News & Music Events 2016-2017

December 2016

Fri, Dec 2, 2016

Pre-Concert Demo: Mythos/Melos at the Russian Center

A Discussion of Igor Stravinsky and the Ballet Russes with Professor Stanley Rabinowitz,
A Stravinsky performance with pianists Lois Shapiro and Randall Hodgkinson and three Amherst College pianists Audrey Cheng 20, Charlie Smith 19, and Phuong-Nghi Pham 18, and
A Preview of two new works responding to the Stravinsky ballets Petrushka and Firebird by composers Martin Brody and John McDonald, featuring our guest pianists and Colin Gee, a performance artist who has created movement pieces to match the composers’ new works

Jupiter String Quartet

M@A Chamber Series Masterclass: Jupiter String Quartet

Visiting artists of the Jupiter String Quartet come to Buckley Recital Hall preceding their M@A Performance later that day to work with Amherst College Students. Free and open to the public.

Jupiter String Quartet dressed formally, with their instruments

Music@Amherst Chamber Series: Jupiter String Quartet with James Dunham, viola

The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg) and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, brother-in-law of Liz). As they enter their 14th year of making music together, the members of this tightly knit ensemble have firmly established their quartet as an important voice in the world of chamber music. At Amherst they perform with violist James Dunham.

“From beginning to end, they played as if they were on fire, with passion and energy galore.” –The Kansas City Star

Program:
Schumann Quartet in A major, Op. 41, No. 3
Ligeti Quartet No. 1
Brahms Viola Quintet, Op. 111

SUBSCRIBE to the M@A Series to receive:
➨ The best seats at the best prices
➨ Priority reservation privileges for additional tickets to individual concerts
➨ A guaranteed seat, even when the “Sold Out” sign goes up
➨ Personalized service and ticket insurance

SINGLE EVENT TICKETS go on sale two weeks before each performance:

CHAMBER SERIES:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush signup available in the Arms Music Center lobby an hour before showtime.

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, Dec 3, 2016

Blini at the Mead: Mythos/Melos

A Pancake (Blini) Dinner Reception (in honor of Shrovetide, but way ahead of time) at the Mead Art Museum Fairchild Gallery, complete with a walk through the exhibition From Russia With Love: Selections from the Thomas P. Whitney Collection of Russian Art. Mead at 6pm on Saturday, December 3.

Event poster featuring, on top, an image of a dancer leaping and, at the bottom, a man's face

"Mythos/Melos — The Intertwining Threads of Music and Narrative"

The Amherst College Department of Music and the Amherst Center for Russian Culture present "Mythos/Melos — The Intertwining Threads of Music and Narrative," a program featuring two-piano versions of Igor Stravinsky’s seminal ballets Petrushka and Firebird. Alongside these classic ballet suites, pianists Lois Shapiro and Randall Hodgkinson are joined by performance artist Colin Gee for the Pioneer Valley premiere of John McDonald’s Kindling with Subsongs, a compositional reaction to the Firebird Suite. This program also includes True Pete by Martin Brody.

The concert takes place in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building and is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Randall Hodgkinson transcribed and arranged the Firebird Suite for two pianos with extra players; Amherst College student pianists will take on selected parts. Hodgkinson and Lois Shapiro have presented previous versions of this Stravinsky celebration at Wellesley College and Tufts University, with companion pieces by Martin Brody and John McDonald premiered with newly commissioned movement pieces by Rome Prize-winning performance artist Colin Gee. Amherst College now receives its new version of the project.

Lois Shapiro “inspires musical magic” –Boston Globe

Randall Hodgkinson’s solo CD “Petrushka and Other Prophecies” received a double five-star rating from BBC Magazine.

Colin Gee was the founding Whitney Live Artist-in-Residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Lois Shapiro, piano
Randall Hodgkinson, piano
Colin Gee, performance artist
Amherst College Pianists: Audrey Cheng '20, Phuong-Nghi Pham '18, Charles Smith '19

Performing:
Petrushka (1911/1947) by Igor Stravinsky
Kindling With Subsongs [Two-Part Prequel To Ignite Would-Be Firebirds] (2014-2015) by John McDonald (Valentine Visiting Professor of Music, 2016-2017)
True Pete by Martin Brody
Firebird Suite (1910/1945) by Igor Stravinsky; arranged for two pianos by Randall Hodgkinson

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

Sun, Dec 4, 2016

Choral Society Vespers in Johnson Chapel

70th Anniversary Vespers

The annual Amherst College Christmas Vespers takes place Sunday, December 4, at 4 and repeats at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is free, no tickets required.

This is the 70th anniversary of Christmas Vespers. Mallorie Chernin directs the Amherst College Choral Society assisted by Hannah Goodwillie ’16. They are joined by the Amherst College Madrigal Singers, directed by Joshua Young ’17 and Hannah Goodwillie. Other musicians include timpanist David Wang ’17, organist James Maes and trumpeters Brooks Holmes and Samuel Rosenblum ’16.

The congregation joins in the singing of traditional carols and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel’s Messiah. The lessons for this traditional “Festival of Lessons and Carols” are read by faculty, staff, students and children of faculty and staff. Free, no tickets required. Donations may be made to the Amherst Survival Center.
For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

70th Anniversary Vespers

The annual Amherst College Christmas Vespers takes place Sunday, December 4, at 4 and repeats at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is free, no tickets required.

This is the 70th anniversary of Christmas Vespers. Mallorie Chernin directs the Amherst College Choral Society assisted by Hannah Goodwillie ’16. They are joined by the Amherst College Madrigal Singers, directed by Joshua Young ’17 and Hannah Goodwillie. Other musicians include timpanist David Wang ’17, organist James Maes and trumpeters Brooks Holmes and Samuel Rosenblum ’16.

The congregation joins in the singing of traditional carols and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel’s Messiah. The lessons for this traditional “Festival of Lessons and Carols” are read by faculty, staff, students and children of faculty and staff. Free, no tickets required. Donations may be made to the Amherst Survival Center.
For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Wed, Dec 7, 2016

Performance Studio: Rm 3 Arms

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

Thu, Dec 8, 2016

Fri, Dec 9, 2016

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble (ACJE) Concert

Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Donations to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts encouraged.

Sat, Dec 10, 2016

Three ASO members sitting in front of music stands and playing French horns

ASO: Alexander Borodin "In the Steppes of Central Asia" and Tchaikovsky Symphony #6, the "Pathetique"

Mark Lane Swanson, Music Director
Stuart McKenzie '16, Assistant Director

Alexander Borodin (1833-1887): "In the Steppes of Central Asia" (1880)
Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6 in B minor ("Pathetique")

Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO) 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; $5 for seniors, children and students; and 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

Today - Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Imani Winds

M@A Chamber Series Masterclass: Imani Winds

Amherst College Students work with visiting artists from America's favorite wind ensemble on stage in Buckley. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

The five members of Imani Winds standing outdoors nin front of a cityscape, dressed colorfully and holding their instruments

Music@Amherst Chamber Series: Imani Winds

Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy-nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations and inspirational outreach programs.

“There’s a big, vivacious, steel-belt of a sound Imani gets when playing at the top of its lungs that is most appealing. … As the group approaches the end of its second decade, this might be what triumph sounds like.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer

Program:
Red Clay and Mississippi Delta, by Valerie Coleman (b. 1971)
Scheherazade, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908), arr. Jonathan Russell
Contrabajissimo, by Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992), arr. Jeff Scott
Six Pieces for Wind Quintet, by Anders Hillborg (b.1957)
A Farewell Mambo, by Paquito D’Rivera (b.1948)
Dance Mediterranea, by Simon Shaheen (b.1955), arr. Jeff Scott

SUBSCRIBE to the M@A Series to receive:
➨ The best seats at the best prices
➨ Priority reservation privileges for additional tickets to individual concerts
➨ A guaranteed seat, even when the “Sold Out” sign goes up
➨ Personalized service and ticket insurance

SINGLE EVENT TICKETS go on sale two weeks before each performance:
CHAMBER SERIES:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush signup available in the Arms Building lobby an hour before showtime.

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

Tomorrow - Mon, Dec 12, 2016

Chamber Music Bash at the CHI

Students perform in varied chamber groups at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry in Frost Library from 4-5:30pm.

Prof. John McDonald Chamber Music Special Projects: Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano: Phuong-Nghi Pham '18, piano; Joshua Ferrer '17 cello. 40 minutes. Free and open to the public.

A jazz combo performing in a darkened Room 7 in front of a seated audience

Jazz Combos in Room 7

Student jazz combos shine in Room 7 of the Arms Music Building. Their performance is free and open to the public.

Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Jazz Combos in Room 7

Jazz Combos Rm 7

Student jazz combos shine in room 7, Arms Music Building. Free and open to the public.

Students Only Tickets Required

Fri, Dec 16, 2016