Sat, Mar 2, 2019
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra closes its survey of music of Spain and Latin America with three works from Argentina on Saturday, March 2, 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 email@example.com or visit www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.
Argentina is home to one of the world's great opera houses, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Musical narratives of gauchos and the pampas emerged early in the 20th century, and indigenous Indian, mestizo, creole and dance music associated with Carnival found expression in Argentine concert music.
Estaciones Porteñas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) (1965-1970) by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), a set of four seductive and beguiling tangos, opens the program. Conceived in response to Vivaldi's Le quattro stagioni (Four Seasons), they were composed for a wide variety of instruments, including bandoneón, but are most commonly performed today in a virtuosic arrangement for strings and violin soloist by the Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov (1955- ).
After intermission, the ASO performs another contemporary masterpiece, Three Songs for Soprano & Orchestra (2001) by the Argentine-born Osvaldo Golijov (1960- ). Inspired by poems of Sally Potter, Rosalía de Castro and Emily Dickinson, Three Songs demonstrate Golijov's expert and deeply moving mastery of text setting.
The concert closes with a brief suite from the ballet Estancia (1941) by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983), which evokes the life of Argentine ranchers in four short segments: "Land Workers," "Wheat Dance," "Cattlemen" and "Malambo."
Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Prices 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.
Thu, Mar 7, 2019
Mon, Mar 18, 2019
Renowned opera and art song baritone Keith Phares joins Boston pianist Linda Osborn in a program of new songs. Letting Go, a new cycle by Boston composer Howard Frazin, is the featured work on the program, rounded out by seven new songs written for the occasion by Amherst College’s own student composers. Frazin will be on hand to introduce his work.
Free and open to the public
Sat, Mar 23, 2019
Mon, Mar 25, 2019
Brian Diehl, principal trombonist of the Hartford and Springfield Symphonies, joins pianist and Amherst College Professor of Music Eric Sawyer in a program introducing Sawyer’s new duo “Genial Giant” and featuring another duo commissioned for Diehl, “Devil’s Dermish,” by Lauren Bernofsky. Rounding out the program is music of Schumann and Piazzolla.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Fri, Mar 29, 2019
Music at Amherst proudly presents all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache.
Latin Grammy-winning all-female ensemble and beloved press darlings, Flor de Toloache continues to win the hearts of mainstream music fans and traditional mariachi music fans through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments.
With diverse musical backgrounds, soaring vocals and physical elegance, the women of Flor de Toloache cast a spell over their audiences, like their namesake flower used as a love potion in Mexico.
The New York City-based all-female quartet is led by Mireya I. Ramos on violin and Shae Fiol on vihuela. Performing on international stages from Asia to Europe, Flor de Toloache has toured the U.S. extensively, most recently with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, as well as the Arcs, Cafe Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia and Natalia Lafouracade.
“There should be fireworks named after this band, for all the intensity and color and life that bursts forth from Flor de Toloache.” –Marisa Arbona-Ruiz, NPR's First Listen
Ticket prices are $18 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid ID. General seating.
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