Event Calendar

Thu, Mar 28, 2019

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Dimensionism: Opening Keynote and Reception

Join us for a keynote talk with Vanja Malloy, the Mead Art Museum's curator of American art, as she explains her pioneering research on Dimensionism, an art movement during the early 20th century in which American and European artists responded in their work to the air of excitement from the scientific discoveries happening around them. After the talk, come experience this first-of-its-kind exhibition, Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein, at the opening reception. This program is offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

Free and open to all!

Keynote will begin at 5 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium, with reception to follow at the Mead.

Jazz at Schwemms

Jazz @ Schwemms

The third of three Thursday evening performances in the popular Jazz@Schwemm's series continues with the group “WW Project” featuring Joe LaCreta, David Picchi, Bob Weiner and Bruce Diehl. This event is free and open to the public.

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring the WW Project

The Spring edition of Jazz@Schwemm's concludes on Thursday, March 28 at 9 p.m. Help us welcome the the WW Project (featuring Bob Weiner, Joe LaCreta, David Picchi and Bruce Diehl) and two student groups: Impressions and Blue Trade. The pro groups start at 9 p.m. followed by student groups at 10 p.m. Thanks to Jazz@Amherst, the Office of Student Activities, and Schwemm's.

Fri, Mar 29, 2019

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Dance Master Class with Sydnie Mosley

4:30 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

SLMDances modern technique class pulls together a diverse set of movement practices which cultivate versatility and are grounded in the use of breath/voice, improvisation and personal choices. While I encourage dancers to be mindful in their individual technical practice, I facilitate exercises that build relationships with their fellow dancers in the space.

We begin in a circle. As we check in with our individual bodies, we also check in with one another. Make eye contact. Breathe together. We descend to the floor to focus on the development of the dancers’ alignment and core strength as a foundation for them to build upon. Here on the floor we also invert our bodies and explore how to use our hands as feet. Improvisational exercises transition us to standing center work that warms and articulates the major joints and muscle groups in the body. I build upon movement themes as the class progresses into locomotion across the floor and a major movement combination, which may include jumps and quickly moving in and out of the floor. Class comes to a close by returning to the circle and stretching the dancers’ now fully warmed bodies.

Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her all-women company SLMDances. Through her choreographic work, the company works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice. Her evening length dances “The Window Sex Project” and “BodyBusiness” address sexual harassment in public spaces and the economics of NYC dance, respectively.

Part of the 2019 Spring Dance Series, sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, the Groove Fund and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to all.

Sydnie Mosley dance

Dance Showcase: Sydnie Mosley

7:30 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

PURPLE dances sisterhood; it amplifies the ways we invest in one another, we honor and celebrate each other's brilliance, and how we capture our radical joy. Each of these interactions is a small miracle. That space between women is magic. It's PURPLE, just like Auntie Alice wrote to us so many years ago. That’s where there is God. Spirit. True Love.

Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her all-women company SLMDances. Through her choreographic work, the company works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice. Her evening length dances “The Window Sex Project” and “BodyBusiness” address sexual harassment in public spaces and the economics of NYC dance, respectively.

In February 2017, Sydnie was recognized by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray for using her talents in dance to fuel social change. Sydnie is a part of the 2017 Bessie Award winning cast of “the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds,” curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. Other funding and recognitions include: Lincoln Center Education Manhattan Community Artist in Residence, LMCC Creative Engagement Grant, The Field Leadership Fund, CUNY Dance Initiative, Dancing While Black Artist Fellowship, The Performance Project @ University Settlement, Create Change Fellowship with The Laundromat Project, the Gibney Dance Institute for Community Action Training, and the inaugural Barnard Center for Research on Women Alumnae Fellow.

Sydnie earned her MFA in Dance Choreography from the University of Iowa and earned her BA in Dance and Africana Studies from Barnard College at Columbia University. She danced with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT (2010-2013) and continues to appear as a guest artist for Brooklyn Ballet. An advocate for the field, Sydnie sits on the Advisory Committee to Dance/NYC.

Part of the Spring 2019 Guest Artist Series, sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, the Groove Fund and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to all.

Flor de Tolache on the Brooklyn Bridge

M@A Parallels Series Presents Flor de Toloache

Music at Amherst proudly presents all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache.

Latin Grammy-winning all-female ensemble and beloved press darlings, Flor de Toloache continues to win the hearts of mainstream music fans and traditional mariachi music fans through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments.

With diverse musical backgrounds, soaring vocals, and physical elegance, the women of Flor de Toloache cast a spell over their audiences, like their namesake flower used as a love potion in Mexico.

The New York City-based all-female quartet is led by Mireya I. Ramos on violin and Shae Fiol on vihuela. Performing on international stages from India, Asia to Europe, Flor de Toloache has toured the U.S. extensively, most recently with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, as well as the Arcs, Cafe Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia and Natalia Lafouracade.

