Music

2014-2015 Music Events

March 2015

Sat, Mar 7, 2015

Closeup of painting of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Choral Society and ASO Perform Mozart's C Minor Mass

The Amherst College Choral Society joins forces with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall.

The ASO, directed by Mark Lane Swanson, and Choral Society, directed by Mallorie Chernin, perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Mass in C minor, K. 427 ("Great"). Written in Vienna in 1783 and premiered at St. Peter's Abbey in Salzburg, the work is a large-scale, hour-long missa solemnis, with double chorus and vocal soloists. Although the Great Mass in C minor, like his Requiem, was left unfinished at the time of Mozart's death-- it lacks much of the Credo and all of the Agnus Dei --it is widely considered the pinnacle of his liturgical music.

Guest vocal soloists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst join the Amherst College musicians, and include Corinne Byrne, Liana Ginetis, Maki Matsui and Eun Byoul Song, sopranos; Brendan Buckley, tenor; and Matthew Chastain, baritone. Mark Lane Swanson conducts.

Tickets will be sold only on the night of the concert, beginning an hour before the performance, in the lobby of Arms Music Center. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, and $5 for senior citizens, children under 13 and students with valid ID. Tickets are free for Five College students.

Thu, Mar 12, 2015

Joe Belmont holding a guitar

Jazz Composers Colloquium: Joe Belmont

The Jazz Composers Colloquium continues with a presentation by guitarist and composer Joe Belmont on Thursday, March 12, at 4 p.m. in Room 3 of the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

Organized by Assistant Professor of Music Jason Robinson, the Jazz Composers Colloquium is an ongoing series of presentations that features professional jazz composers discussing their music and artistic processes. For the 2014-2015 academic year, there are four events in total, two in each semester, all featuring members of the jazz instruction adjunct faculty of the Music Department. Each event is free and open to the public.

Guitarist Joe Belmont has released two compact discs of his own music, and produced and performed on numerous other recordings. He has played with worldbeat band Viva Quetzal for over 20 years, releasing three albums and touring extensively. He also plays and records with flutist Sarah Swersey in Duo Fusion. Belmont teaches on the performance instruction faculty at Amherst College, and as director of jazz at the Northampton Community Music Center. In 2013 he served as music director for the world premiere of Grammy and Tony winners Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's play "Arms on Fire." He is currently writing music for his own Jazz Guitar Trio, and for Duo Fusion.

For more information contact prof. Jason Robinson at 413/542-8208 or jrobinson@amherst.edu.

Felipe Salles holding a saxophone

Jazz @ Schwemm's: Felipe Salles Quartet with Student Groups Toxic Thunder and Innervisions

Keefe Campus Center, Schwemm's Backroom

Students play alongside pros in an Amherst jazz tradition!

Over the course of March, Schwemm's Coffee House will be swinging hard to the sounds of Amherst's own student combos and the professional groups with whom they will share the stage.

Each week features a pro group at 9 p.m. followed at 10 p.m. by two or three groups from Amherst's robust jazz combo program. This spring, the performances take place every Thursday, excluding spring break. The performance dates and groups are listed below. Don't miss the Dan Felipe Salles Quartet this Thursday!

Conceived in 2007 by then-senior Alex Rodriguez '08, Jazz Performance Director Bruce Diehl and Professor Dominic Poccia, Jazz @ Schwemm's was designed to bring jazz into the thick of the Amherst campus. It's a win-win arrangement: the campus gets quality jazz music, professionals get a new gig opportunity, and student combos get to see the pros in action. “The kind of music [jazz musicians] do is learned by apprenticeship,” Poccia says. “It’s hard for students to get the courage for improvisation, and with Schwemm’s, students are encouraged to jump off the diving board and do it.”

Schwemm's is located in the Keefe Campus Center at Amherst College.

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Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Closeup of Genevive Rose playing the cello

Jazz @ Schwemm's: Genevive Rose Quartet with Student Combos Talking Book, Songs in the Key of Life and Christmas with the Jorts

Keefe Campus Center, Schwemm's Backroom

Genevive Rose Quartet performs with student combos Talking Book, Songs in the Key of Life and Christmas with the Jorts.

Schwemm's Coffeehouse will be swinging hard to the sounds of Amherst's own student combos and the professional groups with whom they will share the stage.

Each week features a pro group at 9 p.m. followed at 10 p.m. by two or three groups from Amherst's robust jazz combo program. This spring, the performances take place every Thursday, excluding spring break. The performance dates and groups are listed below. Don't miss the Genevive Rose Quartet this Thursday!

Conceived in 2007 by then-senior Alex Rodriguez '08, Jazz Performance Director Bruce Diehl and Professor Dominic Poccia, Jazz @ Schwemm's was designed to bring jazz into the thick of the Amherst campus. It's a win-win arrangement: the campus gets quality jazz music, professionals get a new gig opportunity, and student combos get to see the pros in action. “The kind of music [jazz musicians] do is learned by apprenticeship,” Poccia says. “It’s hard for students to get the courage for improvisation, and with Schwemm’s, students are encouraged to jump off the diving board and do it.”

