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1753 HOUSE CAROL SING
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The 1753 House Committee will host the 41st annual 1753 House Carol Sing, a free, ecumenical event for all ages, at the 1753 House on Field Park in between the Williams Inn and the Milne Public Library at the northern intersection of Routes 2 and 7. Parking is available at the inn and the library. Deborah Burns and members of her OK Chorale will lead the a cappella singing beside a roaring blaze in the fireplace. Carol books and hot mulled cider are provided. There is no heat or electricity in the 1753 House, so dress warmly and bring a candle to see by.

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CHRISTMAS CONTATA
North Adams, 10:30 a.m.
First Baptist Church of North Adams will host an original Christmas Contata composed by Matthew McConnell, featuring full soprano/alto/tenor/bass choir, dramatic readings, handbells, and solos, both vocal and instrumental. The concert is free.
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I/O FEST: I/O ENSEMBLE & TALEA ENSEMBLE
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The opening concert of I/O Festival for new music offers a program of small ensemble works performed by festival house band I/O Ensemble and guests from the internationally acclaimed Talea Ensemble. I/O Fest presents new and cutting edge music by leading international artists and the extraordinary composers in the Williams community, and features performances by guest artists as well as Williams College student and faculty performers. http://music.williams.edu/events/io-ensemble/  ‘62 CenterStage 
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I/O FEST – AFTER HOURS – STRANGE AND SACRED NOISE
Williamstown, 10 p.m.
Later that night the Williams Percussion Ensemble will present 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams's elemental and immersive Strange and Sacred Noise in the darkness of the glass walled Dance Studio at Williams College.  http://music.williams.edu/events/after-hours/  
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GUEST ARTISTS TALEA ENSEMBLE PERFORM AT THE WILLIAMS I/O FEST
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
CenterStage, '62 Center for Theatre and Dance The centerpiece of I/O Fest 2015 will be Talea Ensemble’s performance of “Happy End” by Georges Aperghis, one of the most original and inventive composers on today's international scene. An evening length work, Happy End is a retelling of the Charles Perrault fairy tale "Le Petit Poucet" ["Hop-o'-My-Thumb"] featuring live music, electronics, and an animated film by Hans Op de Beeck.   http://music.williams.edu/events/talea-ensemble/  
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ADVENTUROUS NEW MUSIC
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
I/O Fest: Iota Ensemble, 8pm ‘62 Center, CenterStage Three Days of Adventurous New Music, I/O Fest 15, concludes with the first annual Steven Dennis Bodner Memorial Concert in remembrance of the late co-founder of the festival. The program will feature new works by student composers and Williams graduates performed by student ensembles and Williams faculty.http://music.williams.edu/events/iota-ensemble/
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CONJURING STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SOUND
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Roberto Carlos Lange, aka Helado Negro, produces bi-lingual music that is “a sonic landscape that reflects 21st-century Latin America.” (NPR) Fresh off a release on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label, Lange sets out on his new musical/visual project Island Universe Story, developed at MASS MoCA with a team that includes Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco, members of the William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb Band and Marc Ribot’s band
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LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO
Great Barrington, 8 p.m.
Described by Nelson Mandela as 'South Africa's cultural ambassadors', Grammy–winning 'Graceland' artists Ladysmith Black Mambazo have warmed the hearts of audiences for more than 50 years with their uplifting vocal harmonies, infectious rhythm and flamboyant dance moves. Tickets $35 - $45. See www.mahaiwe.org/LadysmithBlackMambazo or call (413) 528-0100 for more information. Mahaiwe
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HIS SONGS ARE HIS WEAPONS
North Adams, 8 p.m.
A trailblazer of alt-country, a protest singer of fiery commitment, a songwriter of towering ability—Steve Earle is an artist of expansive talents. He’s here, a sack full of Grammy Awards and his gravely, impassioned voice in tow, for a solo show 10 days before the release of Terraplane, a new album of swampy, southern stomp blues.
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ROSANNE CASH THE RIVER & THE THREAD WITH JOHN LEVENTHAL AND ZEV KATZ
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
One of the most compelling figures in popular music, with a body of work encompassing country, rock, roots and pop influences, Rosanne Cash, oldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash, will perform bittersweet stories of the South in her critically acclaimed, 2015 Grammy-nominated album The River & The Thread. Tickets $29 - $79. See www.mahaiwe.org/RosanneCash or call (413) 528-0100 for more information and tickets. Mahaiwe
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JAMES TAYLOR: TICKETS ON SALE JAN. 24
Lenox, 7 p.m.
James Taylor returns to Tanglewood in 2015 with his All-Star Band for a performance in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl in celebration of the Independence Day holiday.  The July 4 performance will include many of the iconic songs so closely associated with Taylor, as well as new original material from his forthcoming album — his first in a decade — to be released in 2015. Taylor, who regularly performs to sold-out audiences at Tanglewood, has returned to the festival 23 times since his first performance there in 1974. Tickets, priced from $26 (lawn tickets) to $103, go on sale January 24 at 10 a.m. at  888-266-1200 or www.tanglewood.org, where visitors can also find full details of the 2015 Tanglewood concert schedule.

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