Event Calendar

November 2019

Fri, Nov 1, 2019

AC Jazz Ensemble musicians playing onstage

Family Weekend: Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Concert

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble presents its Family Weekend Concert. The show is FREE and open to the public. Donations to the Amherst Survival Center will be collected.

Featured Vocalist Chris Humphrey joins the ACJE and its director Bruce Diehl to present music by Frank Sinatra and Cab Calloway. Music by Fred Sturm, Lennie Niehaus, Count Basie and others rounds out the set list.

Sat, Nov 2, 2019

Arianne Abela conducts singers standing on the Buckley Recital Hall stage

Family Weekend: Amherst College Choral Society Concert

Arianne Abela and assistant conductor Gilbert Wermeling ’19 conduct music by Saunder Choi, Sydney Guillaume, Stephen Hatfield and more. The Choral Society is joined by composer and Amherst College alumnus Jerry Noble ’83 in the world premiere of his composition, "What's It Gonna Take? (Love)."

The concert is FREE and open to the public.

Join the Choral Society preceding the concert for a free brunch in Arms Music Building at 11 a.m.

Mark Lane Swanson conducting Amherst Symphony Orchestra musicians

Family Weekend ASO Concert: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, with A. Cheng ’20, Piano

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO) presents the second concert of its 2019-2020 season devoted to Russian masterworks. This concert also celebrates Family and Parents Weekend at Amherst College.

The ASO performs Rachmaninoff’s "Vocalise," followed by Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto, with Audrey Cheng ’20, piano soloist. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’ Symphony #5 in E minor. Mark Lane Swanson, ASO music director and senior lecturer in music at Amherst College, conducts.

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

Tickets may be purchased at the door only. 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 ID.

Tickets Required

Fri, Nov 8, 2019

Event poster featuring a photo of Faith Wen '20

Senior Thesis Performance: Faith Wen ’20, Piano

The Amherst College Department of Music presents Sola, an honors thesis in piano performance by Faith Wen ’20. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Sola is a contemplation on solitude—on the comfort, assurance, satisfaction, hope, joy, even triumph that solitude can hold when we find meaning in something beyond ourselves. Drawing on her faith, Wen hopes to use the voices of Ravel, Liszt and Beethoven to express that impossible truth: that in solitude can be found an other; that the invisible is more real than the visible.

Ravel – Sonatine
Liszt – Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude
Beethoven – Sonata No. 31, Op. 110 in A-flat Major

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events

Sun, Nov 10, 2019


M@A Parallels Series Presents yMusic

Founded in New York City in 2008, yMusic believes in presenting excellent, emotionally communicative music, regardless of style or idiom. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) have attracted the attention of high-profile collaborators—including Paul Simon, Bill T. Jones and Ben Folds—and inspired original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli and Andrew Norman. Performing works by Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, Caroline Shaw, Bryce Dessner, Gabriella Smith and Andrew Norman.
“One of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music” —Fred Child, NPR
This concert is part of the M@A Series and requires tickets. Tickets to these performances are available in the 14 days before each concert. To purchase tickets, please use the online portal at no extra charge, write us at concerts at amherst dot edu or please call 413-542-2195.
The box office for this performance opens on October 27, 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 6 p.m.
For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us at:

Mon, Nov 11, 2019


M@A Parallels Masterclass: yMusic

yMusic’s performers work with Amherst College students on new compositions. The masterclass is free and open to the public.

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Headshot of Leila Josefowicz holding her violin to her chin

M@A Chamber Series Presents Leila Josefowicz, Violin, with John Novacek, Piano

An outstanding champion of contemporary music, Leila Josefowicz is the chosen interpreter of several leading composers including the late Oliver Knussen, John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Mackey, Matthias Pintscher and Luca Francesconi. She performs works by Stravinsky, Janáček, Knussen, Kurtág and Ravel.

“In short, a fantastic talent”—Gramophone

Stravinsky: Duo Concertant Janáček: Dumka
Janáček: Sonata
Knussen: Reflection Kurtág: Tre pezzi
Ravel: Violin Sonata

Tickets are required and go on sale beginning November 1: visit amherst.universitytickets.com or call (413) 542–2195. FREE AC student rush tickets available at the door beginning one hour ahead. The box office opens at 7 p.m.

Chamber Series ticket prices:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
FREE Amherst student rush signup available in the Arms Building lobby an hour before showtime.

Tickets Required

Sat, Nov 16, 2019

Sun, Nov 17, 2019

Senior Thesis Performances by Theo Peierls ’20E, “Roots Unbroken,” and Cristóbal Silva San Martín ’20E, “Portraits of Water”

The Amherst College Department of Music presents Portraits of Water, a composition project by Cristóbal Silva San Martín ’20E, and Roots Unbroken, a composition thesis by Theo Peierls ’20E. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Silva San Martín’s Portraits of Water is a composition project honoring the power of water as a natural element. Aiming to call into question the relationship we, the human species, have come to establish with the environment we inhabit and with the resources we depend on, the project draws inspiration from the cycle of water, evolving through seven movements that depict its fierce and majestic qualities. Reckoning with past and present issues revolving around access to and uses of water, the piece hopes to act as an instance to envision a more sustainable and empathetic relationship to the element, while also calling to action to make such visions become reality. Performed by a seven-piece ensemble, the composition draws from several musical idioms, including minimalism, electroacoustic soundscape composition and Latin American folklore.

Roots Unbroken is a musical exploration of the cultural and geographic shifts that have influenced Jewish practices. Focusing on the idea of a musical diaspora, the project is framed by how forced emigration, shifts in religious life and patterns of assimilation have been represented in various musical styles associated with the Jewish people. Roots Unbroken comprises six pieces that engage with Jewish-American choral music, Klezmer music, Yiddish folk music and Ashkenazi liturgical music. Texts are drawn from psalms, verses and poetry and feature the work of poet Yossel Birstein. Soloists include Hazzan Diana Brewer, Allen Davis, Aaron Kropf, Hannah Goldberg ’22 and Patrick Spoor ’22.  

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