News & Music Events 2016-2017

April 2017

Sat, Apr 1, 2017

Quicksilver

M@A Chamber & Parallels Series: Quicksilver (free)

Quicksilver brings together leading historically informed performers in North America today. Led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, this ensemble explores the rich chamber music repertoire of the early modern period to the High Baroque.

“Enlightening … the audience was on its feet cheering and hooting as if it were at a rock show.” –The New York Times

Program
The Big Wig: Sophisticated and Unexpected Music from the Courts of France and England
Robert Mealy & Julie Andrijeski, violins & directors
David Morris, viola da gamba
Avi Stein, harpsichord and organ
Charles Weaver, theorbo and guitar

The Big Wig:
Sophisticated and Unexpected Music from the Courts of England and France

Sonata in A major John Blow (1649–1708)
Largo – [Andante] — Allegro — Adagio

Fantasia-suite no.4 in C major Matthew Locke (c.1621–1677)
from The Broken Consort, Part I (London, 1661)
Fantazie — Courante — Ayre — Sarabande

Pavan in B Flat Major, Z 750 Henry Purcell (1659–1695)

Fantasia-suite in D minor John Jenkins (1592–1678)

Mortlake Ground John Blow

Sonata no.5 in G Minor Henry Purcell
from Ten Sonata’s in Four Parts (London, 1697)
[Grave] — [Canzona] — [Largo] — Adagio — Presto — [Adagio]

intermission

Suite no.4 in B flat major Marin Marais (1656–1728)
from Pièces en trio (Paris, 1692)
Prélude
Air
Gavotte
Sarabande
Caprice
Plainte

Premiere Suite in G major Jean-Féry Rebel (1666–1747)
from Pièces pour le violon avec la basse continue (Paris, 1705)
Prelude — Allemande — Sarabande — Chaconne

Suite in D major Marin Marais
from Pièces de viole, cinquième livre (Paris, 1725)
Prelude
Allemande la Flateuse
Sarabande
Gigue
Gavotte
La Fromental; Double
Chaconne

Sonade from L’Imperiale (La Convalescente) François Couperin (1668–1733)
from Les Nations (Paris, 1726)
Gravement — Vivement — Gravement, et marqué — Légérement — Rondement — Vivement

Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center, 53 College Street, Amherst MA. Free. Tickets required and available through concerts at amherst dot edu or online at:
http://amherst.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp?id=230&cid=33

Tickets Required

Sun, Apr 2, 2017

BMOP

M@A Parallels Series: Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP)

BMOP is widely recognized as the premier orchestra in the United States dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing and recording new orchestral music. Since its founding in 1996, BMOP has commissioned new works and rediscovered classics of the 20th century, infusing them with the creativity, wit and individuality that have been hallmarks of the modern era and its music.

“Mr. Rose and his team filled the music with rich, decisive ensemble colors and magnificent solos. … [T]hese musicians were rapturous … superb instrumentalists at work and play.” –The New York Times

Parallels Series Concert Tickets
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 Recital Hall.

Tickets Required

Fri, Apr 7, 2017

Maria Sonevytsky

Ethno-Chaos: Hearing DakhaBrakha in the Context of Contemporary Revolutionary Ukrainian Politics

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Maria Sonevytsky, Assistant Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) at Bard College in New York will give a talk on DakhaBrakha and ethno-chaos. Sonevytsky's primary research interests include discourses of sovereignty and “wildness” in post-Soviet Ukrainian popular music, music and nationalism, cultural policy and folklore and nuclear experience after Chernobyl.

This lecture will contextualize some of the sonic influences that DakhaBrakha alchemize in their self-described ethno-chaos band. As they morphed from claiming to be apolitical musicians to touring as “Ambassadors of the Maidan Revolution,” DakhaBrakha exported a political message to audiences throughout Western Europe and North America; since the 2013-14 revolution, they have forged creative alliances that also suggest a particular progressive politics. In the current global climate, as the Ukrainian state faces an existential threat from continuing aggression from Russia, artists such as DakhaBrakha articulate their hopes and frustrations through their musical performances. Situating their creative experiments within a bigger emerging Kyivan arts scene, we will examine the sonic markers utilized in specific songs and ask what kinds of stories they tell about the complex geopolitical landscape of contemporary Ukraine. Through an exploration of “soundmarks of sovereignty,” this lecture will decode some of the layered histories of social belonging that their richly hybrid songs evoke.

