Event Calendar

October 2018

Tue, Oct 2, 2018

Black-and-white closeup of a sleeping man's face

"Sleep" Screening at the Mead

"Andy Warhol, Filmmaker," a course taught by Josh Guilford, assistant professor of English in the Film and Media Studies Program at Amherst College, considers the privileged place that film occupied in Andy Warhol's artistic practice during the 1960's. Warhol’s Sleep (1963) marks the artist’s foray into durational film and captures John Giorno, Warhol’s lover at the time, as he sleeps. Built on intricate sequences of looped imagery, Sleep is among Warhol's most formally complex works on film.

Join us for an immersive screening of Sleep (4 hours, 45 minutes), with introductory remarks by Guilford. All are welcome to move in and out of the screening throughout the evening. Popcorn will be served!

This program is offered in conjunction with the Amherst College’s Department of English and Film and Media Studies Program. It is free and open to all!

Wed, Oct 3, 2018

Games at The Mead

Games at The Mead!

Join us at the Mead as students from visiting Artist-in-Residence Macon Reed's course Installation, Site, and The Embodied Spectator offer a series of interactive art installations inspired by the framework of “games.” All are welcome to play, participate, or simply observe. Light refreshments will be provided.

Fri, Oct 5, 2018

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 6, 2018

Image of a bullet tearing through an apple that is held up on a metal post

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!

Tue, Oct 9, 2018

"The Big Short" poster showing four actors' faces around the words "THIS IS A TRUE STORY"

"The Big Short": Special Film Screening

Before journalist and best-selling author Michael Lewis visits campus on Monday, Oct. 15, see the Academy Award-winning film based on his book, The Big Short.

With a superstar cast, The Big Short follows four outsiders and their bold move against big banks during the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. This is “a madcap comedy and a true crime story” (The New York Times) about the dark underbelly of the modern financial world.

Bubble tea and popsicles will be provided!

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

Brightly colored triptych depicting an ornately patterned rug with various objects arranged on it

"Keeping Time: Queering Time"

Curious about how our identities impact the way we experience time? Join us for an interactive tour of the Mead’s exhibition Timing Is Everything, followed by a conversation with Queer Resource Center Director Jxhn Martin on chrononormativity and the notion of queering time.

This program is in honor of National Coming Out Day and offered in collaboration with the Queer Resource Center. This event is free and open to all!

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.

Queering Time

Curious about how our identities impact the way we experience time? Join us for an interactive tour of the Mead’s exhibition, Timing Is Everything, followed by a conversation with Queer Resource Center Director Jxhn Martin on chrononormativity and the notion of queering time. Lunch will be served following the tour.

This program is in honor of National Coming Out Day and offered in collaboration with the Queer Resource Center. Free and open to all!

Thursday, October 11, 2018 | Noon–1 pm
Mead Art Museum

Fri, Oct 12, 2018

Careers In Arts & Communication Logo

Arts & Communication Field Trip Fridays: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought

Arts & Communication Field Trip Friday site visits are a direct connect to the people and places at the heart of the Pioneer Valley’s creative communities. This year’s trips offer you the opportunity to engage with the issues and ideas driving innovative work in the visual arts, advertising, journalism, museums/archives, publishing and community arts.

Field Trip Fridays start at 2 p.m. sharp in front of Frost Library.

October 12: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought
Founding director and dancer, Jennifer Polins, hosts our visit to this regionally renowned center for movement training and performance practices.

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) is comprised of independent and internationally experienced performance artists/movement practitioners who are also innovative teachers. The school creates a space for the creative process by regularly curating performances and workshops with established international performance practitioners. SCDT works collaboratively with Stephanie Maher and the Ponderosa TanzLand Festival outside of Berlin, with Kathleen Hermesdorf and Alternativa in San Francisco, and with Jared Williams and The New Movement Collaborative in Boston and the Northampton Community Arts Trust. SCDT is affiliated with the Northampton Community Arts Trust and is working to maintain the space at 25 Main in Northampton as a vibrant community arts space for the greater Pioneer Valley.

