Best of Valley Voices Story Slam: Season 7

Academy of Music Theatre (274 Main Street, Northampton MA 01060)


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The Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Media celebrate the 7th Anniversary of Valley Voices Story Slam! Audience members have selected the top three stories from the five Valley Voices Story Slams held during the fall 2021. These top stories by local storytellers will be shared on the Academy stage to compete for the top prize – Best of Valley Voices! Join us as we choose the winner of this competition based on the art of first person narrative storytelling. It puts emphasis on content and performance, and encourages storytellers to focus on what they are saying and how they’re saying it. It’s an exercise in crafting stories within a set time limit, without notes or props, and it’s entertainment.

Musical Guest: Mia Friedman

Mia Friedman is a fiddler, singer and banjo player. She is largely influenced by American roots music and old-time Appalachian traditions, and blends this with contemporary music in her compositions. Her song “Across the Water” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category, and she was the 2006 New Hampshire Highland Games Scottish Fiddle Champion. Mia performs in Ari & Mia, a duo she has with her sister, Ariel Friedman. They have toured all over the United States, and have four CDs, two of which were ranked high on National folk radio charts. Mia also plays with Hollow Deck—a duo of tape collage, vocals, and woodwinds—and avant-garde rock band, Creative Healing. She is currently the co-director of the Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts and has spent the last many years teaching strings at the Community Music School of Springfield and The Hartsbrook School. Mia graduated from New England Conservatory in 2012 where she studied with Anthony Coleman, Carla Kihlstedt, and Hankus Netsky.


Show Date/Time:
Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Doors at 7:00 pm

Ticket Prices:
$20 + taxes & fees

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