Event Calendar

November 2019

Fri, Nov 1, 2019

Illustration of vocalist Chris Humphrey

Family Weekend: Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Concert

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble presents its Family Weekend Concert. The show is FREE and open to the public. Donations to the Amherst Survival Center will be collected.

Featured Vocalist Chris Humphrey joins the ACJE and its director Bruce Diehl to present music by Frank Sinatra and Cab Calloway. Music by Fred Sturm, Lennie Niehaus, Count Basie and others rounds out the set list.

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"Medea"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Medea by Euripides, in a version by Ben Power. This new production blurs the lines between theater, film and reality. Conceived by Maki Ybarra-Young '20, who plays the title role, and director Ron Bashford, the show imagines Medea as one of the strong and dangerous women of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But is she who she seems? Or the more vulnerable actor underneath? Come explore the iconic Greek character as she navigates her role as a woman and an immigrant through the “cinematic lens” of our own history.

Starring an all-student cast: Grace Davenport, Nicholas Govus, Rory Hartblay, Sam Hood, Sterling Kee, Aylin Kim, Navie Kim, Lena Lamer, Sylvie Mahoro, Eli Maierson, Rowan Muzzy, Teo Ruskov, Lorelle Sang, Julian Schauffler and Maki Ybarra-Young.

Scenic design by Lauren Thompson, costume design by Lorelei Dietz, lighting design by Sophina Flores and sound design by Alistair Edwards.

Tickets are free and available to the public. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Sat, Nov 2, 2019

Arianne Abela conducting singers

Family Weekend: Amherst College Choral Society Concert

Arianne Abela and assistant conductor Gilbert Wermeling ’19 conduct music by Saunder Choi, Sydney Guillaume, Stephen Hatfield and more. The Choral Society is joined by composer and Amherst College alumnus Jerry Noble ’83 in the world premiere of his composition, "What's It Gonna Take? (Love)."

The concert is FREE and open to the public.

Join the Choral Society preceding the concert for a free brunch in Arms Music Building at 11 a.m.

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Saturday Close Looks

Join us on Saturdays to explore works of art on view with student museum educators. Keep coming back each week for fresh perspectives!

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Mark Lane Swanson conducting Amherst Symphony Orchestra musicians

Family Weekend ASO Concert: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, with A. Cheng ’20, Piano

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO) presents the second concert of its 2019-2020 season devoted to Russian masterworks. This concert also celebrates Family and Parents Weekend at Amherst College.

The ASO performs Rachmaninoff’s "Vocalise," followed by Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto, with Audrey Cheng ’20, piano soloist. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’ Symphony #5 in E minor. Mark Lane Swanson, ASO music director and senior lecturer in music at Amherst College, conducts.

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

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

Tickets Required
Event poster with an illustration of a woman in profile, crying tears of blood that drip down into her red dress

"Medea"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Medea by Euripides, in a version by Ben Power. This new production blurs the lines between theater, film and reality. Conceived by Maki Ybarra-Young '20, who plays the title role, and director Ron Bashford, the show imagines Medea as one of the strong and dangerous women of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But is she who she seems? Or the more vulnerable actor underneath? Come explore the iconic Greek character as she navigates her role as a woman and an immigrant through the “cinematic lens” of our own history.

Starring an all-student cast: Grace Davenport, Nicholas Govus, Rory Hartblay, Sam Hood, Sterling Kee, Aylin Kim, Navie Kim, Lena Lamer, Sylvie Mahoro, Eli Maierson, Rowan Muzzy, Teo Ruskov, Lorelle Sang, Julian Schauffler and Maki Ybarra-Young.

Scenic design by Lauren Thompson, costume design by Lorelei Dietz, lighting design by Sophina Flores and sound design by Alistair Edwards.

Tickets are free and available to the public. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Wed, Nov 6, 2019

Puddle auditions

Auditions for the “The Puddle Jumping Society”

The Puddle Jumping Society is a celebrational collage of musical theater songs and original dance inspired by the 1952 MGM classic Singin’ in the Rain. Directed by Ron Bashford, music directed by Caroline Lee, adapted and choreographed by Anna Plummer. The show will run March 26-28 in Kirby Theater. Rehearsals begin in January (during Interterm) and continue through March 26.
Singer/actor auditions are Wednesday, November 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Webster Hall, Studio 2. Students from all five colleges are welcome. You should come prepared with a 32-bar cut of a song you just really enjoy singing or two contrasting 16-bar cuts. Please provide sheet music for the accompanist. Registration required.

Fri, Nov 8, 2019

Black-and-white photo of Faith Wen '20

Senior Thesis Performance: Faith Wen ’20, Piano

The Amherst College Department of Music presents Sola, an honors thesis in piano performance by Faith Wen ’20. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Sola is a contemplation on solitude—on the comfort, assurance, satisfaction, hope, joy, even triumph that solitude can hold when we find meaning in something beyond ourselves. Drawing on her faith, Wen hopes to use the voices of Ravel, Liszt and Beethoven to express that impossible truth: that in solitude can be found an other; that the invisible is more real than the visible.

