January 30, 2013

Contact: Sara R. Leonard

Manager of Concert Programming, Production and Publicity


AMHERST, Mass. – The 2012-2013 Music at Amherst Parallels Series celebrates Valentine’s Day with The Bad Plus on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The performance requires tickets and seating is by general admission. Tickets may be reserved by calling 413/542-2195 or visiting

The concert will be preceded by two Talks with Profs, both free and held in Room 3 of the Arms Music Center.

- At 6 p.m. – “Between Sound and Image: A Roundtable Conversation About Cross-MediaConnections in Sound and Video” The conversation will be facilitated by Amherst College Assistant Professor of Music Jason Robinson. Participants include:

o    Amherst College Copeland Fellow and saxophonist Matana Roberts;

o   Amherst College Copeland Fellow and filmmaker Catherine Masud;

o   Alumnae Associate, Five College Women's Studies Research Center, and Miller Worley Center for the Environment Affiliate at Mount Holyoke College, Ninette Rothmueller;

o   and Roger C. Holden 1919 Professor of Theatre and Dance, Wendy Woodson.

- At 7p.m. – “Rites and Wrongs: Myths and Facts about the Rite of Spring.” This pre-concert lecture will be given by Amherst College Professor of Music David Schneider.

For the past ten years, The Bad Plus has broken down the walls of jazz convention and created a body of work that has secured its place at the forefront of a new instrumental music movement. Drawing audiences from across genres, the trio performs original works and reimagined works of pop, rock,country and classical artists. At Amherst, The Bad Plus will perform a sampling of its own music as well as its avant-garde reworking of a classical masterpiece in On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, a multimedia re-imagining of Stravinsky’s iconic work. Not interested in using “The Rite” as simply as a vehicle for improvisation, the trio engaged in a rigorous study of the original composition before beginning to craft their own interpretation. The brilliant transformation proves there are still vital lessons to be learned from the piece that caused a riot at its Paris premiere nearly 100 years ago. 

The box office for this performance opens on Feb. 4. Ticket prices are $18 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students. Amherst College student tickets are free. For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: