From Mozart to Modern

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WHAT: A History of Chamber Music is a live performance and all-ages educational program which will explore chamber music from the Renaissance through Classical, Romantic and 20th Century periods.

WHEN: Friday, August 23, 2019 from 4:00-6:00pm


Join us at the Northampton Center for the Arts from 4:00-6:00pm on Friday, August 23, 2019, for “From Mozart to Modern,” a History of Chamber Music in the form of a live performance and all-ages educational program which will explore chamber music from Renaissance through Classical, Romantic and 20th Century periods. We will learn about favorite composers including Mozart, Bartok, and the Beatles while also discovering new and exciting works. This program is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St. Northampton, MA, 01060.

Concetta Abbate is a NYC based violinist and composer. She released her first solo album entitled Falling in Time in February 2015 on Waterbug Records. In 2019 she was a composer in residence at the artist Robert Rauschenberg’s home. As a performer she regularly plays violin and sings with a variety of ensembles in the New York area. She holds a Masters Degree in Music and Education from Columbia University.

Benjamin Engel is a percussionist and mandolin player from North Carolina. Coming out of a folk music tradition he has expanded his interest into the world of electronic music, free improvisation and world music. He most recently visited Dublin to work with composer Cal Folger Day on a historical Operetta. He has performed in long standing Brooklyn Based bands like Free Advice, Eamon Fogerty band and the Wyndham Baird band.

Founded in 1986, the Northampton Community Music Center is a not-for-profit arts organization whose mission is to foster the love and pursuit of music within our community through quality education, performances, and activities that are accessible to all. NCMC’s programming is made possible, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency ( For more information about NCMC, visit:

Community Sing with Linda Stonestreet

Calling people who love to sing!

Music has purpose, to open hearts and grow consciousness.

August 24th, 2:00-6:00pm, with potluck following the workshop

Tickets: $45 in advance, $65 day-of, if available

Linda Stonestreet presents a 4 hour workshop, or PlaYShop might be a better way to describe it! And a potluck will follow. We will SING and learn forms of creating music spontaneously. The main purpose of this workshop is to offer space for community members to come and fill your body with the beautiful light of music. After all; Universe=OneSong!

This workshop is an introduction to vocal improvisation. Vocal improvisation is a descriptor of an ancient way of singing. We all have the innate capacity of knowing how to share song. It is intended for those who wish to discover more about how to connect and collaborate with others via song to carry and grow value with purpose and intent.

You will be guided skillfully and lovingly to making spontaneous music in the moment. We will begin with the vocal river traditions (a series of exercises developed by Rhiannon for 40 years) as a gateway to connecting with each other, with the spirit of music and of place. Through these vocal practices and body movement we will step in to the magic of the “river of music” that may find you making discoveries of how to apply improvisation to other aspects of life. These methods are unique and universal and key to collaborative sovereignty. These rich practices can teach us how to be sovereign to ourselves while holding space for others in the circle.

Who this gathering is for:

This offering is meant for those who are or have been active in community, creation, creative process, bringing love into form and are being of service for the good of the whole.

Earlier this year, Linda Stonestreet finished a 6-week stint with purposeful singers in Lisa Forkish's WeSing A-capella Choir. She studied Canoe Songs for 8 days, learning from Pura Fe & Rhiannon. She is in process of writing and recording her 4th album titled #SeedsAndAsh, an album about the River Fire, part of the Mendocino complex that scorched 400 Sq Miles of Northern California and burned over half of her land in 2018. This year she has been working in 2 bands. She was one of 9 singers in a vocal ensemble Outta Da Vox who coalesced an improv concert at beginning of June in Berkeley CA. She is co-lead singing with NAPA VALLEY Rock N Roll Band - Tall Order. Also she is leading a new offering, an immersion in vocal improv/ceremony in the Spirit of Water and Song which she introduced at California Worldfest in July.

A California Kid, Linda Stonestreet believes music has purpose; to open hearts and re-weave the fabric of society in harmony with mother Earth. Developing Song as ritual is her growing passion and is as important as the folk, gospel and vocal improvisation she loves. Of the 100 songs she's written, of which 40 are published, her favorites are the tunes about places that informed her music, places where wisdom is encoded in beauty.