Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Sun, Nov 17, 2019

Senior Thesis Performances by Theo Peierls ’20E, “Roots Unbroken,” and Cristóbal Silva San Martín ’20E, “Portraits of Water”

The Amherst College Department of Music presents Portraits of Water, a composition project by Cristóbal Silva San Martín ’20E, and Roots Unbroken, a composition thesis by Theo Peierls ’20E. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Silva San Martín’s Portraits of Water is a composition project honoring the power of water as a natural element. Aiming to call into question the relationship we, the human species, have come to establish with the environment we inhabit and with the resources we depend on, the project draws inspiration from the cycle of water, evolving through seven movements that depict its fierce and majestic qualities. Reckoning with past and present issues revolving around access to and uses of water, the piece hopes to act as an instance to envision a more sustainable and empathetic relationship to the element, while also calling to action to make such visions become reality. Performed by a seven-piece ensemble, the composition draws from several musical idioms, including minimalism, electroacoustic soundscape composition and Latin American folklore.

Roots Unbroken is a musical exploration of the cultural and geographic shifts that have influenced Jewish practices. Focusing on the idea of a musical diaspora, the project is framed by how forced emigration, shifts in religious life and patterns of assimilation have been represented in various musical styles associated with the Jewish people. Roots Unbroken comprises six pieces that engage with Jewish-American choral music, Klezmer music, Yiddish folk music and Ashkenazi liturgical music. Texts are drawn from psalms, verses and poetry and feature the work of poet Yossel Birstein. Soloists include Hazzan Diana Brewer, Allen Davis, Aaron Kropf, Hannah Goldberg ’22 and Patrick Spoor ’22.  

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

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Photo of chef's hands preparing ingredients for indigenous thanksgiving meal.

A New Thanksgiving: Indigenous Frameworks on Food and Language

All are invited to a panel discussion and a meal to celebrate a new Thanksgiving with an indigenous framework with the I-Collective, a group of indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, and seed and knowledge keepers. Meet members of I-Collective, celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Mohawk Freedom School, and learn about the importance of passing on food, language and recipes to preserve Native cultures.
Join us in dialogue to create new narratives of Thanksgiving for 2019 with special guests, including Neftali Duran, Hillel Echo-Hawk and Elvera Sargeant.
This program is offered in collaboration with the I-Collective, Mohawk Freedom School, INCA, and Book & Plow Farm. Presented in conjunction with the Mead’s EAT! Museum Seminar.
Free and open to all!
For accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle at ext. 5651.

Sat, Nov 23, 2019

Abstract mixed media work of art, featuring purple, gold, orange, red and green

Saturday Close Looks

Join us on Saturdays to explore works of art on view with student museum educators. Keep coming back each week for fresh perspectives!

Free and open to all!

Wed, Dec 4, 2019

La Causa’s Spoken Word/Poetry Competition

La Causa presents their annual student spoken word/poetry competition. We host this event in preparation for VOICES, our yearly spoken word event. Join us as we choose three winners: 1st place will be the opening act for VOICES 2019 and receive a $30 gift card, 2nd place will receive a $20 gift card, and 3rd place will receive a $10 gift card.

Sat, Dec 7, 2019

Abstract mixed media work of art, featuring purple, gold, orange, red and green

Saturday Close Looks

Join us on Saturdays to explore works of art on view with student museum educators. Keep coming back each week for fresh perspectives!

Free and open to all!

Swanson conducts

Amherst Symphony Orchestra Concert Russian Season III: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (“ASO”) presents the third of its ongoing series of works by Russian classical composers with a concert of music by Khatchaturian, Glazunov, and Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets are required and are available at the door. Free for Five College students.
The concert opens with the propulsive and percussive “Sabre Dance,” from Aram Khatchurian’s ballet “Gayane,” a wild “wedding dance” of Armenian folk melodies so popular, it topped U.S. jukebox charts in 1948. The performance continues with the Romantic violin concerto of Alexandr Glazunov, with soloist Maya Bulos (Amherst College class of 2020), and closes with Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s showpiece "Scheherazade." This iconic masterpiece depicts the heroic legend of a vizier’s daughter who outwits an embittered, murderous monarch. She thus saves her own life and that of countless other women, by telling captivating tales over the course of 1001 nights.
For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, see https://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians
Tickets may be purchased at the door only. Prices are $10 general public; $5 senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12, and are free to Five College students with ID.

Tickets Required

Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Davóne Tines, baritone

M@A Chamber Series Presents Dover Quartet with Davóne Tines, baritone

Named the Cleveland Quartet Award-winner and honored with the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings). Performing works by Mozart, Barber, Shaw, and Shostakovich.
“Charismatic, full-voiced” (The New York Times), bass-baritone Davóne Tines joins the Quartet for Barber’s Dover Beach and Caroline Shaw’s By and By.
Program:
Mozart: Quartet in C Major, K. 465, “Dissonance” Barber: Dover Beach, Op. 3
Caroline Shaw: By and By
Intermission
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117
Single ticket prices:
General public: $28
Senior citizens (65+) and Amherst College employees: $22
Students with valid ID: $12
FREE student rush available at the box office beginning one hour before the concert.
Single tickets on sale beginning January 31 at:
https://amherst.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1310&r=a160827c183...

Tickets Required

Sat, Feb 29, 2020

Parker String Quartet

M@A CHAMBER Series presents: Parker Quartet

Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. Performing works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Szymanowski and Beethoven.
“pinpoint precision and spectacular sense of urgency” —The Boston Globe
Program:
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Homunculus Szymanowski: Quartet No.2
Intermission
Beethoven: Op.132
Tickets are available in the 14 days ahead of each performance at amherst.universitytickets.com.
Single ticket prices:
General public: $28
Senior citizens (65+) and Amherst College employees: $22
Students with valid ID: $12
FREE student rush available at the box office beginning one hour before the concert.

Tickets Required

Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Dan Tepfer, piano "Natural Machines"

M@A PARALLELS Series Presents Dan Tepfer, Piano: “Natural Machines”

Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive. Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, his groundbreaking multimedia project Natural Machines integrates computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational process.
“When musician Dan Tepfer was a kid, he taught himself to code on an early Macintosh computer that his dad brought home one day. That little kid grew up to be a world-renowned jazz pianist. And now, he has programmed another machine: his piano. For the past five years, Tepfer has been writing algorithms that direct a specially modified Yamaha piano to play along with him. Amazing—a duet with phantom hands.” —NPR All Things Considered
“Combines superb technique with a complex set of impulses: he's a deeply rational improviser drawn to the unknown.” —The New York Times
Tickets are available in the 14 days ahead of each performance at amherst.universitytickets.com.
Single ticket prices:
General public: $18
 senior citizens (65+) and Amherst College employees: $12
 students, with valid ID: $10
FREE AC student rush available at the box office beginning one hour before the concert.

Tickets Required

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Jeremy Denk

M@A Chamber Series Concert with Jeremy Denk, piano

Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists. Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, Denk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denk returns frequently to Carnegie Hall and in recent seasons has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, as well as on tour with Academy of St Martin in the Fields and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Performing J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Klavier, Book 1.
“Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination – both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.” —The New York Times
Tickets are required and go on sale beginning November 1. Visit amherst.universitytickets.com or call (413) 542–2195. FREE AC student rush tickets available at the door beginning one hour ahead. The box office opens at 7 p.m.
Chamber Series ticket prices:
General public: $28
Senior citizens (65+) and Amherst College employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
FREE Amherst student rush signup available in the Arms Building lobby an hour before showtime.

Tickets Required