The series of four free Thursday evening performances in the popular Jazz@Friedmann series concludes for the Fall semester. The featured group is TBD. Public access pending the most current College COVID protocols. Thanks to Student Activities and Jazz @ Amherst for their continued support of the series
Presenting a celebration of Native culture through music and storytelling, the world-class musical ensemble is joined by storyteller and Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest. Together they weave new compositions and songs with witty, wise and poignant poetry and satire to honor the elders and ancestors. Their performance unearths the depth, joy and solidarity that Native people find in their community, culture and family. Opening words and song by nationally acclaimed author, citizen of the Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts and director of the Ohketeau Cultural Center, Larry Spotted Crow Mann. Please join us for a talkback with all the performers following the performance.
Delbert Anderson, Musical Director / Composition / Trumpet / Thereamin
Julia Keefe, Assistant Musical Director / Composition / Voice / Piano / Guitar
Rena Priest, Poet / Storyteller
Nokosee Fields, Composition / Fiddle / Guitar
Mali Obomsawin, Composition / Voice / Bass / Guitar
Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below from August 1- September 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning January 27, 2023. General seating.
Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique compositional gifts have garnered her critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage. Anthony Tommasini remarked in The New York Times that “Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power … soulful lyricism … unsentimental expressivity.”
Ms. Montero returns to the Buckley stage paying homage to three prominent Russian composers who immigrated to the West in the early 20th century to escape oppression in their home country. Montero’s carefully selected program includes pieces rarely heard on this side of the globe and concludes with a real-time improvised score alongside a viewing of Charlie Chaplin’s film The Immigrant.
Sergei Prokofiev: Sarcasms: Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 17
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36
Igor Stravinsky: Piano Sonata in F-sharp minor (1924)
Charlie Chaplin: The Immigrant, with improvised piano score by Gabriela Montero
Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below from August 1- September 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning February 3, 2023. Assigned seating.
Violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker are creative innovators with an appetite for discovery and new ideas. They have commissioned over 85 new works, and they frequently collaborate with other artists on projects that push the boundaries of classical music. The Gryphon Trio returns to Buckley for an encore performance.
Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin
Roman Borys, cello
Jamie Parker, piano
Rebecca Clarke: Piano Trio
Dinuk Wijeratne: Love Triangle (2016)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8
Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below from August 1- September 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning February 17, 2023. Assigned seating.
The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. The 21 classically trained, outstanding vocalists of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale have shared the stage with internationally recognized artists such as Juno Award-winning jazz pianist Joe Sealy, singers Molly Johnson and Jackie Richardson, and opera star Kathleen Battle and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble has performed for such luminaries as opera singer Jessye Norman and Dance Theatre of Harlem founder Arthur Mitchell. The Chorale has performed at events honoring world leaders Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, personality Muhammad Ali and pianist Oscar Peterson, and was the only Canadian ensemble invited to perform as part of the celebrations surrounding the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama in January 2009.
The multifaceted vocalists of the Chorale, whose talent stretches beyond the traditional expectations of a classical chamber choir, seek to broaden their vision to include all styles and genres of music, from classical to jazz, folk, blues and popular music, as appropriate to the traditions of the African Diaspora.
Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below from August 1- September 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning March 10, 2023. General seating.
Described as “superb” by The New York Times, violinist Tai Murray has established herself as a musical voice of a generation.“Technically flawless … vivacious and scintillating …. It is without doubt that Murray’s style of playing is more mature than that of many seasoned players …”(MUSO Magazine). Murray won an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004 and was named a BBC New Generation Artist. As a chamber musician, she was a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II.
Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions, and is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Romance
John Adams: Road Movies
Arvo Pärt: Passacaglia
Franz Schubert: Grand Duo in A Major, D. 574
Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below from August 1- September 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning March 24, 2023. Assigned seating.