2014-2015 Music Events

February 2015

Sun, Feb 1, 2015

Albert's Concert Poster

Senior Thesis: Albert Yu '15

The Amherst College Department of Music presents “Simply Grand,” a piano performance thesis by Albert Yu ‘15 on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Yu explores what it means for a piece to be difficult, whether it be of rapid, virtuosic runs or slow, sensitive expressivity, presenting works from a variety of styles: Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata in F minor, Ravel’s "Jeux d'eau" and “Alborada del Gracioso” from Miroirs, Debussy’s preludes “Bruyères” and “Général Lavine - Excentric,” and finally, Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F minor. Total concert time approximately one hour.

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Tue, Feb 3, 2015

Closeup of Carl Clements

Jazz Composers Colloquium: Carl Clements

The Jazz Composers Colloquium continues with a presentation by saxophonist, bansuri flutist and composer Carl Clements on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 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.

Carl Clements received a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the City University of New York Graduate Center, an M.F.A. in jazz performance from the California Institute of the Arts and a B.M. in jazz composition and arranging from the Berklee College of Music. He has played saxophone for over 40 years, and has been studying North Indian classical music on the bansuri (North Indian bamboo flute) since 1989. He has performed extensively in a wide range of styles and is featured on numerous recordings, including a CD of his original compositions for jazz quartet entitled "Forth and Back," three CDs with guitarist Kevin Kastning, four CDs with the eclectic jazz group Crosscurrent, and many others. Clements has performed extensively at jazz clubs and festivals throughout the world, including performances with Luciana Souza, Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Jason Robinson, Bob Weiner, Willard Dyson, George Schuller, John Lockwood, James Newton, Luques Curtis, Jean-Yves Jung, Kevin Kastning, Russ Spiegel, Ranjit Barot, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa, Louiz Banks, Ed Byrne, Charlie Haden, Natraj and many others. He is currently teaching at Amherst College and remains active as a performer and composer in the international jazz and world music scenes.

Fri, Feb 6, 2015

Wu Han and David Finckel

Music at Amherst Chamber Series: David Finckel, cello and Wu Han, piano

“In the chamber music world, they are rock stars,” says The New York Times. And as if that were not enough, cellist David Finckel, recently retired from the Emerson String Quartet, and pianist Wu Han are entrepreneurs and tireless advocates for new works, new artists and world-class performances as directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Named Musicians of the Year at Musical America’s 2012 awards, this extraordinary husband-and-wife duo join Music at Amherst for an evening of “Russian Reflections” featuring works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Scriabin and Rachmaninov.

“America’s power couple of chamber music.” --The Wall Street Journal

Chamber Series Concert prices:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students (with valid ID): $12
Amherst College Students: $7

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Free Student Rush tickets are available for Amherst College students beginning one hour prior to the performance, in the lobby outside of Buckley Recital Hall.

Sat, Feb 7, 2015

Sun, Feb 8, 2015

Daniel Ang at the piano

Music Composition Senior Thesis: Daniel Ang '15: “In Pursuit of Feeling”

The Amherst College Department of Music presents "In Pursuit of Feeling," an original music composition thesis by senior Daniel Ang '15 on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

"In Pursuit of Feeling" is a seven-movement work for 16 instrumentalists dealing with the central theme of the endless quest for sincere and genuine expression in art. Starting out as a simple conversation between a few instruments, the music oscillates between immense orchestral-like outbursts, passionate solo lyricism and intimate moments of chamber music, as it struggles in its pursuit of the “perfect” expression that would fully convey the true, authentic emotions of the human psyche.

Written for a combination of strings, woodwinds, brass, piano and percussion, including a tenor saxophone, the work draws from musical influences as diverse as Mahler, Shostakovich, Schubert, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Daugherty, Michael Schelle and the gamelan music of West Java. It is Ang's largest-scale work to date, the culmination of the composer's four-year musical journey at Amherst College.

The performance features members of the local Wistaria String Quartet, musicians from the University of Massachusetts Department of Music and Dance and talented Amherst College students. Mark Swanson, director of instrumental music and music director of the Amherst College Symphony Orchestra, conducts the ensemble.

Fri, Feb 13, 2015

Riggs Brown and Joe Park, roses in their mouths

Senior Thesis: Riggs Brown '15 and Joe Park '15

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a senior honors thesis concert featuring Oboe Quintet, an original composition by Joe Park ’15, and Piano Suite No. 1, an original composition by Riggs Brown ’15 on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center.

The concert is free and open to the public; refreshments will be available after the performance.

Park's Oboe Quintet is a piece in four movements that explores various musical elements: melody, harmony, form and rhythm. The composition-- mostly influenced by classical traditions --will be performed by an ensemble composed of members of the Amherst College Symphony Orchestra and the Wistaria String Quartet.

Brown's Piano Suite No. 1 is an original composition for solo piano in three movements. The composition, inspired by Impressionist composers such as Debussy and Ravel as well as the experimental music of Charles Ives, will be performed by Albert Yu '15. 

Fri, Feb 20, 2015

Sat, Feb 21, 2015

Today - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Harlem Gospel Choir

A celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this concert is free and open to the Amherst Community and beyond. Students, staff, faculty and families are encouraged to attend. This concert is brought to you by the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Committee.

Tickets must be requested in writing to the email address Admission to the concert will require a ticket and you may reserve up to four tickets. If requesting more than one ticket, your name will be the name listed on the Will Call List. If your guest needs to pick up their ticket separately, they should submit their own request for a ticket. If you have a mobility issue and need specific seats, please make note of the request at the time of your ticket reservation request.

Tickets will be only distributed via a Will Call list in the lobby outside of the Buckley Recital Hall on the night of the concert. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. and Doors open at 7:30 p.m. If you do not pick up your tickets by 7:45 p.m., they may be surrendered to those on the wait list.

Once all tickets have been distributed, there will be a wait list started at the Buckley Box Office, when it opens at 6:30 p.m., the night of the event.