News & Music Events 2016-2017

September 2016

Sun, Sep 4, 2016

Music Department Orientation with Pizza

New and returning students are welcome to stop by for pizza before the ensemble showcase performance and find out about Music Department opportunities in Arms, Room 3. 6-7:30 p.m.

Music Department Showcase

Experience the Amherst Music Department ensembles: Choral Society, Jazz Ensemble and Amherst Symphony Orchestra offer an introductory showcase performance. The performance is free and open to all.

New and returning students are welcome to stop by for pizza before the ensemble showcase and find out about Music Department opportunities in Arms, Room 3. 6-7:30 p.m.

Sat, Sep 10, 2016

Sun, Sep 11, 2016

Jazz Faculty Concert

The Amherst College jazz faculty kicks off the 2016-2017 academic year in a welcome performance, which is free and open to all.

This free concert features music composed by the performers as well as other standard and non-standard jazz selections.

Included on stage will be Claire Arenius (drums), Joe Belmont (guitar), Carl Clements (saxophones), Geoff Cunningham (trumpet), Ann Maggs (vocals), David Picchi (bass), and Eugene Uman (piano). Assistant Professor of Music Jason Robinson (saxophones) and Director of Jazz Performance Bruce Diehl (saxophones) round out the performer line-up.

For more information about this concert, please contact the Amherst College Concert Office at 413/542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

Sat, Sep 17, 2016

Tyshawn Sorey Trio

Music at Amherst Parallels Series Presents: Jazz Drummer Tyshawn Sorey Masterclass

Tyshawn Sorey speaks to the community about his music and process. Free, open to the public.

Music at Amherst Parallels Series Presents: Tyshawn Sorey Trio

Newark-born multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey is celebrated for his incomparable virtuosity, his effortless mastery and memorization of highly complex music, and his extraordinary ability to blend composition and improvisation in his work. At Amherst he is joined by pianist Cory Smythe and bassist Chris Tordini.

“Tyshawn Sorey can play the drums not only with gale-force physicality, but also a sense of scale and equipoise.” –The New York Times

Single tickets go on sale two weeks before the performance. Tickets and information are available online (click the title of this listing to get to the URL link under "Additional Info") or through the Amherst College Concert Office at concerts@amherst.edu or 413-542-2195.

Sat, Sep 24, 2016

Overhead shot of several Amherst Symphony Orchestra members on stage, dressed in black and playing stringed instruments

Amherst Symphony Orchestra Concert: Welcome, Class of 2020!

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony #9 in E minor ("From the New World")
Mark Lane Swanson, music director
Stuart McKenzie '16, assistant director

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra opens its 2016-2017 of "Epic Symphonies," and welcomes the incoming Amherst College Class of 2020, with the performance of a single work: Antonin Dvorak's Symphony #9 in E minor ("From the New World"). The concert will be presented on Saturday evening, September 24, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Mark Lane Swanson, music director, conducts.

Just as members of Amherst College's first-year class begin their journeys to forge personal, professional and intellectual identities in 2016, in 1893 Dvorak's Symphony #9 demonstrated how the United States might break free from classical European traditions and speak in its own distinctive musical voice. The "New World" assimilates echoes of folk, black and Native American musics, and evokes America's own myths, as embodied in oral traditions and literature such as Longfellow's epic poem "Song of Hiawatha."

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. Seating is by general admission.

Tickets Required