Event Calendar

October 2018

Thu, Oct 4, 2018

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

Fri, Oct 12, 2018

Event poster featuring an illustration of a man playing a cello

Adjunct Faculty Concert: Wayne Smith, Cello

Free adjunct cello faculty recital by Wayne Smith with Gregory Hayes on piano, Patrick Doane on violin and Lysha Smith on electronics

Music by Beethoven, Kodály, Rachmaninoff and Arctic Moth

No reservations necessary

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Jazz at Schwemms

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Portrait of Stephanie Houtzeel

M@A: Stephanie Houtzeel, mezzo-soprano

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

CHAMBER SERIES
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

Stephanie Houtzeel’s performances in the Strauss repertoire have been heralded around the world. Her most recent appearances as Octavian were opposite Anja Harteros in Vienna, at the Opéra Bastille under Philippe Jordan, and at the Kennedy Center with Renée Fleming and Christoph Eschenbach. Named one of the best up-and-coming singers by Opernwelt magazine for the role of der Komponist, which she has sung under Sir Jeffrey Tate and Franz Welser-Möst in Vienna, under Fabio Luisi in Zürich, and most recently under Marek Janowski in Tokyo.

“The figurative rose of the night went to Houtzeel .... She was completely convincing in the part, carrying off the wooing of two other women in concert dress without the slightest vestige of awkwardness and more than holding her own with Fleming with her easy-sounding vocal warmth.” –Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

Program
Tales and Memories:
Alberto Ginastera (1916–1983) – “Canción al arbol del olvido,” Op. 3
Charles Ives (1874–1954) – “Songs My Mother Taught Me”
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) – “Rheinlegendchen”
Gustav Mahler – “Ablösung im Sommer”
Carlos López Buchardo (1881–1948) – “Prendiditos de la mano”
Regret:
Gustav Mahler – “Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht”
Charles Ives – “Like a Sick Eagle”
Carlos Guastavino (1912–2000) – “Pampamapa (Aire de huella)”
Gustav Mahler – “Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer”
- Intermission -
Sights, Sounds, Smells:
Charles Ives – “Down East”
Charles Ives – “Ann Street”
Charles Ives – “The Housatonic at Stockbridge”
Gustav Mahler – “Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft”
Carlos Guastavino – “Encantamiento”
Loss:
Charles Ives – “The Indians”
Charles Ives – “Tom Sails Away”
Gustav Mahler – “Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen” Alberto Ginastera – “Triste,” Op. 10, No. 2
Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992) – “Los pájaros perdidos”

This concert is followed by a master class, 10-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 20, which is free and open to the public.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 20, 2018

Photo of Houtzeel

M@A: Masterclass with Stephanie Houtzeel, Mezzo-Soprano

Students work with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Houtzeel on stage in Buckley. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Sun, Oct 21, 2018

Jazz Combo Masterclass 1-5 PM

Thu, Oct 25, 2018

Jazz at Schwemms

Fri, Oct 26, 2018

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Performs with Natraj: ACJE Family Weekend Concert

Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m., the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, under Visiting Director of Jazz Performance Carl Clements, collaborates with Boston-based world-jazz group Natraj. The two groups will perform together on a piece by Natraj leader Phil Scarff based on the North Indian raga "Jog." The ACJE also features works by Mongo Santamaria, Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus and others. Natraj will perform a set of original compositions.

Natraj seamlessly melds the classical music of India, traditional music from West Africa and contemporary jazz to create its own unique and infectious style. Hard-driving African grooves and graceful Indian ragas meet in the band’s expansive jazz conception. Selected as Boston’s Best Jazz Band by The Improper Bostonian and nominated Best World Music Act at the Boston Music Awards, Natraj captivates and excites audiences with exotic textures, accessible melodies, and rhythmic energy.

Natraj:
www.natrajmusic.com
Phil Scarff – soprano saxophone 
Bruno Raberg – string bass
Jerry Leake – tabla, multipercussion
Bertram Lehmann – drums and percussion
Carl Clements – special guest, bamboo flute

“Natraj blends complex tempos and traditions with graceful, unforced virtuosity … a hypnotic, symbiotic tapestry. Fusion is rarely this deep and exotic yet accessible … discover a new world here.” —The Boston Globe

“Technical excellence and sensitive musicianship transcend national and cultural boundaries, and there is clearly an abundance of both on this recording…. Compares favorably with Shakti.... Every performer displays both a melodic and technical flair…. The performances on this album are everywhere excellent.” —Cadence

“[This] Boston group doesn’t simply draw on Indian influences some of the time—it specializes in a seamless blend of jazz and Indian music.... [Natraj] embraces both Western and Indian instruments … delightfully unconventional.” —Jazziz

“We heard the future of jazz ... we heard the future of world music ... a spellbinding tapestry... a jazz hybrid of celebration and reflection.” —Times of India

“East meets West and South in the music of the Boston-based band Natraj. The quintet plays contemporary jazz with intoxicating Indian influences and entrancing African rhythms, hypnotically combining instruments from the three regions into eerie and original music.” —WBUR-FM, Boston, MA

ACJE performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public, collecting cash for the Amherst Survival Center.

