Music

2014-2015 Music Events

April 2015

Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Danilo Perez

Danilo Perez Masterclass

Panama 500 band members Roni Eytan (harmonica), Ben Street (bass) and Adam Cruz (drums) join pianist Danilo Pérez to participate in a public master class. Buckley Recital Hall at 4 pm. Free and open to the public.

Performance Studio Concert, Rm 3

Amherst College Students perform a short, mixed concert in ARMS, Room 3.

Thu, Apr 2, 2015

Black-and-white closeup of Ned Rothenberg

“The Challenge of World Music for the Creative Musician” by Ned Rothenberg

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a lecture/workshop by clarinetist, composer and improviser Ned Rothenberg titled “The Challenge of World Music for the Creative Musician” on Thursday, April 2, at 4 p.m. in Room 3 of Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

For musicians and nonmusicians alike, Rothenberg’s presentation addresses an important question: How can the Western composer/improviser address philosophical, technical and aesthetic issues that arise from the consideration of foreign traditions in a way that isn’t superficial or exploitative? The event is free and open to the public.

Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 33 years on five continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet and the shakuhachi, an end-blown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own. In an ensemble setting, he leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris, guitars, and Samir Chatterjee, tabla; works with the Mivos string quartet playing his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings; and collaborates around the world with fellow improvisors. Recent recordings include this "Quintet," "The World of Odd Harmonics," "Ryu Nashi" (new music for shakuhachi) and "Inner Diaspora," all on John Zorn's Tzadik label, as well as "Live at Roulette" with Evan Parker, and "The Fell Clutch," on Rothenberg’s Animul label.

Later the same day, Rothenberg’s group Inner Diaspora performs on the Magic Triangle concert series at 8 p.m. at Bezanson Hall at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Details are available at https://fac.umass.edu/Online/NedRothenberg.

For more information, contact Professor Jason Robinson at (413) 542-8208 or jrobinson@amherst.edu.

Photo credit: Caroline Forbes

Sat, Apr 11, 2015

Overhead shot of orchestra rehearsal in Buckley Recital Hall

Amherst Symphony Orchestra: Mahler's Third Symphony

Amherst Symphony Orchestra performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. Tickets will be sold only on the night of the concert, beginning an hour before the performance, in the lobby of Arms Music Center. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, and $5 for senior citizens, children under 13 and students with valid ID. Tickets are free for Five College students.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the Web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Fri, Apr 17, 2015

Sat, Apr 18, 2015

A piece of sheet music, seen over the shoulder of the person holding it

Glee Club Concert: 150th Anniversary Performance

The Amherst College Glee Club presents their 150th anniversary performance on Saturday, April 18, at 5 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. The concert is open to the public and free of charge, with general seating.

On this occasion the Glee Club performs a variety of sacred and secular music, songs of other nations and spirituals, including pieces by William Dawson, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Robert Shaw, Izumi Taku and many others. In celebration of the Glee Club’s sesquicentennial, the Glee Club premieres the winning College Song, “The Moose” by Asa Goodwillie ’16. The Glee Club is conducted by director Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Jordan Hugh Sam ’14.The concert concludes with the traditional "Senior Song" by James S. Hamilton (Class of 1906) and the passing of the historic senior chalice.

Wed, Apr 22, 2015

Performance Studio Concert, Rm 3

Amherst College students perform a short, mixed concert in ARMS, room 3.

Fri, Apr 24, 2015

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin seated at a grand piano in a church

Lecture Demonstration by Irish Pianist and Composer Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

As one of Ireland’s best-known musicians, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin has released more than 10 CDs of his own compositions and arrangements performed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra under his direction. As a pianist, he is widely acknowledged as having originated a unique Irish piano style out of an Irish traditional base. Ó Súilleabháin is professor of music at the University of Limerick, where he founded the Irish World Music Centre.

“Ó Súilleabháin … played not just variations on an Irish theme, but explored it inside-out, upside-down, backside-foremost, up hill and down dale … with bells on and brio.”
The Herald (Glasgow)

Please join us for this hour-long look "under the hood" with Visiting Artist Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin at 4 p.m. on April 24 in Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building at Amherst College.

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Music at Amherst Parallels Performance: Mícheál O Súilleabháin, piano

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin is one of Ireland’s best-known musicians. He has released over ten CDs of his own compositions and arrangements performed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra under his direction. As a pianist, he is widely acknowledged as having originated a unique Irish piano style out of an Irish traditional base. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin is Professor of Music at the University of Limerick where he founded the Irish World Music Centre.

"Ó Súilleabháin is one of those rarities, a musician who grasps absolutely both the classical and traditional idioms, and his take seems to be that, not only can they co-exist, they should burst forth together in something that goes beyond mere fusion."
The Herald

Parallels Series Concerts
General Public: $18
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12
Students (with valid ID): $10
Amherst College Students: $7

Single tickets are available through https://amherst.universitytickets.com.

Free Student Rush tickets are available for Amherst College students beginning one hour prior to the performance, in the lobby outside of Buckley

Sat, Apr 25, 2015

Chonghyo Shin sitting at a piano

Piano Recital by 12 Students of Chonghyo Shin

Hui Xu '18, Paul Gramieri '17, Sol Lee '17, Benjamin Fiedler '17, John Janezich '18, Ha Ram Hwang '17, Jiwoon Choi '16, Johnathan Sataloff '15, Khishigsuren Jargalsaikhan '17, Diana Chou '15, Dvij Bajpai '15 and Albert Yu '15 perform works by Shostakovich, Debussy, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Scriabin and Liszt.

Concert Choir standing on stage, dressed in black, with Mallorie Chernin conducting

Concert Choir Performance

The Amherst College Concert Choir performs on Saturday, April 25, at 5 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. The concert is open to the public and free of charge, with general seating.

The Concert Choir presents songs of England, including the masterpiece “Hymn to St. Cecilia” by Benjamin Britten, and “Why Fum’th in Fight” by Thomas Tallis, which was used by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.” Other composers include William Byrd, Gerald Finzi, Gustav Holst, C.V. Stanford and Michael Tippett. The concert ends with the traditional "Senior Song."

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us on the Web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events. For further information please contact Alisa Pearson, manager of concert programming, production and publicity, at 413/542-2195.

Sun, Apr 26, 2015

Women's Chorus standing on stage, dressed in black

Women's Chorus Performance

The Amherst College Women's Chorus performs on Sunday, April 26, at 1 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. The concert is open to the public and free of charge, with general seating.

The Women’s Chorus presents their spring concert. The repertory includes songs by Franz Schubert (Psalm 23 with piano accompaniment by Jordan Hugh Sam '14), Clifton J. Noble Jr. ’83, Jeremy Koo ’12 and more. The concert ends with the traditional "Senior Song” and the passing of the chalice. A light brunch will be served at noon on the lower level of Arms Music Center.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events. For further information, please contact Alisa Pearson, manager of concert programming, production and publicity, at 413/542-2195.

Closeup of part of a violin

Violin Recital: Students of Sarah Briggs

Performers: Emma Ryan, Elliot Kuan, Lily Fang, Grant Park, Xuan Nguyen (viola), Matthew Chow, Rachel Szymanski, Elaine Jeon, Madeline Clyne

Guest artist: Monica Jakuc Leverett, piano

A reception will follow.

Wed, Apr 29, 2015