Event Calendar

Today - Fri, Oct 20, 2017

Game of Thrones Parody Auditions

Don't miss the auditions for the Green Room's parody of Game of Thrones. All seven seasons in the length of one episode! Hope to see you there!

Students Only
Closeup of Zach Yanes '17 playing the saxophone on stage in front of other musicians

ACJE, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble: Homecoming Performance

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building, with Rob Tapper, trombone, featured soloist, and Bruce Diehl, director. The concert is free and open to the public.

Please bring your cash donation to the Amherst Survival Center-- you'd be amazed how many students and grad students they support to make ends meet.

Tomorrow - Sat, Oct 21, 2017

Game of Thrones Parody Auditions

Don't miss the auditions for the Green Room's parody of Games of Thrones. All seven seasons in the length of one episode! Hope to see you there!

Students Only
Young man in a suit and tie playing timpani on the Buckley Recital Hall stage

Homecoming Performance: Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Works by Copland

Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra continues its yearlong survey of American concert music with a tribute to 20th-century master Aaron Copland.

In works such as "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Four Dance Episodes" from the ballet Rodeo, Copland created a definitive and instantly recognizable musical vernacular which to this day evokes the "can-do" optimism and the wide open spaces of our country. Copland also drew on contemporary influences such as Stravinsky and jazz to create innovative masterpieces such as the "Clarinet Concerto," and imagined urban landscapes as well as those of Appalachia and the prairie in works such as "Quiet City." The ASO performs all four works on its concert; Leonard Yoon '18 is the clarinet soloist.

Full details of the orchestra's season: http://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com

Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Prices are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and free to Amherst students and all Five College students with ID.

Tickets Required
Young women dressed in black, singing on the Buckley Recital Hall stage

Amherst College Choral Society: Homecoming Performance

The Amherst College Choral Society presents its annual Homecoming Concert on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 9 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The program will be repeated at noon on Saturday, Nov. 4, for the College’s Family Weekend concert.

Performers include the Concert Choir, the Chorus and the Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Rebecca Ruescher ’17, and the Madrigal Singers, directed by Ellen Mutter ’18 and Anna Makar-Limanov ’20. The program features a wide range of music, including classical and world music: Brahms, Hatfield, Sametz, Roueché and more. The program ends with traditional College songs.

Tickets are available for $10 for general admission and $5 for children and senior citizens. Admission for Five College students is free. Email Mallorie Chernin for ticket reservations at mchernin@amherst.edu or call 413-542-2484. Unclaimed tickets will be available at the door the night of the concert.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events

Tickets Required

Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Eugene Uman, Jazz piano

Adjunct Faculty Performance, Eugene Uman, piano: The Convergence Project

The Convergence Project is Uman’s vehicle to present his original compositions and music that has influenced him - it includes Michael Zsoldos, saxophones; Jeff Galindo, trombone; Uman, piano; David Picchi, bass (electric and acoustic) and Jon Fisher on drums. Special musical guests will include Wanda Houston on vocals and Jason Palmer on trumpet.

The recital is free. No tickets are required.

After spending several years in Colombia, South America, the native home of his wife, Eugene Uman found a niche blending the rhythms of Colombia such as cumbia, bambuco and pasillo with jazz harmonies. While living in the state of Antioquia, Uman was commissioned by the Big Band of Medellín to write for their 20-piece orchestra. He composed Blues para Urabá, a tribute to the strength of the common people of Urabá who were at that time in the midst of a civil war. The rousing climax of that composition used a rhythm from the Atlantic coast called currulao. After that powerful experience, Uman continued to investigate the rhythms and forms of the music of his newly adopted homeland, internalizing a small handful of the immense and richly varied catalog of Colombian rhythms.

Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Wadjda

Arabic Movie Series: Wadjda

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Greenway A, Event Space

The Arabic Program at Amherst invites you to its second movie night this fall featuring: Wadjda.

Synopsis: "An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest."

Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Michael Mazur

Gallery Talk with Betsey Garand: Perspectives on Michael Mazur

Join us for a conversation with former colleague and friend of the late Michael Mazur, Betsey Garand, Senior Resident Artist at Amherst College. This talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Perspectives on Michael Mazur.

Free and open to all!

rasputin

Russian Film Screening: Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin (Агония)

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

dir. Elem Klimov • 1974 • 143 min.

The demonic figure of Grigory Rasputin, the nomadic Siberian monk whose charismatic hold over the Russian imperial family at the turn of the twentieth century became the stuff of legend, looms large over this controversial account of the Romanovs’ decline and fall. Directed by Elem Klimov, the film was completed in 1974.

This movie is 143 minutes long and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Jonathan Jackson, "Evan, Make-Up Contact Sheet," 2015.

