Event Calendar

September 2018

Sat, Sep 1, 2018

Dante Brown

Dance Workshop with Dante Brown

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Class begins with improvisatory exercises (either individually or in groups) and progresses to shorter technical exercises and movement phrases that include plies, footwork and floorwork. Class ends with a dynamic, communal and highly physical phrase performed with vigor – dancers moving in and out of the floor, taking risks and eating up space.

Sun, Sep 2, 2018

Audience in seats of Buckley Recital Hall

Music Department Orientation Showcase

Experience the Amherst music department ensembles: Choral Society, Jazz Ensemble and Amherst Symphony Orchestra offer an introductory showcase performance. The performance is free and open to all.

New and returning students are welcome to stop by for pizza before the ensemble showcase and find out about music department opportunities in Room 3 of Arms Music Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Tue, Sep 4, 2018

Dave Gloman painting

Re-presenting Nonotuck: The Landscape Paintings of Hitchcock and Gloman

until Oct 29 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery

Professor David Gloman has partnered with Kurt Heidinger, director of the Biocitizen School, to create an art event that inspires the public to imagine the unique biocultural character of the Nonotuck biome (also known as the central Connecticut River Valley) by “re-presenting” the landscapes that Orra Hitchcock depicted in the mid 19th century. Professor Gloman has located the sites where they were painted and created his own painted landscape portraits of those sites. View Gloman and Hitchcock's illustrations together in Frost Library's Mezzanine Gallery from September 4 - October 29.

The opening reception will be on September 27 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd Floor, Frost Library).

Entrance to Mead Art Museum, near which are lampposts, foliage and Stearns Steeple

Meet and Greet at the Mead

Ever wonder who curates the shows on view and plans events at your college art museum? Stop by the Mead to get to know the people who make up the collections, curatorial, education and security departments.

This event is designed for students, but open to everyone! It is offered in conjunction with Student Activities.

god's issue flyer

Auditions: "God's Issue"

Written and directed by David Green '19E, God’s Issue re-imagines the biblical stories of Adam and Eve, Jesus and others to explore the relationship between God and humankind. Funny, irreverent and deeply serious, God’s Issue is intended for a diverse cast, so religious and non-religious folk of all races and gender identities are encouraged to audition. First-year and Five-College students are especially welcome! The show includes songs, but singing ability is not needed for most roles. The 10-12 actors in God’s Issue will play multiple parts, so auditions will involve reading a variety of roles. There is no need to prepare! Come read some scenes!

Students may attend auditions on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Wed, Sep 5, 2018

ensemble performance

Auditions: Ensemble: Dancing in Community

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Ensemble: Dancing in Community is an intermediate/advanced composition course where students will collaborate to produce a full weekend showcase of their personal choreographic works. In addition to their own work, students will learn repertory from Visiting Assistant Professor Danté Brown, be immersed in a multitude of master classes from professional artists and learn the administrative/business component of being an independent artist. Students who audition must have a strong background in composition and a technique of their choosing.

Auditions will take place on September 5 and 10. Students are encouraged to attend BOTH audition dates.

god's issue flyer

Auditions: "God's Issue"

Written and directed by David Green '19E, God’s Issue re-imagines the biblical stories of Adam and Eve, Jesus and others to explore the relationship between God and humankind. Funny, irreverent and deeply serious, God’s Issue is intended for a diverse cast, so religious and non-religious folk of all races and gender identities are encouraged to audition. First-year and Five-College students are especially welcome! The show includes songs, but singing ability is not needed for most roles. The 10-12 actors in God’s Issue will play multiple parts, so auditions will involve reading a variety of roles. There is no need to prepare! Come read some scenes!

Students may attend auditions on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Thu, Sep 6, 2018

Depiction of the cratered surface of the moon with a spacecraft on it

Midnight Tour of the Mead!

Did you know that the Mead is open until midnight on school nights? Stop by your favorite college art museum for a special midnight tour with our student educators.

This program is offered in conjunction with the Mead’s Student Educator Program and Student Activities.