DakhaBrakha

M@A Parallels Series: DakhaBrakha

DakhaBrakha is a world-music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, this “ethnic chaos” band creates a world of unexpected new music.

“The group mixes everything from punk-pop to traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures, often with the close harmonies usually associated with Balkan music. But it’s really the live shows that take DakhaBrakha beyond mere curiosity to utter brilliance.” –National Public Radio

Parallels Series Concert Tickets
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 Recital Hall.

Tickets Required

Sun, Apr 9, 2017

Glee Club Performance

Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m., the Glee Club performs works chosen by graduating students. This year, singers perform a variety of sacred and secular music, songs of other nations and spirituals, including pieces by Josquin des Prez and Francis Poulenc. Music of the Republic of Georgia, Japan, Ireland, and Macedonia is also featured. The concert concludes with the traditional “Senior Song” by James S. Hamilton (Class of 1906) and the passing of the historic senior chalice. Free.

Mon, Apr 10, 2017

Patrice Ruschen NEW PERSPECTIVES

New Perspectives in American Music: "Teaching Popular Music in Institutions of Higher Learning" a Talk by Patrice Rushen

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd Floor

Teaching Popular Music in Institutions of Higher Learning
A talk by Patrice Rushen of the USC Thornton School of Music

The Music Department’s “New Perspective in American Music” lecture series concludes with “Teaching Popular Music in Institutions of Higher Learning,” a talk by Patrice Rushen, chair of popular music at the USC Thornton School of Music, at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library, Amherst College.

Drawing on her unusually broad career as a composer and performer, ranging from pop and R&B to jazz, symphonic music and film scoring, Rushen reflects on the acquisition of skills for the creation of popular music and how they can be effectively taught in an academic program. With reference to and examples from the trajectory of her own creative life, Rushen recounts the evolution of her teaching approaches, and her participation in the founding of a new teaching institute in this relatively young area of academic study.

Patrice Rushen is an award-winning musician and composer who is also one of the most sought after artists in the music industry. She is a classically trained pianist who originally found success in the 70’s and 80’s with her signature fusion of jazz, pop and R&B. During this era, she composed and recorded the hit song, “Forget Me Nots,” which has been frequently covered and sampled by other artists. Rushen is also a four-time Grammy nominee who has composed scores for movies and television. She has been the first female musical director for many of the entertainment industry’s top award shows, which include the Grammy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and HBO’s “Comic Relief V.” Considered one of the world’s top jazz pianists, she has performed with and produced for such esteemed artists as Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Nancy Wilson, Sheena Easton, Carlos Santana and Freddie Hubbard. She is an award-winning composer of symphonic music, some of which was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Rushen received an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree in 2005, from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music for her “outstanding contribution to music and culture” where she is also the ambassador for artistry in education. Most recently, she has been appointed chair of popular music at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Discussion of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7: "Leningrad"

Center for Russian Culture, Webster 202 Discussion of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7: "Leningrad"

Polina Barskova, associate professor of Russian literature at Hampshire College, will be joined by Mark Lane Swanson, senior lecturer in music at Amherst College, for a 50-minute discussion of the history and cultural significance of Dmitri Shostakovich's epic Symphony #7 in C major ("Leningrad").

Professor Barskova's many areas of scholarly interest include the aestheticization of historical trauma, especially the Siege of Leningrad. Mr. Swanson will comment on musical aspects of the symphony, which he will lead in a performance by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 15, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall.

Drawings depicting the Siege of Leningrad from the series entitled V Dni Voiny: Semejnaia Khronika (In Days of War: A Family Chronicle) by Rimma Neratova will be presented for viewing at 4:30 p.m., followed by the discussion at 4:45 p.m. and reception.

Performance Studio: Rm 3 Arms

Hear your fellow students perform solo and chamber works. Free.

