Actors From The London Stage to Perform Macbeth Nov. 6 and 7 at Amherst College

Submitted by Emanuel Costache

October 31, 2007
Contact: Emanuel Costache '09
Media Relations Intern
413/542-2321
Caroline Jenkins
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass. – Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS), the international touring theater company based at the University of Notre Dame, will perform Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Amherst College’s Holden Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis only. (Please note there is no box office for this event.) The AFTLS performances are part of a weeklong residency at Amherst, during which the actors will perform on campus and visit literature and theater classes.

Now in its 32nd year, AFTLS is one of the oldest touring Shakespeare theater companies in the world. The troupe is housed and the performances are workshopped in England, and the actors come from such prestigious companies as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Under the auspices of the Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Notre Dame, AFTLS takes up residency at 16 to 20 colleges and universities each year offering performances, workshops and classroom visits during each weeklong stay. The company is unique in that, though they have a number of directors involved along the way, the performances have no one director. There is, as Academic Director Peter Holland says, “no directorial concept to tower over the text of Shakespeare’s play.” Instead, the performance is a collaboration of a small group of actors.

The AFTLS events at Amherst are sponsored by the department of English and supported by the department of theater and dance and the Eastman Fund.

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Emily Dickinson Museum Presents Workshop on Family Paper Preservation at the Women’s Club of Amherst

Submitted by Emanuel Costache

October 31, 2007
Contact: Donna M. Abelli
Development and Marketing Manager

Emily Dickinson Museum
413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass.—On Saturday, Nov. 10, the Emily Dickinson Museum will sponsor “First, Do No Harm: Preserving Your Family Papers,” a presentation by archivist Daria D’Arienzo. The program, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Amherst Woman’s Club. (The Woman’s Club is located on the corner of Triangle and Main Streets in Amherst, just east of the museum.)

D’Arienzo, who is head of archives and special collections at Amherst College, will talk about the diaries, letters, photographs, newspaper clippings and other documents that chronicle family stories. She will outline essential preservation steps to ensure that no harm is done to these documents. She will also share the results of “evils”—including cardboard boxes, manila envelopes and metal paper clips—commonly used when housing family records.

Participants are encouraged to bring documents about which they have preservation concerns or questions. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 413/542-8429.

Daria D’Arienzo has worked at Amherst College since 1984. An active supporter of the Emily Dickinson Museum, she chaired the Homestead Advisory Committee for several years and now serves on the museum’s Educational Programming and Policy Committee.

This program is part of “BookMarks: A Celebration of the Art of the Book,” a region-wide festival from September 2007 to January 2008 that will bring to life the Pioneer Valley’s great literary traditions through film, family events, lectures and readings.

This initiative is sponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum and Museums10, a partnership of 10 museums and friends (including Amherst College’s Frost Library, the Mead Art Museum and the Museum of Natural History) within the Pioneer Valley. More information about “BookMarks” is available on the Museums10 Website, www.museums10.org.

The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Dickinson Homestead and The Evergreens, is devoted to the story and legacy of poet Emily Dickinson and her family. Owned by the trustees of Amherst College, the museum is overseen by a separate board of governors charged with raising its operating and capital funds. The Dickinson Homestead was the birthplace and residence of the poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). The Evergreens was the 1856 home of the poet’s brother and sister-in-law, Austin and Susan Dickinson.

The Emily Dickinson Museum is located at 280 Main Street in Amherst; its official Website is www.emilydickinsonmusuem.org. The museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed the Wednesday before Thanksgiving) through Dec. 8. The museum’s season ends on Dec. 8 with the annual Birthday Open House from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Amherst College Symphony Orchestra to Perform Russian Favorites on Family Weekend

Submitted by Emanuel Costache

October 31, 2007
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Symphony Orchestra, with Mark Lane Swanson, Music Director, will perform a full-length classical concert of Russian favorites at its Family Weekend concert on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

The program will open with Mussorgsky’s colorful “Night on Bald Mountain” made popular through its use in Walt Disney’s Fantasia, conducted by Daniel Curtis ’08. The concert continues with Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” with Timothy Cheng ’07 as piano soloist. After intermission, the concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4 in F minor.”