Program:
Ravel – Sonatine
Liszt – Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude
Beethoven – Sonata No. 31, Op. 110 in A-flat Major

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

WAMH 89.3 FM Presents! Kemba and Dezmond Dane

Fresh off performances at Rolling Loud NYC and the Roxy in L.A., Bronx-born rapper Kemba comes to Amherst College for a show in the Powerhouse! Dezmond Dane will open the night at 9:30, followed by Kemba at 10:30. Free and open to all Five College students!

Sat, Nov 9, 2019

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Saturday Close Looks

Join us on Saturdays to explore works of art on view with student museum educators. Keep coming back each week for fresh perspectives!

Free and open to all!

Puddle auditions

Auditions: “The Puddle Jumping Society”

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 2 (Room 122)

The Puddle Jumping Society is a celebrational collage of musical theater songs and original dance inspired by the 1952 MGM classic Singin’ in the Rain. Directed by Ron Bashford, music directed by Caroline Lee, adapted and choreographed by Anna Plummer. The show will run March 26-28 in Kirby Theater. Rehearsals begin in January (during Interterm) and continue through March 26.
Singer/actor auditions are Wednesday, November 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Webster Hall, Studio 2. Students from all five colleges are welcome. You should come prepared with a 32-bar cut of a song you just really enjoy singing or two contrasting 16-bar cuts. Please provide sheet music for the accompanist. Registration required.

Sun, Nov 10, 2019

yMusic

M@A Parallels Series Presents yMusic

Founded in New York City in 2008, yMusic believes in presenting excellent, emotionally communicative music, regardless of style or idiom. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) have attracted the attention of high-profile collaborators—including Paul Simon, Bill T. Jones and Ben Folds—and inspired original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli and Andrew Norman. Performing works by Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, Caroline Shaw, Bryce Dessner, Gabriella Smith and Andrew Norman.
“One of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music” —Fred Child, NPR
This concert is part of the M@A Series and requires tickets. Tickets to these performances are available in the 14 days before each concert. To purchase tickets, please use the online portal at no extra charge, write us at concerts at amherst dot edu or please call 413-542-2195.
The box office for this performance opens on October 27, 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 6 p.m.
For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us at:
www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Tue, Nov 12, 2019

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"The Instrument of Our Time": Live Performance and Lecture by Percussionist Justin Alexander

Join us in the galleries for a live performance by percussionist Justin Alexander. Drawing inspiration from American jazz, South Indian Carnatic music and Indonesian gamelan, Alexander offers a program highlighting the soloistic aspects of the drum set, which he dubs “the percussion instrument of our time.” Included are performances of “The Drum Also Waltzes” (Max Roach), “Homage to Max” (Rande Sanberg), “Rhagavan” (Russell Hartenberger) and “Monkey Chant” (Glenn Kotche). Discussion will follow.

This program is presented in collaboration with “Experiencing Music,” a course taught by Associate Professor of Music Darryl Harper. This program is supported by there Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund. It is free and open to all!

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo.

Wed, Nov 13, 2019

Sounds of Stonewall Logo, featuring graphics of facade of Stonewall Inn and Marsha Johnson

"Sounds of Stonewall"

All are invited to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with a live performance by the Amherst College Choral Society. Join us for an evening of musical selections inspired by tunes that played on the jukebox at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 and to hear pieces by contemporary LGBT composers, with special guests Mari Esabel Valverde and Grey Grant, featuring the world premiere of "Drones for the In-Between Time."

This program is presented in collaboration with the Arts at Amherst Initiative, the Amherst College Choral Society and Amherst College’s Stonewall Committee. The Stonewall Committee is a college-wide committee composed of staff, faculty and students whose aim is to bring conversations recognizing and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and its legacies. The Stonewall Committee values and aims to center Queer & Trans Person of Color histories and labor; global histories of LGBTQA+/Queer activism and pride; and marginalized identities within the LGBTQA+/Queer community.

This event is free and open to all!

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo.

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Photograph of Tourmaline, seated with greenery behind her

Tourmaline at Amherst College

The Amherst College Stonewall Committee, Mead Art Museum and Queer Resource Center are pleased to welcome Tourmaline to Amherst College. Tourmaline is a video artist and filmmaker whose work “highlights the capacity of black queer/trans social life to impact the world while living what is simultaneously an invisible—and hypervisible—existence.”

Join us for a screening of Tourmaline’s short films, followed by a keynote lecture and conversation with the filmmaker. This program is presented by the Amherst College Stonewall Committee, Mead Art Museum and Queer Resource Center.

The film screenings will be from 5 to 6 p.m., and the keynote talk and Q&A from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Free and open to all!

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo.

"Amherst Has Talent!"

AAS is hosting a talent show for Amherst students with performances from 25 different acts involving spoken word, singing, stand-up comedy and much more! Stop by for snacks and some awesome performances! All in the community and Five College area are welcome to attend, free of charge.

