Amherst College sparks dialogue on war, peace

Amherst Bulletin

This semester two classes in the music department at Amherst College created an interactive Web site called "The Experience of War" to encourage a conversation, on campus and beyond, about music, war, violence and peace.

Saturday afternoon at two p.m. in the college's Stirn Auditorium, around the corner from the Mead Art Museum, the students will present and discuss the site, which includes a gallery of images, video, sounds and music and text.

The presentation will be followed at 4 p.m. with a reception in the museum, where a display of artworks used by the classes will be on view and music will be performed by the jazz combo Offbeat Generation as well as other student musicians associated with the "Experience of War" project. Both events are free and open to the public. The day culminates in a rare performance of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center.

The Amherst College Choral Society will be joined by the Smith College Glee Club and featured soloists Janna Baty, mezzo-soprano, tenor Scott Murphee and baritone Richard Lalli as well as the The Amherst College Symphony Orchestra. The piece features a dramatic liturgical setting of the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead, interspersed with settings of anti-war texts by Wilfred Owen, a young soldier-poet who died during the last week of hostilities of World War I.

Tickets are available for $6; free to five college students with I.D. All tickets are for reserved seating and may be reserved by e-mailing