Event Calendar

September 2018

Sun, Sep 2, 2018

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.

Students Only
Audience in seats of Buckley Recital Hall

Music Department Orientation 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 Room 3 of Arms Music Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Fri, Sep 7, 2018

Triadic Possibilities: Workshop with Guitarist David Goodrich

September 7, 2018 - 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Arms Music Center, Room 7
Triadic Possibilities: Workshop with Guitarist David Goodrich

This workshop is for listeners and musicians of any level. "Triadic Possibilities" is a concept of simple harmonic substitutions on chord progressions. By using relative and parallel relationships of major and minor chords we will create a twelve chord lattice of choices. These choices add color and variety and build a strong sense of harmonic fluency. New harmonic combinations will inspire melodies, rhythms and, best of all, songs. Reading musical notation and previous knowledge of theory is not needed to learn this simple but expansive concept.

David Goodrich (Goody) is a veteran touring and session musician, producer, composer and teacher living in Austin, Texas. With more than 25 years of international touring experience, Goodrich has played on hundreds of recordings, scored multiple films and produced dozens of critically-acclaimed albums. A life-long student and longtime music teacher and coach, Goodrich studied at Berklee College of Music with Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson and Mick Goodrick.
Contact Info
Prof. Jason Robinson
(413) 542-8208
image of e-mail address@amherst.edu

Sun, Sep 9, 2018

Amherst College jazz faculty playing various instruments on Buckley Recital Hall stage

Jazz Faculty Concert

Jazz Faculty Concert in Buckley Recital Hall on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. The Amherst College jazz faculty welcomes new and returning students with a concert showcasing the depth and richness of jazz at the College. The concert features original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards performed by Claire Arenius (drums), Joe Belmont (guitar), Carl Clements (saxophones, flutes), Geoff Cunningham (trumpet, flugelhorn), Darryl Harper (clarinet), Ann Maggs (voice), David Picchi (bass), Jason Robinson (saxophones), Eugene Uman (piano) and Bob Weiner (percussion). The concert is free and open to the public.

Fri, Sep 14, 2018

Black-and-white photo of Chonghyo Shin seated at a grand piano

Adjunct Faculty Concert: Chonghyo Shin, Piano

Amherst College adjunct faculty member Chonghyo Shin presents an evening of solo piano at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

Shin will present works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Debussy.

A native of Seoul, Korea, Shin received bachelor's and master's degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she also taught in the preparatory division. A former teacher at the preparatory division of the New England Conservatory and at Keene State College, she teaches at Amherst College and the Brattleboro Music Center Music School. She has been a soloist with the Boston Pops, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, the New England Conservatory Orchestra and the Windham Orchestra.

Sun, Sep 23, 2018

Members of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra playing onstage while Mark Lane Swanson conducts

Amherst College Symphony Orchestra: Welcome Concert Class of 2022: "¡Viva México!"

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra launches the fall 2018 season with the music of Spain and Latin America, starting with a showcase of 20th-century concert music from Mexico on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. Tickets are available on the day of the concert beginning at 2 p.m. in the lobby of Arms Music Center. For more information, please call 413-542-2195, email concerts@amherst.edu or visit amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.
The concert opens with the boisterous "Sensemayá" (1938) by Silvestre Revueltas (1899–1940), which fuses popular and Stravinsky-like elements in a vibrant tapestry, all in a 7/4 metric scheme. It continues with "El Salón México" (1940), a love letter to the popular music of Mexico's dance halls, which the American master Aaron Copland (1900–1990) absorbed during his frequent tours as a New Deal south-of-the-border arts ambassador for Franklin D. Roosevelt.  
The program also includes the 12-minute masterpiece "Sinfonía india" (Symphony No. 2), by Mexico's most influential concert composer, Carlos Chávez (1899–1978) — a work of such vital authenticity and Mexican identity that it has been described as “profoundly non-European.” Finally, the concert closes with "Danzón No. 2" (1994) by Arturo Márquez (born 1950), which is almost cinematic in approach and was inspired by a visit to a ballroom in Veracruz.

