Event Calendar

September 2019

Sun, Sep 1, 2019

Music Department Orientation Showcase

Enjoy a showcase of the music department ensembles, preceded by free pizza in the Arms lobby. You'll hear from the Amherst College choral, jazz, and instrumental music programs, and find out how to become a part of the fun. It's a don't-miss if you want to find out how to get involved.

Tue, Sep 3, 2019

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Theater & Dance Auditions

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

The Department of Theater and Dance invites any and all students to audition for four upcoming shows. Many roles are available, and no preparation is needed! First-year and Five College students welcome! Just show up either night promptly at 7 p.m.

THE SHOWS:

MEDEA by Euripides / Maki Ybarra-Young’s Senior Project in Acting. Rehearsals begin September 9, Performances October 31-November 2

PEACE IN THE HOME / MacKenzie Kugel’s Senior Project in Writing and Directing. Rehearsals begin in September. Performances November 14-16

LOVE AND INFORMATION by Caryl Churchill / Zach Horwitz’s Senior Project in Directing. A community-based ongoing performance project throughout the fall semester

GOSSAMER / Sophina Flores’ Senior Project in Writing and Directing. Rehearsals beginning in September. Performances February 27-29

Thu, Sep 5, 2019

“From the Archives” Exhibition Opening Reception at Frost Library

Local and international artists explore what it means to be inspired by research and archives. Working with a variety of materials, from institutional collections to the everyday ephemera found in the world around us, these artists recreate, draw inspiration and reinvent as a means to express personal stories and historical interests. The exhibition includes work from Linda Connor, Madeline Conover, Sara K. Lyons, Jen Morris, Tim Pinault, Laura Margaret Ramsey, Naaman Rosen, Annie Sollinger and Sara Smith.

THDA logo

Theater & Dance Auditions

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

The Department of Theater and Dance invites any and all students to audition for four upcoming shows. Many roles are available, and no preparation is needed! First-year and Five College students welcome! Just show up either night promptly at 7 p.m.

THE SHOWS:

MEDEA by Euripides / Maki Ybarra-Young’s Senior Project in Acting. Rehearsals begin September 9, Performances October 31-November 2

PEACE IN THE HOME / MacKenzie Kugel’s Senior Project in Writing and Directing. Rehearsals begin in September. Performances November 14-16

LOVE AND INFORMATION by Caryl Churchill / Zach Horwitz’s Senior Project in Directing. A community-based ongoing performance project throughout the fall semester

GOSSAMER / Sophina Flores’ Senior Project in Writing and Directing. Rehearsals beginning in September. Performances February 27-29

Fri, Sep 6, 2019

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Fall Dance Concert

Join the Department of Theater and Dance as we kick off the new school year with a fall dance concert featuring works by Amherst and Five College faculty members Shakia Johnson, Jake Meginksy, Jenna Riegel and Wendy Woodson, and guest artist Lucille Jun ’08!

Join us for a meet-and-greet with Antonio’s pizza in the Kirby Theater lounge at 7:30 p.m. A dance party for students will immediately follow the concert in Holden Theater with D.J. Jake Meginsky.

Both events are free and open to all. Tickets are not required.

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AC After Dark Presents: Women in Comedy Festival Featuring Caitlin Peluffo

Join us for the first AC After Dark event of the year this Friday—Women in Comedy Festival featuring hilarious comedian Caitlin Peluffo, who has been featured on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Joining Caitlin is Boston-based Nora Panahi. The show is free to all.

Students Only

Sat, Sep 7, 2019

Amherst Symphony Orchestra “Welcome Back” - Staycation and Pizza Party

All members of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra meet and make music - as small groups and in full ensemble - in their annual (since 2008) Welcome Back Staycation. A chance for all to get re-acquainted, rehearse in preparation for their 2019-2020 season, and have candy and pizza !

Sun, Sep 8, 2019

First Year A Cappella Showcase

Interested in joining an a cappella group? Just want to listen to some beautiful music? Come listen to performances by The DQ, The Sabrinas, Route 9, The Zumbyes, The Bluestockings and Terras Irradient! Auditions for each of the groups will be held this week. Sign-ups for auditions will be posted in the Arms music building after the show.

Amherst College jazz faculty playing instruments on the Buckley 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), Bruce Diehl (saxophones), Ann Maggs (voice), Stephen Page (piano), David Picchi (bass), Jason Robinson (saxophones), David Sporny (trombone) and Bob Weiner (percussion). The performance includes a special guest appearance by Hampshire College Professor Marty Ehrlich (reeds) and the Wistaria String Quartet.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Tue, Sep 10, 2019

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Panel Discussion and Opening Reception: “Curating the Contemporary”

Tiffany Bradley, founder of Colored Criticism, a company for cultural heritage stories, will moderate a panel of contemporary art curators, featuring David E. Little, the John Wieland 1958 Director and Chief Curator of the Mead; Horace D. Ballard, curator of American art at the Williams College Museum of Art; and Emma Chubb, the Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smith College Museum of Art. An opening reception for the Mead’s new fall exhibitions will follow.
The panel discussion will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium and the opening reception from 6-7 p.m. in the Mead Art Museum.
Both events are free and open to all.

Wed, Sep 11, 2019

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Grab and Don't Go with Tiffany Bradley

Join Tiffany Bradley for lunch and conversation in the MRC. Bradley is the founder of Colored Criticism, a company for cultural heritage stories. Her focus is on intersectional, interpersonal, and interdisciplinary arts. Bradley’s film work has been shown at Brooklyn Community Foundation and Rush Arts Foundation. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Colorlines, Racialicious, and the Americans for the Arts blog. Tiffany has worked in audience development at the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture, Race Forward, Americans for the Arts, and Fractured Atlas.

Free and open to Amherst College faculty, staff and students!

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

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New Arts Faculty and Staff Welcome Reception

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Bailey Brown House

Join the Arts at Amherst Initiative to welcome new arts faculty and staff at the newly renovated Bailey Brown House! The Arts at Amherst Initiative is a collaboration between the Mead Art Museum and the Departments of Art and the History of Art, Music, and Theater and Dance. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and conversation with new and returning colleagues across campus. Please RSVP to arts@amherst.edu if you plan to attend this event!

Registration Required

Fri, Sep 13, 2019

Claire Arenius with her drumsticks

Adjunct Faculty Concert: Claire Arenius and Resonance

Drummer/composer/educator Claire Arenius presents a concert of original and contemporary jazz with her group Resonance. The ensemble features pianist Eugene Uman, bassist Wayne Roberts, flutist and saxophonist Carl Clements, and violinist David Eure. Together they create a blend of spontaneous collective improvisation as well as hard-driving swing and beautiful ballads and Brazilian influences.

Admission is FREE, and no tickets are required.

Sat, Sep 14, 2019

Mr. Gad’s House of Improv Workshops and Auditions

Come workshop and/or audition for Mr. Gad’s (the best AND WORST improv group on campus). No experience necessary! No funniness necessary! Just come!
Workshops on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2 to 4 p.m.
Auditions on Sunday, Sept. 15, 4 to 6 p.m.

Students Only
Photo of Darryl Harper '90 playing clarinet; abstract painting by Naya Gabriel; produce from Book & Plow Farm; and black-and-white print by Kevin Pomerleau

Community Makers' Day

All are invited to a day of art, craft, food and music. Join us as we consider the core elements of art-making, featuring a live jazz performance by Amherst College’s resident faculty string quartet; art-making demonstrations with local artists Naya Gabriel, Kevin Pomerleau and Wouter Schievink; snacks from Book & Plow Farm; and more!

Live demos hourly, with activities and snacks throughout the day

Free and open to all!

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Adjunct Faculty Concert: Brahms and the Schumanns—Pianist Hiromi Fukuda and Friends

Hiromi Fukuda, piano
Emily Taubl, cello
Alex Hurd, baritone

As is well-known, Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms shared a close musical as well as personal connection. The young Brahms was lauded by Robert as the future of German Romanticism. Brahms looked up to Robert, and Clara critiqued and premiered many of his compositions.

Fukuda and friends present a program that exemplifies the musical synergies among these three giants of High German Romanticism. The program includes a selection of lieder by R. Schumann, C. Schumann’s "Variations on a Theme by R. Schumann," and a Brahms sonata for piano and cello.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

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“Do Things to Images”: An Exhibition by Odette England

Do Things to Images presents for the first time a selection of photographs from 2014 to 2019 by the artist Odette England. It includes images from her newest series Love Notes.

England’s parents’ former dairy farm, and the archive of snapshots her family made there, serve as raw material for England’s practice. Many of her photographs are unique pieces. By mixing preciousness with low-fi, unrepeatable processes, England highlights the infidelity of memory.

This exhibition includes prints from negatives that England buried and then dug up, and hand-torn paper prints. It features pages ripped from family photo albums, and vintage snapshots that have been hole-punched, among other works. Her need to cut, crop, sand, fold and otherwise manipulate photographs is in contrast to the French meaning of her name, Odette, “Lover of Home.”

Join Odette England for a lecture and the opening of her exhibition on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather.

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

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Gallery Talk with Galina Mardilovich

What is possible in a print? Join Curator of Russian and European Art Galina Mardilovich for a gallery talk about the various techniques of printmaking in the works on view at the Mead, and the economic, political and artistic forces that made them all possible in their respective times.

Free and open to all!

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SPECTRUM: Joint Concert Featuring the AC Concert Choir, Elm City Consort and Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble

In their premiere performance, Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble joins the Amherst College Concert Choir and the Elm City Consort in Spectrum, a concert featuring the Schütz Musikalische Exequien as well as works by Bach, Gesualdo, Purcell, Monteverdi, Caroline Shaw, Reena Esmail and Jonathan Woody.

Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, founded and led by Artistic Director Arianne Abela, consists of professional solo vocal artists, including several Grammy Award- winning singers.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call (413) 542-2484 or visit www.kaleidoscopevocalensemble.com.

