Event Calendar

February 2020

Sat, Feb 1, 2020

Senior Thesis: Atlas Finch 7 PM

Sun, Feb 9, 2020

Cameron Chandler ’20 and Shane Auguste ’20 Senior Thesis Concert: “The Motley Crew” and “Outlets”

The Amherst College Department of Music presents The Motley Crew and Outlets, original theses in composition by Cameron Chandler ’20 and Yohan Auguste ’20. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

The Motley Crew is a collection of six movements stylistically ranging from big band jazz, to tango, to Japanese pop music. Inspired by different styles of music, each “member” of the crew has a distinct, interesting and fun personality.

In student composer Shane Auguste’s words: “Plug into Outlets, a string quartet cycle performed by the Wistaria Quartet. The piece rests upon musical concepts I have encountered at Amherst and explores my own interpretation and relationship to those concepts.”

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

Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Davóne Tines in front of green foliage, wearing a white shirt and a black jacket with butterflies printed on it

M@A Chamber Series Presents Dover Quartet with Davóne Tines, baritone

Named the Cleveland Quartet Award-winner and honored with the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings).
Performing works by Mozart, Barber, Shaw, and Shostakovich

“Charismatic, full-voiced” (The New York Times) bass-baritone Davóne Tines joins the Quartet for
Barber’s "Dover Beach" and Caroline Shaw’s "By and By."

Mozart: Quartet in C Major, K. 465, "Dissonance"
Barber: Dover Beach, Op. 3
Caroline Shaw: "By and By"
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117

Single ticket prices:
General public: $28
Senior citizens (65+) and Amherst College employees: $22
Students with valid ID: $12
FREE student rush available at the box office beginning one hour before the concert.
Single tickets on sale at:

Tickets Required

Sat, Feb 15, 2020

Jihye Lee singing into a microphone in front of brass players

McBride Commission Concert: Jihye Lee and the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and the Jihye Jazz Orchestra perform Lee’s new work, "Try Out," for the McBride Jazz Commission Series on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center, on the Amherst College campus.

Admission is free; no tickets are required. Donations to benefit the Amherst Survival Center will be gratefully accepted.

This year’s composer of the 16th composition in the Jazz Commission Series is New York City-based Jihye Lee. Her 13-piece Jazz Orchestra performs her new work "Try Out," and the ACJE performs music from Les Hooper, Gil Evans and Peter Pan.

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

Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Senior Recital: Yanjie Qiu, Piano

Yanjie Qiu’s senior recital program aims to showcase snapshots of time through music from the classical to the modern era, while acknowledging the way music has been inextricably tied to the performer's personal experience:

Shostakovich – Three Fantastic Dances Op. 1
Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
Debussy – Prelude No. 5 “Bruyeres”
Sawyer – Five Miniatures No. 2 and No. 5
Chopin – Waltz No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 18 “Grande Valse Brilliante”
Chopin – Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Headshot of Sherrie Tucker

"Improvising Across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive-Use Musical Instrument": A Talk by Professor Sherrie Tucker (University of Kansas)

The music department presents a special talk by jazz historian and professor of American studies Sherrie Tucker. All are invited.

Professor Tucker’s talk focuses on the work of composer, musician and humanitarian Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016), who is renowned for her innovations in composition, sound technology, research, philosophy and practices of listening, as well as feminist and environmental humanitarian projects. Less known is her work on all-ability improvisation through the Adaptive-Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a free download/app that transforms any laptop, desktop, iPad or iPhone into a musical instrument that uses motion tracking to adapt to every body. Oliveros considered the AUMI a continuation of, not a departure from, her life’s work, listing it as her major research project with her department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in her final years. From 2007 until her passing, she spoke of the AUMI as interconnected with her other projects and collaborations intended to expand our abilities to listen, and thus to expand consciousness—such as the Sonic Meditations, Expanded Instrument System and Deep Listening® practice. 

In this lecture/demonstration, jazz studies scholar Sherrie Tucker shares what she has learned as a member of the ongoing collaborative AUMI Research Project, including how it challenged her exclusive relationship with jazz as an object of study, and pivoted her jazz studies questions and methods toward explorations of inclusive mixed-ability listening, sounding and sociality. Participants are invited to bring laptops, iPads or iPhones (sorry, Android users), if they wish. Those who want to try the AUMI in advance may download it free of charge at http://aumiapp.com/download.php.

Sherrie Tucker (professor, American studies, University of Kansas) is the author of Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen (Duke, 2014) and Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s (Duke, 2000) and co-editor, with Nichole T. Rustin, of Big Ears:  Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies (Duke, 2008). She is a member of the AUMI Editorial Collective, whose collaborative volume, Improvising Across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI) is currently under review at University of Michigan Press. She is a member of two major collaborative research initiatives: the International Institute of Critical Improvisation Studies and Improvisation, Community and Social Practice (for which she served as facilitator for the Improvisation, Gender and the Body research area), both funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is a founding member of the Melba Liston Research Collective, a member of the AUMI (Adaptive Use Musical Instrument) Project and founding member of AUMI-KU InterArts, one of six member institutions of the AUMI Research Consortium. She was the Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University in 2004-2005, where she was a member of the Columbia Jazz Study Group. With Randal M. Jelks, she co-edits the journal American Studies. She serves with Deborah Wong and Jeremy Wallach as series editors for the Music/Culture Series at Wesleyan University Press. She is the proud holder of a Deep Listening® Ear-tificate.

For more information, contact Professor Jason Robinson (jrobinson@amherst.edu).

Fri, Feb 28, 2020

Three members of the Parker Quartet, dressed elegantly and standing near a wall

M@A Masterclass: Parker Quartet Feb. 28

Please join us for a public masterclass as M@A Chamber artists the Parker Quartet work with students on their craft.

Sat, Feb 29, 2020

The Parker Quartet standing together and dressed formally

M@A CHAMBER Series Presents: The Parker Quartet

Inspiring performances, luminous sound and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. Performing works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Szymanowski and Beethoven.

“pinpoint precision and spectacular sense of urgency” —The Boston Globe

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Homunculus Szymanowski: Quartet No.2
Beethoven: Op.132

Tickets are available in the 14 days ahead of each performance at amherst.universitytickets.com.
Single ticket prices:
General public: $28
Senior citizens (65+) and Amherst College employees: $22
Students with valid ID: $12
FREE student rush available at the box office beginning one hour before the concert.

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.