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Past Events

The Incarnation of the Logos: An Epic Tale of Christ's Coming to Earth
with Glen Williamson 
Fri. Jan. 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm
The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002


A Christmas Carol
with David Anderson of  
Walking the dog Theater

Two FREE performances:

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm 
The Jones Library, Woodbury Room
43 Amity Street Amherst, MA 01002
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Florence Congregational Church
130 Pine Street, Florence, Massachusetts 01062


Kaspar Hauser: The Open Secret of the Foundling Prince 

with award-winning actor Glen Williamson 
and live music by The Hadley Lyre Ensemble

Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm
The Hartsbrook School, Piening Hall
 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA 01035


BEAT THE DEVIL! Faust, the Whole Story
aka, The Tragedy of Mephistopheles

Performed by actor and storyteller Glen Williamson
Based on the drama by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
with original music composed especially for this event by Channa A. Seidenberg
and performed by The Hadley Lyre Ensemble

Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Where: The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002


A Workshop in Musical Impovisation
with Channa A. Seidenberg

Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Where: The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002


Exploring the Sources of Creativity and Passion
with David Anderson
of Walking the dog Theater

March 13, 20, & 27, 2012 from 7-9 pm
Where: The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002


Second & Fourth Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 pm
This is a relaxed & supportive, group-led singing circle open to adults and teenagers. We sing songs, rounds, and chants from around the world. No previous singing experience required. All are welcome! Bring instruments if you like!


Presented by Channa A. Seidenberg

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm
Where: The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002


with David Anderson 
of Walking the dog Theater
and live music from the Hadley Lyre Ensemble​

December 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Where: The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002


A Day of Music Workshops with LIBANA Members Susan Robbins & Marytha Paffrath
Saturday October 29, 2011
Where: Northampton Community Music Center
 139 South St, Northampton, MA 01060


with Paul Matthews

The workshop that started it all!!!

March 2011
Where: The Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA


Aeschylus Unbound

written by Mala Powers and Glen Williamson
performed by Laurie Portocarrero and Glen Williamson 

Aeschylus Unbound is a new play co-authored by Glen Williamson and the late Mala Powers, acclaimed star of film and television, about ancient Greek mystery religion and the life of Aeschylus, the first great playwright and the "father of western drama". This historical play is about mysterious ancient rituals, world-shaking battles, and a warrior poet on trial for his life.

View a brief video excerpt

See a production slideshow

Read a high school's response

Learn more details about the production

"Deeply moving." 

  "Surprisingly intimate." 
"Courageous in its depth and incredibly engaging in its humanity."
April 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm
The Hartsbrook School, Piening Hall
193 Bay Rd. Hadley, MA 01035
Suggested donation: $30 - $15
Tickets at the door or online at
The play runs about 2 hrs., with a 10-minute intermission.
Questions? Contact pvmusegroup@gmail.com, (413) 549-0997.

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written and performed by Seth Lepore. Saturday, October 25th at 7:30 pm in Hadley, MA
the umbilical point

written and performed by Gabriel Rodriguez
directed by David Anderson
Pablo is a little boy who lives in The City: the cement-and-girder Being born after all cities grew till their edges touched. Raised and protected by the love and wisdom of Teeka, his sister, Pablo knows of no other world but The City. A natural-born poet, he walks a steady beat through the streets of his home, blissfully unaware of being anything other than himself. But when Teeka goes missing, Pablo must go looking. Grandmother Spider (who weaves the web and is the web) and Black Cat (who walks the line between light and dark) are his guides on this strange, luminous, musical journey to lands beyond the human bubble. 

A vibrant blend of devised theater, elemental movement, folklore,
hip hop and spoken word, the umbilical point invites us to widen our gaze as it questions its way toward our forgotten whole.

the umbilical point is a story of sacrifice and transition.

Click here for the video trailer.

To learn more about the umbilical point and the artistic process behind the scenes, visit www.theumbilicalpoint.com. To learn more about Walking the dog Theater, visit www.wtdtheater.org.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm
The Hartsbrook School, Piening Hall
193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA
Suggested donation: $10 to $30, or what you can

Questions? Contact the Pioneer Valley Muse Group at pvmusegroup@gmail.com or (413) 992-8585. 
Kickin' Ass & Takin' Names:
 Measuring Success One Failure at a Time
with Seth Lepore

Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Success. Failure. Are these merely outdated concepts or very real measurements of what it means to be human? 

Known for his dynamic character acting and vocal elasticity, award-winning humorist Seth Lepore ups the ante on interactive solo theater with Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names. Lepore takes suggestions from audience members on index cards pre-show and uses a stream-of-consciousness approach to build characters that are steeped in hundreds of hours of research. Both satirical and sincere, Lepore embodies what makes humans weird, beautiful and fallible.

Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm
The Hartsbrook School, Piening Hall
193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA 01035
Admission: $15 general / $10 students & seniors
or pay what you can
Click here to purchase tickets online (no extra fees) 

Questions? Contact the Pioneer Valley Muse Group at pvmusegroup@gmail.com or call/text (413) 992-8585.
Past Events
Celebrating 90 years of the Modern Lyre!

Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
White Barn Studios, 20 Dickinson St., Amherst, MA 

The modern lyre was created to express the “freed tone”, a tone that builds as it leaves the instrument, filling the surrounding space with pure tone. Come and meet the lyre and its fellow instruments developed out of the Movement for Musical Renewal: kinderharp, bordun lyre, gongs, iron rods, and more. 

In this workshop, open to non-musicians and musicians alike, we will meet each other through music, conversing through tones and musical phrases rather than words. With Channa’s guidance, we will improvise with metal instruments, open-string instruments, and voice. The experience of sounding and listening together is a community-building gesture, allowing us to connect with one another in a different way. Instruments provided.

CHANNA A. SEIDENBERG is a music therapist, musician, and composer based in Philmont, NY. She is a co-founder and faculty member of Resonare, a one-year foundation course in music out of anthroposophy, currently in its eighth year at her Harmonia Center for Vocal and Music Therapy. She is the founder and director of the Camphill Village Ensemble in Copake, NY. Channa also teaches in the newly founded Freie Musik Schule in Shenyang, China. She is a co-founder and member of the Board of the Lyre Association of North America. She directs the Hadley Lyre Ensemble.

Sunday, November 6th from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
White Barn Studios, 20 Dickinson St., Amherst, MA 01002
Course Fee: $60 by Nov.1st 
(Late registration: $75)
Course fee includes snacks. 
Participants have the option to join us for lunch 
at a local restaurant; each participant would pay for 
his/her lunch separately.

​Questions? Contact Pioneer Valley Muse Group at pvmusegroup@gmail.com


Awakening Our Listening

A Workshop in Musical Improvisation with Channa Seidenberg