comedienne” of the vaudeville stage. Cyclonic not only gives a taste of the book Queen of Vaudeville and a sample of Mary Lorson’s performing talents, but also revives the spirit of Eva Tanguay, the mighty queen of vaudeville—if only for an evening.
This event is sponsored by MIFA, Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts. Reservations required and can be purchased online at wistariahurst.org.

when: Saturday April 18, 2015 7:30 pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
413-322-5660
price: Tickets are $20 general / $15 members
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/cyclonic-readings-from-queen-of-vaudeville-the-story-of-eva-tanguay/
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Steve Curylo in Concert

Chicopee’s own Baritone Steve Curylo, accompanied by pianist Jerry Noble, will present a recital with music of Mendelssohn, Purcell, Sullivan, Vaughan Williams and others all sung in the English language.


when: Sunday April 26, 2015 3:00 pm
where: Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 322 5660
price: Admission $12 general / $10 members.
info: http://wistariahurst.org/events/steve-curylo-in-concert/
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Holyoke Creative Art Center Spring Session

Register now for Spring Session! The Holyoke Creative Arts Center offers weekly classes in upholstery, chair caning, wood carving, quilting, painting, drawing, writing, and stained glass.

For more information or to register for classes, visit the Holyoke Creative Arts Center website.

when: Monday, March 9 - Saturday, May 2, 2015
where: Holyoke Creative Arts Center
384 #A Dwight St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
price: class prices vary
info: www.holyokecac.org

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