“There should be fireworks named after this band, for all the intensity and color and life that bursts forth from Flor de Toloache.” –Marisa Arbona-Ruiz, NPR's First Listen

The box office for this performance opens on March 15, 2019. Ticket prices are $18 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid ID. General seating. For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit
www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Tickets Required

Sat, Mar 30, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

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 that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Sun, Mar 31, 2019

Crump/Chapin/Cheek play Stevie Wonder

Music of Stevie Wonder by Stephan Crump '94 with Chris Cheek and Jen Chapin

Bassist Stephan Crump '94 returns to campus for a residency that includes a performance of the music of Stevie Wonder with vocalist Jen Chapin and saxophonist Chris Cheek. This is a free performance and funds raised will support the Amherst Survival Center.

Wed, Apr 3, 2019

Image: Barbara Hepworth, Project for Wood and Strings, Trezion II, 1959. Oil, gesso, pencil on board. 14 7⁄8 × 21 1⁄8 inches. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts; Gift of Richard S. Zeisler (Class of 1937). © Bowness.

Dimensionism Gallery Talk with Vanja Malloy

Learn more about Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein at a gallery talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy. Malloy’s groundbreaking research on the Dimensionist Manifesto is the backbone of this pioneering exhibition. This program is offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

Free and open to all!

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"Innovation and Invention": A Conducting Recital by Ellen Mutter '18

Join us for an hour-long concert pairing choral music with stories of scientific advancements presented by Graduate Associate in Music Ellen Mutter '18. This performance will explore the links between scientific and artistic innovation from Palestrina and Galileo to Philip Glass and Einstein. The recital features students and faculty from Amherst and Smith Colleges.

No tickets are necessary. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. This program is offered with support from the Amherst College Department of Music and Arts at Amherst.

This event is free and open to all!

Thu, Apr 4, 2019

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Russian Film Screening: Day Watch (ДНЕВНОЙ ДОЗОР)

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

The Department of Russian presents Day Watch (ДНЕВНОЙ ДОЗОР), a 2006 film directed by Timur Bekmambetov.

Synopsis: A man who serves in the war between the forces of Light and Dark comes into possession of a device that can restore life to Moscow, which was nearly destroyed by an apocalyptic event.

This movie is in Russian with English subtitles and will be screened at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The runtime is 132 minutes.

Fri, Apr 5, 2019

Wayne Smith

Music Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Improvisation, with Wayne Smith

Do you think about music? Are you interested in music but haven’t played an instrument or taken a music course? Are you an experienced performer or composer? This is the music workshop series for you! Thinking about music takes many forms. It could mean performing and composing, or developing historical and cultural research into specific forms of music or using software to make or analyze music. Sponsored by the Department of Music, this series is open to all and offers the campus community different models for thinking about and doing music. Paired with the Music Department Tea Time (which takes place at 4:30 p.m. and immediately follows the workshop), the workshop series is an exciting, low-pressure way of expanding your understanding of music.

Improvisation: This installment of the workshop features cellist Wayne Smith and focuses on musical improvisation. A creative and expressive approach central to so many forms of cultural production, improvisation is a music making strategy that relies on real-time decision making and interactivities. All are welcome, and if you play an instrument (including voice), please consider bringing your instrument.

Cellist Wayne Smith gave his recital debut at the Kennedy Center in 1996, and has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Italy, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Poland and China. He is the principal cellist of the Manhattan Symphonie and a frequent performer at BargeMusic in New York City. He also performs with the Harlem Chamber Players and the Portland Piano Trio. In the Pioneer Valley, he is a member of the Wistaria String Quartet and a founding member of 1200 Horsehairs, a band of cellos. He is also the co-creator of Arctic Moth, an improvising electronica duo. He has played with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the National Chamber Orchestra, the Harlem Chamber Players, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonic of New Jersey, the Princeton Chamber Symphony and the Heidelberg Castle Festival Orchestra in Heidelberg, Germany, among other groups, and was a featured soloist on the PBS Series “Musical Encounters.” He has recorded and performed with such artists as Joe, Richard Smallwood, the Spin Doctors’ Anthony Krizan, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the Moody Blues. He has also enjoyed an active teaching career and has taught lessons and master classes at Amherst College, Salisbury State University in Maryland and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He did his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music with Steven Doane and his graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with Astrid Schween.

Music Department Tea Time

Music Department Tea Time

Come take a break from your busy week and enjoy tea, coffee, snacks and good company in the Arms Green Room. The music department's tea times are casual get-togethers where you hang out and chat with other musical folks from around campus. Everyone is welcome — students, faculty, staff and visitors. No affiliation with the department is required!

This event follows the "Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Improvisation, with Wayne Smith" hosted by the Music Department.

Argus Quartet standing on the grass with their instruments

M@A Master Classes with the Argus Quartet

The Amherst College Department of Music M@A Series presents master classes with the Argus Quartet that are free and open to the public. For room postings, please see signage on the door of Buckley upon arrival.

Amherst Chorus and Glee Club Perform “Raise Your Voices”

The Amherst Chorus and Glee Club will present “Raise Your Voices.” The performance, conducted by Arianne Abela and Assistant Conductor Ellen Mutter ’18, includes music by Jeffrey Douma, Alice Parker and Stephen Paulus, and concludes with traditional Amherst songs. 

