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David E. Schneider, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music
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, 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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News & Music Events 2016-2017

October 2017

Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Jonathan Biss and Miriam Fried posing with their instruments

M@A Chamber Series: Miriam Fried, violin, and Jonathan Biss, piano

Program:
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Bartók Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, Sz. 76
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Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2

Growing up surrounded by music, Jonathan Biss began his piano studies at age 6 and his first musical collaborations were with his mother and father, violinist Miriam Fried and violist/violinist Paul Biss. Those early collaborations gave birth to an uncommonly strong musical connection. Today, mother and son have formed a highly esteemed duo, devoting a portion of their schedules each year to performing together.

“Both musicians combine power and delicacy in a widely varied spectrum of color and dynamics. And they listen to each other…. They weren’t making any apparent effort to do this … the genuine musical impulse seems to come as natural as breathing.”
Boston Phoenix

Tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance. Evening box office opens one hour prior to the concert. Free Amherst student rush tickets will be available on the night of the performance. Ticket Website: https://amherst.universitytickets.com

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

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Miram teaching

M@A Masterclass: Miriam Fried, violin and Jonathan Biss, piano

You do not have to attend to New England Conservatory to meet Miriam Fried in person and discover in person what makes her playing so great, nor do you have to sign on to Jonathan's wildly popular Beethoven course to hear his thoughts on playing chamber music, in particular on piano:

You can just stop by the Arms Music Building Saturday morning for a free hour and a half masterclasses from 10-11:30 a.m. Bring your ears.

Hear these two world famous musicians coach young players in free masterclasses open to the public in the Arms Music Center: Biss is in Buckley with pianists, Fried in room 3 with violinists. This is how music has been passed on from generation to generation: one person to another since the advent of music.

Fri, Oct 20, 2017

Closeup of Zach Yanes '17 playing the saxophone on stage in front of other musicians

ACJE, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble: Homecoming Performance

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building, with Rob Tapper, trombone, featured soloist, and Bruce Diehl, director. The concert is free and open to the public.

Please bring your cash donation to the Amherst Survival Center-- you'd be amazed how many students and grad students they support to make ends meet.

Sat, Oct 21, 2017

ASO Timpani

Homecoming Performance: Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Works by Copland.

Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra continues its yearlong survey of American concert music with a tribute to 20th century master Aaron Copland.

In works such as Fanfare for the Common Man and Four Dance Episodes from the ballet Rodeo, Copland created a definitive and instantly recognizable musical vernacular which to this day evokes the "can-do" optimism and the wide open spaces of our country. Copland also drew on contemporary influences such as Stravinsky and jazz to create innovative masterpieces such as the Clarinet Concerto, and imagined urban landscapes as well as those of Appalachia and the prairie in works such as Quiet City. The ASO performs all four works on its concert; Leonard Yoon (Amherst Class of 2018) is the clarinet soloist.

Full details of the orchestra's season: http://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

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

Tickets Required
Chorus Members

Amherst College Choral Society: Homecoming Performance

The Amherst College Choral Society, Mallorie Chernin, director, presents its annual Homecoming Concert on Saturday, October 21, at 9:00 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The program will be repeated on Saturday, November 4, for the College’s Family Weekend concert, at noon.

Performers include the Concert Choir, the Chorus and the Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Rebecca Ruescher ’17, and the Madrigal Singers, directed by Ellen Mutter ’18 and Anna Makar-Limanov ’20. The program features a wide range of music, including classical and world music–Brahms, Hatfield, Sametz, Roueché, and more. The program ends with traditional College songs.

Tickets are available for $10 for general admission, $5 for children and senior citizens. Admission for Five College students is free. E-mail Mallorie Chernin for ticket reservations at mchernin@amherst.edu or by calling 413 542 2484. Unclaimed tickets will be available at the door the night of the concert.

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

Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Eugene Uman, Jazz piano

Adjunct Faculty Performance, Eugene Uman, piano: The Convergence Project

The Convergence Project is Uman’s vehicle to present his original compositions and music that has influenced him - it includes Michael Zsoldos, saxophones; Jeff Galindo, trombone; Uman, piano; David Picchi, bass (electric and acoustic) and Jon Fisher on drums. Special musical guests will include Wanda Houston on vocals and Jason Palmer on trumpet.

The recital is free. No tickets are required.

After spending several years in Colombia, South America, the native home of his wife, Eugene Uman found a niche blending the rhythms of Colombia such as cumbia, bambuco and pasillo with jazz harmonies. While living in the state of Antioquia, Uman was commissioned by the Big Band of Medellín to write for their 20-piece orchestra. He composed Blues para Urabá, a tribute to the strength of the common people of Urabá who were at that time in the midst of a civil war. The rousing climax of that composition used a rhythm from the Atlantic coast called currulao. After that powerful experience, Uman continued to investigate the rhythms and forms of the music of his newly adopted homeland, internalizing a small handful of the immense and richly varied catalog of Colombian rhythms.