Fri, Sep 7, 2018

Triadic Possibilities: Workshop with Guitarist David Goodrich

Triadic Possibilities: Workshop with Guitarist David Goodrich

This workshop is for listeners and musicians of any level. "Triadic Possibilities" is a concept of simple harmonic substitutions on chord progressions. By using relative and parallel relationships of major and minor chords we will create a twelve chord lattice of choices. These choices add color and variety and build a strong sense of harmonic fluency. New harmonic combinations will inspire melodies, rhythms and, best of all, songs. Reading musical notation and previous knowledge of theory is not needed to learn this simple but expansive concept.

David Goodrich (Goody) is a veteran touring and session musician, producer, composer and teacher living in Austin, Texas. With more than 25 years of international touring experience, Goodrich has played on hundreds of recordings, scored multiple films and produced dozens of critically-acclaimed albums. A life-long student and longtime music teacher and coach, Goodrich studied at Berklee College of Music with Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson and Mick Goodrick.

Four dancers in various seated positions on an otherwise bare stage

Fall Orientation Dance Concert and Dance Party

Join the theater and dance department as we us kick off the new school year with original performances by Amherst and Five College faculty members Dante Brown, Leslie Frye Maietta, Katie Martin, Jake Meginsky and Jen Polins, as well as Dancing and Stepping at Amherst College (DASAC)!

A dance party for students will immediately follow in Holden Theater with D.J. Jake Meginksy. Join us for a meet-and-greet with pizza, music and dancing!

Both events are free and open to the Amherst and Five College communities. Tickets are not required.

Sun, Sep 9, 2018

Amherst College jazz faculty playing various instruments on Buckley Recital Hall stage

Jazz Faculty Concert

Jazz Faculty Concert in Buckley Recital Hall on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. The Amherst College jazz faculty welcomes new and returning students with a concert showcasing the depth and richness of jazz at the College. The concert features original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards performed by Claire Arenius (drums), Joe Belmont (guitar), Carl Clements (saxophones, flutes), Geoff Cunningham (trumpet, flugelhorn), Darryl Harper (clarinet), Ann Maggs (voice), David Picchi (bass), Jason Robinson (saxophones), Eugene Uman (piano) and Bob Weiner (percussion). The concert is free and open to the public.

Mon, Sep 10, 2018

Lisa McCarty, Louisa May Alcott’s Desk, Orchard House, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.

Transcendental Concord: Photographs by Lisa McCarty, on view in the Eli Marsh Gallery Sept. 10–Oct. 12

until Oct 12 Fayerweather Hall, 105: Eli Marsh Gallery

Transcendental Concord: Photographs by Lisa McCarty documents the spirit of Transcendentalism, the 19th-century philosophical movement that embraced idealism, communal living and reverence for the natural world in the face of growing industrialization and inhumanity.

ensemble performance

Auditions: Ensemble: Dancing in Community

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Ensemble: Dancing in Community is an intermediate/advanced composition course where students will collaborate to produce a full weekend showcase of their personal choreographic works. In addition to their own work, students will learn repertory from Visiting Assistant Professor Danté Brown, be immersed in a multitude of master classes from professional artists and learn the administrative/business component of being an independent artist. Students who audition must have a strong background in composition and a technique of their choosing.

Auditions will take place on September 5 and 10. Students are encouraged to attend BOTH audition dates.

Wed, Sep 12, 2018

La Causa Latinx Dance Team Practice Session

Interested in Latin music/dance? Salsa? Bachata? Merengue? Come join La Causa’s dance team! All levels of dancers are encouraged to come! It will be led by professional Anastasia Christie with over 15 years of teaching experience!

*OPEN TO ALL 5 COLLEGE STUDENTS*

Questions? Email lacausa@amherst.edu

Students Only

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Lisa McCarty, Louisa May Alcott’s Desk, Orchard House, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.

Opening Lecture, Reception and Book Signing with Lisa McCarty

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, 115 - Pruyne Lecture Hall

Transcendental Concord: Photographs by Lisa McCarty will be on view Sept. 10 – Oct. 12 in the Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather Hall. Join the artist, Lisa McCarty, for an opening lecture, reception and book signing.

Katja Oxman (American, born in Germany, 1942). Sound of Water Over Rock, 2003. Etching and aquatint. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Anonymous gift.

Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception

Please join us to celebrate the opening of our new lineup of fall exhibitions at the Mead Art Museum. Drawn from our permanent collection, these exhibitions offer new narratives of gender and time, and reveal new directions in the Mead’s collecting practices. All are invited for an artistic experience that explores themes across centuries, continents and media!

5–5:30 p.m. | Director’s welcome followed by curatorial remarks by american art curator Vanja Malloy and European print specialist and study room manager Mila Hruba

5:30–7 p.m. | Reception featuring DJ Quills, refreshments and more!

Free and open to all!

Fri, Sep 14, 2018

Black-and-white photo of Chonghyo Shin seated at a grand piano

Adjunct Faculty Concert: Chonghyo Shin, Piano

Amherst College adjunct faculty member Chonghyo Shin presents an evening of solo piano at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

Shin will present works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Debussy.

A native of Seoul, Korea, Shin received bachelor's and master's degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she also taught in the preparatory division. A former teacher at the preparatory division of the New England Conservatory and at Keene State College, she teaches at Amherst College and the Brattleboro Music Center Music School. She has been a soloist with the Boston Pops, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, the New England Conservatory Orchestra and the Windham Orchestra.

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required

Sat, Sep 15, 2018

Image of a bullet tearing through an apple that is held up on a metal post

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Sun, Sep 16, 2018

Amherst Dance Auditions!

Amherst dance auditions will be held this Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Auditions are open to all students of all experience levels! Come prepared to have fun and dance!

Students Only

Thu, Sep 20, 2018

Image on blue suggesting a chapel with a cone shape projecting from the steeple

Gallery Talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy

Drawn entirely from the Mead’s permanent collection, Timing Is Everything presents artworks that visualize concepts of time: linear and cyclical, absolute and relative. It questions the role of time in memory and the many factors that have influenced human perception of the past, present and future, including seasons, geography and technology. Join us for a gallery talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy to learn more about this exhibition.

Free and open to all!

Amherst Poetry Festival

Amherst Poetry Festival

The Amherst Poetry Festival returns for a sixth year, celebrating the literary legacy and contemporary creativity of the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

Anchored by the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, the 2018 festival features Ocean Vuong, the Astro Poets, Shayla Lawson, a screening of the new feature film Wild Nights with Emily, the No-No project, the art exhibition, reading Dickinson's poem "We Grow Accustomed to the Dark" and much more!

A poetry master class with Amherst College writer-in-residence Shayla Lawson and Astro poet Dorothea Lasky is free to all on Saturday, September 22, at 2:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse.

Organized by the Emily Dickinson Museum, and funded in part by the Mass Cultural Council and Amherst Business Improvement District, this year's festival partners include Mass Poetry, the Jones Library, UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hope & Feathers Framing and Printing, Attack Bear Press, Union St. Records and other local businesses and organizations.

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"Wild Nights with Emily" Film Screening in Emily Dickinson's Garden

Fresh from its SXSW premiere, the Amherst Poetry Festival is pleased to present the dramatic comedy Wild Nights With Emily about the life of Emily Dickinson. IndieWire called Molly Shannon's portrayal of Dickinson "brilliant," saying the film "could forever change the narrative of the world's most famous woman poet." Bring your picnic blankets, camp chairs and snacks for this lawn screening that runs 84 minutes. Join Jane Wald, executive director of the Dickinson Museum, in a Q&A after with filmmaker Madeleine Olnek, at this exciting outdoor screening on the lawn at Dickinson’s home!

Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Arts & Comm Field Trip Fridays: Artist Visit/Mead Museum

Arts & Communication Field Trip Friday site visits are a direct connect to the people and places at the heart of the Pioneer Valley’s creative communities. This year’s trips offer you the opportunity to engage with the issues and ideas driving innovative work in the visual arts, advertising, journalism, museums/archives, publishing, and community arts.

Field Trip Fridays start at 2 p.m. sharp in front of Frost Library.

September 14: Artist Visit/Mead Museum
Meet Donnabelle Casis, a Filipina-American artist whose current work draws from varied sources--ancient Filipino tribal tattoos and textiles, bullfighting costumes, and facial recognition software.

