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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sat, Dec 9, 2017

Emily Dickinson birthday celebration cakes

Emily Dickinson 187th Birthday Celebration and Open House

You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Emily Dickinson's 187th birthday at her home - the Emily Dickinson Museum! On December 9 join us from 1 to 4 p.m. to celebrate with a festive open house! Tour the Homestead and The Evergreens at your leisure for free, enjoy the Holiday decorations and traditional music, decorate an ornament with a special birthday message and hang it on the tree at The Evergreens or take it home; and, of course, enjoy coconut cake made from the poet’s own recipe. All are welcome and no fee or reservations are required. Learn more at

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Leisure Reading Afternoons

Join the Office of Residential Life in an afternoon of leisure reading in Stearns common room every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Bring a book, a cozy blanket/stuffed animal and reading material. It can be in any form and from any genre. Come make new friends who love to read, de-stress, maybe accomplish your new year reading resolutions and gain all the benefits that come with reading. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.

West African Dance Class

West African Dance Class

This West African Dance Seminar is open for anyone of any skill level to attend! It's a great way to de-stress before finals and it's really fun and energizing. It will be led by 5-college instructor Marilyn Sylla along with live drummers, Jericho Sylla and Samuel Croff. Make sure to come in comfortable clothing!

Musicians' heads and shoulders peeking up through the lines of a musical staff

M@A Masterclass: Tallis Scholars Director Peter Phillips

Mr. Phillips works with Amherst's own a cappella singers. Free and open to the public.

ASO members playing French horns in front of music stands on the Buckley Recital Hall stage

ASO: Amherst Symphony Orchestra Performance (NEW TIME-- 7 p.m.)

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 are available at

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. 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:

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New Works in Performance

The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance presents New Works in Performance, an evening of original works created by Amherst and Five College students.

Performance Project will feature new works created in the "Performance Studio" course in collaboration with "Lighting Design" and "Costume Design," created by Cara Board of Mount Holyoke College and Marina Dumont, Matthew Holliday '19 and MacKenzie Kugel '19 of Amherst College.

The Lens is a world premiere, created by the newly founded Amherst College Dance Ensemble and Visiting Artist Danté Brown, that depicts the aftermath of revolting community. In this collaborative process, we question how identity through performance can become an applicable commodity. Through investigating popular culture and the notion of disidentification, we build a community on stage where individuals are constantly shifting, trying to locate one’s power amidst this idealistic society.

Tickets are free and available to the public. For ticket reservations, please call our box office at (413) 542-2277.

Jearns Formal

Jearns Formal

Come dance your hearts out at Jearns Formal. There will be great food, awesome music, a cool raffle and hopefully some stunning dance moves.