Dancer, Musicians, and Stearn Steeple

The Arts at Amherst Initiative—a faculty collaboration between the Mead Art Museum and Amherst’s Departments of Art and the History of Art, Music and Theater & Dance—proudly presents Arts à la Carte, a two-day event featuring music and dance performances and ongoing installations by Amherst faculty and guest artists, plus a student arts showcase. 

The schedule is available below. Questions? Contact Dylan Schneider, djschneider@amherst.edu.


Music & Dance Concert, 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (program repeats)
Reception, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 15
Mead Art Museum

Amherst arts faculty and guest artists present the following musical and dance performances in the Mead galleries beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a 6:30 p.m. reception, and a repeat of the performances (in a different order) beginning at 7:30 p.m.

5 p.m. program:

  • Nocturne & Wake-Up Call and Moment Musical by Dylan Schneider, with Alison Hale (flute) and Elizabeth Chang (violin) / A fantasy exploring night, sleep and waking up—and a single “moment” stretched out for a long time. 
  • Depth Charge (premiere) by Eric Sawyer, with Emmanuel Feldman (cello) and Pascale Delache-Feldman (double bass) / A highly kinetic and virtuosic 10-minute work originating out of rumblings in the instruments, with more tangible material being transmitted above and below a musical “surface.”
  • Two by Two featuring Nicole Dewolfe, Liz Kleisner, Emily Lukasewski and Ellen Olliver, with choreography and text by Wendy Woodson edited in collaboration with Jake Meginsky, and costume design by Suzanne Palmer Dougan / A quartet that plays on the edges of repetition in a drive to find agreement.
  • Man of out taken (premiere) by Paul Matteson, featuring Paul Matteson, with music by David Lang / A reversal attempt, a return to the beginning, a look at how this body puts pieces of its creation back together.
  • Discrete Circuits #1 (premiere) by Jason Robinson, performed by Wistaria String Quartet and Jason Robinson (tenor saxophone, electronics) / Combining composition, improvisation and live electronics, this 10-minute work juxtaposes saxophone against string quartet and coalesces around improvisation and groove.

6:30 p.m. reception:

In between the 5 and 7:30 p.m. programs, enjoy refreshments and a chance to view the ongoing installations (details below) inside and outside of the museum.

7:30 p.m. program:

  • Discrete Circuits #1 by Jason Robinson
  • Nocturne & Wake-Up Call and Moment Musical by Dylan Schneider
  • Depth Charge by Eric Sawyer
  • Man of out taken by Paul Matteson
  • Two by Two by Wendy Woodson

Ongoing Installations
Friday, April 15–Saturday, April 16
Mead Art Museum: Galleries & Courtyard

  • Referential activity as an indicator of episodic memory in different age groups and time contexts / An immersive and interactive installation created for Stearns Steeple, located in the Mead Art Museum courtyard, by Kathy Couch and Sara Smith.
  • 3 rectangular panes of glass vibrating at their resonant frequencies in patterns determined by their height and width / An installation in the Mead Art Museum by Jake Meginsky, part of a series in which objects are set into vibration using electromagnetic transducers. All sonic elements of the piece—pitch, rhythm, duration and timbre—are determined by the shape and size of the vibrating objects. 
  • Performance in place (Friday only) / Site-specific performances by students in Wendy Woodson’s Th/Da 352 course “Performance in Place,” taking place inside and outside of the Mead Art Museum.

ARTQUAKES: a showcase featuring Amherst student artists
Saturday, April 16, 8 p.m.
The Powerhouse

All are invited to experience an earth-shattering evening of live music, performances and artwork by Amherst students.