Event Calendar

April 2018

Tue, Apr 3, 2018

Blurry closeup of Sarah Hennies' hair and arms

Sarah Hennies Performance: "Gather & Release"

Gather & Release is a one-hour performance for vibraphone and a variety of pre-recorded sounds, composed by percussionist Sarah Hennies. Her work explores issues related to queer/trans identity, mediated through sound and music technologies.

Over the course of an hour, Hennies entangles highly focused percussion playing with field recordings, sine waves, signifiers from her personal and family history (including a 20+-year-old recording of her grandfather reciting poetry) and bilateral stimulation, a tool for anxiety release and a major component of EMDR therapy. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that focuses on relieving the patient of disturbing memories.)

Gather & Release is personal, immediate, yet reserved.

Sarah Hennies will also give a presentation for students enrolled in MUSI 264 on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Please contact Yvette Jackson at yjackson@amherst.edu if you would like to sit in. Limited space is available.

Fri, Apr 6, 2018

WindSync

M@A Masterclass: WindSync Wind Quintet

FREE and open to the public:

Horns, Buckley Recital Hall:
4-4:30 William Jackson, Mozart Horn Concerto No.2, 1st movement
4:30-5 Patrick Williams, R. Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1

Clarinet & Oboe, Room 3
4-4:30 Emily Isko, clarinet, Brahms Clarinet Sonata no. 2 in Eb
4:30-5 Anna Dalton, oboe, Mozart Oboe Quartet, 1st movement

Flutes, Room 212
4-4:30 Ariella Goldberg, Debussy Syrinx
4:30-5 Robin Kong, Prokofiev Flute Sonata, 4th movement

Bassoon, room 207 (Practice Room)
Ed Senn, Mozart Bassoon Concerto

WindSync

M@A Chamber Series: WindSync

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. The young, adventurous group plays exclusively from memory, including elements of staging and choreography, and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence.

“... staunchly dedicated to pushing the boundaries of wind quintet performance with youthful, pop-rock sensibility."
- Winnipeg Free Press
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Single event tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance:
Chamber Series, assigned seating
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush tickets are available

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 concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music.

Tickets Required

Sun, Apr 15, 2018

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra standing onstage at Buckley Recital Hall

ASO: Amherst Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert, "A Tribute to Samuel Barber"

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra closes its season's survey of American canonic concert-hall composers with A Tribute to Samuel Barber on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for music, Barber was America's 20th-century neo-Romantic composer par excellence.

The orchestra opens with Barber's tragic yet consoling "Adagio for Strings," recast by the composer from the slow movement of his only string quartet, used in countless motion pictures, and frequently performed at memorials and during times of national tragedy.

The concert continues with the "Intermezzo" from Barber's opera Vanessa, which depicts the passage of time as an abandoned women awaits the return of a long-departed lover. Barber's violin concerto, an undisputed masterpiece, tour-de-force and staple of the repertoire then showcases the talents of Amherst senior Matthew Chow; and the orchestra concludes after intermission with an encore performance of the Second Symphony ("Romantic") by Barber's like-minded American contemporary Howard Hanson.

Full details of the orchestra's season may be obtained by consulting http://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.

Tickets Required

ACJE: Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Concert

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs music of Pat Metheny, Lee Morgan, Gil Evans, Sammy Nestico, Thelonious Monk and student composer Dan Langa '18.

ACJE performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public, collecting cash for the Amherst Survival Center.

Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Studio Recital Room 3

A lively casual recital by Amherst College's student musicians. Arms, Room 3.

Tomorrow - Sat, Apr 21, 2018

Crowd of members of the Choral Society

Amherst College Chorus and Glee Club Performances

Saturday evening, April 21, at 5 p.m., the Amherst College Chorus and Glee Club perform works both individually and combined. Featured works include folk music of the Pacific rim and Europe, and selections from Forrest Pierce’s All-Night Vigil of Rabi'a al-Adawiyya with cello accompaniment. Each group also presents music with texts by Amherst poets Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson.

The Amherst College Choral Society is led by Visiting Lecturer and Interim Choir Director Dr. Gregory W. Brown ’98 and Assistant Director Rebecca Ruescher ’17. Dr. Brown holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and The University of Georgia and maintains an active career as a composer.

Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.

Sun, Apr 22, 2018

The Choral Society holding sheet music while standing in the loft in Buckley Recital Hall

Concert Choir Performance

The Choral Society invites you to a free noon brunch in Arms Music Center, followed by a 1 p.m. performance. Both events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

At 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, April 22, the Amherst College Concert Choir performs a wide variety of unaccompanied music. Featured selections include the North American premiere of Sarah Rimkus’s "Mater Dei" along with other Marian settings, including Rachmaninov's classic "Bogoroditse Devo." The choir will also present local composer Alice Parker’s arrangement of "Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal."

The Amherst College Choral Society is led by Visiting Lecturer and Interim Choir Director Dr. Gregory W. Brown ’98 and Assistant Director Rebecca Ruescher ’17. Dr. Brown holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and The University of Georgia and maintains an active career as a composer.

Mon, Apr 23, 2018

Year-end Recital: Jazz Piano. Students of Eugene Uman

Monday, April 23, Eugene Uman’s jazz piano students perform in Arms, Room 3, between 11 am and 1 pm.

Sat, Apr 28, 2018

ASO: Amherst Symphony Orchestra

Tickets may be purchased at the door only. Prices are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, children 12 and under and students with ID; and free for Amherst and Five College students with ID.

For information on the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, please consult http://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Tickets Required

Sun, Apr 29, 2018


David E. Schneider, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music

Listening Through History, a Q&A with Professor David E. Schneider

As he marks 20 years of teaching at Amherst, Professor David E. Schneider discusses his love of music, his career as a musicologist and how his classes have evolved over the decades.