Sat, Apr 15, 2017

Violinists, drummers and other musicians from the Amherst Symphony Orchestra playing onstage in Buckley Recital Hall, being conducted by Mark Lane Swanson

ASO Concert: Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony #7 ("Leningrad")

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony #7 ("Leningrad")
Mark Lane Swanson, Music Director
Stuart McKenzie '16, Assistant Director

On Saturday evening, April 15, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra closes its 2016-2017 of "epic" symphonies with a performance of the monumental Seventh Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich ("Leningrad"). Full details of the orchestra's season may be obtained by consulting http://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

As a testament to sheer survival and triumph of the human spirit, Shostakovich's Symphony #7 in C major has few equals. Composed at the height of the Nazi siege of Leningrad during the Second World War both within city limits and later in Moscow and Kyubyshev, where the composer had been transferred for his personal safety, the final score was airlifted back to Leningrad and received its premiere by the emaciated surviving members of Leningrad's municipal orchestra. It paints a picture of sheer terror, but also serves as a symbol of Russian resistance and as a requiem for the victims of both the war and Stalinist purges.

Amherst Symphony Orchestra performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. Tickets are sold only on the night of the concert, beginning an hour before the performance, in the lobby of Arms. General admission is $10; seniors, children and students, $5; free to 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.

Tickets Required

Wed, Apr 19, 2017

Are We There Yet? First Rides for New Musical Vehicles

Featuring piano music by Professor Emeritus Lewis Spratlan, Gregory Tucker and John McDonald, the Joseph E. and Grace W. Valentine Visiting Professor of Music.
Reception to follow at 6:30 p.m., Arms Music Center Lower Level.

Fri, Apr 21, 2017

Closeup of Dawn Upshaw smiling, wearing a pale purple blouse, and holding her left hand to her neck

M@A Chamber Series: Dawn Upshaw, soprano, and Gilbert Kalish, piano

Joining a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music, Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today.

“Upshaw’s instrument has the kind of power, clarity and pure beauty that can transfix a listener.” –Pioneer Press

Program (subject to change)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Im Frühling
Geheimes
Gretchen am Spinnrade
Lied der Mignon (Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt)
Rastlose Liebe

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)

from In the Mists
I. Andante
IV. Presto

Mr. Kalish

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Histoires Naturelles

Le paon
Le grillon
Le cygne
Le martin-pêcheur
La pintade

Intermission

Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)

June Twilight
Infant Joy
The Tiger
A Dream
The Cloths of Heaven

Béla Bartók (1881-1945)

Fekete föd
Annyi bánat a szüvemen
Régi keserves
Eddig való dolgom
'Hatforintos’ nóta

William Bolcom (b. 1938)
Black Max
Toothbrush time
Waitin'
George

Dawn Upshaw has recorded extensively for the Nonesuch label. She may also be heard on Angel/EMI, BMG, Deutsche Grammophon, London, Sony Classical, Telarc, and Erato and Teldec in the Warner Classics Family of label.

Single event tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance:
http://amherst.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp?id=225&cid=33

CHAMBER SERIES
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12

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

Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Dawn Upshaw, soprano

M@A Chamber Series Masterclass: Dawn Upshaw, soprano

Amherst College students work with America's favorite soprano on stage in Buckley. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Concert Choir Spring Concert

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a concert by the Amherst College Concert Choir on Saturday, April 22, at 5 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The Concert Choir is directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Hannah Goodwillie ’16. The performance is free of charge and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

The Concert Choir performs their senior concert, featuring music of Ireland and America. The concert includes the imaginative “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine,” by Eric Whitacre. Also featured is music by Moses Hogan, Percy Hall, Anuna and the Wailin’ Jennys. 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 more information, contact the Amherst College Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

Sun, Apr 23, 2017

Chorus Spring Concert

On Sunday, April 23, at 1 p.m., the Chorus presents the spring concert, a delightful array of music for treble voices. The repertoire includes songs by Irish composer Fergus O’Farrell, Robert Schumann, Kraja and Ralph Vaughan Williams. A light complimentary brunch is served at noon on the lower level of Arms Music Center. The concert ends with the traditional “Senior Song” and the passing of the chalice. The concert is free.

