In 1987 a small group of dedicated individuals with a passion for the performing arts, had a dream to create a cultural center in north central Massachusetts. That vision was the inception of the 1794 Meetinghouse Performing Arts Center; offering performing arts and theater of every genre, to everybody.
2014 marks our 20th season bringing you an exciting and varied range of performances including heart-stopping bluegrass, traditional and eclectic rock, classical, jazz, blues, soul, and new age music.
As we approach our 300th production at the Meetinghouse, we reflect upon the past and set our sights toward the future… and we come to realize how intricate the relationship is that we share with you. We cannot achieve our goals without your help. Your attendance is essential not only to us financially, but also it completes the connection in the unique relationship that occurs between artist and audience. Without you, the performance can't exist. And finally, please remember that your tax deductible donations, sponsorships and corporate underwriting are the very life blood which allows us to continue to make world class performances available and accessible to everyone.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
A concert and photographic exhibit
in honor of Jean Stabell,
champion of the arts and
friend of the 1794 Meeting House
Lynne Krayer-Luke, flute
Vanessa Breault Mulvey, flute
Janet Kraft, Piano
Julianne Mulvey, Bassoon
Fantasia in C for Piano - Robert Schumann
Pathways - Efrain Amaya
Sacred Spaces/Sacred Objects - C. M. Breault
B minor Suite No. 2 - Johann Sebastian Bach
Awake - Erica Peel
Frank - Erica Peel
The Moldau (Vlata) - Bedrich SmetanaFlight of the Bumblebee - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
This concert is run as a benefit for the Meetinghouse. Please join us in celebrating Jean, and supporting the place she loved so much.
Adults $10. Children 12 and under FREE.
Join the global event for social change through music. On September 20th musicians and music lovers will gather on stages, street corners, and schools for a global day of action to bring music into the lives of children and to promote positive social change everywhere. Please join us at the 1794 Meetinghouse!
Help Us Raise Money to Replace the Roof
Our roofing is old and needs to be replaced, and we need to repaint at least some of the interrior. Please help us raise the roof!
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The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities,and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.
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Located on the common in New Salem, Massachusetts, 1794 Meetinghouse, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts organization founded in 1987 and dedicated to a twofold purpose: the creation and production of a varied range of accessible, enjoyable, high quality art and cultural programs which engage, entertain, and educate people of all ages; and the preservation, maintenance, and continued service of its historic building in the beautiful North Quabbin region. The concerts at the Meetinghouse are our most valuable activity, but we also offer internships, prizes and scholarships to area high school students. In addition, we provide support and a home base for the Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, the region’s community chorus.
Betsy-Dawn Williams, aka BeeDee, (who also plays with Girl Howdy) brings her vocals, rhythm guitar, and songwriting to the forefront with her current band, the Doo-Rites. Playing with the passion and energy of a gal whose dress is on fire, Li'l BeeDee is on a mission to burn down the house, with a commitment to spreading sheer joy through a fusion of big beat rockabilly, rhythm & blues and a promise to "do ya right". BeeDee is joined by Jeff Potter on piano and vocals, Frankie Blandino on lead guitar, Mark Neveu on bass, and Doug Plavin on drums.
Sarah Clay plays soulful jazz featuring vocals and flute, and she brings a sublime band, each player a jazz master: Claire Arenius on drums, Ed Brainerd on flugelhorn, Ken Forfia on piano, and Wayne Roberts on upright bass. They will swing to celebrate Spring, mix in some Bossa Nova, wail on the Blues, sigh with a ballad, maybe even tickle a Tango.
She studied classical flute with a member of the Radio City Hall Orchestra, got hooked on jazz as a teen listening to her dad play jazz guitar, got a degree in Musical Performance Practice from NYU and took private vocal lessons in LA. In addition to performing she also teaches voice and flute in her own studio, and Jazz and Contemporary Voice at Holyoke Community College.
Barrett is a 15 year veteran of Boston's blues scene. In December of 2013, he was awarded a venerable Boston Music Award, Blues Artist of the Year, beating out such musical luminaries as Roomful of Blues and The James Montgomery Band. Originality, strong songwriting, and backbeat heavy, danceable grooves are at the core of what Barrett does.
Heather is a western Massachusetts based adventurous folk artist who has received numerous accolades for her startlingly soulful voice and literate songwriting exploring themes of spirituality, transformation, and impermanence. Critics are quickly discovering Maloney's talent with No Depression raving "Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking..." while Blurt Magazine wrote "Heather Maloney is one of the most talented tradition-based singer-songwriters I've heard in some time...the writing is stunning."
