Dear Friends of the Academy,
For the second year in a row we are thrilled to be the recipients of the Valley Advocate's "Best Place to See Live Theater!" Thank you to everyone who voted and we look forward to surpassing your expectations with diverse programming month after month.
We begin the month with a special 35th anniversary concert for the [email protected]
chorus on May 5th, and then we welcome back our friends at the Valley Winds for their performance of Entertainment!
on May 6th.
The following weekend brings the Starlight's Youth Theatre on May 12th and May 13th for a special performances of Les Miserables.
Indie folk singer Laura Marling comes to our stage on May 14th and special free screening of the documentary Generation Found
occurs on May 18th.
We finish the month with an evening with rock & roll legend David Crosby, who will bring his friends and music to Northampton on May 19th.
We're also excited to be participating along with hundreds of local nonprofits in Valley Gives on Tuesday, May 2nd
. As you plan your day of giving, please consider a contribution
to the Academy of Music in support of and appreciation for the diverse, locally-focused events that you enjoy at our theater every year.
Starlight's Youth Theatre presents:
Friday, May 12th
Saturday, May 13th
General Admission// Adult- $18 Senior/Student/Child- $14 Online// Adult-$19.57 Senior/Student/Child-$15.45 (prices include all fees)Buy Tickets
Do You Hear the People Sing!!!! How excited is everyone that Starlight is doing Les Mis, the most beloved musical! With 12 leads and 48 soloist parts, including a strong ensemble, this show promises something for everyone.
Join us at the Academy of Music with such beautiful songs like “One Day More,” “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Castle on a Cloud.”
Sunday, May 14th
Reserved Seating - $25 (plus applicable fees)BUY TICKETS
There is a line from Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid that nearly a decade ago Laura Marling decided to have tattooed on her leg: “Varium et mutabile semper femina” it runs, translating roughly as “A woman is an ever fickle and changeable thing.” Realizing that the line was a little long for the limb, at the very last moment she opted instead for an abbreviation: “Semper femina” she chose: “Always a woman.” It makes a fitting and fascinating title for Marling’s sixth album — an intimate, devoted exploration of femininity and female relationships, and among her finest work to date. Written largely on the tour that followed 2015’s Short Movie and recorded in Los Angeles with production from Blake Mills, it is at once a distinctive and musically compelling collection of songs, run through with Marling’s fierce intelligence; a keen, beautiful and unparalleled take on womanhood.
Opener: Valley Queen
Thursday, May 18th
Free Event-General Admission
Northampton-based design/build landscaping company, LandScapes, is committed to supporting those in the community who are in recovery from addiction and is proud to share this amazing film as a free event for all!
From the creators of the groundbreaking film, THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, comes GENERATION FOUND, a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. And so in one of the largest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives, and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community.
Independently filmed over the course of two years, GENERATION FOUND takes an unprecedented and intimate look at how a system of treatment centers, sober high schools, alternative peer groups, and collegiate recovery programs can exist in concert to intervene early and provide a real and tested long-term alternative to the “War on Drugs.” It is not only a deeply personal story, but one with real-world utility for communities struggling with addiction worldwide.
Friday, May 5th
Reserved Seating// $35 & $20.00 (plus applicable fees)BUY TICKETS
Come celebrate with us as the [email protected] Chorus turns 35 years old with lots of new music ranging from Leonard Cohen to the Psychedelic Furs, Los Lobos, Radiohead, Tears for Fears, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and much more.
Valley Winds present: Entertainment!
Saturday, May 6
General Admission: Adult $15 // Senior & Student $10 // Child 12 & Under FREE pre-reserved via Phone or In PersonBUY TICKETS
The Valley Winds presents:
Rhapsody In Blue featuring gold medal winning Israeli pianist, Yoni Levyatov! Additional works by Wilder, Ticheli, and more!
Valley Winds is an artistically driven ensemble with an emphasis on community relevance. Our membership is comprised of people who want to play together and enjoy being together, but more importantly, we strive to be relevant to the people of Western Massachusetts: concerts designed to be accessible and enjoyable by all potential audience members; pay as you can admission; and unconventional performance styles and venues in order to share what we do with different populations throughout the Pioneer Valley. Thank you for coming to our inaugural concert; we truly appreciate your support. If you enjoy the performance, please follow us on Facebook and consider making a financial gift to ensure that more performances like this one take place in the future.
Academy of Music History Tour
Monday, May 15th
Free; reservations required please call (413) 584-9032 ext. 105
Did you know that a trap door was once cut into the stage at the Academy of Music in Northampton for Harry Houdini’s disappearing act? Or that Frankenstein’s monster himself, Boris Karloff, appeared at the 123-year-old theater? And, come see the recently discovered and conserved 1913 Tuttle scenic curtain to learn more during a history tour led by Academy Theater Manager Addie MacDonald will lead the tour with Technical Director Hugh Hall.
An Evening with David Crosby & Friends
Friday, May 19th
Reserved- $79.50 - $49.50 (plus applicable fees)// Meet & Greet and Premium Ticket Packages are available.BUY TICKETS
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour in april and may. Joining him will be five musical friends, James Raymond on keys, Mai Agan on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keys and vocals. Crosby is in the midst of an incredibly creative and powerful period, showcasing his skills as the brilliant songwriter that he is and on this tour, he will be performing music from his recent solo album “Croz” and the soon to be released new album “Sky Trails” alongside some of Crosby’s greatest hits.
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Andrew J. Crystal, President
Gail Yacuzzo, Vice President
Stuart Mieher, Treasurer
Linda McInerney, Clerk
Kathleen McCartney (Ex-Officio)
Mayor David Narkewicz (Ex-Officio)
Kathy San Antonio
Debra J'Anthony, Executive Director
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Academy of Music Theatre's Season Series programs are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council
Tickets are available at the Academy Box Office Tuesday-Friday from 3pm to 6pm. Tickets are also available online. For further information by phone, please call 413.584.9032 x105.
We have several volunteer opportunities for community members to get involved:
- Event volunteering: Will call, ticket taking, and ushering
- Occasional administrative assistance
Please email our Theater Manager, Addison MacDonald, or call 413.584.9032 x104.
Technical information may be found on our website. For information about rental packages, please email our Executive Director, Debra J’Anthony or call 413.584.9032 x102.