Picture This: Photo Sessions with Jonathan Jackson

"Tell It Like It Is – or Could Be" presents work by contemporary photographers who use their camera to (re)construct historical and personal narratives. Join us for a night of self-exploration and the chance to be photographed by emerging artist, Jonathan Jackson ’19.

Jackson received the Wise Award for Studio Art, presented annually for distinction in the completion of an original work or works of art and the purchase thereof. The Mead Art Museum acquired a one of Jackson’s photographs in 2017. Come early to sign up for a portrait session with Jonathan—space is limited.

We will have various articles of clothing and accessories on site for you to explore with modes of self-representation, selfie-stations, snacks, music and more!

All are welcome: first come, first served.

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring the Bob Ferrier/Stephen Page Duo

Join us on Thursday nights in October for our fall semester run of Jazz@Schwemm's performances. Each performance brings a local professional group to campus, who will perform in the 9 p.m. hour. This is followed by a student jazz combo in the 10 p.m. hour.
October 26 features guitarist Bob Ferrier and pianist Stephen Page. This evening will also feature student jazz combos Porsche Posse and Camaro Crew.
We wish to thank Paul Gallegos, Jazz@Amherst, and the management of Schwemm's Coffeehouse for the support and opportunity to present music in this space.

Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Sat, Oct 28, 2017

Community Day

Community Day!

Join us for a free day of family fun at the Mead, featuring guided tours, art-making, and activities inspired by our latest exhibitions.

Free and open to all!

Sun, Oct 29, 2017

Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor Benefit Performance for the Emily Dickinson Museum

Garrison Keillor returns to Amherst in a benefit performance for the Emily Dickinson Museum on Sunday, October 29 at 6 p.m. in Amherst College's Johnson Chapel.

Mr. Keillor, currently in the midst of a cross-country tour of his one-man show, will deliver a special program that weaves Emily Dickinson into an evening of storytelling and song.

Free admission for Five College students

Regular priced tickets for the 6 p.m. presentation and program cost $70 (fully tax-deductible) per person. Tickets that include a 4 p.m. reception at the Museum with Mr. Keillor cost $125 ($100 tax-deductible). Patron tickets are $250 ($225 tax-deductible) and Benefactor tickets are $500 ($475 tax-deductible). All ticket proceeds support the work of the Emily Dickinson Museum. Tickets can be purchased at https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/EmilyDickinsonMuseum_1/slant-keill...

A special group rate is available for bookings of six or more. For more information, contact us at 413.542.5311 or info@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

As part of the program on October 29, Mr. Keillor will receive the museum's Tell It Slant Award. The award honors individuals whose work, in any field, is imbued with the creative spirit of America's greatest poet, Emily Dickinson.

Tickets Required

Wed, Nov 1, 2017

Porter

Inside the American Art Collection with curator Vanja Malloy

Join us for a lunchtime gallery talk with curator of American art, Vanja Malloy. Dr. Malloy will share her insights on the Mead's renowned collection of American art.

This event is free and open to all!

Fri, Nov 3, 2017

ASO Strings

Family Weekend: Amherst Symphony Orchestra. Works by John Williams.

Friday, November 3, 2017, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents its third concert in its yearlong survey to American music with a tribute to that cinematic giant, composer John Williams.  

Nominated for fifty Academy Awards (winner of five), and renowned for his close collaboration with director Steven Spielberg, Williams has penned and conducted--in the studio and as former Music Director of the Boston Pops--perhaps the most masterful film scores of all time. The ASO will present music from Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Schindler's List, Star Wars and others.

 Full details of the orchestra's season may be obtained by consulting http://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Tickets may be purchased only at the door.  Prices are $10 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12, and are free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.

Tickets Required

Sat, Nov 4, 2017

Glee Club

Choral Society Brunch and Concert: Family Weekend

The Amherst College Choral Society invites you to a free 11 a.m. brunch in Arms followed by the noon performance.

The Amherst College Choral Society, Mallorie Chernin, director, reprises it's Homecoming concert in its annual Family Weekend concert at noon on Saturday, November 4, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

Performers include the Concert Choir, the Chorus and the Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Rebecca Ruescher ’17, and the Madrigal Singers, directed by Ellen Mutter ’18 and Anna Makar-Limanov ’20. The program features a wide range of music, including classical and world music–Brahms, Hatfield, Sametz, Roueché, and more. The program ends with traditional College songs.

