The Amherst College Department of Music presents A Sleep of Prisoners, a new chamber opera by Caleb Brooks ’18 with a libretto adapted from a text by playwright Christopher Fry, an honors thesis performance in composition.
The performance, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College’s Arms Music Center, is free and open to the public, and will be followed by the performance of the composition honors thesis of Jerry Navarro ’18.
A Sleep of Prisoners is adapted from Christopher Fry’s 1951 play of the same title, in which the author attempts to reckon with the aftermath of the Second World War through the lens of his Quaker faith. Scored for four vocal soloists and a piano accompaniment, the music draws on influences from the 20th and 21st century dramatic and vocal works of Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, Tom Cipullo and many others. The piece will be performed by Elizabeth Maxey, soprano; Carol Wrobleski, mezzo-soprano; Caleb Brooks ’18, baritone; Ramsey Kurdi, bass; and Benjamin Tibbetts, piano.
The performance is free and open to the public.
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.
Come down to the Powerhouse to kickstart your Saturday night with a music show featuring Mari! While Chicago-born rapper, singer and producer, Mari, is relatively new to the music scene, he is already known for his “lyrically rich raps, melodic choruses, and spacey, soulful instrumentals.” Mari is currently spending most of his time in the studio developing his sound and working alongside musicians in New York City, including his creative collective, 40 Makers. He has worked with Smino, The Internet, Drumma Boy and many other renowned artists and producers. Doors open at 8:45 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m.
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..