Event Calendar

September 2019

Sun, Sep 1, 2019

Music Department Orientation Showcase

Enjoy a showcase of the music department ensembles, preceded by free pizza in the Arms lobby. You'll hear from the Amherst College choral, jazz, and instrumental music programs, and find out how to become a part of the fun. It's a don't-miss if you want to find out how to get involved.

Sun, Sep 8, 2019

Amherst College jazz faculty playing instruments on the Buckley stage

Jazz Faculty Concert

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), Bruce Diehl (saxophones), Ann Maggs (voice), Stephen Page (piano), David Picchi (bass), Jason Robinson (saxophones), David Sporny (trombone) and Bob Weiner (percussion). The performance includes a special guest appearance by Hampshire College Professor Marty Ehrlich (reeds) and the Wistaria String Quartet.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Fri, Sep 13, 2019

Claire Arenius with her drumsticks

Adjunct Faculty Concert: Claire Arenius and Resonance

Drummer/composer/educator Claire Arenius presents a concert of original and contemporary jazz with her group Resonance. The ensemble features pianist Eugene Uman, bassist Wayne Roberts, flutist and saxophonist Carl Clements, and violinist David Eure. Together they create a blend of spontaneous collective improvisation as well as hard-driving swing and beautiful ballads and Brazilian influences.

Admission is FREE, and no tickets are required.

Sat, Sep 14, 2019

Headshot of Hiromi Fukuda

Adjunct Faculty Concert: Brahms and the Schumanns—Pianist Hiromi Fukuda and Friends

Hiromi Fukuda, piano
Emily Taubl, cello
Alex Hurd, baritone

As is well-known, Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms shared a close musical as well as personal connection. The young Brahms was lauded by Robert as the future of German Romanticism. Brahms looked up to Robert, and Clara critiqued and premiered many of his compositions.

Fukuda and friends present a program that exemplifies the musical synergies among these three giants of High German Romanticism. The program includes a selection of lieder by R. Schumann, C. Schumann’s "Variations on a Theme by R. Schumann," and a Brahms sonata for piano and cello.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble collage, 10 faces

SPECTRUM: Joint Concert Featuring the AC Concert Choir, Elm City Consort and Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble

In their premiere performance, Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble joins the Amherst College Concert Choir and the Elm City Consort in Spectrum, a concert featuring the Schütz Musikalische Exequien as well as works by Bach, Gesualdo, Purcell, Monteverdi, Caroline Shaw, Reena Esmail and Jonathan Woody.

Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, founded and led by Artistic Director Arianne Abela, consists of professional solo vocal artists, including several Grammy Award- winning singers.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call (413) 542-2484 or visit www.kaleidoscopevocalensemble.com.

Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble collage, 10 faces

Spectrum, a concert by Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, the Amherst College Concert Choir, and the Elm City Consort SEPT 18

Amherst College Music Department presents Spectrum, a concert by Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, the Amherst College Concert Choir, and the Elm City Consort on Wednesday, September 18, at 7 PM in Buckley Recital Hall, in the Arms Music Building at Amherst College at 53 College Street, Amherst, MA. FREE. No tickets required.
In their premiere performance, Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble joins the Amherst College Concert Choir and the Elm City Consort in Spectrum, a concert featuring the Schütz Musikalische Exequien as well as works by Bach, Gesualdo, Purcell, Monteverdi, Caroline Shaw, Reena Esmail, and Jonathan Woody. Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, founded and led by Artistic Director Arianne Abela, consists of professional solo vocal artists, including several Grammy Award- winning singers.
The concert is free and open to the public. No reservations required. For more information, call (413) 542-2484 or visit www.kaleidoscopevocalensemble.com.
For further information about Amherst College Music Department concerts, please see www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Luciana Souza clapping, wearing white, in a hat

M@A Parallels Series Presents Luciana Souza: “The Book of Longing”

The M@A 2019-2020 Series begins with a Parallels Series concert, presenting Luciana Souza: “The Book of Longing,” featuring Chico Pinheiro and Scott Colle. Tickets are required.

Luciana Souza is a Grammy-nominated jazz singer and composer best known for thoughtful takes on her native Brazilian songs. In “The Book of Longing,” she explores saudade, or yearning, through poetry by Leonard Cohen, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Emily Dickinson, and Souza in her own arrangements. She is joined by guitarist Chico Pinheiro and bassist Scott Colley.

“[Luciana Souza is] a New Yorker from Brazil whose singing bridges with breathtaking finesse the not-so- wide gap between Brazilian pop and American jazz. Souza’s voice is low, soft and as agile as an otter in water, and it is a sensual pleasure to hear her sing in Portuguese, that most liquid and supple of languages. How marvelous that a singer unknown to me a month ago should now be one of my favorites!” —The Washington Post

The box office for this performance opens on September 6, 2019. Ticket prices are $18 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid ID. FREE Amherst College student rush tickets are available at the door beginning at 7 PM on the day of the show.

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

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

Photo of Matthew Dane, wearing a white shirt and smiling

Matthew Dane '93 and Gregory Hayes '73: "Reflections" - Viola d’Amore Recital

Violist Matthew Dane '93 and harpsichordist Gregory Hayes '73 present Reflections, a program showcasing the viola d'amore as an extraordinary instrument to express the diverse music of our time and world. The program includes music by Antonio Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt and Reena Esmail, and features a premiere by Amherst College's Professor Eric Sawyer. The concert is free and open to the public.

Wed, Sep 25, 2019

Eric Sawyer, keyboard

Unstuck in Time: A Song Album Composed and performed by Eric Sawyer at the CHI

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Unstuck in Time: A Song Album
Composed and performed by Eric Sawyer
Wednesday, September 25 at 4:30 pm
Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library, Salon series

Sat, Sep 28, 2019

Meeting of the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society

Meeting of the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society
Saturday, Sept., 28, 9:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
Room 3, Arms Music Center

Mark Lane Swanson leaps into the air in front of ASO musicians

ASO Welcomes the Class of ’23: Music of Dmitri Shostakovich

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO), directed by Mark Lane Swanson, opens its 2019-2020 season of Russian masterworks at its annual concert welcoming the incoming class at Amherst College. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 7 p.m.

The hour-long concert, devoted to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, opens with his Festive Overture, a boisterous piece d'occasion composed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the October Revolution. It also features his powerful and moving Fifth Symphony-- his life-or-death response to Stalin’s scathing critique of his work as “muddle instead of music.” Undoubtedly Shostakovich’s greatest masterpiece, the symphony may appear on the surface to project Soviet triumphalism, but the Russian people could discern its deeper meaning as an indictment of internal repression and Stalin’s inhumane political purges.

For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, please visit https://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians.

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.

Interested in learning more about this concert?

Join the Center for Russian Culture throughout the 2019-20 season of AMHERST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, “A RUSSIAN FESTIVAL,” for pre-concert round-tables at the Center for Russian Culture featuring scholars of music and Russian cultural history. The first of these, "Shostakovich in Context," takes place Friday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m., and is presented by Professors Klára Móricz (music) and Boris Wolfson (Russian) in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture (202 Webster Hall, Amherst College) and is FREE and open to the public.

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.