Seating is very limited, so R.S.V.P. quickly through Handshake to reserve your spot!

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS:
November 9: Daily Hampshire Gazette
Founded in 1786, the Gazette serves more than 15,000 readers a day and is an essential daily news source for the Pioneer Valley.

December 7: Northampton Community Arts Trust
Lighting designer Kathy Couch ’95 and photographer Stephen Petegorsky ’75 describe how they used the land trust model to preserve affordable and accessible space for Northampton’s creative community.

Event poster featuring an illustration of a man playing a cello

Adjunct Faculty Concert: Wayne Smith, Cello

Free adjunct cello faculty recital by Wayne Smith with Gregory Hayes on piano, Patrick Doane on violin and Lysha Smith on electronics

Music by Beethoven, Kodály, Rachmaninoff and Arctic Moth

No reservations necessary

Multiple dinosaurs in front of a firey background.

AC After Dark Films - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Don't miss your chance to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for free this weekend! Catch one of 4 showings in the Keefe Theater:
Friday 10/12: 7 p.m.* and 10 p.m.
Saturday 10/13: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 10/14: 2 p.m.
*Free bubble teawill be available to the first 40 attendees at the 7 p.m. showing on 10/12! For more information, contact eding@amherst.edu.

Students Only

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required
Multiple dinosaurs in front of a firey background.

AC After Dark Films - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Don't miss your chance to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for free this weekend! Catch one of 4 showings in the Keefe Theater:
Friday 10/12: 7 p.m.* and 10 p.m.
Saturday 10/13: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 10/14: 2 p.m.
*Free bubble teawill be available to the first 40 attendees at the 7 p.m. showing on 10/12! For more information, contact eding@amherst.edu.

Students Only

Sat, Oct 13, 2018

Image of a bullet tearing through an apple that is held up on a metal post

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!

Multiple dinosaurs in front of a firey background.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Don't miss your chance to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for free this weekend! Catch one of 4 showings in the Keefe Theater:
Friday 10/12: 7 p.m.* and 10 p.m.
Saturday 10/13: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 10/14: 2 p.m.
*Free bubble teawill be available to the first 40 attendees at the 7 p.m. showing on 10/12! For more information, contact eding@amherst.edu.

Students Only

Sun, Oct 14, 2018

Multiple dinosaurs in front of a firey background.

AC After Dark Films - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Don't miss your chance to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for free this weekend! Catch one of 4 showings in the Keefe Theater:
Friday 10/12: 7 p.m.* and 10 p.m.
Saturday 10/13: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 10/14: 2 p.m.
*Free bubble tea will be available to the first 40 attendees at the 7 p.m. showing on 10/12! For more information, contact eding@amherst.edu.

Students Only

Mon, Oct 15, 2018

Event poster featuring a photo of a person standing on a floating platform, looking across the water at the Statue of Liberty

Artist Talk: Nancy Nowacek

Nancy Nowacek will be presenting an artist talk on Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Fayerweather 303 as part of Artist-in-Residence Macon Reed's course "Installation, Site and The Embodied Spectator." All are welcome to attend. Tea and snacks will be provided.

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

"The Bamboo Stalk" book cover

An Evening of Arabic Literature and Music

7:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Arabic Program at Amherst College and the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) are proud to present an evening of Arabic literature and music as part of the first U.S. IPAF book tour.

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is the most prestigious and important literary prize in the Arab world. Its aim is to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership of high-quality Arabic literature internationally through the translation and publication of winning and shortlisted novels in other major languages.

Featuring:
Saud Alsanousi, author of the IPAF-winning novel The Bamboo Stalk
Jonathan Wright, award-winning translator of The Bamboo Stalk

Live performance by:
Layaali Arabic Music Trio

This event is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Sponsored by the Five College Arabic Language Initiative, the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and the Tagliabu Fund

About The Bamboo Stalk:
Josephine escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as a maid, where she meets Rashid, an idealistic only son with literary aspirations. Josephine, with all the wide-eyed naivety of youth, believes she has found true love. But when she becomes pregnant, and with the rumble of war growing ever louder, Rashid bows to family and social pressure and sends her back home with her baby son, José.