Elizabeth is a violinist who has established a multifaceted career as performer, teacher, and arts administrator. She has given solo recitals throughout the United States as well is in Europe and South America and she has appeared as soloist with orchestras both in the US and in Europe. She is currently a faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. She has taught master classes in France, Germany, Brazil, China, and in many institutions in the United States. She'll perform a marathon Bach program featuring solo violin sonatas and partitas.
National Touring Artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round. The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.
Winterpills are an Indie Rock band from Northampton fronted by Philip Price and Flora Reed. Their sound is characterized by acoustic folk-pop, male-female harmonies and melancholic songwriting. They've been received warmly by critics, garnering comparisons to The Byrds and Simon & Garfunkel. Their albums have received high praise from major print media including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and the Boston Globe.
With wit and acumen, Conductor Charles Heffernan leads Quabbin Valley Pro Musica on a jaunty musical tour for its 2014 summer concert. Dr. Heffernan is professor emeritus of music at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His conducting and teaching careers have taken him from coast to coast in the US and Canada as he has groomed choruses, music educators, and solo performers.
This year’s concert includes four pieces, the first two sung a cappella and the last two accompanied by Judy Johnson on piano:
Tumbling Bones is a trio of young men inspired by old music. They play a mix of original compositions and traditional material drawing on bluegrass, pre-war folk, and a bit of the contemporary rock 'n' roll the guys were reared on. They make their music with nothing but acoustic instruments, tap shoes, and most of all, their voices.
Ashley was born and raised in Harvard, Massachusetts, where she first began performing music at talent shows and open mics in her early teens. She ignited a more focused music journey when she began performing original songs on the streets of Boston as a â€œbuskerâ€¯ just before the age of 15. Now in her early 20's, her unique style and unforgettable original tunes compel listeners of all ages to stop and listen. . In the past year, Ashley has garnered numerous music awards including Limelight Magazine's "Country Artist of the Year" and The Worcester Music Award's "Best Country/Americana Act" and "Best Female Vocalist".
Age Level: Pre-K to 2nd Grade, Family Friendly.
This modern day version of the classic fairy tale has a nutritional twist which adds an educational component to the tale. Eating more fruits and vegetables is a requirement in the Queen's Kingdom and the little Princess doesn't eat or like green vegetables. But what happens when the Princess mistakenly eats the green pea under all those mattresses? Wanderfully crafted puppets performed with a beautifully detailed hand puppet stage enhances the show and presents a creative way for teaching children the importance of adding more healthily foods to their diets.
Accomplished storyteller Nicol brings her puppet characters to life in this classic fairy tale, teaching many universal lessons of goodness, nutrition and moral fiber. She has created the hand puppet stage and all the puppet characters performed in this Princess and Pea performance. Nicol has a BFA in Painting and Sculpture and an MFA in puppetry. Nicol's business, Wanderful Creations, offers many children's puppetry programs, some about recycling and some with nutritional themes, as an entertaining way of teaching children about living well.
There will be a meet and greet with both puppet and puppeteer after the performance.
Both Sides Now: American Songbook Old & New. Beth is a jazz vocalist who enjoys interpreting and performing the great American Standards. Molly's distinctive touch on the piano has made her a major player on the highly competitive Boston jazz scene. As a team Beth and Molly are popular throughout the greater Boston area, and they also have recognition in Western Massachusetts through frequent performances in the Williamstown and Amherst areas. Joining them for their Meetinghouse performance are Steve Bulmer on bass, Eddie Brainard on flugelhorn, and Claire Arenius on drums.
Moonlight and Morning Star have been singing together for fifteen years, performing all over the East Coast. Their concerts take audiences into a world of diverse music, with unique interpretations of jazz standards, beloved R&B classics, Gospel, Jewish soul, and originals. Moonlight is known for his blues and Gospel interpretations, and Morning Star's spoken word pieces delve deeply into both personal and universal themes. They are set to vocal and instrumental music, largely composed and arranged by Moonlight. Miro is a brilliant pianist who has graced our Meetinghouse stage several times. This show is a special family reunion treat, as Miro is home visiting mom Morning Star and step-dad Moonlight after attending the prestigious jazz masters program at the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA.