Schwemm's is located in the Keefe Campus Center at Amherst College.

Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Concert poster: Cartoon image of Albert Joo '15's and Lucas Lebovitz '15's faces and names on a jukebox

"The Jukebox": Albert Joo '15 and Lucas Lebovitz '15 Senior Theses

The Jukebox takes the listener on an eclectic journey between the 19th and 21st century, making stops in contemporary classical, jazz and electronic music.

In the first half of the concert, Lucas Lebovitz and the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will take you on a trip back to the golden age of the Big Band. Once the most widespread and popular form of popular music, Big Band Jazz has shaped popular music since its heyday. On this trip you’ll hear a survey of original compositions inspired by and dedicated to the important figures and bands of the time. The music pays tribute to many famous composers and arrangers: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Gill Evans, Fletcher Henderson, Nelson Riddle, Tito Puente and others. Special thanks to the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and conductor Bruce Diehl for the performance.

Albert Joo explores the elements that give music depth and complexity, while attempting to keep it accessible to the general public. This balance includes the use of both consonance and dissonance, as well as rhythms that are both intuitive and erratic. His performance combines traditional acoustic instruments with the more popular electronic sounds of today, as he hopes to examine how they build off of each other.

Half of Mendelssohn Octet, performing outdoors on campus

Parker Quartet Plays with Amherst's Own Quartets

Grammy award-winning string quartet the Parker Quartet perform the Mendelssohn Octet with Amherst College's own Matthew Chow '18, Elliot Kuan '18, Brian Min '18, Daniel Ang '15, Evelyn Ting '17, Athr Ranganathani '16, Alexis Ligon '17 and Joshua Ferrer '17.

The performance is at the Alumni House at 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Parker Quartet holding their instruments

Music at Amherst Chamber Series: Parker Quartet

Currently in residence at Harvard, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet began touring on the international circuit after winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. Chamber Music America honored the quartet with the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award. Music at Amherst is delighted to welcome the Parker Quartet back to Buckley for an evening of Prokofiev, Widmann and Brahms.

“Something extraordinary....” —The New York Times

Chamber Series Concert prices:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students (with valid ID): $12
Amherst College Students: $7 in advance, or free student rush tickets are also available for Amherst College students beginning one hour prior to the performance, in the lobby outside of Buckley Recital Hall.

Single tickets are available through https://amherst.universitytickets.com.

Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Crump and Halvorson

Secret Keeper Featuring Bassist Stephan Crump ’94 and Guitarist Mary Halvorson Perform in Cole Assembly Room

Converse Hall, Red Room

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a concert by Secret Keeper, a duo featuring bassist and Amherst College alum Stephan Crump ‘94 and guitarist Mary Halvorson, on Tuesday, Mar. 31 at 4 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall at Amherst College. The performance is free of charge and open to the public.

Described by Jim Macnie of the Village Voice as “a laboratory for two of the most inventive string players working today…luminous, hushed, reflective, whimsical, dramatic, gripping, edge-of-your-seat soundscapes imbued with architectural savvy…,” Secret Keeper will perform music from their new Intakt Records release, Emerge, along with pieces from their debut, Super Eight, interspersed with spontaneously composed passages.

Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist and composer Stephan Crump is a rising light on the New York music scene. Shunning barriers of genre, he has performed and recorded in the US and across the globe with a diverse list of artists—from late blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland to Portishead's Dave McDonald, Patti Austin, The Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Sonny Fortune, Greg Osby, The Mahavishnu Project and Bobby Previte, among others. As a longtime collaborator with adventurous jazz composers (since 1999 with Vijay Iyer) as well as guitar wizard Jim Campilongo and radiant singer- songwriter Jen Chapin, he has become known for the elegance and purposeful groove of his acoustic and electric bass playing, and for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity with magnetic pull on audiences. As a composer, Crump is emerging as a singular voice, one who “avoids obvious routes but manages never to lose his way” (New York Times). His music can be heard in numerous films and on his eight critically acclaimed albums, the latest of which, Thwirl, featuring his all-string Rosetta Trio (“a highly-original ensemble” JazzWise), has been lauded by DownBeat for its “superior interplay, chemistry, delicacy and vision.” Currently, Stephan can be heard as a member of Vijay Iyer Trio, Jen Chapin Band, Ches Smith Quartet, Rez Abassi Acoustic Quartet, Liberty Ellman Quintet, Secret Keeper, and his own Rosetta Trio.

Guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. Critics have called Ms. Halvorson “NYC’s least ­predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). In addition to her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and her quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, Ms. Halvorson also co­leads a chamber ­jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant­rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew and Secret Keeper. She is also an active member of bands led by Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas Fujiwara, Curtis Hasselbring, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Mike Reed and Marc Ribot, among others.
For more information contact the Amherst College Concert Office at 413/542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.