Up Close and Musical

WOW's Spring Up Close and Musical season 2024 is here!

Up Close and Musical began its Spring Season on Sunday, February 4  on the Dever Stage at Westfield State University with a full house and amazing performances.

DATES for Spring 2024 include musical evenings at the Westfield State University Catherine Dower Performing and Fine Arts Center, the WOW Creative Arts Center and additional downtown venues with Westfield State students and faculty performers.

Music truly takes center stage for our Spring edition of the free Up Close and Musical series, produced by Westfield on Weekends and the Westfield State University Music Department with an extensive calendar from February through May at various venues in downtown Westfield and at the University. Please click here to see the incredible list of events being offered through this wonderful collaboration.

Now in its 4th year of free performances, “Up Close” featured performances of an eclectic range of vocal and instrumental music, ranging from classical to blues, jazz to opera, Broadway and pop.

Our program is almost completely free of charge and only limited by space availability. We hope you can join us!

Mark your calendars for our Spring 2024 schedule of events:

(All events free unless specified otherwise; schedule subject to change. Visit westfield.ma.edu/music for most current updates)

Thursday, March 21 - Music Theatre Workshop: Spring Performance
Students explore musical archetypes through dialog and song
Directed by Mary Brown Bonacci and Scott Bailey.
4:00pm | Dever Stage

Friday, March 22 - Downtown Music Series: Jazz Jam
Students and faculty present an evening of live jazz
7:00pm | Hutghi’s Nook at 8 Franklin Street, Westfield

Tuesday, March 26 - Departmental Recital
Selected student musicians present solo performances of classical, jazz, and contemporary repertoire
4:00pm | Dever Stage

Wednesday, April 3 - Departmental Recital
Selected student musicians present solo performances of classical, jazz, and contemporary repertoire
4:00pm | Dever Stage

Friday, April 5 - Senior Composition Recital
Composer Aaron Stout presents a degree recital of original works
7:30pm | Dever Stage

Tuesday, April 9 - The Westfield State University Wind Symphony Spring Concert
Dr. Karen LaVoie, Conductor
7:30pm | Dever Stage

Tuesday, April 16 - An Evening of Music for Small Ensembles
7:00pm | Dever Stage

Friday, April 19 - Downtown Music Series: Up Close and Musical
Students and faculty present an evening of live music and conversation in downtown Westfield
7:00pm | Westfield On Weekends Creative Arts Center
105 Elm Street, Westfield

Sunday, April 21 - The Westfield State University Chorus
Scott Bailey, Conductor
Sing Joyfully! Franz Schubert's Mass in G Major, D. 167 with other works by Alice Parker, W.A. Mozart, Ricky Ian Gordon, Sarah Quartel, and more.
3:00pm | Dever Stage

Thursday, April 25 - Jazz Night
An evening of jazz presented by student ensembles under the direction of Dan Gabel and Edward Orgill
7:30pm | Dever Stage

The “Up Close” series is made possible with a grant from the Westfield Cultural Council, a local program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in-kind assistance from Westfield State University and donations from the general public and audience members.

WOW’s Creative Arts Center is a program of Westfield on Weekends, a 501 (c)(3) volunteer non-profit which seeks to enhance community life through accessible and affordable programming that celebrates the diversity of life in Westfield. 

Up Close and Musical
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