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Event Calendar

Sun, Aug 26, 2018

Brightly colored closeup drawing of a flower

"Fresh Inklings: New Words, New Works"

Soprano Kristen Watson will join violinist/composer Francine Trester and pianist/composer and Eric Sawyer of the Amherst music faculty in a performance of original music and lyrics. The free concert will take place on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The composers will play premieres of two duos, Sawyer’s "Young Inklings" and Trester’s "Israfel." Two new song cycles with lyrics by the composers will also be introduced, Trester’s Artsonia and Sawyer’s Thirteen Popular Songs (selections). Rounding out the program will be a new piano work written for Sawyer by John McDonald, recently a visitor to Amherst College.

Trester is a prolific composer of vocal and instrumental music, whose recent works include the chamber opera 334 Bunnies and At the River, a vocal/orchestral work performed at the Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade. She is on the music faculty of Berklee School of Music.

Sawyer is known to area audiences through the performances of his operas The Scarlet Professor, The Garden of Martyrs and Our American Cousin.

Kristen Watson is a member of the acclaimed Emmanuel Music, and performs widely in New England as a soloist and in stage roles, including recently as the Doctor in The Scarlet Professor.

Projected images are creations of Trester’s 8-year-old daughter, Chloë Carrano. Trester’s song cycle provides a commentary on Chloë’s paintings and the master paintings on which they are based.

Sun, Sep 2, 2018

Audience in seats of Buckley Recital Hall

Music Department Orientation Showcase

Experience the Amherst music department ensembles: Choral Society, Jazz Ensemble and Amherst Symphony Orchestra offer an introductory showcase performance. The performance is free and open to all.

New and returning students are welcome to stop by for pizza before the ensemble showcase and find out about music department opportunities in Room 3 of Arms Music Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Tue, Sep 4, 2018

Entrance to Mead Art Museum, near which are lampposts, foliage and Stearns Steeple

Meet and Greet at the Mead

Ever wonder who curates the shows on view and plans events at your college art museum? Stop by the Mead to get to know the people who make up the collections, curatorial, education and security departments.

This event is designed for students, but open to everyone! It is offered in conjunction with Student Activities.

Thu, Sep 6, 2018

Depiction of the cratered surface of the moon with a spacecraft on it

Midnight Tour of the Mead!

Did you know that the Mead is open until midnight on school nights? Stop by your favorite college art museum for a special midnight tour with our student educators.

This program is offered in conjunction with the Mead’s Student Educator Program and Student Activities.

Sun, Sep 9, 2018

Amherst College jazz faculty playing various instruments on Buckley Recital Hall stage

Jazz Faculty Concert

The Amherst College jazz faculty welcomes new and returning students with a concert showcasing the depth and richness of jazz at the College. The concert features original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards performed by Claire Arenius (drums), Joe Belmont (guitar), Carl Clements (saxophones, flutes), Geoff Cunningham (trumpet, flugelhorn), Darryl Harper (clarinet), Ann Maggs (voice), David Picchi (bass), Jason Robinson (saxophones), Eugene Uman (piano) and Bob Weiner (percussion). The concert is free and open to the public.

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Katja Oxman (American, born in Germany, 1942). Sound of Water Over Rock, 2003. Etching and aquatint. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Anonymous gift.

Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception

Please join us to celebrate the opening of our new lineup of fall exhibitions at the Mead Art Museum. Drawn from our permanent collection, these exhibitions offer new narratives of gender and time, and reveal new directions in the Mead’s collecting practices. All are invited for an artistic experience that explores themes across centuries, continents and media!

5–5:30 p.m. | Director’s welcome followed by curatorial remarks by american art curator Vanja Malloy and European print specialist and study room manager Mila Hruba

5:30–7 p.m. | Reception featuring DJ Quills, refreshments and more!

Free and open to all!

Fri, Sep 14, 2018

Chongyo Shin

Adjunct Faculty Concert: Chonghyo Shin, Piano

Amherst College adjunct faculty member, Chonghyo Shin, presents an evening of solo piano at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018 in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

Presenting works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Debussy.

A native of Seoul, Korea, Shin received bachelor's and master's degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she also taught in the preparatory division. A former teacher at the Preparatory Division of the New England Conservatory and at Keene State College, Chonghyo teaches at Amherst College and the Brattleboro Music Center Music School. She has been a soloist with the Boston Pops, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, the New England Conservatory Orchestra, and the Windham Orchestra.

Sat, Sep 15, 2018

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990). .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964. Dye transfer print. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Gift of the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation.

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Thu, Sep 20, 2018

Jonathon Keats (American, born 1971). Millennium Camera (Site Plan), 2015. Cyanotype. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Gift of the artist.

Gallery Talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy

Drawn entirely from the Mead’s permanent collection, Timing Is Everything presents artworks that visualize concepts of time: linear and cyclical, absolute and relative. It questions the role of time in memory and the many factors that have influenced human perception of the past, present, and future, including seasons, geography and technology. Join us for a gallery talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy to learn more about this exhibition.

Free and open to all!

Sat, Sep 22, 2018

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990). .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964. Dye transfer print. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Gift of the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation.

