Violist Matthew Dane '93 and harpsichordist Gregory Hayes '73 present Reflections, a program showcasing the viola d'amore as an extraordinary instrument to express the diverse music of our time and world. The program includes music by Antonio Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt and Reena Esmail, and features a premiere by Amherst College's Professor Eric Sawyer. The concert is free and open to the public.
At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.
Snacks will be provided at this indoor documentary showing, held in anticipation of Justice Ginsburg's visit to campus on October 3.
What is contemporary about contemporary art? Join David Little, John Wieland 1958 Mead Director and Chief Curator, in a participatory discussion of this question based on close examination of the works on view. Audiences will explore how artists borrow from pop culture, use new materials, and apply new conceptual approaches to addressing pressing issues in art and society.
Free and open to all!
Eric Sawyer, of Amherst College’s music faculty, has composed an album of popular songs. Or are they?
Sawyer, the composer of three operas and a range of instrumental and vocal music, introduces and performs this new album that draws on a range of popular forms, raising the questions: What does the classical tradition have to offer popular song, and vice versa? And what, if anything, is the distinction between art song and pop song?
A wine and tapas reception will follow. Childcare will be provided.
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO), directed by Mark Lane Swanson, opens its 2019-2020 season of Russian masterworks at its annual concert welcoming the incoming class at Amherst College. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 7 p.m.
The hour-long concert, devoted to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, opens with his Festive Overture, a boisterous piece d'occasion composed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the October Revolution. It also features his powerful and moving Fifth Symphony–Shostakovich’s life-or-death response to Stalin’s scathing critique of his work as “muddle instead of music.” Undoubtedly, Shostakovich’s greatest masterpiece, the symphony’s surface may appear to project Soviet triumphalism, but the Russian people could discern its deeper meaning as an indictment of internal repression and Stalin’s inhumane political purges.
For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, please visit https://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians.
Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Prices are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12, and are free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.
This exhibition takes as its starting point Oleg Vassiliev’s portfolio of lithographs “The House with a Mezzanine” (1991), which centers around the artist’s conversation across time with Anton Chekhov’s short story. The show examines the complex relationship in Russian culture between art and literature, the dynamic between image and text, and illustration and artistic freedom.
“Ross Gay’s eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us,” said Tracy K. Smith, describing Gay’s recent collection of essays, "The Book of Delights". Gay is also the author of three books of poetry, including "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude", winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the Guggenheim Foundation and teaches at Indiana University. He is the co-founder of The Tenderness Project, an online archive of radical empathy.
The Arabic Program at Amherst College and the International Prize for Arabic Fiction are proud to present an evening of Arabic Literature and Music, part of the Second US IPAF book Tour!
Featuring Shahad Al Rawi, author of "The Baghdad Clock," the novel shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2018, and Professor Luke Leafgren, Professor of Arabic at Harvard University and translator of the novel.
There will be live Arabic music by Layaali Arabic Music Trio, and Middle Eastern refreshments will be served.
This event is free and open to the public! Sponsored by the Five College Arabic Language Initiative, The International Prize for Arabic Fiction and the Tagliabu Fund.
Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. He returns to Buckley to perform on the Hamburg Steinway D that he helped select for the Amherst Music Department. Performing works by Haydn, Brahms, and Beethoven.
“There are many prized recordings of the Beethoven sonatas from past masters and current artists. But if I had to recommend a single complete set, I would suggest Mr. Lewis’s distinguished recordings.” —Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata in E Minor, Hob XVI: 34
Brahms: Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
Beethoven: 33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120
Single ticket prices:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students with valid ID: $12
Founded in New York City in 2008, yMusic believes in presenting excellent, emotionally communicative music, regardless of style or idiom. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) have attracted the attention of high-profile collaborators—including Paul Simon, Bill T. Jones and Ben Folds—and inspired original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli and Andrew Norman. Performing works by Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, Caroline Shaw, Bryce Dessner, Gabriella Smith and Andrew Norman.
“One of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music” —Fred Child, NPR
This concert is part of the M@A Series and requires tickets. Tickets to these performances are available in the 14 days before each concert. To purchase tickets, please use the online portal at no extra charge, write us at concerts at amherst dot edu or please call 413-542-2195.
The box office for this performance opens on October 27, 2019. Ticket prices are $18 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid ID. FREE Amherst College student rush tickets are available at the door beginning at 6 p.m.
For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us at:
An outstanding champion of contemporary music, Leila Josefowicz is the chosen interpreter of several leading composers including the late Oliver Knussen, John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Mackey, Matthias Pintscher and Luca Francesconi. Performing works by Stravinsky, Janáček, Knussen, Kurtág and Ravel.
“In short, a fantastic talent” —Gramophone
Stravinsky: Duo Concertant Janáček: Dumka
Janáček: Sonata -Intermission-
Knussen: Reflection Kurtág: Tre pezzi
Ravel: Violin Sonata
Tickets are required and go on sale beginning November 1: visit amherst.universitytickets.com or call (413) 542–2195. FREE AC student rush tickets available at the door beginning one hour ahead. The box office opens at 7 p.m.
Chamber Series ticket prices:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
FREE Amherst student rush signup available in the Arms Building lobby an hour before showtime.
Do Things to Images presents for the first time a selection of photographs from 2014 to 2019 by the artist Odette England. It includes images from her newest series Love Notes.
England’s parents’ former dairy farm, and the archive of snapshots her family made there, serve as raw material for England’s practice. Many of her photographs are unique pieces. By mixing preciousness with low-fi, unrepeatable processes, England highlights the infidelity of memory.
This exhibition includes prints from negatives that England buried and then dug up, and hand-torn paper prints. It features pages ripped from family photo albums, and vintage snapshots that have been hole-punched, among other works. Her need to cut, crop, sand, fold and otherwise manipulate photographs is in contrast to the French meaning of her name, Odette, “Lover of Home.”
Join Odette England for a lecture and the opening of her exhibition on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather.