Event Calendar

Friday, April 5, 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.

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.