Music, Poetry, More at Mead Art Museum

Daily Hampshire Gazette

The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College promises a wide range of events this spring that include musical performances, student-led gallery talks and new audio tours.

The semester kicked off earlier this month with a concert of works by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt on Sunday, followed by "No-Mic Open Mic" poetry readings on Wednesday.

The series continues on Tuesday at 8 p.m. with a jazz concert by saxophonist Bruce Diehl and guitarist Adam Larabee. The event is part of the college's yearlong festival "Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century."

On Wednesday at 8 p.m., the museum presents the second of a semester-long series of "Evenings at the Mead," in which a student docent gives a talk about one of the museum's art objects, followed by a thematically linked vocal performance and refreshments. The student talks will also take place on April 1, 15 and 29.

The above events are free and open to the public.

The museum has also launched new episodes of its "Museum Audio Tours" podcasts. Recorded by students in the museum's volunteer docent program, the episodes explore works of art now on display.

"Museum Audio Tours" is available for download on the Mead's Web site and free of charge from the iTunes music store. Listeners are encouraged to upload the tour to their own mp3 players before visiting the museum. Visitors may also borrow pre-loaded iPods from the desk in the lobby. For information, call 542-2335 or visit the Web site www.amherst/museums/mead.