Tickets are available on the day of the concert, beginning at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Arms Music Center. For more information, please call 413-542-2195 or email concerts@amherst.edu. Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and free to Amherst and all Five College students with I.D.

Sat, Apr 6, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

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 that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Argus Quartet on the grass

M@A Chamber Series Presents the Argus Quartet

Praised for playing with “supreme melodic control and total authority” and “decided dramatic impact” (Calgary Herald), the Argus Quartet has quickly emerged as one of today’s most dynamic and versatile young ensembles, winning first prize at the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, and the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition.

Recent performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, Roulette, the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival, Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum, the Hear Now Music Festival, Providence College, University of Michigan, James Madison University’s Contemporary Music Festival, Princeton University, the Shalin Liu Performance Center at Rockport Music, and the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam.

Argus is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse programming. The quartet’s core mission is to connect with and build up a community of engaged listeners, with the strong belief that today’s ensembles can honor the storied chamber music traditions of our past while forging a new path forward. In that spirit, the ensemble’s repertoire includes not just master works of the chamber music canon, but also a wide range of pieces by living composers.

In the fall of 2017, the Argus Quartet began a two-year appointment as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Juilliard School, where they work closely with the Juilliard String Quartet. In addition, Juilliard presented Argus’ Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in May 2018. From 2015–17 the Quartet served as the Fellowship Quartet in Residence at the Yale School of Music (as the first ensemble mentored by the Brentano String Quartet in that capacity), and during the 2016–17 season, they served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

• Clara Kim, violin
• Jason Issokson, violin
• Dana Kelley, viola
• Joann Whang, cello
Program
Josef Haydn - String Quartet in B minor Opus 33, No. 1 - (19:00)
Tan Dun – Eight Colors for String Quartet (1986) – (16:00)
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Claude Debussy - String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10 - (26:00)

Tue, Apr 9, 2019

A Poetry and Translation Master Class with Peter Cole

MacArthur-winning poet and translator Peter Cole leads a master class on the translation of poetry and the poetry of translation. Cole illustrates the central place translation holds in our lives and the ways in which it can come to inform both our experience of the world and the making of poems. This master class is free and open to all Five College students and faculty!

Peter Cole teaches comparative literature and Judaic studies at Yale University. He is the author of five books of poems, and many volumes of translation from Hebrew and Arabic. Cole’s numerous honors include
fellowships from the MacArthur and Guggenheim Foundations, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is currently a co-editor of Princeton University Press’s Lockert
Library of Poetry in Translation, and divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven.

To register, e-mail EDMPrograms@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

Registration Required

Wed, Apr 10, 2019

Image: Maximillian Wolf, The Milky Way, photograph. 1900.

Seeing the Moon in Islamic Traditions

Join us for a conversation with Amherst College Muslim Student Association and advisors to learn more about the lunar calendar and moon sightseeing in Islamic traditions leading up to the month of Ramadan. People of all religions, beliefs and experience levels are invited to attend. This program is offered in conjunction with Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein with support from the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Muslim Students Association.

This event is free and open to all!

Fri, Apr 12, 2019

Amherst Symphony Orchestra Presents Carmen with the Amherst College Choral Society

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents a semi-staged performance of Georges Bizet's tragic masterpiece, the opera Carmen. Carmen will be performed in a condensed, two-act, two-hour production in French with supertitles.

Visiting professional guest artists for Carmen include Olga Perez Florida in the title role, James Flora as Don José, Danielle Pastin as Micaela and Brian Hupp as Escamillo. The Amherst College Choral Society, directed by Arianne Abela, joins the cast and orchestra for this performance.

Tickets at the door: $10 general admission, $5 seniors, children and students with ID. This event is free for Five College students.

Tickets Required

Sat, Apr 13, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

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 that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Wed, Apr 17, 2019

Maya Deren, Still from “The Very Eye of Night” 1958, Copyright Anthology Film Archives.

The Stars on Screen

Join us for a screening of short science films from the 1920s and 1930s. Stay for a conversation with Vanja Malloy, curator of American Art; Hannah Goodwin, assistant professor of film and media studies at Mount Holyoke College; and Kate Follette, assistant professor of astronomy at Amherst College. This program is supported by Arts at Amherst, Amherst College Program of Film and Media Studies and the Amherst College Department of Astronomy.

This event is free and open to all!

Sat, Apr 20, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

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 that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Ongoing Events

 A print depicting a 4,000x magnification of a microscope photograph

"Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte"

until Aug 30 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery (2nd Floor)

Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte, on exhibit from March 4 to Aug. 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative

Professor Caroline Goutte is chair of the Department of Biology and a member of the Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Amherst College. Betsey Garand is senior resident artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.

A Pressing Conference

Against Doom - an exhibition by artist-in-residence Macon Reed

until Apr 5 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and from noon - 4 p.m. on Sundays. Closed Saturdays. This exhibition will close at noon on Friday, April 5.