Brought up struggling with his dual identity, José clings to the hope of returning to his father's country when he is 18. He is ill-prepared to plunge headfirst into a world where the fear of tyrants and dictators is nothing compared to the fear of "what people will say." And with a Filipino face, a Kuwaiti passport, an Arab surname and a Christian first name, will his father’s country welcome him?

The Bamboo Stalk takes an unflinching look at the lives of foreign workers in Arab countries and confronts the universal problems of identity, race and religion.

About the author:
Saud Alsanousi is an award-winning Kuwaiti novelist and journalist, born in 1981. His debut novel, The Bamboo Stalk, won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. His work has appeared in a number of Kuwaiti publications, including Al-Watan newspaper and Al-Arabi, Al-Kuwait and Al-Abwab magazines, and he currently writes for Al-Qabas newspaper.

About the translator:
Jonathan Wright studied Arabic, Turkish and Islamic civilization at St John’s College, Oxford. He joined Reuters news agency in 1980 as a correspondent, and has been based in the Middle East for most of the last three decades. He has translated numerous novels from Arabic, including, most recently, Ahmed Saadawi’s award-winning novel Frankenstein in Baghdad. He won the 2016 Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his translation of The Bamboo Stalk.

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Shivangi Ladha, Self Portrait, 2017. Screenprint with masking tape. Purchase, Trinkett Clark Memorial Studetn Acquisition Fund, 2018.04

"Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages" Gallery Talk with Mila Hruba

This exhibition presents works from a variety of time periods and media to examine the ways in which women have been depicted around the globe. Join us for a gallery talk with European print specialist and study room manager Mila Hruba to learn how these portrayals of women can pigeonhole their subjects into gendered roles, and in other cases challenge social constructs. This event is free and open to all!

Lorna Simpson, C-ration, 1991.

Black Women in Museums

Come to the Mead to discuss how black women are represented in museums. We will be looking at works of art on view that address race, gender and sexuality. This program will take an intersectional approach, while centering the experiences and voices of black women. Facilitated by DeLyna Hadgu '21 and Team Mead with support from Amherst College Black Student Union. All Five College students are welcome to attend.

Students Only
Marion Spencer

Dance Master Class with Marion Spencer

Marion Spencer is a New York- based dance artist. Her work has been presented by Gibney's WORK UP 4.0, Triskelion Arts, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and the Domestic Performance Agency. Since moving to New York, Marion has collaborated and performed with Athena Kokoronis, Kinesis Project Dance Theatre, Stephan Koplowitz, Annie Kloppenberg, Carte Blanche Performance, Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty, Vanessa Justice, and apprenticed and performed with David Dorfman Dance. In addition to performing and making, she also teaches dance at Gibney, Dancewave, Greenwich Country Day School, and Girls Preparatory Charter Middle School.
www.marion-spencer.com

Part of the Theater and Dance Department's Fall Guest Artist Series. Open to Amherst and Five College students.

Marion Spencer dancing on a bare wooden floor while wearing a bright red garment

Dance Showcase: "Wolf" by Marion Spencer

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

WOLF is a dance and sound performance that explores beautiful magic and tragically real happenings in our world today. Digging into storms, happiness, the memory of trauma, whiteness, cleaning and transformations, this solo explores falling under spells, the wild beauty of nature as well as its undeniable uncontrollable impending loss, red wine, red blood, the new moon, and how we manage to get out from under it all. Nayyirah Waheed's collection salt; Sara Ahmed's The Promise of Happiness; Maggie Nelson's Bluets; and essays from The Racial Imaginary, edited by Claudia Rankine, all serve as research informing this project. WOLF prioritizes process, multimedia, world-conjuring, and the color red as it exists in our world and within the human body.

