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Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
Thursday, Dec. 2 – Wednesday, Dec 29 from 5 -8 p.m.


The oldest Shaker village in New England sparkles with a new multi-sensory winter experience. Enjoy five stunning art light projections that immerse you in wonder. Stroll through the 19th-century village transformed with festive decorations. Gather for holiday cocktails by the fire. Say goodnight to donkeys, sheep, and other animals.

The Colonial Theater, Pittsfield
Thursday, Dec. 2 – Thursday, Dec. 23


Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a timeless tale of joy and goodwill about a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including the unforgettable title song, “White Christmas.”

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Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Storrs, Conn.
Saturday Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.


Emmy and Tony Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth presents an evening of good humor and personal reminiscences, featuring songs from her album, For the Girls and selections from her latest album, Happiness is…Christmas! — her first collection of holiday music in more than a decade.

Springfield Museums
Saturday, Dec. 11 from 5 – 7 p.m.


Enjoy the stunning architecture and glittering lights on the Museums grounds while hobnobbing with your favorite holiday characters — the Grinch under the arch of the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, Rudolph on the Quadrangle Green, Frosty the Snowman at the Smith Museum of Art, and Santa on the Science Museum loggia. This event is free and open to the public.

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BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity, Florence
Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

Academy of Music, Northampton
Friday, Dec. 10 – Sunday, Dec. 12


Pioneer Valley Ballet returns to the stage for a one-hour production of The Nutcracker. Come along with Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, and then travel to the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. This production is a treasured community event that features dancers from across the Pioneer Valley performing roles ranging from sparkling snowflakes to the tiniest reindeer.

William Hooker Trio with Hans Tammen & Adam Lane
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, Greenfield
Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity, Florence


Join the Washington, D.C.-based, African American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock for a rare and intimate celebration of the Holy Days. With five-part harmonies and sign language interpretation, Sweet Honey’s sound ranges from African to blues to gospel and jazz. Celebrating the Holy Days offers a rare fusion of traditional American holiday spiritual songs and hymns, as well as songs from other cultures and religions ranging from Africa to Israel.

The Clark, Williamstown
Sunday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


It’s winter at The Clark — whether you stay inside or head outdoors. Explore images of indoor and outdoor spaces in the galleries with a special self-guide. Walk the trails to take in winter's beauty and discover the pop-up exhibition, Anne Thompson: Trail Signs. Stop by the Conforti Pavilion to make giftable keepsakes to brighten up your home. Reservations for free timed tickets are required.

Concerts through Dec. 8

One of the great (and sometime over-looked) advantages of life in our region is the abundance of performances from our local colleges and universities. For instance, this month at UMass Amherst, there’s the “Holiday Card to Amherst” choral concert on Sunday, December 5, Jazz Ensemble I on Thursday, December 7, the All-University Orchestra concert on Friday, December 8 and more.

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Mechanics Hall, Worcester
Saturday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.

    
An annual tradition for over 120 years, Handel’s most famous oratorio returns to the venerable Mechanics Hall. Presented by Music Worcester and The Worcester Chorus, the concert features conductor Chris Shepard, soprano soloist Sarah Callinan, alto soloist Agnes Vojtko, tenor soloist Steve Mitchell and bass soloist Cailin Marcel Manson.

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Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
Friday, Dec. 3 – Saturday, Dec. 11


Tanya Barfield’s Bright Half Life is a joyful and complicated chronicle of a deeply committed lesbian relationship. Moving seamlessly from head-over-heels romance to marriage to children to skydiving and so many little intimacies in between, the two characters, Vicky and Erica, span decades in an instant and slowly, delightfully, allow us to know and love them.

Northampton Center for the Arts
Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4


If you love books, this fair provides a wonderful opportunity to find interesting treasures. Meet antiquarian booksellers, ephemera dealers, book artists and fine letterpress publishers. Many are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers, the Ephemera Society of America, the Fine Press Book Association and other guilds of artisanal book artists.

Art for the Soul Gallery in Tower Square, Springfield
Reception Sunday, Nov. 28, 4 – 8 p.m.

Streaming Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.

The overture to Giacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville opens a program connected to the concept of time. Contemporary composer Mary D. Watkins’s achingly beautiful Soul of Remembrance encapsulates through music a journey through the dark times of our history and ends with a resolute optimism for the future. The concert concludes with Franz Schubert’s revolutionary Symphony No. 9, In C Major, "The Great."

Friday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m.

The spectacular architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds of the Quadrangle will sparkle and shimmer against a dazzling outdoor lighting display. This festive holiday celebration features entertainment by Vinny the Bubble Guy and visits to the Under the Sea gingerbread exhibition. This event is free and open to the public — museum admission is not required.