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.

Workshop/presentation by the Feya Faku Quartet

Workshop and Presentation by the Feya Faku Quartet

Feya Faku, trumpet
John Kordalewski, piano
Carlos Pino, bass
Kesivan Naidoo, drums

Trumpeter Feya Faku is considered one of the leading jazz musicians in South Africa today. His career has included work with South African musical legends such as Barney Rachabane, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Bheki Mseleku, and Abdullah Ibrahim, as well as the current younger generation of musicians. His original compositions are representative of how South African jazz has evolved since the end of apartheid, while still retaining its traditional core. Joining him will be drummer Kesivan Naidoo, considered one of South Africa's top jazz drummers before his 2015 move to the US, pianist John Kordalewski, leader of Boston's Makanda Project whose recent work includes arrangements of compositions by South African pianist Ndikho Xaba, and the exciting Colombian bass player Carlos Pino.

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble (ACJE) Concert

Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Composition Seminar Concert

The Composition Seminar Concert will feature members of the Wistaria String Quartet, an octet of student voices and pianists from within the seminar playing a dozen brand-new student works. A wind trio and a colorful mixed quartet with trumpet, strings and piano will also be featured.

Jazz Combo Performances

The April 24 and 26 Jazz Combo Performances will feature music produced by each ensemble, as well as music from the standard jazz repertoire.

On April 24 we will present four jazz combos: Blue, New Sextet, Jazz Warriors and Toxic Thunder

On April 26 we will present three jazz combos: Travelogue, Hejira and Mingus.

Both concerts are free and open to the public and take place in Arms Music Center Room 7.

Wed, Apr 26, 2017

Chamber Music Seminar Recital: "Chamber Music Games!"

The participants in the spring Chamber Music course (Music 310) present a concert for varied ensembles featuring Arthur Lourie's "Funeral Games for Chronos" (three flutes; piano; percussion); Alfred Schittke's Sonata for cello and piano; Lennox Berkeley's Trio for horn, violin, and piano; David Popper's Requiem for three cellos and piano; and selections for multiple flutes and voices.

Chamber Music Games!
A Concert by Participants in Music 310: Chamber Music Seminar
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center, Amherst College
With music by Lennox Berkeley, Arthur Lourié, Felix Mendelssohn, David Popper, Alfred Schnittke,
Georg Philipp Telemann and more

Featuring:
Audrey Cheng '20, flute and piano; Katherine Chen '19, violin; Jean Choi '18, cello; Alexandra Conza '19, flute and voice; Alura Chung-Mehdi '18, cello; Joshua Ferrer '18, cello; Benjamin Fiedler '17, piano; Emily Rockwell '20, flute and voice; Faith Wen '20, piano; Patrick Williams '18, horn

Faculty Coaches:
Alison Hale; Jean Jeffries; John McDonald; Wayne Smith

With special Thanks to Klara Moricz and Mark Swanson

Jazz Combos

The April 24 and 26 Jazz Combo Performances will feature music produced by each ensemble, as well as music from the standard jazz repertoire.
On April 24 we will present four jazz combos: Blue, New Sextet, Jazz Warriors and Toxic Thunder
On April 26 we will present three jazz combos: Travelogue, Hejira and Mingus.

Both concerts are free and open to the public and take place in Arms Music Center Room 7.

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

PVS documentary public screening at the CHI

PVS documentary public screening at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the CHI on April 27 at 4 PM.
https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/center-humanistic-inquiry

Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Closeup of several students playing French horns

In Search of Excellence: Tribute to the Class of 2017 & Concertofest

In its new performance date during Amherst College Commencement, the ASO showcases gifted classical instrumentalists of the graduating class of 2017.

Performing:
Reinhold Gliere (1875-1956): Concerto for French Horn & Orchestra in B-flat major, op. 91 (1951)
Victoria Luizzi '17, soloist

Today - Sun, Apr 30, 2017

Madrigal Concert

Join us for the Madrigal Concert. Free.