Amherst College Choral Society Homecoming Concert Nov. 9

October 9, 2002
Director of Media Relations
413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.-The Amherst College Choral Society will present its annual Homecoming concert at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Center on the Amherst College campus.

Music will be performed by the Concert Choir, Women's Chorus and Mens Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin and Bradford Tilden '02, assistant conductor, and the Madrigal Singers, directed by Whitney Cox '03 and Alison Kaufmann '03. The program will include music by Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, Milhaud, Robert Shaw and many more. The program will end with traditional songs of Amherst College.

Tickets are $6 for general admission; $3 for children under 12 and senior citizens. Tickets may be reserved by phoning Mallorie Chernin in the Choral Office at 413/542-2484. Tickets may also be purchased at the Alumni House during registration for Homecoming. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

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Amherst College Choral Society Family Weekend Concert Oct. 25

October 9, 2002
Director of Media Relations
413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.-The Amherst College Choral Society will present its annual Family Weekend concert at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Center on the Amherst College campus.

Music will be performed by the Concert Choir, Women's Chorus and Men's Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin and Bradford Tilden '02, assistant conductor, and the Madrigal Singers, directed by Whitney Cox '03 and Alison Kaufmann '03. The program will include music by Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, Milhaud, Robert Shaw and many more. The program will end with traditional songs of Amherst College.

Tickets are $6 for general admission; $3 for children under 12 and senior citizens. Tickets may be reserved by phoning Mallorie Chernin in the Choral Office at 413/542-2484. Tickets may also be purchased at the Alumni House during registration for Family Weekend. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

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Amherst College Orchestra Family Weekend Concert Oct. 26

October 9, 2002
Director of Media Relations
413/542-8417

AMHERST, MASS. -The Amherst College Orchestra, Mark Lane Swanson, music director, will present its annual Family Weekend concert on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 9 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The program will include Giuseppe Verdi's Overture to the opera La Forza del Destino, Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, and the Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms. Amherst College junior Melody Ko will perform as soloist in the Mendelssohn.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and are available at the door the night of the concert; the concert is free to faculty, staff and students with an Amherst ID.

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Amherst College Orchestra Homecoming Weekend Concert Nov. 8

October 9, 2002
Director of Media Relations
413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.-The Amherst College Orchestra, Mark Lane Swanson, music director, will present its annual Homecoming Weekend concert on Friday, Nov. 8, at 8:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. In a program it will repeat on tour in Los Angeles on Jan. 4, the orchestra will perform Giuseppe Verdi's Overture to the opera La Forza del Destino, Antonin Dvorak's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104, and the Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms. Hartford native and Janos Starker protege Jan Jiri Kolar will guest as soloist in the Dvorak.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and are available at the door the night of the concert; the concert is free to faculty, staff and students with an Amherst ID.

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“Love in the Dark” Opens Amherst College’s Noon Concert Series Oct. 23

October 9, 2002
Director of Media Relations
413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.- The Chamber Music Program at Amherst College, directed by Mark Lane Swanson, inaugurates its free weekly noon concert series with a program of love songs from films on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 12:15 to 12:50 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. The recitals, at the same time most Wednesdays for the rest of the semester, will feature Amherst faculty, adjunct performance instructors, students and special guests in a variety of classical, jazz and popular programs.

The first concert in this semester's series features adjunct instructor and music department librarian Ann Maggs, jazz vocalist, and Valentine Professor of Music Dana Gooley, jazz piano, in a program titled "Love in the Dark: Songs From the Movies." Included will be music by Frederick Hollander, Victor Young, Frank Loesser, Harold Arlen, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand and others.

Doors to the hall will open at noon, and there will be late seating only between numbers. For further information, contact Mark Lane Swanson at 413/542-8205 or Anne Maggs at 413/542-2387.

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Novelist Robert Stone To Read at Amherst College Oct. 22

October 9, 2002
Director of Media Relations
413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.- The Amherst College Creative Writing Center will present the third installment of its Fall Reading Series with an appearance by novelist Robert Stone on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon.

National Book Award Winner Stone has written six novels, exploring, among other things, racial tensions in New Orleans, revolution in Central America, Hollywood-style debauchery and, in his most recent , the violence and faith of modern-day Jerusalem. "He's like this huge, walking, talking moral barometer," Michael Kerr has said of the Brooklyn-born author, while Ken Kesey has described him "admiringly" as "a professional paranoid." Stone teaches at Yale University.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. The Center's Website is at http://www.amherst.edu/~cwc.

