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Sunday, November 8 at 4 PM: StompBoxTrio

StompBoxTrio is a Western MA-based band that blends classic 20th-century American music with 21st-century mojo to create a sonic, soulful, hip-shakin sound all their own. They came together as a one-off gig project, found that their collective sound, feel and mutual love & admiration for American roots and blues music, history & tradition was something they wanted to share.

Featuring Evelyn Harris, vocals & percussion; John Cabán, dobro, vocals & stompbox; and David Rodriguez, wood bass, vocals & foot tambourine.

    All donations will be split between musicians and the Society’s Sanctuary Fund. Since April, 2018, the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence has provided sanctuary to Irida Kakhtiranova, a mother, wife, friend, community member, worker and U.S. taxpayer. Irida came to the Unitarian Society via the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, a local nonprofit working tirelessly towards immigration justice. Sanctuary allows someone who is in danger of deportation to have a protected place to live while making a case for asylum or citizenship-They have built lives and contributed to their communities here;for many, return to their native countries would destroy a family or pose a threat to their safety.

About Our Sanctuary

Our sanctuary is a beautiful space, with wonderful acoustics and a Steinway model B, built in 1907 and thoroughly refurbished in 2018. While nothing can equal a live performance, we will broadcast with Sennheiser MKH 40 RF microphones, which are designed to resist humidity, into a Sound Devices MixPre-6.

PAST PERFORMANCE: Sunday, Oct. 18 at 4 PM

Heather Reichgott and Gregory Hayes: Together...but Apart, a concert of works for piano four hands dedicated to the memory of Nadine Shank, a superb musician and beloved colleague.

Featuring Waltzes, op. 39 (1865), Johannes Brahms; Sonata in D major, K. 448 (1781), W.A Mozart; and Petite Suite (1886-1889), Claude Debussy.

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PAST PERFORMANCE: Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 PM

Internationally-acclaimed performer Reggie Harris performed a joyous concert of songs and stories celebrating unity and social justice.

A man who brings stories and music and justice to a world that needs to hear it in every form.
— ARNIE ARNESEN, HOST OF “THE ATTITUDE” RADIO SHOW

This was more than a concert! This event provided both an anchor and an inspiration . . . I don't know if Bass Hall has ever heard such gorgeous and invigorating harmonies. Thank you for bringing Reggie.
— GORDON PEERY, MONADNOCK CENTER FOR HISTORY AND CULTURE, PETERBOROUGH, NH

PAST PERFORMANCE: Sunday, Sept. 20 at 4 PM

Soprano Christien Beeuwkes joined pianist Dana Maiben in a song recital including works by Franz Schubert, and W.A, Mozart, along with Vincent Persichetti’s settings of four Emily Dickinson poems, and the online premiere of a new set of songs by Maiben, “Love Is Not All—Six Poems of Edna Saint Vincent Millay.”
Here is the recording of the live stream:

PAST PERFORMANCE: Sunday, August 23 at 4 PM

On August 23, the Society’s incoming Music Director, pianist Lemuel Gurtowsky, performed with the talented young mezzo-soprano Natalie Lewis, a rising senior at UMass Amherst, in a recital of art songs, opera arias, spirituals and jazz.

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PAST PERFORMANCE: Sunday, August 9 at 4 PM

On August 9, Monica Jakuc Leverett, (www.monicajakucleverett.com), internationally distinguished pianist and Smith College Professor Emerita of Music, performed A Program of Pieces in the Pandemic, music for solo piano and toy piano, with works by J.S. Bach, John Cage, Kaeza Fearn, and Franz Schubert:

PAST PERFORMANCE: Sunday, July 26 at 4 PM

On July 26, the Bob Sparkman Trio inaugurated the series, with veteran jazz clarinetist Bob Sparkman, pianist Clifton “Jerry” Noble, Jr, and electric bassist Kara Noble in a freewheeling improvisatory journey through traditional jazz and the American Songbook.

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About the Cause

Our Sanctuary Fund

Irida is a Russian immigrant fighting deportation so that she can stay with her husband and three children. Irida took sanctuary inside the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence in May 2018 as she waits for the courts to re-open her immigration case. She has been separated from her family for months, forced to live away from her children and husband who is unable to work due to physical disability. Irida is asking the community for financial assistance during this struggle. All of your donations go toward paying rent, purchasing food and keeping the lights on at home while Irida is separated from her family.