Mark and Raianne are a folk duo who presents songs which resonate with the lover of Americana and old country music, familiar traditional melodies, and poignant, introspective lyrics. They've shared the stage with the likes of Garnet Rogers, Joan Osborne, John Gorka, Antje Duvekot, David Wax Museum and Brownbird. Mark and Raianne are also well-known for their annual Massachusetts Walking Tour. They'll be joined on stage by their studio band for an entertaining, foot-stomping afternoon.
Singer songwriter Richard Chase has earned the respect of audiences throughout the North Quabbin region and beyond with his superbly crafted songs and tasteful musicianship. A talented multi instrumentalist, Chase has appeared on many stages from coast to coast in a variety of genres that include symphonic, orchestral, jazz, pop, original, rock, choral, contra, theatre, as well solo work. Chase draws from this diverse background, and this is evident in his music and in the many ways one might find him in the North Quabbin Region. Richard will involve some of this region's many talented performers and friends as guests, so expect a variety-filled, fun and diverse concert.
Elan is a Juilliard-trained, world-renowned interpreter of music written by Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann. He has performed widely across Europe, including England, Ireland, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, as well as throughout the U.S., in Canada and the Dominican Republic, in venues including London's Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, Santa Fe Symphony, and St. John's, Smith Square in London. Elan joins us from the Netherlands, and he will present the diverse, remarkable, and unique oeuvre of the important Russian composer Thomas de Hartmann (1885-1956).
In the summer of 2010, Tim Harrington and Paul Wright were playing for spare change in Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In a few short years since, Tall Heights has headlined packed listening rooms across the country, toured down to Austin, TX to showcase at the South by Southwest Music Festival, and performed alongside national acts like Laura Marling, Ryan Montbleau, and Andrew Belle. The duo performs with just a cello and guitar. Their harmonies are stunning, their musicianship exquisite, and their songwriting is intricate and memorable. They performed at the Meetinghouse for the first time last year, and we're thrilled to have them return.
Mitch is a world-renowned musical director, pianist, guitarist and vocalist. He's worked with Joe Cocker, Kate Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, The J. Geils Band, Peter Wolf, Howlinâ€™ Wolf, Chuck Berry, Koko Taylor and many others, and he has also written for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He teaches at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts (PVPA) school in Amherst, MA.
Performers include: Glenn Jones, Marissa Nadler, Glitter Pen, Trevor Healy, Bunwinkies, Passerine, Matt Krefting
Glenn Jones - NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts
Guitarist Glenn Jones has carved a unique path for himself over the past quarter century. Taking up the guitar after hearing Hendrix's Axis: Bold as Love, he chose to play acoustic, plugging in only in his late 20s. He discovered the "American Primitive" music of John Fahey along the way, which led to a fascination with alternate tunings and alternate sounds, whether it was a Fahey-driven look backwards to the music of America's past, or a look beyond America to the music of other cultures.
But it was as an electric guitarist that Jones first caught the attention of listeners and critics, playing with Boston's Cul de Sac, where he welded fingerstyle guitar together with electronic and trance music: their nine albums included collaborations with Can's Damo Suzuki and with Fahey himself.
This century has seen Jones return to the acoustic sounds of his youth, writing elegant, evocative pieces for guitar and banjo that tell stories without words. My Garden State, a collection of meditations on memory and place, was released by Thrill Jockey in 2013.
Marissa Nadler "Dead City Emily" Offical Music Video
Marissa Nadler, who studied visual arts at RISD prior to making music her career, fingerpicks and sings "Lynchian torch songs, lovers' laments and suciide ballads oozing American gothic and LA noir, drenched in images of blood, decay and spectral semi-existences" (The Guardian) with "the sort of voice you'd follow straight to Hades" (Pitchfork). She has performed and collaborated with artists as diverse as Glenn Jones, James Blackshaw, Angel Olsen, Xasthur, and James Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem. Nadler's most recent album, July, was released in February, 2014.
Field Guide to a New England Life
Vermonters John Levin, Chris Weisman and Kurt Weisman comprise the trio Glitter Pen. Most of the music they play was composed between 1200 and 1600. They are primarily a recorder group but occasionally incorporate other early winds such as cornetto muto, shawm and medieval bagpipe.
