Event Calendar

Friday, February 9, 2018

Fri, Feb 9, 2018

GlobeMed's Valentine Grams

GlobeMed will be selling Valentine Grams the week leading up to the holiday. Send your friends and significant others a personalized note and candy in their mailbox on Valentine's Day!

Josef Trapani Photo

Faculty Colloquium Series: “Zebrafish. One Word, Many Ways to Examine Sensory Encoding" presented by Josef Trapani, February 9

On Friday, February 9, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2017-18 is sponsoring “Zebrafish. One Word, Many Ways to Examine Sensory Encoding" presented by Josef Trapani, assistant professor of biology. This event will take place in the Mullins and Faerber rooms, Lewis-Sebring Commons.

life stories

Life Stories Lunch with Mohamed Ramy '18, "Learning on the go and going with the flow"

The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster empathy and community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and learning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team. More information available below.

WOC Luncheon

How to we celebrate each other? How do we collectively renew and rejuvenate ourselves? Come join us at the WGC to discuss ways in which you heal and meet other women of color on campus. Lunch will be served.

This is a closed space for self-identifying women of color.

For accessibility information and accommodations, contact wgc@amherst.edu or 413-542-5667

Why Mentors Matter: Stories from Faculty & Staff

What is a mentor? How can they help you? Where can you find them?

Mentors can be an influential part of your personal, professional and academic growth. Join us for Antonio's pizza and a panel discussion with three successful Amherst community members to hear their stories of how mentors have impacted their lives.

Featured panelists:
Angie Tissi, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Jeffers Engelhardt, Associate Professor of Music; Chair of Music
Justin Serpone, Men's Soccer Coach

You will also learn about the Pathways Alumni-Student Mentoring Program in order to start building your own support network through Amherst alumni.

Lunch will be provided and all class years are welcome!

Chinese Language Table

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Friday from 1 - 2 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m.

Patrick Williams '18 standing in front of snow-covered train tracks, holding his French horn

Performance Theses: "Coalescence" by Michael Dwyer '18 and "Keepsake: A Sentimental Recollection" with Patrick Williams '18, French Horn

The Amherst College Department of Music presents two senior theses: Coalescence, a five-song set of original music by Michael Dwyer ’18, and Keepsake: A Sentimental Recollection, an honors thesis in horn performance by Patrick Williams ’18. The joint recital lasts 100 minutes (including intermission). A reception will follow.

The recital takes place on Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in Arms Music Center at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Coalescence was first imagined with the goal of defining a unique sonic space for itself, consisting of the composer’s favorite parts of a variety of musical idioms, from jazz and classical to rock and pop. The very construction of the 11-piece ensemble-- a mixture of horns, strings, and rock instruments --aims to challenge the conception of genres as distinct categories of sound and instruments as necessary harbingers of that sound.

Following in the stylistically blended tradition of artists such as Bloc Party and Streetlight Manifesto but with a uniquely broad set of influences, Coalescence seeks to establish itself not as its own genre but as the antithesis thereof-- proof of the oft-ignored common ground between popular music, art music and every stylistic tradition therein. The ensemble consists entirely of Amherst College students drawn from a variety of musical backgrounds, and the compositional process was advised by professors Eric Sawyer and Ryan Vigil.

In Keepsake, Patrick Williams explores expansive Romantic soundscapes alongside fresh contemporary literature. Bombast bookends the program, heralding in the grandeur of the Romantic era. Bravado is then juxtaposed with sweetness and solemnity as introspective melodies flow freely. These contrasting moods are then processed, their synthesis culminating in a confident and energetic ending.

Each composer featured in this program shares an intimate connection with the horn that allows them to delve into the past. In choosing his recital literature, Williams has sought out a sentimental selection of music, each piece a keepsake dear to his musical journey. In his studies, he developed an affinity for the lower register of the horn; the first half of his program highlights this timbre not often heard in solo performances. The second half of the recital revisits salient musical memories through a collection of works vital to his growth as a musician.

Neuling – Bagatelle for Low Horn and Piano
Yenque – Tanguito for Horn alone
Miller – Hunting Songs for Low Horn and Piano
Brooks – Rhapsody for Horn and Piano
F. Strauss – Nocturno for Horn and Piano
Brahms – Scherzo from Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano
R. Strauss – Horn Concerto No. 1

Joining Patrick on his recital is collaborative pianist Grant Moss, college organist and senior lecturer at Smith College. Pianist Phuong-Nghi Pham ’18 and violinist Elliot Kuan ’18 are also featured.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events. For further information, please contact Alisa Pearson, manager of concert programming, production and publicity, at 413/542-2195.

Theme House Mixer! Hosted By Asian Culture House and La Casa

Theme House Mixer

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Moore Dormitory, 2nd Floor Common Room

Come learn about the Asian Culture House and La Casa! Food will be provided!

Arts Party

Arts Party presented by Arts at Amherst

The Spring Arts Party presented by Arts at Amherst will truly be a night of revelry. If you’ve been looking to meet other students who care about art, make art or want to change the arts scene here on campus, then this is the place you need to be! The night’s festivities will begin with artists mixing and mingling over hors d'oeuvres and tea from LimeRed. Come meet other people who care about the arts scene at Amherst, chat about your latest art obsession, argue if Drake is really the number one "Sad Boi" (or even if hologram Tupac is more creepy than cool).

Then, at 8 p.m., there will be an hour of student performances; like Coffee Haus, but under the lights of the Powerhouse. Once the performances are over, we’ll shift into party mode and get down with DJ Salmon Shorts from 10 p.m.-1 a.m..

Colorful stylized image of a segmented human figure standing on a fragmented landscape in front of flames

"The Electric Dream"

The Electric Dream is a senior honors thesis in playwriting and directing by Denzel Wood ’18. Set, lighting and sound design are by Lauren Thompson ’19; costume design is by Amir Hall ’17.

A billionaire couple begin designing Cyberverse, a new digital world where people can upload or stream their minds. Before the project is complete, they are found dead under mysterious circumstances. Determined to find answers, Cyberverse employees Lynx and Nova enter the digital world to search for clues relating to the untimely deaths. All the while, Cyberverse is mysteriously collapsing due to an unknown force.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.