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On The Basis Of Sex: Outdoor Movie Night Celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On The Basis Of Sex is the true story of U.S. Supreme Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Popcorn and other snacks will be provided at this outdoor movie showing, held in anticipation of Justice Ginsburg's visit to campus on October 3.

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

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M@A Parallels Series Presents Luciana Souza: “The Book of Longing”

The M@A 2019-2020 Series begins with a Parallels Series concert, presenting Luciana Souza: “The Book of Longing,” featuring Chico Pinheiro and Scott Colle. Tickets are required.

Luciana Souza is a Grammy-nominated jazz singer and composer best known for thoughtful takes on her native Brazilian songs. In “The Book of Longing,” she explores saudade, or yearning, through poetry by Leonard Cohen, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Emily Dickinson, and Souza in her own arrangements. She is joined by guitarist Chico Pinheiro and bassist Scott Colley.

“[Luciana Souza is] a New Yorker from Brazil whose singing bridges with breathtaking finesse the not-so- wide gap between Brazilian pop and American jazz. Souza’s voice is low, soft and as agile as an otter in water, and it is a sensual pleasure to hear her sing in Portuguese, that most liquid and supple of languages. How marvelous that a singer unknown to me a month ago should now be one of my favorites!” —The Washington Post

The box office for this performance opens on September 6, 2019. Ticket prices are $18 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid ID. FREE Amherst College student rush tickets are available at the door beginning at 7 PM on the day of the show.

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

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

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Matthew Dane '93 and Gregory Hayes '73: "Reflections" - Viola d’Amore Recital

Violist Matthew Dane '93 and harpsichordist Gregory Hayes '73 present Reflections, a program showcasing the viola d'amore as an extraordinary instrument to express the diverse music of our time and world. The program includes music by Antonio Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt and Reena Esmail, and features a premiere by Amherst College's Professor Eric Sawyer. The concert is free and open to the public.

Tue, Sep 24, 2019

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RBG: Movie Night Celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsburg

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

Snacks will be provided at this indoor documentary showing, held in anticipation of Justice Ginsburg's visit to campus on October 3.

Wed, Sep 25, 2019

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Gallery Talk with David E. Little

What is contemporary about contemporary art? Join David Little, the John Wieland 1958 Mead Director and Chief Curator, in a participatory discussion of this question based on close examination of the works on view. Audiences will explore how artists borrow from pop culture, use new materials, and apply new conceptual approaches to addressing pressing issues in art and society.

Free and open to all!

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CHI Salon: "Unstuck in Time: A Song Album" with Eric Sawyer

Eric Sawyer, of Amherst College’s music faculty, has composed an album of popular songs. Or are they?

Sawyer, the composer of three operas and a range of instrumental and vocal music, introduces and performs this new album that draws on a range of popular forms, raising the questions: What does the classical tradition have to offer popular song, and vice versa? And what, if anything, is the distinction between art song and pop song?

A wine and tapas reception will follow. Childcare will be provided.

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

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Arabic Movie Night: "Paradise Now"

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Science Center, E110 - Lipton Lecture Hall

The Arabic Program at Amherst College Presents Paradise Now, a riveting and timely political thriller in which two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Palestinians Said and Khaled, now in young adulthood, have been lifelong friends living in Nablus in the West Bank.

The screening is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Sat, Sep 28, 2019

Mark Lane Swanson leaps into the air in front of ASO musicians

ASO Welcomes the Class of ’23: Music of Dmitri Shostakovich

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO), directed by Mark Lane Swanson, opens its 2019-2020 season of Russian masterworks at its annual concert welcoming the incoming class at Amherst College. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 7 p.m.

The hour-long concert, devoted to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, opens with his Festive Overture, a boisterous piece d'occasion composed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the October Revolution. It also features his powerful and moving Fifth Symphony-- his life-or-death response to Stalin’s scathing critique of his work as “muddle instead of music.” Undoubtedly Shostakovich’s greatest masterpiece, the symphony may appear on the surface to project Soviet triumphalism, but the Russian people could discern its deeper meaning as an indictment of internal repression and Stalin’s inhumane political purges.

For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, please visit https://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians.

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 free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.

Interested in learning more about this concert?

Join the Center for Russian Culture throughout the 2019-20 season of AMHERST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, “A RUSSIAN FESTIVAL,” for pre-concert round-tables at the Center for Russian Culture featuring scholars of music and Russian cultural history. The first of these, "Shostakovich in Context," takes place Friday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m., and is presented by Professors Klára Móricz (music) and Boris Wolfson (Russian) in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture (202 Webster Hall, Amherst College) and is FREE and open to the public.

Tickets Required

Mon, Sep 30, 2019

“Pursuing a Ghost”: Illustrating the Russian Classics

This exhibition takes as its starting point Oleg Vassiliev’s portfolio of lithographs “The House with a Mezzanine” (1991), which centers around the artist’s conversation across time with Anton Chekhov’s short story. The show examines the complex relationship in Russian culture between art and literature, the dynamic between image and text, and illustration and artistic freedom.