Matt Weston at the Red Room Part 3
Matt Weston plays percussion and electronics, and has performed throughout the US and in Europe. He has studied and/or collaborated with Arthur Brooks, Bill Dixon, Kevin Drumm, Paul Flaherty, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Mary Halvorson, Le Quan Ninh, Bob Marsh, Ben Miller (ex-Destroy All Monsters), Roger Miller (Mission of Burma), Jim O'Rourke, William Parker, Ken Vandermark, Jack Wright, and many others. His work has earned critical praise from such publications as the Wire, the Village Voice, Signal To Noise, Cadence, All About Jazz, Grooves, and Bananafish. In addition to his solo work, Weston is a member of Barn Owl with Chris Cooper (Fat Worm Of Error) and Andy Crespo; and is a member of Thrillpillow with Plum Crane and Maggie Nowinski.
Rob Byrd/ Kris Thompson, Jeff Mission VJ, Precinct
Twilight Tipi is Rob Byrd on processed electric guitar and Kris Thompson on theremin. For over 10 years, they have performed their avant-celestial sounds at clubs, festivals, and loft spaces all over New England. Entirely improvised, their live sets grow organically, with Thompsonís theremin speaking in eldritch voices from the depths of vast expanses created by Byrdís ambient guitar.
Trevor Healy - Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia 5/10/2013
Trevor Healy is a guitarist and luthier based in Easthampton. A musician from an early age (he grew up playing Irish music at a local pub with his parents), he studied classical guitar at Skidmore College; his style has grown to be influenced by artists as varied as Fugazi, Lou Harrison, Ravi Shankar and John Fahey. Healyís composition 'Wrapped in Water' was included on the Tompkins Square release 'Beyond Berkeley Guitar' (2010), a collection of music from Bay Area fingerstyle guitarists. In 2011, following several years of training and apprenticeship, he opened Healy Guitars in Easthampton, where he builds his own line of acoustic and electric guitars.
Bunwinkes at The Really Big Show 2-24-13
Pioneer Valley favorite Bunwinkies, of Turner Falls and Easthampton, bring a sweet, folk-tinged psychedelia that incorporates the mellowness of 60s folk-rock with the darker seductiveness of 80s Paisley Underground groups like Opal and Mazzy Star. Map of Our New Constellations, Bunwinkiesí first LP, was released in December, 2011, by Northamptonís Feeding Tube Records; a follow-up record is currently in production.
Passerine at The Thing in the Spring
Passerine is a new project for Eric Gagne of Peterborough, NH, a solo departure from his work with groups such as Death to Tyrants, Redwing Blackbird, and Dweller on the Threshold. The songs--lo-fi, introspective musings punctuated with flashes of fingerpicking-- draw the listener close, like late-night talk around a campfire. Passerine's second album, 50, was released on cassette by Sophomore Lounge in May.
Matt Krefting is a writer and musician living in Western Massachusetts. He formed the Son of Earth trio with Aaron Rosenblum and John Shaw in 2000, played in the short-lived but much-loved slop-glam group The Believers, released a CD of rock covers on Ecstatic Peace!, plays in Idea Fire Company, and has been making solo tape music since he was 17. His High Hopes LP on Open Mouth Records was described as "profoundly affecting" by Volcanic Tongue, "new classic music" by Vital Weekly, and "a spectacular achievement" by Swill Radio. His writing has been published by Glass Eye Books and Kendra Steiner Editions, as well as in The Wire.
Holy Vex - Wallz - Live
Franklin Co. lost youths channeling a 20th century American Gothic rock n roll dementia not unlike Tav Falco's Panther Burns or the Cramps at their feral best.
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Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel - If You Want to Be a Bird
Peter Stampfel - Before the Deal Goes Down
The Dust Busters with Peter Stampfel - Indian War Whoop
As an original member of the Holy Modal Rounders (with Steve Weber) and the Fugs, Peter Stampfel's countercultural bonafides are sterling. The Holy Modal Rounders take on the traditional, "Hesitation Blues" kicked off the psychedelic age in 1964 with the immortal line "got my psych-o-delic feet in my psych-o-delic shoes, I believe lordy mama I got the psych-o-delic blues," and their lunatic "Bird Song" soundtracked one of the most iconic film sequences in 60s film, Fonda, Hopper and a football helmeted Jack Nicholson bound for glory in Easy Rider. Over a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Stampfel has shared stages with everyone from his fellow denizens of the Greenwich Village folk scene (names like Karen Dalton, Michael Hurley, Jim Kweskin, and yes, Bob Dylan) to younger acolytes like They Might Be Giants, Yo La Tengo and Bongwater. His music is spontaneous, unpredictable, occasionally outrageous and apparently he likes it that way.
