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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sat, Feb 3, 2018

Abre Dance Company (Dance and Movement): Auditions

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Theater (Downstairs Keefe)

Come audition for Abre Dance Company! Whether you think you're good or not, join us to audition, watch or support those who audition and drink some hot chocolate (bring your own cup or mug).

We are not just looking for people with only amazing technique and beautiful lines or a certain style of moving, but we also want people with passion, with fire and with soul when they move. We want people who desire to express themselves however they feel via movement. Feel. Move. Express. Abre.

Book, fireplace and Coffee Mug

Leisure Reading Afternoons: Black Women Writers

Join the offices of residential life and first year experience in an afternoon of fireside leisure reading. Relax while engaging your mind over some coffee, tea, cookies and cider donuts. For this session we shall be featuring black women writers and giving away 2 books, Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson and Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward to the first two interested attendees. Additionally, attend 4 out of the 6 sessions this semester and enter a raffle to win either a Kindle Paper White reader or a pair of Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones. Make 2018 the year you meet your reading goals!

"Chinese Railway" Original Composition by Minato Sakamoto '18

Performance Theses: Gabriela Smith-Rosario '18 and Minato Sakamoto '18

AMHERST, Mass. – On Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 7 p.m., the Amherst College Department of Music presents “La Isla de Esperanza” (The Island of Hope), an original thesis on Puerto Rican music, written and conducted by Gabriela Smith-Rosario ’18 followed at 7:45 p.m. by a composition thesis entitled "Chinese Railway" presented by Minato Sakamoto '18 in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

The concert is free and open to the public, and seating is by general admission. Although admission is free, Smith-Rosario respectfully requests that attendees make a donation to “Unidos Por Puerto Rico” (United for Puerto Rico), a nonprofit organization providing hurricane relief to the island that will be present during the concert in the lobby of Arms Music Center.

Smith-Rosario’s music thesis explores the historical intersectionality of the three primary cultures that comprise the Puerto Rican cultural identity - the island’s native Taínos, the invading Spaniards, and the West African slaves brought to the island by the Spanish. “La Isla de Esperanza” incorporates elements of traditional Spanish music, Taíno chants, West African drumming, and modern Puerto Rican music forms, including Danza, Bomba, Plena, Salsa and Latin Jazz. In addition to violin, cello, double bass, trumpet, flute, alto saxophone, piano, drums and guitar, “La Isla de Esperanza” also relies on various forms of traditional Taíno and African percussion, as well as a chorus. Professional Latin percussionist Rene Gonzalez and jazz alto saxophonist Linda Solval ’18 present solo performances. Smith-Rosario set texts by Puerto Rican and Nuyorican poets, including Francisco Arriví, Julia de Burgos and Miguel Piñero, as well as written texts for her pieces using the Taíno, Yorùbá, and Spanish languages, receiving guidance on Yorùbá translation and drumming traditions from Mount Holyoke College Professor Olabode Omojola and Katherine (Doyin) Ariyibi ’18.

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olympics themed party poster

Mega Mixer: Winter Olympics

The Office of Student Life presents the Mega Mixer: Winter Olympics edition, featuring DJ RM.
Come party at the Powerhouse on February 3 from 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. There will be pizza and beer/wine for students who are of age.