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David E. Schneider, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music
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Listening Through History, a Q&A with Professor David E. Schneider

As he marks 20 years of teaching at Amherst, David E. Schneider, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, discusses his love of music, the decision that led to his career as a musicologist and how his classes at Amherst have evolved over the decades.

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August 2017

Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Black-and-white closeup of Jane Ira Bloom, holding her soprano saxophone and smiling in front of a brick wall

Jane Ira Bloom Performance of "Wild Lines"

Join the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst College's Buckley Recital Hall for a collaboration across time between two pioneering women artists-- one a 21st-century jazz musician, the other a 19th-century visionary poet.

On Friday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m., the Emily Dickinson International Society and Emily Dickinson Museum present award-winning soprano saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom in "Wild Lines," her new work for jazz quartet and spoken word, inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

The 80-minute suite of compositions alternates musical compositions with fragments from the poet's writing in a newly imaged musical landscape. Bloom's reimagining of Dickinson was ignited when she learned that the poet was a pianist and improviser, reaffirming Bloom's intuitive connection to the jazz-like quality of Dickinson's writing.

Poetry recitation from actress Deborah Rush will echo and intermingle with music performed by the Jane Ira Bloom quartet: Dawn Clement (piano), Dean Johnson (bass) and Bobby Previte (drums). This program is made possible with support from Chamber Music America's 2015 New Jazz Works Program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Foundation.

Tickets are $18 and will be available at the door to Buckley Recital Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. on the night of the concert. For further information, please contact Elizabeth Bradley 413-542-2034.

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