SPRING MUSIC SERIES

Matt Lorenz, aka The Suitcase Junket, plays in his home in Leverett, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

The Suitcase Junket is a one-man band that defies neat categorization.

Matthew Westgate is an Assistant Professor and Director of Wind Studies at UMass Amherst. He conducted The Massachusetts Chamber Players performing "Frank Martin: Music For Winds."
Carrie Healy / NEPR

The Massachusetts Chamber Players, based at UMass Amherst, has a new recording of wind music conducted by Matthew Westgate. 

Phat A$tronaut of New Haven, Connecticut.
Steven Romero / Courtesy of Phat A$tronaut

While members of the band Phat A$tronaut like to say they hail from the “funkier parts of Connecticut,” they clearly mean musically.

Jack Brown conducts the Berkshire Lyric Chorus during a weekly rehearsal in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

About 70 singers greeted each other on a recent Monday night as they settled into their seats at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. A tall, bearded man stood before them next to a piano.

Pamela Means.
Julian Parker-Burns / Courtesy Pamela Means

Protest rock was once fueled by the Vietnam War and civil rights. But every era has musicians who use their art to make a point — and these days, there are plenty of points to make.

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