Event Calendar

Tue, Oct 22, 2019

Survivor Art Collective Logo

Craftivism for Reproductive Justice

Join the Reproductive Justice Alliance and the Women’s and Gender Center for an afternoon of craftivism at the Mead. Artists from the Survivor Art Collective in Easthampton will participate in conversation over lunch and then lead art-making workshops in the galleries. Buttons, stickers, zines, and other works of art will be sold throughout the week in the Keefe Campus Center and in the WGC. All proceeds will benefit a
reproductive justice work in western Massachusetts.
Noon–1 pm | Light lunch and conversation
1–3 pm | Art-making workshops
Free and open to all!
Reproductive Justice Week is a program series led by the Amherst College Women’s and Gender Center and Reproductive Justice Alliance, focused on reproductive justice, abortion access, contraception, and safe birth access, as well as empowering and supporting students. This program responds to numerous student requests for programs and support on this topic. Check the WGC’s website for the full schedule of events at www.amherst.edu/go/WGC.
For accessibility concerns, please contact wgc@amherst.edu.

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

Jazz@Schwemm’s Featuring the Joe Belmont Group

Guitarist Joe Belmont concludes the October run of the Jazz@Schwemm’s series. His trio will perform a variety of tunes in their hour set before giving way to student combos Kepler and Newton. Jazz@Schwemm’s appreciates the financial support of the Office of Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst. The concert is free and the coffeeshop food offerings are tasty!

Fri, Oct 25, 2019

Black-and-white photo of Annie Wang dancing in front of a wall full of newspaper pages

Dance Masterclass with Annie Wang

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Guest artist Annie Wang joins the Department of Theater and Dance to teach a masterclass in contemporary dance technique.

Wang is a freelancer based in New York. She dances with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, Company Stefanie Batten Bland and Parijat Desai; she has also worked with Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, Daria Fain and MADArt Productions. Her choreography has been presented at Five Myles, the Center for Performance Research, the 92Y, BKSD, WestFest Dance, Triskelion, BRIC and the Chocolate Factory Theater. Annie has been artist-in-residence at BRIClab, Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Marble House Project. She was awarded a Brooklyn Arts Council grant to develop her work “Marigram,” which will be presented at the Exponential Festival in 2020.

All are welcome to attend!

Arianne Abela conducting singers

Homecoming Concert: Amherst College Choral Society

The Amherst College Choral Society, directed by Arianne Abela, presents their Homecoming Concert. The concert features works by Daley, Viadana, Rogers and more. The Choral Society is joined by composer and Amherst College alumnus Jerry Noble '83 in the world premiere of his composition "What's It Gonna Take? (Love)."

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Sat, Oct 26, 2019

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Wild Nights

“Wild Nights with Emily” Screening and Q&A with Madeleine Olnek

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

The Emily Dickinson Museum is pleased to present a free screening of Wild Nights with Emily with director Madeleine Olnek. The film will be followed by a Q&A led by Jane Wald, the Museum’s Executive Director. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the movie IndieWire called “hilarious” and “touching”!
Parking will be available by the tennis courts.
About the film: In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,789 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst’s most bizarre love triangle.
About the filmmaker: Madeleine Olnek is a New York City based playwright and filmmaker. Her third feature film, Wild Nights With Emily, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from NYSCA and Jerome Foundation funds. Her second feature, The Foxy Merkins, included screenings at Sundance 2014, BAM Cinemafest, Lincoln Center, and an NYC theatrical run at IFP. The film had its international premiere at the Moscow Film Festival. Her debut feature, Codependent Lesbian Sex Alien Seeks Same, premiered at Sundance 2011. Its screening included MoMa, The Viennale and the Festival do Rio. Nominated for a Gotham award, it had theatrical runs in LA and NYC. Her award-winning and widely screened comedy shorts, Countertransference (2009), and Hold Up (2006), were official selections of Sundance; Make Room For Phyllis (2007) premiered at Sarasota. Olnek was awarded best female short film director at Sundance in 2009, by LA’s Women In Film organization.

Halloween Bingo

Join AC After Dark in the Friedman Room on Saturday, Oct. 26! There will be plenty of snacks to eat and Halloween prizes to win!

Samirah Evans

Homecoming Concert: Amherst College Jazz Ensemble

Featured Vocalist Samirah Evans joins the ACJE and its director Bruce Diehl in presenting music by Duke Ellington, Fats Domino and Nancy Wilson. Music by Fred Sturm, Lennie Niehaus, Count Basie and others rounds out the set list.

FREE and open to the public. Collecting donations to the Amherst Survival Center.

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Medea

"Medea"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Medea by Euripides, in a version by Ben Power. This new production blurs the lines between theater, film, and reality. Conceived by Maki Ybarra-Young, who plays the title role, and director Ron Bashford, the show imagines Medea as one of the strong and dangerous women of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But is she who she seems? Or the more vulnerable actor underneath? Come explore the iconic Greek character as she navigates her role as a woman and an immigrant through the “cinematic lens” of our own history.
Starring an all-student cast: Grace Davenport, Nicholas Govus, Rory Hartblay, Sam Hood, Sterling Kee, Aylin Kim, Navie Kim, Lena Lamer, Sylvie Mahoro, Eli Maierson, Rowan Muzzy, Teo Ruskov, Lorelle Sang, Julian Schauffler and Maki Ybarra-Young.
Scenic design by Lauren Thompson, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, lighting design by Sophina Flores ’20 and sound design by Alistair Edwards ’22.
Tickets are free and open to the public. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Fri, Nov 1, 2019

Vocalist Chris Humphrey, Cartoon

Family Weekend: Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Concert

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bruce Diehl, presents its Family Weekend Concert. Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center. FREE and open to the public. Collecting donations to the Amherst Survival Center.

