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Pioneer Valley Symphony Responds to Ukraine Crisis;
adds de Hartmann's Symphonie-Poème

March 13, 2022

"In response to the current conflict in Ukraine, The Pioneer Valley Symphony (PVS) will add the prelude and postlude of Thomas de Hartmann's third Symphonie-Poème to its concert on March 19 at 7:00 PM at Tillis Performance Hall at the Bromery Center for the Arts in Amherst, MA. The program also includes the world premiere of Andrés Martín’s Vox Concerto for cello and Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1919)..."

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...'"

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)..."

‘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..."


Music as it was meant to be played: Pioneer Valley Symphony returns for first full, in-person performance in over two years

Daily Hampshire Gazette - March 10, 2022

"As tough as the pandemic has been for musicians, it’s been a particular challenge for symphonic groups. Between COVID restrictions in venues that limit how many people can be on a stage, to the need for social distancing among players, live performance opportunities have been limited at best. The Pioneer Valley Symphony is no stranger to those circumstances..."

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..."

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