Marion Spencer is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. Her work has been presented by Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Gibney (Work Up 4.0), Movement Research at the Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, the Dance Now Festival and the Domestic Performance Agency. Her practice embraces pushing artistic, sociopolitical, personal and imaginative boundaries, while also siphoning nuanced human emotion. She currently dances for Kendra Portier and Kinesis Project Dance Theatre, and is collaborating with dance artist Simon Thomas-Train. Since moving to New York City, she has had the pleasure of working with Athena Kokoronis, Stephan Koplowitz, Annie Kloppenberg, Shandoah Goldman, Vanessa Justice, Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty, Michiyaya, Hollis Bartlett, Megan Bascom and The Space We Make, and apprenticed and performed with David Dorfman Dance. In addition to making and performing, Marion teaches dance at Gibney, Dancewave, Greenwich Country Day School and Girls Preparatory Charter Middle School. Visit www.marion-spencer.com.

This event is part of the theater and dance department's Fall Guest Artist Series. It is free and open to the Five College Community.

Portrait of Stephanie Houtzeel

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 through 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 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 a master class, 10-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 20, which is free and open to the public.

Tickets Required

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 20, 2018

The MURAL Project: In CISE!

The MURAL Project: In CISE!

Come contribute to our collaborative mural! This project began with the idea of using art to heal from sexual violence. From there, it evolved into a collaborative mural between all the resource centers that puts focus on the theme of healing from any kind of trauma or any type of injustice. Feel free to come with an item you would like to glue on or supplies, or use our supplies. We will have paint, markers, paint pens, hot glue guns (for gluing on items) and collage supplies. By contributing to this mural, you are by no means obligated to explain your contribution, or share anything about your experience that is private.

Image of a bullet tearing through an apple that is held up on a metal post

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!

Mon, Oct 22, 2018

prison photo

Auditions: "Doctor Faustus"

7:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 2 (Room 122)

Auditions for the Theater and Dance Department's production of "Doctor Faustus" by Christopher Marlowe, the famous Elizabethan tragedy about a professor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Directed by Prof. Ron Bashford with Wes Guimarães ’19 as Faustus for his senior project.

Rehearsals will begin on January 3, with performances on March 21, 22, and 23 in Holden Theater.

Cast members will have a special intensive three-day workshop with Eliot Shrimpton from the Guildhall School of Drama in London, and Carine Montbertrand, commedia/mask expert from NYC!

First-year & Five College Students Welcome! No experience or preparation necessary to audition, just show up, ready for fun!

Tue, Oct 23, 2018

prison photo

Auditions: "Doctor Faustus"

7:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 2 (Room 122)

Auditions for the Theater and Dance Department's production of "Doctor Faustus" by Christopher Marlowe, the famous Elizabethan tragedy about a professor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Directed by Prof. Ron Bashford with Wes Guimarães ’19 as Faustus for his senior project.

Rehearsals will begin on January 3, with performances on March 21, 22, and 23 in Holden Theater.

Cast members will have a special intensive three-day workshop with Eliot Shrimpton from the Guildhall School of Drama in London, and Carine Montbertrand, commedia/mask expert from NYC!

First-year & Five College Students Welcome! No experience or preparation necessary to audition, just show up, ready for fun!

Fri, Oct 26, 2018

Outline of a bird with the words "REPEAL HYDE" on the wings

Queering Reproductive Justice: Art & Activism with Megan Smith

Join the Mead Art Museum and the Women's and Gender Center for a day of art and activism with Megan Smith, the artist behind Repeal Hyde Art Project. This project draws attention to and creates intersectional dialogue about the Hyde Amendment, which blocks people from using Medicaid to pay for abortion. The project educates through collaborative art-making and shareable graphic arts.