Donnabelle Casis is a Filipina-American artist living and working in Western Massachusetts. Her current work explores identity and its relationship to markers and patterns. Casis looks for the hidden geometries that connect disparate and discrete perspectives to form a greater whole.

She earned an MFA in painting from the University of Washington and a BFA from the University of Connecticut. She has received numerous awards and grants, including the Neddy Artist Fellowship for painting granted by the Behnke Foundation, a New Works Laboratory residency from 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle, an Artist Trust Gap Grant, and grants from the Northampton Arts Council. She was also a finalist for the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work is included in several public and private collections and has been featured in group and solo exhibitions at across the country.

Donnabelle is a member of the Curatorial Committee of The ArtSalon. She is also a board member of LiveArt Magazine.

Seating is very limited, so RSVP quickly through Handshake to reserve your spot!

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS:
October 12: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT)
Founding Director and dancer, Jennifer Polins, hosts our visit to this regionally renowned center for movement training and performance practices.

November 9: Daily Hampshire Gazette
Founded in 1786, the Gazette serves more than 15,000 readers a day and is an essential daily news source for the Pioneer Valley.

December 7: Northampton Community Arts Trust
Lighting designer Kathy Couch ’95 and photographer Stephen Petegorsky ’75 describe how they used the land trust model to preserve affordable and accessible space for Northampton’s creative community.

Black-and-white closeup of Gierre Godley

Dance Master Class with Gierre Godley

A 2010 graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (M.F.A.), Gierre J. Godley is a dancer, choreographer and teacher currently living in NYC. He began his training under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell and Arleen Sugano. Gierre has also had the privilege of training at the Ailey School and Millikin University (B.S. in biology, dance minor). He has been on faculty at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (Los Angeles), Fancy Feet Dance Studio (Bronx, N.Y.) and the Centre for the Dansarts (Arkansas), and is currently an adjunct professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y. As a choreographer, Gierre has created works for the Steffi Nossen Dance Co., The Ailey School, Threads Dance Projects and the Tidwell Project Dance Ensemble. In 2010, Gierre created PROJECT 44, an all-male troupe dedicated to showcasing the beauty of male artistry throughout the arts. The group has performed in various national and international venues.

This event is part of the theater and dance department's Fall 2018 Guest Artist Series.

Poster for Amherst College Presents Arabic Movie Night Teer Enta

Arabic Movie Night: Teer Enta

You are cordially invited to the first Arabic movie night screening organized by The Arabic Program at Amherst College, Teer Enta (translates to "You May Go").

The movie is a great light-hearted Egyptian comedy that features a vet who falls in love with the owner of a sick puppy in his clinic. On his birthday, he finds a genie who transforms his life! English subtitles are available.

Arabic light refreshments will be served.

project 44 dancers

Dance Showcase: Project 44

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

While in residency at Amherst, the men of PROJECT 44 will explore and examine memory: how is it manifested, retained and received. Inspired by Gierre J. Godley’s fleeting memories of his grandmother who passed in 1999, the work also investigates the male figure’s relationship to the matriarchs of his life. The work will premiere in December in Queens, N.Y.

This event is part of the theater and dance department's Fall 2018 Guest Artist Series. It is open to the five college community.

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required

Sat, Sep 22, 2018

Image of a bullet tearing through an apple that is held up on a metal post

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

A woman standing on a dark stage holding a broom, with a rug and books scattered behind her

"De algún tiempo a esta parte"

On Saturday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m., Amherst College’s Holden Theater will host "De algún tiempo a esta parte," a monologue by Max Aub, Spanish exile author in Mexico. Spanish actress and researcher Esther Lázaro has masterfully adapted and played Aub’s monologue in the theaters of Barcelona, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris and Vienna, among others. This play chronicles the harrowing experience of a Jewish woman in the Vienna of 1938, before the onset of World War II.

Sun, Sep 23, 2018

Members of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra playing onstage while Mark Lane Swanson conducts

Amherst College Symphony Orchestra: Welcome Concert Class of 2022: "¡Viva México!"

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra launches the fall 2018 season with the music of Spain and Latin America, starting with a showcase of 20th-century concert music from Mexico on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. Tickets are available on the day of the concert beginning at 2 p.m. in the lobby of Arms Music Center. For more information, please call 413-542-2195, email concerts@amherst.edu or visit amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.
 
