Event Calendar

Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Home is Where the Art Is

7:00 pm - 7:45 pm Mead Art Museum, Study Room and Gallery

Join the Mead Art Museum educators to learn how to view art in a new way - from prints to paintings to pieces of sculpture! Gain visual acuity and learn how to look at art and architecture in a new place with new eyes. This event is for students who have been abroad or are considering it. Tips on how to find cultural activities and museums while traveling will be shared. Refreshments will be served!

Students Only

Fri, Dec 1, 2017

Detail from the famous Impressionist painting, showing trees reflected in water

The Music of Claude Debussy Performed by Amherst College Student Chamber Musicians

Join us for performances of the music of Claude Debussy by Amherst College student chamber musicians with opening remarks by Mark Swanson. This concert is offered in conjunction with the exhibition From the Picturesque to the Modern Vision: Landscape Painting in Europe Across the Centuries.

No tickets are required. The concert is free and open to all!

Sat, Dec 2, 2017

Event poster featuring a photo, shot from behind, of Ferrer playing the cello

Performance Thesis: Joshua Ferrer '18E, Cello: “Faith and Disillusionment”

The Amherst College Department of Music presents an honors thesis in cello performance, “Faith and Disillusionment,” by Joshua Ferrer '18E. The recital takes place on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

When composers become disillusioned with the world they live in, they turn to music as an outlet. Whether through personal tragedy, political fallout or systematized evil, these individuals are forced to question their core life assumptions. They respond in diverse ways—searching for new love, sinking into depression or turning to deeply held religious convictions. In this thesis, Ferrer explores the compositions these artists create as testaments to their personal struggles and journeys.

The concert is anchored by two monumental works written from places of darkness: Bach’s Suite No. 5 in C minor and Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. In between, an alternative path is explored: Messiaen’s testament to his faith in G-d, written during his imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp.

Program:
Bach - Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Messiaen - “Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus” from Quartet for the End of Time
Chung-Mehdi - Piece for Solo Cello (Premiere)
Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40

The recital will last for 75 minutes (including intermission), followed by a reception. Phuong-Nghi Pham ’18 joins on the piano for the Messiaen and Shostakovich.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Sun, Dec 3, 2017

Choral Society Vespers

This Festival of Lessons and Carols is free. Performances are at 4 and 7:30 p.m., and tickets are not required.

Wed, Dec 6, 2017

Painting of a cobblestoned city square filled with people and horse-drawn carriages

Gallery Talk with Alla Rosenfeld, European and Russian Art Curator

This talk is conjunction with the exhibition From the Picturesque to the Modern Vision: Landscape Painting in Europe Across the Centuries. Take a break from your day to learn about the history of European landscape painting with Curator Alla Rosenfeld.

Thu, Dec 7, 2017

duelist

Film Screening: The Duelist (Дуэлянт)

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

In 1860s St. Petersburg, a retired army officer returns from a long exile and seeks revenge for the wrongs he has suffered while making a living as a stand-in for dueling aristocrats. Directed by Aleksei Mizgirev and released in 2016.

This movie is 110 minutes long and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Fri, Dec 8, 2017

Jazz Guitar, Rob Croll '16

ACJE, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble: Winter Concert

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Building. The concert is free and open to the public. Please bring your cash donations to the Amherst Survival Center.

Sat, Dec 9, 2017

ASO Horns

ASO: Amherst Symphony Orchestra Performance: NEW TIME 7 PM

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents the fourth concert of its yearlong survey of American music with works by the early iconoclast Charles Ives as well as the modern minimalist master John Adams.

Charles Ives (1874-1954) was a Connecticut insurance executive-cum-composer who forged a radical, new American musical language which thumbed its nose at European tradition. Ives celebrated the American spirit and identity by mashing vernacular marches, folk/parlor songs and fiddle tunes into patriotic and humorous collages. The ASO performs Ives' Country Band March, Variations on "America," and The Unanswered Question.

John Adams (1947- ), America's most renowned current composer for the traditional concert hall, is in many ways a latter-day Ives: his music embraces all styles and speaks directly of the American experience. The ASO performs The Chairman Dances from his opera Nixon in China as well as his setting of Walt Whitman's Civil War poem The Wound Dresser.

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.Amherst Symphony Orchestra performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building.

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, Dec 10, 2017

Tallis Scholar Faces

M@A Chamber Series: The Tallis Scholars

The program commemorates the 500th year of Isaac’s death:
Josquin: Gaude virgo
Josquin: Stabat mater
Josquin: Absalom fili mi
Gombert: Lugebat Absalom
Isaac: Optime divino
Interval
Browne: Stabat juxta
Isaac: Tota pulchra es
Josquin: Inter natos mulierum
Gombert: Regina caeli

Over four decades of performance and a catalogue of award-winning recordings for Gimell, Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music. Reviewers praise their sound for its supple clarity and tone, and Tallis harnesses it to bring fresh interpretations to music by contemporary as well as past composers.