"Peace in the Home" poster with images of two people with their eyes closed

“Peace in the Home”

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Peace in the Home, a play written and directed by MacKenzie Kugel ’20E about coming together for love, for family. It immerses its audience into the hearts and minds of seven characters wrestling with what it takes for two families from different cultural backgrounds and faiths to create peace in the home, together. This play is made of familial trials and joys, of aging parents, of what is lost and gained when children grow up.

Tickets are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged. For ticket reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Leila Josefowicz playing violin among other musicians

M@A Chamber Series Presents Leila Josefowicz, Violin, with John Novacek, Piano

An outstanding champion of contemporary music, Leila Josefowicz is the chosen interpreter of several leading composers including the late Oliver Knussen, John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Mackey, Matthias Pintscher and Luca Francesconi. She performs works by Stravinsky, Janáček, Knussen, Kurtág and Ravel.

“In short, a fantastic talent”—Gramophone

Program:
Stravinsky: Duo Concertant Janáček: Dumka
Janáček: Sonata
-Intermission-
Knussen: Reflection Kurtág: Tre pezzi
Ravel: Violin Sonata

Tickets are required and go on sale beginning November 1: visit amherst.universitytickets.com or call (413) 542–2195. FREE AC student rush tickets available at the door beginning one hour ahead. The box office opens at 7 p.m.

Chamber Series ticket prices:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
FREE Amherst student rush signup available in the Arms Building lobby an hour before showtime.

Tickets Required
"Peace in the Home" poster with images of two people with their eyes closed

“Peace in the Home”

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Peace in the Home, a play written and directed by MacKenzie Kugel ’20E about coming together for love, for family. It immerses its audience into the hearts and minds of seven characters wrestling with what it takes for two families from different cultural backgrounds and faiths to create peace in the home, together. This play is made of familial trials and joys, of aging parents, of what is lost and gained when children grow up.

Tickets are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged. For ticket reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Sat, Nov 16, 2019

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Saturday Close Looks

Join us on Saturdays to explore works of art on view with student museum educators. Keep coming back each week for fresh perspectives!

Free and open to all!

"Peace in the Home" poster with images of two people with their eyes closed

“Peace in the Home”

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Peace in the Home, a play written and directed by MacKenzie Kugel ’20E about coming together for love, for family. It immerses its audience into the hearts and minds of seven characters wrestling with what it takes for two families from different cultural backgrounds and faiths to create peace in the home, together. This play is made of familial trials and joys, of aging parents, of what is lost and gained when children grow up.

Tickets are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged. For ticket reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Sun, Nov 17, 2019

Senior Thesis Performances by Theo Peierls ’20E, “Roots Unbroken,” and Cristóbal Silva San Martín ’20E, “Portraits of Water”

The Amherst College Department of Music presents Portraits of Water, a composition project by Cristóbal Silva San Martín ’20E, and Roots Unbroken, a composition thesis by Theo Peierls ’20E. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Silva San Martín’s Portraits of Water is a composition project honoring the power of water as a natural element. Aiming to call into question the relationship we, the human species, have come to establish with the environment we inhabit and with the resources we depend on, the project draws inspiration from the cycle of water, evolving through seven movements that depict its fierce and majestic qualities. Reckoning with past and present issues revolving around access to and uses of water, the piece hopes to act as an instance to envision a more sustainable and empathetic relationship to the element, while also calling to action to make such visions become reality. Performed by a seven-piece ensemble, the composition draws from several musical idioms, including minimalism, electroacoustic soundscape composition and Latin American folklore.

Roots Unbroken is a musical exploration of the cultural and geographic shifts that have influenced Jewish practices. Focusing on the idea of a musical diaspora, the project is framed by how forced emigration, shifts in religious life and patterns of assimilation have been represented in various musical styles associated with the Jewish people. Roots Unbroken comprises six pieces that engage with Jewish-American choral music, Klezmer music, Yiddish folk music and Ashkenazi liturgical music. Texts are drawn from psalms, verses and poetry and feature the work of poet Yossel Birstein. Soloists include Hazzan Diana Brewer, Allen Davis, Aaron Kropf, Hannah Goldberg ’22 and Patrick Spoor ’22.  

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

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Photo of chef's hands preparing ingredients for indigenous Thanksgiving meal

“A New Thanksgiving: Indigenous Frameworks on Food and Language”

All are invited to a panel discussion and a meal to celebrate a new Thanksgiving with an indigenous framework with the I-Collective, a group of indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, and seed and knowledge keepers. Meet members of the I-Collective, celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Mohawk Freedom School, and learn about the importance of passing on food, language and recipes to preserve Native cultures.
Join us in dialogue to create new narratives of Thanksgiving for 2019 with special guests including Neftali Duran, Hillel Echo-Hawk and Elvera Sargeant.
This program is offered in collaboration with the I-Collective, Mohawk Freedom School, INCA and Book & Plow Farm and is presented in conjunction with the Mead’s EAT! Museum Seminar.
Free and open to all!
If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle at (413) 542-5651.

Sat, Nov 23, 2019

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Saturday Close Looks

Join us on Saturdays to explore works of art on view with student museum educators. Keep coming back each week for fresh perspectives!

Free and open to all!