Featured Vocalist Chris Humphrey joins the ACJE and its director Bruce Diehl to present music by Frank Sinatra and Cab Calloway. Music by Fred Sturm, Lennie Niehaus, Count Basie and others rounds out the set list.

Medea

"Medea"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Medea by Euripides, in a version by Ben Power. This new production blurs the lines between theater, film, and reality. Conceived by Maki Ybarra-Young, who plays the title role, and director Ron Bashford, the show imagines Medea as one of the strong and dangerous women of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But is she who she seems? Or the more vulnerable actor underneath? Come explore the iconic Greek character as she navigates her role as a woman and an immigrant through the “cinematic lens” of our own history.
Starring an all-student cast: Grace Davenport, Nicholas Govus, Rory Hartblay, Sam Hood, Sterling Kee, Aylin Kim, Navie Kim, Lena Lamer, Sylvie Mahoro, Eli Maierson, Rowan Muzzy, Teo Ruskov, Lorelle Sang, Julian Schauffler and Maki Ybarra-Young.
Scenic design by Lauren Thompson, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, lighting design by Sophina Flores ’20 and sound design by Alistair Edwards ’22.
Tickets are free and open to the public. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Sat, Nov 2, 2019

Arianne Abela conducts

Family Weekend: Amherst College Choral Society Concert

Dr. Arianne Abela and assistant conductor Gilbert Wermeling ’19 conduct music by Saunder Choi, Sydney Guillaume, Stephen Hatfield, and more. The Choral Society is joined by composer and Amherst College alumnus, Jerry Noble ’83 in the world-premiere of his composition, "What's it gonna take? (Love)". The concert is FREE and open to the public.
Join Choral Society preceding the concert for a free brunch in Arms Music Building at 11 a.m.

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Saturday Close Looks

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ASO in action

Family Weekend ASO Concert: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, A. Cheng ’20, piano

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (“ASO”) presents the second concert of its 2019-2020 season devoted to Russian masterworks. This concert also celebrates Family and Parents Weekend at Amherst College. Tickets are required. Free for Five College students.
The ASO performs Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, followed by Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto, Audrey Cheng ’20, soloist. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’ Symphony #5 in E minor. Mark Lane Swanson, ASO Music Director & Senior Lecturer in Music at Amherst College, conducts.
For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, see https://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians
Tickets may be purchased at the door only. Prices are $10 general public; $5 senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12, and are FREE to Five College students with ID.

Tickets Required
Medea

"Medea"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Medea by Euripides, in a version by Ben Power. This new production blurs the lines between theater, film, and reality. Conceived by Maki Ybarra-Young, who plays the title role, and director Ron Bashford, the show imagines Medea as one of the strong and dangerous women of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But is she who she seems? Or the more vulnerable actor underneath? Come explore the iconic Greek character as she navigates her role as a woman and an immigrant through the “cinematic lens” of our own history.
Starring an all-student cast: Grace Davenport, Nicholas Govus, Rory Hartblay, Sam Hood, Sterling Kee, Aylin Kim, Navie Kim, Lena Lamer, Sylvie Mahoro, Eli Maierson, Rowan Muzzy, Teo Ruskov, Lorelle Sang, Julian Schauffler and Maki Ybarra-Young.
Scenic design by Lauren Thompson, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, lighting design by Sophina Flores ’20 and sound design by Alistair Edwards ’22.
Tickets are free and open to the public. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Fri, Nov 8, 2019

Faith Wen '20 piano

Senior Thesis Performance: Faith Wen ’20, piano

The Amherst College Department of Music presents “Sola”, an honors thesis in piano performance by Faith Wen ’20. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.
“Sola” is a contemplation on solitude—on the comfort, assurance, satisfaction, hope, joy, even triumph that solitude can hold when we find meaning in something beyond ourselves. Drawing on her faith, Wen hopes to use the voices of Ravel, Liszt, and Beethoven to express that impossible truth: that in solitude can be found an other; that the invisible is more real than the visible.
Program:
Ravel – Sonatine
Liszt – Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude
Beethoven – Sonata No. 31, Op. 110 in A-flat Major
For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web:
www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Sat, Nov 9, 2019

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Sun, Nov 10, 2019

yMusic

M@A Parallels Series Presents yMusic

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:
www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Leila Josefowicz

M@A Chamber Series Presents Leila Josefowicz, violin, with John Novacek, piano

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
Program:
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.

Tickets Required

Sat, Nov 16, 2019

John Novacek, piano

M@A Chamber Series Masterclass with Pianist John Novacek

Pianist John Novacek works with students in a public masterclass. Free and open to the public.

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Sat, Nov 23, 2019

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Sat, Dec 7, 2019

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