Tickets are available for $10 for general admission, $5 for children and senior citizens. Admission for Five College students is free. E-mail Mallorie Chernin for ticket reservations at mchernin@amherst.edu or by calling 413 542 2484. Unclaimed tickets will be available at the door the night of the concert.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Tickets Required
ACJE

ACJE, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble: Family Weekend Performance

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

Sun, Nov 5, 2017

Identify It Day 2017

Do you have a mysterious fossil that you found while backpacking, or a picture of the bizarre bird in your backyard? Bring in your fossils, seashells, rocks, meteorites, feathers, leaves, or photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, flowers and insects to the museum. Scientists will attempt to identify your discoveries while showing you some specimens from the Beneski’s greater collections. Stop by, with or without mystery objects, to see (and touch) the scientific specimens out on display. Items identified in previous years have included a dinosaur footprint, the hip of a very large pig, an amazing man-made slag crystal and an ancient arrowhead from the Connecticut River Valley.

Peter Crowley, geology professor notes:
"The history of the Earth is long and interesting, so there is a good story behind everything that you find. If you tell us the story about how and where you found it, we can complete the story and tell you what it is and how it formed. It is fun and exciting because you never know what people are going to bring in”

Our location:
Beneski Museum of Natural History
11 Barrett Hill Drive
Amherst, MA 01002

Mon, Nov 6, 2017

North Indian Classical Music Concert

North Indian Classical Music Concert

Two of North India’s best-known classical musicians will be offering a free concert at Amherst College. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear traditional North Indian classical music performed by two of its finest exponents.

The Artists:
Sitarist Rabindra Goswami has been a professional musician for nearly 50 years and is recognized as a senior artist in his musically rich city of Banaras, India. Unlike many Indian classical musicians who have become well known in the West, Goswami plays pure, traditional raga music. Goswami is a disciple of the late Amiya Devi, and also studied the ancient Dhrupad style with Pandit Ramakant Mishra. Later in life, he studied the advanced intricacies of raga with Dr. Balchandra Patekar. Goswami has won a number of national awards in India, including first place in the Prayag Sangeet Samiti All-India Competition in 1967, and second place at Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy in 1972. He is an "A level" Artist of All India Radio and Television, and has performed throughout India (Delhi, Bombay, Lucknow, Indore, Patna, Allahabad, many others) and the world (Greece, Nepal, Switzerland, United States). He was a fellow at Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music in 2014, researching Christian ragas.

Tablaist Ramu Pandit is a long-time professional performer of classical, semi-classical, folk and popular music. A life-long disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai, he is a colorful performer and experienced educator who specializes in demonstrating and explaining Indian music to Western audiences. A Master of Music, he has also performed for All India Radio, and played percussion on film soundtracks in Bombay for the legendary composer S. D. Burman. He currently directs the Sarangi Institute of Banaras, an organization that he founded to preserve the sarangi, an instrument with a long pedigree in Indian Classical music but that now has few masters. He is also the former coordinator of the University of Wisconsin College Year in India Program, a position that he held for nearly 30 years.

Sponsored by Smith College’s South Asia Concentration, Religion Department, Music Department, Lecture Committee, Ada Howe Kent Fund, and EKTA; Mount Holyoke College’s Department of Asian Studies, Amherst College’s Religion Department, University of Massachusetts Asian Arts & Culture Program, Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program, and the Five College Lecture Fund.

Wed, Nov 8, 2017

Zackary Drucker, Relationship, #12.

Zackary Drucker and Tarrah von Lintel in conversation

As a part of Trans Empowerment Month, join us in welcoming Zackary Drucker, American transgender multimedia artist, LGBT activist, actress and television producer, along with Los Angeles-based gallery director Tarrah von Lintel.

Thu, Nov 9, 2017

Zackary Drucker, Relationship, #12.

Artist Lunch with Zackary Drucker and Tarrah von Lintel in the QRC

All students are invited to informal lunch and conversation with Zackary Drucker and Tarrah von Lintel in the Queer Resource Center.

Fri, Nov 10, 2017

Angela Hewitt, piano

M@A Chamber Series: Angela Hewitt, piano – Bach Odyssey

Program:
Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827
Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829
Partita in A major, BWV 832
Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. Her renditions of Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time.

“It was a positive sensation. The Canadian pianist is one of the reliably mesmerising musicians of the day. You sit entranced…. It would have been more accurate to say I was floating just below the ceiling.”
—The Sunday Times

Tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance. Evening box office opens one hour prior to concert begin. Free Amherst Student rush tickets are available on the night of the performance.
Ticket Website: https://amherst.universitytickets.com

Chamber Series:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush on the night of the performance

Tickets Required

Sun, Nov 12, 2017

Ongoing Events

Rotherwas Room, photo by Maria Stenzel

Study at the Mead!

Throughout the week, we will have lots of art activities to help you destress from finals period. We also have comfy chairs, plenty of outlets, great lighting, and extra tables to give you an inspirational place to work and study.

Closed on Mondays, but open until Midnight on school nights!