Event Calendar

April 2019

Fri, Apr 5, 2019

Wayne Smith, Cello

Music Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Improvisation, with Wayne Smith

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 Department of Music, 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.

Improvisation: This installment of the workshop features cellist Wayne Smith and focuses on musical improvisation. A creative and expressive approach central to so many forms of cultural production, improvisation is a music making strategy that relies on real-time decision making and interactivities. All are welcome, and if you play an instrument (including voice), please consider bringing your instrument.

Cellist Wayne Smith gave his recital debut at the Kennedy Center in 1996, and has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Italy, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Poland and China. He is the principal cellist of the Manhattan Symphonie and a frequent performer at BargeMusic in New York City. He also performs with the Harlem Chamber Players and the Portland Piano Trio. In the Pioneer Valley, he is a member of the Wistaria String Quartet and a founding member of 1200 Horsehairs, a band of cellos. He is also the co-creator of Arctic Moth, an improvising electronica duo. He has played with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the National Chamber Orchestra, the Harlem Chamber Players, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonic of New Jersey, the Princeton Chamber Symphony and the Heidelberg Castle Festival Orchestra in Heidelberg, Germany, among other groups, and was a featured soloist on the PBS Series “Musical Encounters.” He has recorded and performed with such artists as Joe, Richard Smallwood, the Spin Doctors’ Anthony Krizan, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the Moody Blues. He has also enjoyed an active teaching career and has taught lessons and master classes at Amherst College, Salisbury State University in Maryland and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He did his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music with Steven Doane and his graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with Astrid Schween.

Music Department Tea Time

Music Department Tea Time

ome 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 and visitors. No affiliation with the department is required!

This event follows the "Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Improvisation" hosted by Wayne Smith

Argus Quartet standing on the grass with their instruments

M@A Master Classes with the Argus Quartet

The Amherst College Department of Music M@A Series presents master classes with the Argus Quartet that are free and open to the public. For room postings, please see signage on the door of Buckley upon arrival.

Arianne Abela smiling as she stands in front of singers who are dressed in black and holding songbooks

Amherst Chorus and Glee Club Perform “Raise Your Voices”

The Amherst Chorus and Glee Club present Raise Your Voices. The performance, conducted by Arianne Abela and Assistant Conductor Ellen Mutter ’18, includes music by Jeffrey Douma, Alice Parker and Stephen Paulus, and concludes with traditional Amherst songs. 

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 or email concerts@amherst.edu. 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 Five College students with I.D.

Sat, Apr 6, 2019

Argus Quartet standing on the grass with their instruments

M@A Chamber Series Presents the Argus Quartet

Praised for playing with “supreme melodic control and total authority” and “decided dramatic impact” (Calgary Herald), the Argus Quartet has quickly emerged as one of today’s most dynamic and versatile young ensembles, winning first prize at the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, and the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition.

Recent performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, Roulette, the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival, Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum, the Hear Now Music Festival, Providence College, University of Michigan, James Madison University’s Contemporary Music Festival, Princeton University, the Shalin Liu Performance Center at Rockport Music and the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam.

Argus is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse programming. The quartet’s core mission is to connect with and build up a community of engaged listeners, with the strong belief that today’s ensembles can honor the storied chamber music traditions of our past while forging a new path forward. In that spirit, the ensemble’s repertoire includes not just masterworks of the chamber music canon, but also a wide range of pieces by living composers.

In the fall of 2017, the Argus Quartet began a two-year appointment as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Juilliard School, where they work closely with the Juilliard String Quartet. In addition, Juilliard presented Argus’ Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in May 2018. From 2015–17, the Quartet served as the Fellowship Quartet in Residence at the Yale School of Music (as the first ensemble mentored by the Brentano String Quartet in that capacity), and during the 2016–17 season, they served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

• Clara Kim, violin
• Jason Issokson, violin
• Dana Kelley, viola
• Joann Whang, cello

Josef Haydn - String Quartet in B minor Opus 33, No. 1 - (19:00)
Tan Dun – Eight Colors for String Quartet (1986) – (16:00)
Claude Debussy - String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10 - (26:00)

Sun, Apr 7, 2019

Ben Kono Group

Annual Spring Semester Jazz Combo Masterclass Sunday with Ben Kono

1-2:30 PM Jazz combos (3 of them) perform and receive critique from our guests.
2:30-3:30 PM Coffee break and performance by our guests.
3:45-5:15 PM Our combos (remaining 3) perform and receive critique from our guests.

Fri, Apr 12, 2019

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Amherst Symphony Orchestra Presents "Carmen" with the Amherst College Choral Society

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents a semi-staged performance of Georges Bizet's tragic masterpiece, the opera Carmen. It will be performed in a condensed, two-act, two-hour production in French with supertitles.

Visiting professional guest artists for Carmen include Olga Perez Flora in the title role, James Flora as Don José, Danielle Pastin as Micaela and Brian Hupp as Escamillo. The Amherst College Choral Society, directed by Arianne Abela, joins the cast and orchestra for this performance.

Tickets at the door: $10 general admission; $5 for seniors, children and students with ID. This event is free for Five College students.

Tickets Required

Sun, Apr 14, 2019

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Sarah Briggs Studio Recital

Students in Sarah Briggs' violin studio perform a year-end recital featuring concerti of Brahms and Prokofiev (and maybe Mendelssohn!)

The program will be brief-- about 45 minutes. All are welcome to listen, clap enthusiastically and stay for cookies and cider afterward. This event is free.

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

Event poster showing Liu wearing a black dress, seated at a piano

Senior Recital Performance: Amber Liu '19, Piano

Amber Liu '19's senior piano recital is an exploration of music from different time periods, including classical, Romantic, French and Spanish Impressionism, and contemporary. The program features pieces by Haydn, Chopin, Debussy, Prokofiev and Albeniz.

Fri, Apr 19, 2019

ACJE Senior Celebration Concert

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs. This concert is free and open to the public, collecting cash for the Amherst Survival Center.

Music of: Shorty Rodgers, Les Brown, Frank Lacy, Count Basie, Juno Son, Fred Sturm and others....

Sat, Apr 20, 2019

AC Concert Choir performs "Unclouded Day" FREE CONCERT

The Concert Choir performs "Unclouded Day" on April 20 at 8 PM in Buckley Recital Hall.

Exploring the natural world around us and the fragile human existence, “Unclouded Day” highlights music by American and Baltic composers including Shawn Kirchner, Veljo Tormis, Eriks Esenvalds, Arvo Pärt, and a world premiere of "Because I could not stop for Death" by Amherst's own Eric Sawyer.

This concert is FREE and open to the public.

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

Jazz Combos in Rm 7

Student jazz combos present a concert in Room 7 of the Arms Music Building. FREE and open to the public.

Wed, Apr 24, 2019

Jazz Combos in Rm 7

Student jazz combos present a concert in Room 7 of the Arms Music Building. FREE and open to the public.

Fri, Apr 26, 2019

Chonghyo Shin Piano Studio Recital ROOM 3

Sat, Apr 27, 2019

Student soloists standing onstage in front of the rest of the ASO, holding instruments and bouquets of flowers

Amherst College Symphony Orchestra: Student Concertos Concert

Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents the Student Concertos Concert on Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center.

Tickets at the door one hour before showtime:
$10 general admission
$5 seniors and students with ID
FREE for Five College students.

Concerto for Oboe & Strings (Marcello): Anna Dalton '19, soloist; Katianna Nardone '19, conductor
Romance for Horn & Orchestra (Saint-Saens): Helene Burgueño '19, soloist; Patrick Rauschelbach '19, conductor
Concerto for Oboe & Strings (Vaughan Williams): David Brinkley '19, soloist

Tickets Required

Tue, Apr 30, 2019

Ann Maggs Jazz Voice Studio Recital ROOM 3

Junko Watanabe Voice Studio Recital ROOM 3

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.