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Poet David Ferry To Read at Amherst College Oct. 18

October 9, 2002
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413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.-Poet, translator and scholar David Ferry '46 will read from his work at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, in the Cole Assembly Room on the first floor of Converse Hall. The reading, sponsored by the Friends of the Amherst College Library, will be free and open to the public.

Ferry is Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English at Wellesley College and Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Boston University. His books of poetry and translation include his Epistles of Horace: A Translation (2001), Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations (1999), The Eclogues of Virgil (1999), The Odes of Horace: A Translation (1998), Dwelling Places: Poems and Translations (1993), Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse (1992), Strangers: A Book of Poems (1983), On the Way to the Island (1960) and The Limits of Mortality: An Essay on Wordsworth's Major Poems (1959).

The New York Times wrote of Of No Country I Know, "In these quiet poems dwell terror and sadness and uncertainty. So when Ferry displays his humor, it comes as a wonderful surprise." The book also won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the Bingham Poetry Prize from Boston Book Review and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry.

Ferry's other awards include the Sixtieth Fellowship of The Academy of American Poets, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, the Teasdale Prize for Poetry, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award and the William Arrowsmith Translation Prize from AGNI magazine. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Poet Phillis Levin To Read at Amherst College Nov. 7

October 9, 2002
Director of Media Relations
413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.- The Amherst College Creative Writing Center will continue its Fall Reading Series with an appearance by poet Phillis Levin on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. in the Babbott Room in the Octagon.

Poets have praised Levin for her illumination of the epiphanies granted by the everyday, and her three volumes of poetry- Temples and Fields, The Afterimage, and Mercury -have won numerous awards,"Levin's passionate engagement redeems the world's apparent randomness into meaning," writes Robert Shultz. Levin, whose poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation and the New Republic, edited The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. The Center's Website is at http://www.amherst.edu/~cwc.

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Writer Pauline Melville To Read at Amherst College Oct. 16

October 9, 2002
Director of Media Relations
413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst College Creative Writing Center will continue its Fall Reading Series with an appearance by British-Guyanese author Pauline Melville on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. in Porter Lounge at Converse Hall.

Melville, who has been described by The New York Times as "a discerning observer and gifted satirist," has written a highly praised novel, The Ventriloquist's Tale, and two collections of short stories. The first, Shape-shifter, won several awards, including the Guardian fiction prize; the Times described the second, The Migration of Ghosts, as "splendacious."

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. The Center's Website is at http://www.amherst.edu/~cwc.

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Amherst College Biology Professor Richard Goldsby among Cloning Pioneers

October 7, 2002
Director of Media Relations
413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.-Richard Goldsby, the John Woodruff Simpson Lecturer and professor of biology at Amherst College, is conducting cloning research that may help manufacture human antibodies that could be used to treat diseases. Goldsby and his colleagues at Hematech, a company he founded, have produced four cloned calves that make human antibodies. The research, the first step in developing of a system for producing human polyclonal antibodies that could be used to prevent or treat antibiotic-resistant infections, autoimmune diseases, cancer and diseases resulting from bioterrorism, was the result of an ongoing joint effort between Hematech and Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd. Goldsby says, "This is a completely new way to make these antibodies. We have a cow on the ground that has integrated antibody-specifying human genes into the bovine genome." The study was published in September in Nature Biotechnology.

Currently there is a substantial need for immunoglobulin, or broad-spectrum human polyclonal antibodies, for the treatment of many immune system disorders. However, the supply is limited to that which can be obtained from human donors and the application is limited because human donors cannot be optimally immunized.

In 1998, Goldsby and three colleagues founded Hematech (http://www.hematech.com), a pioneer in the development and production of antibodies for therapeutic uses. Hematech uses mammalian cloning technology to create cloned, transgenic cattle that produce polyclonal human antibody. The company was created to address the need for human polyclonal antibodies for use in the therapy or prevention of infectious diseases and the treatment of immune deficiencies. In collaboration with Kirin Pharmaceuticals, Hematech has cloned cattle that contain a human artificial chromosome (HAC) that includes the entire human heavy chain locus (~1.5 Mb) and the entire human lambda light chain locus (~1 Mb). In these cloned, HAC-transgenic animals both the heavy and light chain immunoglobulin loci undergo rearrangement. Furthermore, these engineered cattle have detectable levels of human antibodies in their blood streams.

Goldsby, who also teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been a professor at Amherst College since 1982. He is the author of many scientific papers and with Thomas Kindt and Barbara Osborne, the author of the 4th edition of Kuby Immunology (2000), a widely used textbook. Other works include Cells and Energy (1977) and Race and Races (1977), Thinking AIDS, with Mary Catherine Bateson (1989), and many scientific papers.

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