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Chocolate Church Arts

Center will present the Pioneer Consort at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Dissolving boundaries, and cross-fertilizing genres, The Pioneer Consort leads their audiences on a sonic tour of diverse cultures and styles — classical, jazz, folk and international idioms — and on a dazzling array of instruments,” a Chocolate Church release states. “The three musicians — Chris Devine on violin, mandolin, guitar and woodwinds; Michael Nix on guitars, mandolin, banjo and Banjar (a seven string classical banjo of his own design); and Greg Snedeker on cello and piano — combine their love of improvisation, arranging and composition with consummate musical skills to create intimate performances rich in warmth, humor and funky elegance.”

The Pioneer Consort, which takes its name from the Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts, first performed together in 2005.

“Their musical and personal chemistry was immediate, and the breadth of their repertoire and instrumental abilities, combined with a relaxed, informal stage presence, charmed the audience from start to double-encore finish,” the release states.

Saturday’s concert will feature holiday music of the season, and is geared for the entire family. Tickets cost $17 in advance, or $20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 442-8455.

The Chocolate Church Arts Center is located at 804 Washington St.

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