March 23, 2018 - 8:00 pm
  • Tickets Required

Please NOTE:
This concert replaces Maarja Nuut, canceled by the artist. This replacement concert will honor all tickets for 3/23 sold to date.

Damien Sneed offers a diverse solo piano program:

Multi-genre recording artist and a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has also garnered attention in a wide range of other musical genres, including jazz, gospel, pop, R&B, opera and musical theatre.

He has already been featured in the New York Times multiple times for his work in various genres. A pianist, organist, vocalist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, and arts educator, Sneed has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Ashford & Simpson, Wycliffe Gordon, and Eric Reed. He has served as music director for GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel artists, including Kim Burrell, The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Kierra Sheard. He also served as musical director for season four of Sunday Best, Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) hit award-winning gospel singing competition show.

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 - 1750)- Prelude no. 1 in C Major
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770 - 1827)- Sonata in C minor (“Pathetique”), Opus 13, Adagio cantabile
FREDERIC CHOPIN (1810 - 1849) - Nocturne, Opus 9, No. 1 in B flat minor
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864 - 1949) / MAX REGER (1873 - 1916) - Allerseelen (1899)
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864 - 1949) / MAX REGER (1873 - 1916)- Morgen (1899)
AARON COPLAND (1900 - 1990) - Passacaglia (1922)

SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875 - 1912) - Deep River (1905)
R. NATHANIEL DETT (1882 - 1943) - Juba Dance from "In The Bottoms" Suite
JOHN WORK (1901 - 1967) - At A Certain Church (1951)
MARGARET BONDS (1913 - 1972) - Troubled Water (1967)
HALE SMITH (1925 - 2009) - Evocation (1966)
THOMAS H. KERR, JR. (1915 - 1988) - Easter Monday Swagger (1970)

DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) - Wade In The Water
RICHARD SMALLWOOD (b. 1948) Total Praise
DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) Good Shepherd Medley
DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) Call Him By His Name

Parallels Series, general seating
General Public: $18
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12
Students, with valid ID: $10
Free Amherst student rush tickets available in the Arms lobby one hour before showtime.

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating. For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at Tickets are available online at no added cost at

Contact Info

Alisa Pearson
(413) 542-2195
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