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $6 and can be reserved in advance by contacting mlswanson@amherst.edu. Admission is free to Five College students with ID.

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Amherst College Department of Music Announces Three Concerts for Family Weekend, Nov. 2 and 3

Submitted by Emanuel Costache

October 31, 2007
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Department of Music will present concerts by the Amherst College Choral Society, Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and Amherst College Symphony Orchestra in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center on the Amherst campus Nov. 2 and 3. The Choral Society will perform at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2; the Jazz Ensemble at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3; and the Symphony Orchestra at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The Amherst College Choral Society will begin the weekend with performances by the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Suraj Gopal ’07, as well as the Madrigal singers, directed by Andrea Kahn ’08 and Elly Jessop ’08. The evening’s program will include works of Schubert, Wolf, Viadana, De Cormier, Papoulis and more. The program will end with Amherst College’s rousing traditional songs.

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Bruce Diehl, will perform straight-ahead swing, bop-oriented selections and tunes representing the current trends in jazz by Count Basie, Les Hooper, John Coltrane and more.

The Amherst College Symphony Orchestra will finish off the weekend’s musical offerings with an evening concert that will begin with Mussorgsky’s colorful “Night on Bald Mountain,” conducted by Daniel Curtis ’08. The concert will continue with Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” (Timothy Cheng ’07, piano soloist), directed by Mark Lane Swanson, and conclude with Tchaikovsky’s fiery “Symphony No. 4 in F minor.”

Tickets for each concert will be available at the door one hour prior to the start of the performance. Tickets for the choral concert are available to the general public for $6 and to senior citizens, Amherst College students and children under 12 for $3. Choral tickets may be reserved in advance by calling 413/542-2484 or emailing mchernin@amherst.edu. Tickets for the Jazz concert are available to the general public for $6, to senior citizens for $3 and to Five College students at no charge. Jazz tickets may be reserved in advance by calling the concert office at 413/542-2195. Orchestra concert tickets are available to the general public for $6 and are free to Five College students with ID. Tickets for orchestra may be reserved in advance by e-mailing mlswanson@amherst.edu.

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Renowned Pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn to Perform the Third Concert of the 2007-08 Music at Amherst Series on Saturday, Nov. 10

Submitted by Holly R. Saltrelli

October 23, 2007
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass.—The Music at Amherst Concert Series welcomes pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn for a performance on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets will be available for purchase through the Amherst College Concert Office beginning Monday, Oct. 29.

Solzhenitsyn, son of Russian Nobel Prize-winning author and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, is recognized as one of today’s most gifted artists and enjoys an active career as a conductor and pianist. His lyrical and poignant interpretations of classical music have won him critical acclaim throughout the world. In addition to serving as music director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Solzhenitsyn has given numerous recitals in major musical centers such as London, Milan, Zurich, Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney. At Amherst, he will perform an all-Brahms program.

The Music at Amherst Series will include three additional concerts this season. On Saturday, Feb. 9, Leon Fleisher will perform a piano concert of dance-themed music; on Thursday, March 13, the Florestan Trio will perform works by Brahms, Haydn and Juon; and on Saturday, April 12, tenor Joseph Kaiser will close the 2007-08 season with a solo recital.

Tickets are available to the general public for $25. Tickets for senior citizens and Amherst College employees are $20, student tickets are $10 and Amherst College student tickets are $6. Tickets for each concert go on sale two weeks prior to the date of the performance and may be purchased in advance by calling the concert office at 413/542-2195.

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Environmental Historian Donald Worster Will Deliver Hugh Hawkins Lecture at Amherst College Thursday, Nov. 15

Submitted by Emanuel Costache

October 24, 2007
Contact: Emanuel Costache '09
Media Relations Intern
413/542-2321
Caroline Jenkins
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Donald Worster, Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas, will deliver the annual Hugh Hawkins lecture, titled “On John Muir’sTrail: Nature in an Age of Liberal Principles,” on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 4:30p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the department of history and Dean of the Faculty, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Worster’s talk will explore the connections between the movement to protect the environment and the culture of modern liberal democracy, and will focus in large part on Muir, the influential reformer and founder of the Sierra Club. Worster is author of many books on American environmental history and related topics, including the Bancroft Prize winner Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s. His latest, A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell, has won the acclaim of critics and historians alike.

Primarily interested in the emerging field of environmental history, Worster studies the changing perception of nature and the rise of conservation and environmentalism. He also has strong interests in comparative history (especially U.S. and Canada), in American regionalism (particularly the West), in agriculture and in science and technology.

The annual Hawkins Lecture honors Hugh Hawkins, professor emeritus of history and American studies. A distinguished scholar of American higher education, the American South, and of cultural and intellectual history, Hawkins retired in 2000 after teaching for more than 40 years at Amherst, where he helped build both the history and American studies departments.

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Zedashe Georgian Song and Dance Ensemble to Perform at Amherst College on Monday, Oct. 29

Submitted by Holly R. Saltrelli

October 23, 2007
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass.—The Zedashe Ensemble, from the medieval walled city of Sighnaghi in Eastern Georgia, will perform in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College on Monday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Mountainous Caucasus Georgia, situated on historic crossroads on the eastern shore of the Black Sea, has one of the world’s most ancient and arresting three-part-harmony-singing traditions. The music features a dark, sonorous vocal quality and startling, unexpected harmonies. Directed by Ketevan Mindorashvili, Zedashe was founded in the mid-1990s to sing repertoire largely lost during the Communist era. With four male and three female singers, Zedashe is one of the few mixed-gender performing ensembles in Georgia today. Their repertoire includes ancient three-part harmony chants from the Orthodox Christian liturgy, as well as the full range of folk song genres including field songs, love songs, historical ballads, war dance songs and ritual circle dances. The latter are sometimes accompanied by the chunir (Svan bowed lute), panduri (Kakhetian lute), chonguri (Gurian lute), doli (drum), chiboni (goat-skin bagpipes) and accordion.

The Zedashe Ensemble’s singers are joined by two virtuosic solo dancers, Eka Taralashvili and Erekli Kanchurashvili, who demonstrate the intricate footwork and gestures of varied traditional Georgian dance styles, both lyric and martial.

The group’s name is taken from the special earthenware jugs—zedashes—that were buried under the family home for the purpose of making wine. The wine made in zedashes was especially for the veneration of ancestors and the tapping of the zedashe every year carried great ritual significance.

For further information, contact the Amherst College Concert Office at 413/542-2195 or visit http://www.villageharmony.org/Zedashe2007.

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Brentano String Quartet to Perform at Amherst College as Part of the Music at Amherst Concert Series on Friday, Oct. 26

Submitted by Holly R. Saltrelli

October 23, 2007
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass.—The Music at Amherst Concert Series will present the Brentano String Quartet on Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets are currently available for purchase through the Amherst College Concert Office.

The Brentano Quartet is returning to Music at Amherst after acclaimed performances all over the world. The quartet has enjoyed successful tours in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Kozerthaus in Vienna, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Sydney Opera House. At Amherst, they will perform Haydn’s String Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5; Bartok’s String Quartet No. 6; and Beethoven’s String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 127.

The Music at Amherst Series will include four additional concerts this season. On Saturday, Nov. 10, Ignat Solzhenitsyn will perform an all-Brahms piano program; Saturday, Feb. 9, Leon Fleisher will perform a piano concert of dance-themed music; Thursday, March 13, the Florestan Trio will perform works by Brahms, Haydn, and Juon; and Saturday, April 12, tenor Joseph Kaiser will close the 2007-08 season.

Tickets are available to the general public for $25. Tickets for senior citizens and Amherst College employees are $20, student tickets are $10 and Amherst College students tickets are $6. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 413/542-2195.

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Amherst College Professor Peter D. Crowley to Present Research at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America

Submitted by Holly R. Saltrelli

October 19, 2007
Contact: Emanuel Costache '09
Media Relations Intern
413/542-2321
Caroline Jenkins
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Peter D. Crowley, professor of geology at Amherst College, will present an original research study titled “Crystallographic Fabrics of the Martin Bridge Limestone, Wallowa Mountains: An Electron-Backscattered Diffraction Study” at the upcoming 119th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA). More than 6,300 geoscientists are expected to attend the conference, which will take place Oct. 27 to 31 in Denver.

Crowley’s research focuses on the Wallowa Terrane, part of the Blue Mountains region of Oregon, Idaho and Washington. By studying the metamorphism and deformation of the Martin Bridge limestone in this area of the Pacific Northwest, Crowley hopes to better understand the nature of the events surrounding the amalgamation of the Blue Mountain terrain.

Research has revealed that the intrusion of magma into this limestone area changed the limestone to marble. Crowley’s studies have shown that the lattice orientation of the mineral crystals in the marble gives clues about the deformation of the limestone and whether that process occurred before or after the limestone was transformed into marble. By examining the minerals formed in such a geological event, Crowley has been able to infer the temperature and pressure that metamorphosed the limestone. In addition, he has been able to map the orientation, or the arrangement, of minerals using the electron-backscattering diffraction method and concluded that the limestone was deformed before it was transformed into marble. He will discuss this and all of his findings at the GSA meeting at the end of the month.

A member of the Amherst College faculty since 1986, Crowley regularly teaches courses in structural geology and geophysics. He was chair of the geology department from 1995 to 1998 and director of Amherst’s Museum of Natural History from 2002 to 2007.

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Artist Zeina Nasr ’06 To Workshop Her Original Music With Her Audience in a Performance at Amherst College Nov. 5

Submitted by Holly R. Saltrelli
October 18, 2007
Contact: Caroline Jenkins
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Musician Zeina Nasr ’06, a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, will workshop three of her four original compositions during an interactive performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Monday, Nov. 5. The second in a series of Copeland Fellow events on the theme of “Art and Identity in the Global Community,” the activity is free and open to the public.

Nasr, a composer, will sing her melodies a cappella or accompany herself on piano. She will invite audience members to listen to each song as collaborators would and offer any creative insight they may have in the form of a casual discussion. “I’d like to know what they’re hearing—whether the song evokes a certain style, implies potential instrumentation, is perhaps complete as is, needs restructuring, is confusing, etc.,” she explained. “Often a song becomes impenetrable or difficult to understand after having worked on it for too long. I need fresh ears.”

Nasr graduated from Amherst in 2006 with two summa cum laude theses—one in English and one in theater and dance. She is currently based in Lebanon, the country of her birth. As a Copeland Fellow, she is studying voice in preparation for a degree program in composition and spending her time at Amherst interacting with other established artists in the colloquium, addressing cross-disciplinary interests in literature, film, theater and music.

Her performance is sponsored by Amherst’s Heidi Gilpin, associate professor of German, and Wendy Woodson, professor of theater and dance.

Each year, the Copeland Colloquium brings a group of visiting scholars and artists to Amherst as fellows. This year’s colloquium theme, “Art and Identity in the Global Community,” was proposed by a group of faculty as the outcome of cross-disciplinary discussions on “the ways in which artists and scholars are revising notions of community identity as well as aesthetic conventions in response to new developments in media and migration.” Faculty representing seven different academic departments and the Mead Art Museum joined to become sponsors and organizers of the colloquium and brought five international artists, working in a broad spectrum of media, to Amherst to work in residence for both semesters of the academic year.

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