Amherst Association of the Pioneer Valley

Invites you to

A reception for Amherst student interns and alumni and a free preview performance of
Eric Sawyer's new opera, The Garden of Martyrs

Friday, June 17, 2011

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Cafe Lebanon
1390 Main Street, Springfield, MA
Refreshments will be provided.

The Garden of Martyrs Performance
7:00-8:00 p.m.

Robyn Newhouse Hall
Community Music School of Springfield
127 State Street, Springfield, MA

Free parking for both events is available at the Community Music School.
These events are free of charge.

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We encourage alumni, students, parents and friends to gather together to support Amherst students as they navigate summer internship programs and the Pioneer Valley. This year, the college provided funding for over 170 Amherst interns to complete internships in various cities around the world.  We hope that alumni will come to these events, meet students, and share advice and expertise in an effort to educate our students beyond the classroom.

After the reception, everyone is invited to a free workshop performance of the second act of The Garden of Martyrs, a new opera on the 19th century case of Irish immigrants executed in Northampton for a murder they likely did not commit.  The semi-staged performances will be conducted by Kevin Rhodes, whose work extends from the major opera houses of Europe to dynamic leadership as music director of the Springfield Symphony. The performance will be followed by a conversation with Maestro Rhodes, librettist Harley Erdman and composer Eric Sawyer.  Based on Michael C. White's novel, the opera views the 1806 case of Dominic Daley and James Halligan through the eyes of the French refugee priest of Boston, Father Jean Cheverus, whose own haunted past led him to come to their aid. The opera's first act was recently presented at Amherst College, with a complete premiere slated for 2013.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Barr, Director of Academic Engagement Programs,
at or (413) 542-2982.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement, Career Center, and Alumni and Parent Programs.

Amherst Connects
Linking Alumni, Students and the College
Fri, 06/17/2011 - 05:00 to 22:00