The concert opens with the boisterous "Sensemayá" (1938) by Silvestre Revueltas (1899–1940), which fuses popular and Stravinsky-like elements in a vibrant tapestry, all in a 7/4 metric scheme. It continues with "El Salón México" (1940), a love letter to the popular music of Mexico's dance halls, which the American master Aaron Copland (1900–1990) absorbed during his frequent tours as a New Deal south-of-the-border arts ambassador for Franklin D. Roosevelt.  
 
The program also includes the 12-minute masterpiece "Sinfonía india" (Symphony No. 2), by Mexico's most influential concert composer, Carlos Chávez (1899–1978) — a work of such vital authenticity and Mexican identity that it has been described as “profoundly non-European.” Finally, the concert closes with "Danzón No. 2" (1994) by Arturo Márquez (born 1950), which is almost cinematic in approach and was inspired by a visit to a ballroom in Veracruz.

Information on the ASO's entire 2018–19 season is available online at amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

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 students and all Five College students with ID.

Mon, Sep 24, 2018

Multilingual storytime flyer

Multilingual Storytime

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Frost Library, Periodicals Reading Room

Come and listen to children's books read in a variety of languages by Amherst College students and local elementary school students. This event is free and open to the local community, including children of all ages. Snacks will be provided.

Multilingual Storytime is the culminating celebration of the Amherst College/Fort River Elementary School Multilingual Children's Book Collection Exhibit, on display in Frost Library during the month of September. The exhibit is a sampling of the books included in a collection created during the winter 2018 Interterm course "Building a Multilingual Children's Book Collection." Students researched and selected a list of the greatest children's books around the world to share with the community here in Amherst. The collection will be expanded to include more languages, so please offer your own suggestions. For more information, visit the Multilingual Booklist below.

This program is the result of a collaboration between Frost Library, the Writing Center and the Center for Community Engagement.

Event poster featuring images of Chloe Bass and her artwork

Chloë Bass: Visiting Artist Lecture

Chloë Bass is visiting campus as part of Artist-in-Residence Macon Reed's course "Installation, Site and The Embodied Spectator." Bass will lead students in activities around themes of collaboration and participatory strategies in installation art. Additionally, Bass will speak about her work in a unique, salon-style event in Reed's studio.

All are welcome to attend this special conversation. Tea and snacks will be provided.

Tue, Sep 25, 2018

Stephen Nachmanovitch pictured with Violin

"The Art of Is" with Stephen Nachmanovitch

The Mead is teaming up with the First-Year Seminar "Thinking Through Improvisation," taught by Darryl Harper, visiting professor of music, to bring Stephen Nachmanovitch to campus. Nachmanovitch, author of Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art, argues that improvisation and creativity are important tools for everyone.

Join us for a talk by Nachmanovitch about the connection between time and improvisation. This program is offered in conjunction with the "Thinking Through Improvisation" First-Year Seminar and the Arts at Amherst Initiative. This event is free and open to all!

Fri, Sep 28, 2018

"Timing Is Everything" Exhibition Installation Shot

"Museums Are Not Neutral" with Emily Potter-Ndiaye

All are invited to meet the Mead’s new head of education, Emily Potter-Ndiaye, and participate in a hands-on gallery workshop at the Mead. Potter-Ndiaye’s education philosophy is two-directional and participatory—come ready to share your thoughts and learn about art in a fun and exciting way. No experience in the arts necessary, but curiosity is a must!

This event is free and open to all.

Bob Weiner playing drums

Music Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Rhythm (with Bob Weiner)

Do you think about music? Are you interested in music but haven’t played an instrument or taken a music course? Are you an experienced performer or composer? This is the music workshop series for you! Thinking about music takes many forms. It could mean performing and composing, or developing historical and cultural research into specific forms of music or using software to make or analyze music. Sponsored by the Department of Music, this series is open to all and offers the campus community different models for thinking about and doing music. Paired with the Music Department Tea Time (which takes place at 4:30 p.m. and immediately follows the workshop), the workshop series is an exciting, low-pressure way of expanding your understanding of music.