Information on the ASO's entire 2018–19 season is available online at amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

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

Fri, Sep 28, 2018

Bob Weiner

Music Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Rhythm with Bob Weiner

Arms Music Center, Room 7
Music Department Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors

Do you think about music? Are you interested in music but haven’t played an instrument or taken a music course? Are you an experienced performer or composer? This is the music workshop series for you! Thinking about music takes many forms. It could mean performing and composing, or developing historical and cultural research into specific forms of music or using software to make or analyze music. Sponsored by the Music Department, this series is open to all and offers the campus community different models for thinking about and doing music. Paired with the Music Department Tea Time (which takes place at 4:30 p.m. and immediately follows the workshop), the workshop series is an exciting low-pressure way of expanding your understanding of music.

Drummer and percussionist Bob Weiner has toured and performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, Jon Lucien, Dianne Reeves, Andy Statman, Rebecca Paris, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses and many others. He has taught at the Drummers Collective in New York, the New England Conservatory in Boston and Berklee College of Music in Boston. He currently plays at Earthdance for Contact Improvisation Jams, and he also plays with many movement/dance formats.

Bob is co-author of two important percussion books, Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset with Frank Malabe and Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset with Duduka da Fonseca (Alfred Music). He holds a Masters degree from Lesley University in Inter-Disciplinary Studies, where he taught a course in the Expressive Therapies program titled “Community and Therapeutic Applications of Drumming.” He also recently co-taught a course entitled "Arts Entrepreneurship" via Bachelor Degree Independent Concentration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Bob currently teaches percussion and drumming to music students in the Five College Consortium, as well as privately. Bob also has a particular interest in depth psychology (Jungian studies) and contemplative practices (meditation, tai chi/qi gong) and how they apply to the arts and improvisation.

Music Department Tea Time

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Arms Music Center, Green Room - Downstairs

Come take a break from your busy week and enjoy tea, coffee, snacks and good company in the Arms Green Room. The music department's tea times are casual get-togethers where you hang out and chat with other musical folks from around campus. Everyone is welcome — students, faculty, staff, visitors. No affiliation with the department is required!

This event follows the "Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Rhythm" hosted by Bob Weiner.
Contact Info
Ellen Mutter and Minato Sakamoto
(413) 542-2364

Sat, Sep 29, 2018

Black-and-white image of Brooklyn Rider and Magos Herrera

M@A: Brooklyn Rider and Magos Herrera: "Dreamers"

Music at Amherst Parallels Series

Tickets are available though package sales on sale from July 23 to Aug. 29, and thereafter in the 14 days before each concert through amherst.universitytickets.com, or through the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

In society, poets and songwriters play the essential role of dreamers, opening up avenues of hope for others. Despite the oppressive regimes that prevailed throughout much of Latin America and Spain in the 20th century, the dreamers held onto an unending love for beauty and humanity. Mexican-born jazz singer Magos Herrera and the omnivorous string quartet Brooklyn Rider join forces for an unforgettable musical journey, reinterpreting classics of the era from Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Spain, and celebrating such luminaries as Octavio Paz, Federico García Lorca and Rubén Darío.

Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world and rock critics alike.

“They are four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place.” –Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Magos Herrera is regarded as one of the most expressive, beautiful voices and most active vocalists in the contemporary Latin American jazz scene. She is best known for her eloquent vocal improvisation and a bold style that elegantly blends and surpasses language boundaries.

“Herrera is stretching the very notion of jazz singing, pushing past the diva pleasantries into a sound that’s bold, thrilling and effortlessly global.” –NPR

A public masterclass/workshop follows this M@A Series performance at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. It is free and open to the public. For room postings, please see signage upon arrival.

Tickets Required

Sun, Sep 30, 2018

Black-and-white image of Brooklyn Rider and Magos Herrera

M@A: Brooklyn Rider and Magos Herrera: Masterclass

The Amherst College Music Department M@A Series presents a public masterclass/workshop with Brooklyn Rider and Magos Herrera at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30.

Free and open to the public

For room postings, please see signage upon arrival.

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, Professor David E. Schneider discusses his love of music, his career as a musicologist and how his classes have evolved over the decades.