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Thursday, Nov. 25

Preserve your own unique oral history with a loved one and transform the holidays into a time of intergenerational sharing by participating in StoryCorps’ The Great Thanksgiving Listen. This annual tradition encourages young people — and people of all ages — to create an oral history of our times by recording an interview with an elder, mentor, friend, or someone they admire.

Academy of Music, Northampton
Sunday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.


The Valley Winds is an elite wind ensemble of Pioneer Valley musicians committed to exploring new musical languages and engaging and inspiring the next generations of musicians. Musical Tapas will present a tasty collection of old favorites and world premieres for brass and woodwinds, including “Brancaleone,” a new work by Brazilian composer Jayme Vignoli, winner of The Valley Winds 2021 International Composition Competition.

Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m.
    
Livestreamed from Robyn Newhouse Hall at the Community Music School of Springfield, the concert will feature the Springfield Youth Sinfonia, conducted by Marsha Hassett, and the Springfield Youth Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Lam. The two groups of young musicians will explore the music of Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Dvořák and other composers.

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Guy Mintus

Nov 18, 2021

Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity
Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.


Israeli pianist, composer, vocalist and educator Guy Mintus is a trained concert pianist with the energy of a rock-star and a jazz musician’s sense of adventure who’s unafraid to throw into the mix his native Middle Eastern scales and rhythms. Coming from a mixed heritage of Iraqi, Moroccan & Polish Jews, his music is a meeting point between different rivers of inspiration flowing freely into each other.

MASS MoCA, North Adams
Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.


Composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra’s Fragility Etudes explores humanity’s interdependence with the natural environment through a world of sound. One of SPIN’s “100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music,” Ibarra brings together six musicians — including Cibo Matto co-founder Yuka C. Honda and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe in a dynamic score of overlapping rhythms experienced in the round.

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Holyoke High School
Thursday, Nov. 18 – Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.


Low Budget High School Play, written and directed HHS by Performing & Media Arts student Alysha Izquierdo, is a multimedia tongue-in-cheek comedy that centers around a student theater group trying to produce their first play without help or funding. This hilarious play is all too relatable for anyone that has ever been involved in high school theater. Will the group quit, or will they persevere through the ridiculous problems they are faced with?

Tillis Performance Hall, Bromery Center for the Arts, UMass Amherst
Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.


Christian Sands, Billy Taylor Jazz Artist-in-Residence, is one of the most exciting young jazz musicians today, enjoying a remarkable career trajectory, touring and recording with Christian McBride’s Inside Straight and Trio, and collaborating with the likes of Gregory Porter and Ulysses Owens. Playing selections from his stunning new album, Be Water, Sands takes inspiration from water’s tranquility and power in gorgeous and thrilling compositions.

Livestreaming Thursday, Nov. 18 – Sunday, Nov. 21

The annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare is a residency program at 10 high schools in Massachusetts and neighboring New York which deeply engages students through personally meaningful, educationally rigorous and dramatically compelling experiences of Shakespeare's classical dramas. Students from multiple schools work collaboratively, exploring Shakespeare’s words, unpacking the humor and the heartbreak, the intensity and humanity of these unparalleled plays.

BOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity, Florence
Saturday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.


With free improvisations and an homage to Israeli songwriting masters, the Gilad Hekselman Trio plays with sound in unique ways, enveloping psychedelic elements with vibrant changes to traditional musical themes. A night out with The Gilad Hekselman Trio makes for an unforgettable evening of essential listening for jazz guitar fans.

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Saturday, Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Make-It Springfield is a multicultural place that, invites creativity, invention and artistic experimentation through dialogue, collaboration and the sharing of skills and ideas. Discover the arts and crafts of Make-It Fair vendors, find unique gifts, and enjoy food and music.

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Thursday, Nov. 11

To celebrate Veterans Day, Old Sturbridge Village will present special activities celebrating the nation’s military history. Listen to fife and drum music, watch musket and cannon demonstrations, and see how American military uniforms have changed over the past 200 years. All active, veteran and retired members of the military and their families (up to 6 people) receive free admission on Veterans Day.

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Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7

The 27th Annual CiderDays will celebrate all things cider, apples and orchards with the 2021 CiderDays Cider Trail, featuring local orchards and cideries that you can drive to in the safety of your own car. Some venues on the trail will have special offerings just for CiderDays.

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BOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity, Florence
Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.


Check out BOMBYX, the brand concert new venue in Florence. The Wildmans come from the hills of Floyd, Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian mountain music tradition. From campsite jamming at festivals and fiddler's conventions and college-level music education comes the foundation for musical exploration that reflects the growth and passion of these talented musicians.

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