PVS IN THE NEWS
Pioneer Valley Symphony offers a musical tribute to the community after a year of collective grief, resilience and hope
April 20, 2021
"On Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 7 p.m., the Pioneer Valley Symphony (PVS) will mark a year of collective grief, resilience and hope with the online event, Fauré’s Requiem: A Community Tribute. Music lovers, singers and musicians are invited to listen, sing or play along with the beloved work, interspersed with video stories from local community members reflecting on the tragedy and triumph they have experienced during the pandemic..."
Pioneer Valley Symphony hosts an evening with musical treasure and Pulitzer-winner Lewis Spratlan
February 15, 2021
"Lewis Spratlan, composer and Professor Emeritus at Amherst College, knows all too well that good things come to those who wait...and those who don’t give up. Spratlan, a world-renowned composer of choral, operatic, chamber and orchestra music, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for an opera he had completed thirty years before in 1978 as a professor at Amherst College. The journey from completion to production was quite a saga..."
Pioneer Valley Symphony launches new virtual series on racial diversity, Musical Mosaic: America’s Composers of Color
January 7, 2021
"For many years, Tianhui Ng, Music Director at the Pioneer Valley Symphony (PVS), has been curious about the future of classical music, particularly symphonic music. "I often ask young people if they’ve ever heard an orchestra, and I hear things like, ‘you just don’t play anything that looks or sounds like me...'"
‘The show must go on’: Pioneer Valley Symphony celebrates full virtual season with decades-old Holiday Concert tradition
December 3, 2020
"Although the year 2020 has seen the temporary closing of many local arts and cultural organizations throughout Western Massachusetts and beyond, this fall the Pioneer Valley Symphony (PVS) has been busier than ever..."
Leading expert on aging singing voices to speak at Pioneer Valley Symphony event
October 28, 2020
"It’s no secret that our bodies change as we age, but did you know our voices do, as well? 'For singers, the human body is a living instrument,' said Sarah Pauquet, Chorus Director at the Pioneer Valley Symphony..."
PVS brings Education Concert "magic" to whole region in virtual Peer Gynt
September 23, 2020
"Like many local cultural and performing arts organizations, the Pioneer Valley Symphony (PVS) saw its 81st season abruptly end due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the cancelled events was the highly-anticipated 25th annual Education Concert..."
Dark River virtual singalong celebrates Black artists and activists
July 20, 2020
"On Tuesday, July 28, at 7pm, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, under the direction of Tianhui Ng, will launch its Virtual Summer Singalong Series with Mary D. Watkins's captivating opera, Dark River (2009)..."
Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra hosting online musical event on May 8th
Channel 22 Mass Appeal - May 5, 2021
"The Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra is marking the ups and downs of this past year by hosting an online musical event on May 8. The event, which includes music and stories from the community..."
A common lens through music
The Greenfield Recorder - May 6, 2021
"At the height of the pandemic last year, music played an integral role in bringing people together. Viral videos of opera singers in Italy and New York singing to their neighbors brought a moment of peace in the face of an unknown future. Locally, community musicians..."
Pioneer Valley Symphony to host evening with Pulitzer winner Lewis Spratlan
The Greenfield Recorder - February 18, 2021
"Lewis Spratlan, composer and professor emeritus at Amherst College, knows well that good things come to those who wait — and to those who don’t give up..."
Pioneer Valley Symphony presents five-part Musical Mosaic Series
Channel 22 Mass Appeal - January 15, 2021
"This weekend (the Pioneer Valley Symphony) launches a new series of programs starting with a celebration of black composers. Tianhui Ng, Music Director, from the Pioneer Valley Symphony is with us now to talk about it..."
Pioneer Valley Symphony to present 'Evolving Voice' online
MassLive - November 2, 2020
"If you are a vocalist who has wondered how to sing healthily and well for as long as possible, the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Virtual Offerings has just the program for you..."
Local orchestra focuses on women composers
Mount Holyoke College - October 28, 2020
"A challenge for symphony orchestras is how to expose audiences who are comfortable with the standard set of canonical composers to new music and to music by underrepresented and unknown artists..."
Pioneer Valley Symphony to present virtual Peer Gynt
MassLive - September 26, 2020
"What child, having once heard the gruff bassoons barking out the melody of In the Hall of the Mountain King from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, could ever forget the menacing march of the troll monarch?"
NIU Professor Janice Hamlet Discusses Brings Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer's Life to Light in Virtual Music Project
Broadway World Chicago - August 25, 2020
"NIU Communications Professor Janice Hamlet was chosen as the featured speaker for two virtual performances of a new musical project this summer, NIU Today reports..."
Hamlet tells story of civil rights activist in ‘Black River’ theater production
NIU Today - August 24, 2020
"NIU Communications Professor Janice Hamlet can add musical theater to her list of experiences..."
Using music to tip the scales of justice
Mount Holyoke College - August 24, 2020
"On May 13, White Snake Projects, which presents original and socially relevant operas, staged an online concert of compositions by musicians and composers from around the world committed to using the power of words and music to bring about meaningful change..."