“The Tallis Scholars vocal ensemble seems to have a direct line to heaven—inspiring reverence for the power of the human vocal chords to echo spiritual realms.”
—Australian Stage

CHAMBER SERIES
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush begins when the box office opens an hour before showtime.

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating.

For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music.

Tickets Required

Fri, Jan 26, 2018

M@A Chamber Series: Juilliard Quartet

M@A Chamber Series: Juilliard Quartet

Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, Op 74, No 3 ("Rider")
Mozart: String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421
Bartók: String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102, BB 110

Founded in 1946, the ever-evolving Juilliard String Quartet has become a living American legend. Widely known as the “quintessential American string quartet,” the Juilliard has been recognized for the boldness of its interpretation of the classics, with an equal and parallel tradition of championing the new — a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. The Quartet’s sound is famously characterized by clarity of structure, compelling rhythmic drive and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose, no matter the work at hand.

"The Juilliard’s bracing, rhythmically adept performance evoked a mechanism of interlocking parts, meticulously built to create a single, strong gesture." -Boston Globe

Single event tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance:
Chamber Series:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush tickets are available when the box office opens an hours before showtime.

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating.

For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music.

Tickets Required

Fri, Feb 2, 2018

Dan Langa '18

Music Department presents Senior thesis: Dan Langa ’18 conducts his score to “The Passion of Joan of Arc (1927)” live to film FEB 2

The Amherst College Department of Music presents “The Passion of Joan Of Arc,” a film score thesis composed and conducted by Dan Langa ’18 on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The performance is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Written to accompany the 1927 masterpiece entitled “The Passion of Joan of Arc” directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, this score is performed live to picture. The music, written for a 12-person ensemble of string quintet, piano, percussion, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, and horn, draws from the intense and raw emotion displayed in Renée Jeanne Falconetti’s unparalleled portrayal of Jeanne d’Arc. This story of faith, power, and desire so famously portrayed by Dreyer is given a new, fresh, and unique soundtrack fusing influences of minimalism, French impressionism, and the great film composers of the mid-20th century.

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

Sat, Feb 3, 2018

Fri, Feb 9, 2018

Sat, Feb 10, 2018

Sat, Feb 17, 2018

M@A Parallels Series: The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

M@A Parallels Series: The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

Music for Invisible Places (2017) by Woytek Blecharz; 50 minutes
Pre-concert lobby performance with students- Pauline Oliveros: Earth Ears (1989) and Environmental Dialogue (1997).

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The ensemble’s 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored ICE’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music’s present.

“The new gold standard for new music” - The New Yorker
Single Event Tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance:
Parallels Series
General Public: $18
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12
Students, with valid ID: $10
Free Student Rush tickets available in Arms lobby the night of the performance beginning one hour before showtime.
Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating.

For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music.

Tickets Required

Sat, Feb 24, 2018

ACJE, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble: McBride Commission Concert

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

Sat, Mar 3, 2018

Greg Brown, Visiting Lecturer in Music and Director of Choral Music Program Spring Semester

Amherst Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society Collaboration

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

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

Tickets Required

Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Maarja Nuut Duo

M@A Parallels Series: Maarja Nuut Duo

Maarja Nuut is a fiddler and singer from Northern Estonia. Her music combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics to create an intricate layered soundscape in a space where minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe.

“ … that's what it sounds like when the snow sings.”
– Simon Le Bon

Parallels Series, general seating
General Public: $18
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12
Students, with valid ID: $10
Free Amherst student rush tickets available in the Arms lobby one hour before showtime.

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating.

For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music.

Tickets Required

Fri, Apr 6, 2018

WindSync

M@A Chamber Series: WindSync

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. The young, adventurous group plays exclusively from memory, including elements of staging and choreography, and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence.

“... staunchly dedicated to pushing the boundaries of wind quintet performance with youthful, pop-rock sensibility."
- Winnipeg Free Press
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Single event tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance:
Chamber Series, assigned seating
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush tickets are available

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating.

For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music.

Tickets Required

Sat, Apr 7, 2018

ASO: Amherst Symphony Orchestra

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

For information on the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, please consult http://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Tickets Required

Sun, Apr 15, 2018

ASO: Amherst Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

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

For information on the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, please consult http://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Tickets Required

Fri, Apr 20, 2018

Glee Club Performance

The Glee Club performs works chosen by graduating students. Free.

Sat, Apr 21, 2018

Choral Society

Concert Choir Performance

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

ACJE: Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Concert

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

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!