Artist Lunch with Megan Smith
All students are invited to lunch with Megan Smith to learn more about their role at the intersection of art and activism.
Friday, Oct. 26, noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Women’s and Gender Center in Keefe Campus Center

Art & Activism Workshop with Megan Smith
All are invited to attend an art and activism workshop with Megan Smith. We will gather as a community to make works of art that respond to key issues of reproductive justice and then complete a pop-up art installation at a secret location on campus. This event is free and open to all!
Friday, Oct. 26, 1–3 p.m.
Location: Sculpture Courtyard outside Mead Art Museum
Rain location: Women’s and Gender Center in Keefe Campus Center

Artist Talk with Megan Smith
Ever wonder about how you can channel your passion for the arts into activism? Curious about what reproductive justice means? Join us for a keynote talk with artist and activist Megan Smith. This event is free and open to all!
Friday, Oct. 26, 4–5 p.m.
Location: Mead Art Museum

Artist Talk with Megan Smith

Ever wonder about how you can channel your passion for the arts into activism? Curious about what reproductive justice means? Join us for a keynote talk with artist and activist Megan Smith. Free and open to all!

The Common at the CHI event image: painting of a stone building by the sea

The Common's Family Weekend Reading

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, The Center for Humanistic Inquiry

During Family Weekend, join staff and interns of The Common, Amherst's award-winning literary magazine, to celebrate the launch of Issue 16 and hear brief readings from the new issue! Wine and cheese will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Performs with Natraj: ACJE Family Weekend Concert

Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m., the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, under Visiting Director of Jazz Performance Carl Clements, collaborates with Boston-based world-jazz group Natraj. The two groups will perform together on a piece by Natraj leader Phil Scarff based on the North Indian raga "Jog." The ACJE also features works by Mongo Santamaria, Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus and others. Natraj will perform a set of original compositions.

Natraj seamlessly melds the classical music of India, traditional music from West Africa and contemporary jazz to create its own unique and infectious style. Hard-driving African grooves and graceful Indian ragas meet in the band’s expansive jazz conception. Selected as Boston’s Best Jazz Band by The Improper Bostonian and nominated Best World Music Act at the Boston Music Awards, Natraj captivates and excites audiences with exotic textures, accessible melodies, and rhythmic energy.

Natraj:
www.natrajmusic.com
Phil Scarff – soprano saxophone 
Bruno Raberg – string bass
Jerry Leake – tabla, multipercussion
Bertram Lehmann – drums and percussion
Carl Clements – special guest, bamboo flute

“Natraj blends complex tempos and traditions with graceful, unforced virtuosity … a hypnotic, symbiotic tapestry. Fusion is rarely this deep and exotic yet accessible … discover a new world here.” —The Boston Globe

“Technical excellence and sensitive musicianship transcend national and cultural boundaries, and there is clearly an abundance of both on this recording…. Compares favorably with Shakti.... Every performer displays both a melodic and technical flair…. The performances on this album are everywhere excellent.” —Cadence

“[This] Boston group doesn’t simply draw on Indian influences some of the time—it specializes in a seamless blend of jazz and Indian music.... [Natraj] embraces both Western and Indian instruments … delightfully unconventional.” —Jazziz

“We heard the future of jazz ... we heard the future of world music ... a spellbinding tapestry... a jazz hybrid of celebration and reflection.” —Times of India

“East meets West and South in the music of the Boston-based band Natraj. The quintet plays contemporary jazz with intoxicating Indian influences and entrancing African rhythms, hypnotically combining instruments from the three regions into eerie and original music.” —WBUR-FM, Boston, MA

ACJE performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public, collecting cash for the Amherst Survival Center.

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 27, 2018

singer-songwriter Shara Nova

Amherst College Choral Society: Family Weekend Concert with Shara Nova

The Amherst College Choral Society presents its annual Family Weekend concert on Saturday, Oct. 27, at noon in Buckley Recital Hall of Arms Music Center. The performance, conducted by Dr. Arianne Abela and assistant conductor Ellen Mutter '18, includes music by Shawn Kirchner, Sydney Guillaume, György Ligeti, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Veljo Tormis. The Choral Society is joined by renowned singer/songwriter Shara Nova in the world premiere of her composition "If I Say That You're My Sister." The concert concludes with traditional Amherst songs.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Five College student tickets are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door only, beginning one hour before the concert.