Juan Wauters - Nena / Water / Ay Ay Ay
Juan Wauters - Sanity or Not
In 2000, Alberto Wauters left Uruguay to live in a basement in Queens. Two years later he called his son, Juan, to join him. Juan Wauters crossed the threshold into manhood when he arrived in New York. Working at a factory, the father and son pooled their money to bring their family to the borough of opportunity. With no friends to speak of, Juan turned to music to take control of the loneliness of his isolation. Juan was inspired by his new neighborhood of Jackson Heights and delighted to find that his library card gave him access to an abundance of new music. After three albums with The Beets, the Queens-based group he fronted for nearly ten years, Wauters dreams big on his debut solo record, N.A.P. North American Poetry; coming into his own as a singer. Live, Juan shares the stage with a revolving cast of international musicians of the highest caliber: vocalist Carmelle Safdie (Israel), multi-instrumentalist Tall Juan Zaballa (Argentina), percussionist Chie Mori (Japan), and flutist Amanda Rodi (Mexico). Matthew Volz heightens this lively and mood-altering experience with his painted banners, personal objects and manually manipulated light show. The ensemble is not to be missed.
Metal Mountains - Spirit In The Boot
Metal Mountains is the project of Tower Recordings members, Helen Rush, Samara Lubelski and Pat Gubler. Inhabiting a blissed out, whisper soft and feather light ambience reminiscent of performers like fellow innerscape travellers, Josh Burkett, Charalambides, and Fursaxa, their minimalist compositions pulse and breath with quiet insistence. The magical effect of a Metal Mountains performance is one not soon forgotten.
TARP - Mystery Train Records
This two man synth duo may be the ultimate outsider trip, eschewing most, if not all of the conventions that generally define synthesizer music since the 1970s -- the music of Tarp is NOT a journey ; it is NOT a soundscape ; it is NOT a brutal confrontation with futurity -- Tarp is two men with one big mind between them. Tarp IS Josh Burkett and Conrad Capistran.
Crystalline Roses Band
Crystalline Roses is the acoustic musical project of Anthony Pasquarosa of Belchertown, MA. Mixing one part Harry Smithís Anthology of American Folk Music, one part Faheyís ìAmerican Primitiveî guitar, and one part Robbie Basho ragas with Pasquarosaís own distinct style, the tunes and songs create a unique blend of cosmic string-band music. Crystalline Rosesí LP One Man Cult was released by Feeding Tube Records of Northampton, and an album of Pasquarosa's compositions for 12-string guitar was recently released by VDSQ.
Willie Lane - Ill Star
A native of Maine, guitarist Willie Lane began performing solo while a student at Hampshire College and developed significantly during a lengthy period residing in Philadelphia. In the crowded field of solo guitarists, his recordings and performances with acoustic and electric guitars are highly regarded for their spontaneity and individual style. Lane has also performed periodically as a soloist in various incarnations of MV & EE's Golden Road.
Tongue oven - Mary Lay Your Dagger Down
Northampton's Tongue Oven make acoustic folk with an experimental bent. Led by multi-instrumentalist Dan MacLeod (who may be found playing anything from banjo to jaw harp to singing saw) with an ever-changing cast of co-conspirators, they create haunting, instrument-driven tunes that are "the perfect soundtrack for everything from chopping wood to making love." (Valley Advocate)
Hallock Hill - The Chair
From Kosloff Mansion
Hallock Hill (New York-based guitarist Tom Lecky) uses laptop and guitar to create mesmerizing, evocative soundscapes firmly routed in improvisation. Hallock Hillís first release, The Union, was made up of nine textural pieces that cast an immediate warmth over the listener, while its electric pieces only hinted at the fragmented dissonances and ìstrange and fecund palette of soundsî (The Wire) that built the six-track suite of its follow-up, There He Unforeseen. Hallock Hill's Kosloff Mansion (2014), a collection of compositions for piano, is now available on Hundred Acre Recordings.
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FRIDAY: Performers include: Glenn Jones, Marissa Nadler, Glitter Pen, Matt Weston, Twilight Tipi, Trevor Healy, Bunwinkies, Passerine, Matt Krefting
SATURDAY: Performers include: Peter Stampfel, Juan Wauters, Metal Mountains, Crystalline Roses Band, Tarp, Willie Lane, Tongue Oven, Hallock Hill
Northern Routes is made possible in part by a generous support from: