Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra Announce Family Weekend Concerts Oct. 26 and 27

September 28, 2012                                                                                                                             Contact: Sara R. Leonard                                                                                                                         Manager of Concert Programming, Production and Publicity                                                               413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Department of Music presents concerts by the Jazz Ensemble, Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 26 and 27 in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8:30 p.m.; Amherst College Choral Society performs on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 12 p.m.; Amherst Symphony Orchestra performs on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are required for all three concerts and will be available for purchase at the door.

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble concert features special guest alto saxophonist Pete Robbins. The program includes music by Robbins, Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Matt Harris and many others. Bruce Diehl directs the ensemble.

The Amherst College Choral Society presents works by Brahms, Ticheli, Smetana, Persichetti and many more. Additional works include Irish songs by The Wailin’ Jennys and Fergus O’Farrell, as well as traditional College songs. Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Jeremy Koo ’12 direct the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Glee Club. Angelina Gomez ’14 and Lester Hu ’13 direct the Madrigal Singers.

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra begins “Epic Journeys,” its yearlong survey of famous fifth symphonies, with the controversial Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor. Written in 1937 at the height of the Soviet political purges, thismasterpiece alternates among exuberance, lyricism and tragedy. Also included is the flashy Overture to the opera “Ruslan y Lyudmila” by Mikhail Glinka. Mark Swanson, music director, conducts.

Tickets are available for $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased duringFamily Weekend registration and at the door beginning one hour prior to each performance. 

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