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Noteables Host A Cappella Fest

The Noteables, one of Smith’s leading a cappella groups, will host this year’s Silver Chord Bowl, the enormously popular a cappella festival featuring some of the nation’s top collegiate singing troupes.

The Silver Chord Bowl, which will take place on Sunday, February 4, at 2 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall, kicks off Four Sundays in February, the Northampton Arts Council’s annual performance series.

The Noteables will be joined on stage by the New York University N’Harmonics, a musical rule-breaking co-ed group that stretches the conventional a cappella repertoire; Effusion from McGill University in Montréal; the Boston University Dear Abbeys, the school’s top all-male group that always brings high energy; the Yale University Whim 'n Rhythm, a group of seven women who have become one of the country’s premier female troupes; the Bear Necessities from Brown University, an all-male group that sports suspenders and sings the classic pop tunes; and Amherst College’s Zumbyes, a jazzy group that emphasizes fun, humor and smooth sounds.

With five albums recorded, another on the way, and 20 years of performing experience, Smith’s Noteables fits aptly on an afternoon program of vocal power, sans instrumentation.

Also as part of the Four Sundays series, Música Jíbara, Mountain Music of Puerto Rico, will feature two bands on Friday, February 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m., in John M. Greene Hall, for students at Northampton High School and John F. Kennedy Middle School. Grammy Award nominees Ecos de Boirinquen will be joined on stage by El Grupo Rumba Caribe, the next wave of Puerto Rican stars. Some 300 tickets are available to Smith students for this concert.

Música Jíbara will also perform on Sunday, February 11, at 2 p.m. at the Academy of Music. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by contacting the Northampton Center for the Arts at (413) 587-1269. A private meet and greet with the band and Smith community members will follow the concert at the Smith College Club.

“This year we are especially grateful to Smith College,” says Bob Cilman, director of the Northampton Arts Council. “We are using John M. Greene Hall twice and the college is the major sponsor for both the Música Jíbara and Rai events. The funds raised from this series are distributed to artists in the spring round of arts lottery grants.”

The Four Sundays series continues on February 18 with Raï, Algerian Music of the Street, an afternoon featuring the American premiere of a film, “Khaled,” on screen and a live performance by Syncop, a Raï band from Montréal. The event, which is sponsored by the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, begins at 2 p.m. at the Academy of Music.

The Really Big Show, a popular revue, concludes the Four Sundays series on February 25, at 2 p.m. at the Academy of Music, with Amy Johnquest emceeing a lineup of performers, including a hoop master, jugglers, singer-songwriters, comedy, stories, laughs, and a powerhouse stage band.

Visit www.northamptonartscouncil.org for more information about Four Sundays in February.

2/1/07   By Eric Sean Weld
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