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs with Natraj: ACJE Family Weekend Concert

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs Friday, October 26, at 8 PM in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. Free and open to the public; donations accepted for the Amherst Survival Center. General seating.

Under the direction of Visiting Director of Jazz Performance Carl Clements, ACJE, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, collaborates with Boston-based world-jazz group Natraj. The two groups perform together on a piece by Natraj leader Phil Scarff based on the North Indian rag Jog. ACJE also features works by Mongo Santamaria, Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus, and others. And Natraj performs a set of original compositions.
Natraj seamlessly melds the classical music of India, traditional music from West Africa, and contemporary jazz to create its own unique and infectious style. Hard-driving African grooves and graceful Indian ragas meet in the band’s expansive jazz conception. Selected as Boston’s Best Jazz Band by the Improper Bostonian and nominated Best World Music Act in the Boston Music Awards, Natraj captivates and excites audiences with exotic textures, accessible melodies, and rhythmic energy.
Natraj:
www.natrajmusic.com
Phil Scarff – soprano saxophone
Bruno Raberg – string bass
Jerry Leake – tabla, multipercussion Bertram Lehmann – drums and percussion Carl Clements – special guest, bamboo flute
“Natraj blends complex tempos and traditions with graceful, unforced virtuosity... a hypnotic, symbiotic tapestry. Fusion is rarely this deep and exotic yet accessible... discover a new world here.” — Boston Globe
ACJE performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public, collecting cash for the Amherst Survival Center.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events. For further information please contact Alisa Pearson, Manager of Concert Programming, Production and Publicity, at 413/542-2195.

Sat, Oct 27, 2018

singer-songwriter Shara Nova

AC Choral Society Family Weekend concert with special guest, singer/songwriter Shara Nova

The Amherst Choral Society presents its annual Family Weekend concert on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 12:00 PM in the Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Center. The performance, conducted by Dr. Arianne Abela and assistant conductor, Ellen Mutter '18, includes music by Shawn Kirchner, Sydney Guillaume, Gyorgi Ligeti, Eriks Esenvalds, Veljo Tormis. The Choral Society is joined by renowned singer/songwriter Shara Nova in the world-premiere of her composition, If I Say That You're My Sister. The concert concludes with traditional Amherst songs.
Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Five College student tickets are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door only, beginning one hour before the concert.
For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us at: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

singer-songwriter Shara Nova

Amherst College Choral Society: Family Weekend Concert with Shara Nova

The Amherst College Choral Society presents its annual Family Weekend concert on Saturday, Oct. 27, at noon in Buckley Recital Hall of Arms Music Center. The performance, conducted by Dr. Arianne Abela and assistant conductor Ellen Mutter '18, includes music by Shawn Kirchner, Sydney Guillaume, György Ligeti, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Veljo Tormis. The Choral Society is joined by renowned singer/songwriter Shara Nova in the world premiere of her composition "If I Say That You're My Sister." The concert concludes with traditional Amherst songs.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Five College student tickets are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door only, beginning one hour before the concert.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us at www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Tickets Required

Amherst Symphony Orchestra: ¡Viva España!

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra continues the fall 2018 season with the music of Spain and Latin America on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Tickets are available on the day of the concert beginning at 7 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.

Program:
Isaac Albéniz: "Catalonia"
Joaqúin Rodrigo: "Concierto de Aranjuez"
Manuel da Falla: El sombrero de tres picos (The three-cornered hat)

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra celebrates Family Weekend at Amherst College with performances of the vibrant concert music of continental Spain! From Visigoth liturgical chant; to the Renaissance motets of Victoria and Morales; to the zarzuelas of Calderón, Chuecca and Torroba; to the colorful and foundational exploitation of the guitar and native dance forms such as jota — Spain has a rich, rhythmic and widely emulated musical language reflecting subtle regional differences and Moorish and Islamic influences.

The concert opens with the fiery showpiece "Catalonia" (1899), by Catalan piano virtuoso and composer Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909), followed by perhaps the most famous guitar concerto in the repertoire, the "Concierto de Aranjuez" (1939), by Joaquín Rodrigo (1901–1999). Inspired by imperial gardens on the river Tagus at the Palacio Real de Aranjuez, dating from the 16th-century Hapsburg monarch Philip II, the flamenco-influenced "Concierto" is by turns flashy and tragic (the slow movement reflects the deep sadness following the Spanish Civil War).

The concert closes with music from the ballet El sombrero de Tres Picos (The three-cornered hat) (1919) by Spain's greatest 20th-century composer, the Andalusian Manuel da Falla (1876–1946). Written for Diaghilev for Paris, with choreography by Massine and sets and costumes by Picasso, it tells of a town magistrate who attempts to seduce the wife of a local miller.

For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, see amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians.
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 and all Five College students with ID.

Tickets Required
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.