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
Image of a bullet tearing through an apple that is held up on a metal post

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!

Amherst Symphony Orchestra: ¡Viva España!

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra continues the fall 2018 season with the music of Spain and Latin America on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. 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, email concerts@amherst.edu or visit amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Program:
Isaac Albéniz: "Catalonia"
Joaqúin Rodrigo: "Concierto de Aranjuez"
Manuel da Falla: El sombrero de tres picos (The three-cornered hat)

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra celebrates Family Weekend at Amherst College with performances of the vibrant concert music of continental Spain! From Visigoth liturgical chant; to the Renaissance motets of Victoria and Morales; to the zarzuelas of Calderón, Chuecca and Torroba; to the colorful and foundational exploitation of the guitar and native dance forms such as jota — Spain has a rich, rhythmic and widely emulated musical language reflecting subtle regional differences and Moorish and Islamic influences.

The concert opens with the fiery showpiece "Catalonia" (1899), by Catalan piano virtuoso and composer Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909), followed by perhaps the most famous guitar concerto in the repertoire, the "Concierto de Aranjuez" (1939), by Joaquín Rodrigo (1901–1999). Inspired by imperial gardens on the river Tagus at the Palacio Real de Aranjuez, dating from the 16th-century Hapsburg monarch Philip II, the flamenco-influenced "Concierto" is by turns flashy and tragic (the slow movement reflects the deep sadness following the Spanish Civil War).

The concert closes with music from the ballet El sombrero de Tres Picos (The three-cornered hat) (1919) by Spain's greatest 20th-century composer, the Andalusian Manuel da Falla (1876–1946). Written for Diaghilev for Paris, with choreography by Massine and sets and costumes by Picasso, it tells of a town magistrate who attempts to seduce the wife of a local miller.

For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, see amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians.
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 ID.

Tickets Required

Tue, Oct 30, 2018

Detail from Shonibare's artwork: books lined up on a shelf, each with a brightly patterned cover

A Cross-Disciplinary Debate on Art and Migration, with Opening Reception

Join us for a cross-disciplinary debate on art and migration featuring faculty members Javier Corrales (political science) , Caroline Theoharides (economics), Leah C. Schmalzbauer (American studies, sociology and anthropology) and Niko Vicario (art and the history of art). There will be and audience Q&A, so please bring your thoughts and questions. After the debate, celebrate the opening of Yinka Shonibare MBE's The American Library (Activists) at the Mead Art Museum. Free and open to all!

Ongoing Events

Dave Gloman painting

Re-presenting Nonotuck: The Landscape Paintings of Hitchcock and Gloman

until Oct 29 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery

Professor David Gloman has partnered with Kurt Heidinger, director of the Biocitizen School, to create an art event that inspires the public to imagine the unique biocultural character of the Nonotuck biome (also known as the central Connecticut River Valley) by “re-presenting” the landscapes that Orra Hitchcock depicted in the mid 19th century. Professor Gloman has located the sites where they were painted and created his own painted landscape portraits of those sites. View Gloman and Hitchcock's illustrations together in Frost Library's Mezzanine Gallery from September 4 - October 29.

The opening reception will be on September 27 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd Floor, Frost Library).

Lisa McCarty, Louisa May Alcott’s Desk, Orchard House, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.

Transcendental Concord: Photographs by Lisa McCarty, on view in the Eli Marsh Gallery Sept. 10–Oct. 12

until Oct 12 Fayerweather Hall, 105: Eli Marsh Gallery

Transcendental Concord: Photographs by Lisa McCarty documents the spirit of Transcendentalism, the 19th-century philosophical movement that embraced idealism, communal living and reverence for the natural world in the face of growing industrialization and inhumanity.