Drummer and percussionist Bob Weiner has toured and performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, Jon Lucien, Dianne Reeves, Andy Statman, Rebecca Paris, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses and many others. He has taught at the Drummers Collective in New York, the New England Conservatory in Boston and Berklee College of Music in Boston. He currently plays at Earthdance for Contact Improvisation Jams, and he also plays with many movement/dance formats.

Bob is co-author of two important percussion books, Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset with Frank Malabe and Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset with Duduka da Fonseca (Alfred Music). He holds a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Lesley University, where he taught a course in the Expressive Therapies program titled “Community and Therapeutic Applications of Drumming.” He also recently co-taught a course entitled "Arts Entrepreneurship" via Bachelor Degree Independent Concentration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Bob currently teaches percussion and drumming to music students in the Five College Consortium, as well as privately. Bob also has a particular interest in depth psychology (Jungian studies) and contemplative practices (meditation, tai chi/qi gong) and how they apply to the arts and improvisation.

Music Department Tea Time

Music Department Tea Time

Come take a break from your busy week and enjoy tea, coffee, snacks and good company in the Arms Green Room. The music department's tea times are casual get-togethers where you hang out and chat with other musical folks from around campus. Everyone is welcome — students, faculty, staff, visitors. No affiliation with the department is required!

This event follows the "Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Rhythm" hosted by Bob Weiner.

Camille A. Brown headshot

Five College Dance Annual Fall Lecture: "Moving Culture, Dancing Justice, A Conversation with Camille A. Brown"

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Hampshire College, Robert Crown Center (RCC)

Camille A. Brown is a dancer and choreographer for our times. Her commitment to "reclaiming the cultural narrative of African American identity" is a kind of connective tissue running through all of her artistic endeavors—from her early work as a performer with Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, to her acclaimed dance-making with her company Camille A. Brown & Dancers, her viral TED-Ed video on the history of African-American social dance, her choreography for the recent Broadway revival of "Once on This Island" and her choreography for the NBC production of "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert." In each instance, Ms. Brown's "bold work taps into both ancestral stories and contemporary culture to capture a range of deeply personal experiences."

Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear directly from Camille A. Brown in a conversation moderated by Deborah Goffe, assistant professor of Modern and Contemporary Dance at Hampshire College. The two will discuss Ms. Brown's intersecting career pathways through concert dance, choreography for theater and in commercial contexts and her community engagement initiatives as social justice interventions.

Presented by Five College Dance, with support from generous co-sponsors Five Colleges Inc., Hampshire College Office of the President, the Office of the Dean of Faculty, the School of Humanities Arts and Cultural Studies, the Office of Multicultural Education and Inclusion, and the Ethics and the Common Good Project, and made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required

Sat, Sep 29, 2018

Image of a bullet tearing through an apple that is held up on a metal post

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Black-and-white image of Brooklyn Rider and Magos Herrera

M@A: Brooklyn Rider and Magos Herrera: "Dreamers"

Music at Amherst Parallels Series

Tickets are available though package sales on sale from July 23 to Aug. 29, and thereafter in the 14 days before each concert through amherst.universitytickets.com, or through the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

In society, poets and songwriters play the essential role of dreamers, opening up avenues of hope for others. Despite the oppressive regimes that prevailed throughout much of Latin America and Spain in the 20th century, the dreamers held onto an unending love for beauty and humanity. Mexican-born jazz singer Magos Herrera and the omnivorous string quartet Brooklyn Rider join forces for an unforgettable musical journey, reinterpreting classics of the era from Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Spain, and celebrating such luminaries as Octavio Paz, Federico García Lorca and Rubén Darío.

Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world and rock critics alike.

“They are four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place.” –Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Magos Herrera is regarded as one of the most expressive, beautiful voices and most active vocalists in the contemporary Latin American jazz scene. She is best known for her eloquent vocal improvisation and a bold style that elegantly blends and surpasses language boundaries.

“Herrera is stretching the very notion of jazz singing, pushing past the diva pleasantries into a sound that’s bold, thrilling and effortlessly global.” –NPR

A public masterclass/workshop follows this M@A Series performance at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. It is free and open to the public. For room postings, please see signage upon arrival.

Tickets Required