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Fri, Sep 28, 2018

Katja Oxman (American, born in Germany, 1942). Sound of Water Over Rock, 2003. Etching and aquatint. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Anonymous gift.

Timing Is Everything with Emily Potter-Ndiaye, the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs

All are invited to meet the Mead’s new head of education, Emily Potter-Ndiaye, and explore the exhibition Timing Is Everything. Potter-Ndiaye’s education philosophy is two-directional and participatory—come ready to share your thoughts and learn about art in a fun and exciting way. No experience in the arts necessary, but curiosity is a must!

Free & open to all!
Friday, September 28 | Noon–1 pm
Mead Art Museum

Sat, Sep 29, 2018

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990). .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964. Dye transfer print. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Gift of the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation.

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Brooklyn Rider and Magos Herrera

M@A: Brooklyn Rider and Magos Herrera: Dreamers

Music at Amherst Parallels Series

Tickets are available though package sales on sale from July 23-August 29, and thereafter in the 14 days before each concert through https://amherst.universitytickets.com or the Concert Office at 413-542-2195, or concerts@amherst.edu.

In society, poets and songwriters play the essential role of dreamers, opening up avenues of hope for others. Despite the oppressive regimes that prevailed throughout much of Latin America and Spain in the twentieth century, the dreamers held onto an unending love for beauty and humanity. Mexican-born jazz singer Magos Herrera and the omnivorous string quartet Brooklyn Rider join forces for an unforgettable musical journey, reinterpreting classics of the era from Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Spain, and celebrating such luminaries as Octavio Paz, Federico García Lorca and Rubén Darío.

Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike.

“They are four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place.” –Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Magos Herrera is regarded as one of the most expressive, beautiful voices and most active vocalists in the contemporary Latin American jazz scene. She is best known for her eloquent vocal improvisation and a bold style that elegantly blends and surpasses language boundaries.

“Herrera is stretching the very notion of jazz singing, pushing past the diva pleasantries into a sound that’s bold, thrilling and effortlessly global.” –NPR

A public masterclass/workshop follows this M@A Series performance at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Free and open to the public. For room postings, please see signage upon arrival.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 6, 2018

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990). .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964. Dye transfer print. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Gift of the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation.

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Sat, Oct 13, 2018

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990). .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964. Dye transfer print. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Gift of the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation.

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

M@A Artist: Stephanie Houtzeel, mezzo with John Milbauer, piano

M@A: Stephanie Houtzeel, mezzo-soprano

Tickets are available though package sales on sale from July 23-August 29, and thereafter in the 14 days before each concert through https://amherst.universitytickets.com or the Concert Office at 413-542-2195, or concerts@amherst.edu.

CHAMBER SERIES
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students (with valid ID): $12
Amherst College Students: $7 in advance or free student rush

Stephanie Houtzeel’s performances in the Strauss repertoire have been heralded around the world. Her most recent appearances as Octavian were opposite Anja Harteros in Vienna, at the Opéra Bastille under Philippe Jordan, and at the Kennedy Center with Renée Fleming and Christoph Eschenbach. Named one of the best up-and-coming singers by Opernwelt magazine for the role of der Komponist, which she has sung the role under Sir Jeffrey Tate and Franz Welser-Möst in Vienna, under Fabio Luisi in Zürich, and most recently under Marek Janowski in Tokyo.

“The figurative rose of the night went to Houtzeel . . . She was completely convincing in the part, carrying off the wooing of two other women in concert dress without the slightest vestige of awkwardness and more than holding her own with Fleming with her easy-sounding vocal warmth.” –Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

Program
Tales and Memories -
Alberto Ginastera (1916–1983) – “Canción al arbol del olvido,” Op. 3 Charles Ives (1874–1954) – “Songs My Mother Taught Me”
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) – “Rheinlegendchen”
Gustav Mahler – “Ablösung im Sommer”
Carlos López Buchardo (1881–1948) – “Prendiditos de la mano”
Regret -
Gustav Mahler – “Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht”
Charles Ives – “Like a Sick Eagle”
Carlos Guastavino (1912–2000) – “Pampamapa (Aire de huella)” Gustav Mahler – “Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer”
- Intermission -
Sights, Sounds, Smells -
Charles Ives – “Down East”
Charles Ives – “Ann Street”
Charles Ives – “The Housatonic at Stockbridge” Gustav Mahler – “Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft” Carlos Guastavino – “Encantamiento”
Loss –
Charles Ives – “The Indians”
Charles Ives – “Tom Sails Away”
Gustav Mahler – “Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen” Alberto Ginastera – “Triste,” Op. 10, No. 2
Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992) – “Los pájaros perdidos”

This concert is followed by the October 20 masterclass: 10-11:30 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 20, 2018

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990). .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964. Dye transfer print. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Gift of the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation.

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Sat, Oct 27, 2018

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990). .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964. Dye transfer print. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Gift of the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation.

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Sat, Nov 3, 2018

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990). .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964. Dye transfer print. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Gift of the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation.

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Sat, Nov 10, 2018

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990). .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964. Dye transfer print. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Gift of the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation.

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Sat, Dec 1, 2018

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990). .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964. Dye transfer print. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Gift of the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation.

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Sat, Dec 8, 2018

Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990). .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964. Dye transfer print. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Gift of the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation.

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!