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.
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.
The Arts Trust envisions a downtown Northampton with art at its center, including a diversity of spaces that can incorporate a range of artistic activities: a black box theater, exhibition galleries, music and dance performance areas, work space for artists, office space for arts administration and retail space for arts related businesses. The Arts Trust will acquire spaces, either through purchase or donation, and ensure that such spaces remain dedicated to creative work as well as affordable and accessible to the community into the future. Adapted from the model of land trusts, the facilities created on property acquired by the Trust will enter into long-term lease agreements with the organizations, artists and businesses that occupy and manage the property. Kathy and Stephen are Amherst alumni and long-time board members of the Arts Trust.
Seating is very limited, so R.S.V.P. quickly through Handshake to reserve your spot!
An evening of original works created by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble and the "Collaboration in Theater" class.
Intimate Inanimate Responses is choreographed by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble with Danté Brown. This work features Jasmine Gamboa '19, Matthew Holliday '19, Maya Mizrahi '21, Rebecca Schrader '21, Evelyn Touchette '20E, Leah Woodbridge '20, Orianna Xu '19 and Evan Young '19.
Moments of Innocence is a work in progress, created in "Collaboration in Theater" by Owen Deignan '22, Nicholas Govus '22, Zachary Horwitz '20, Sage Innerarity '22, Heiata Julienne-Ista (language assistant) and Brandon Medina '19.
Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.
When we think of medieval monks and their musical lives, the first thing to come to mind is Gregorian chant, the solemn ritual song that accompanied the monks' liturgical day, week, season and year. But a closer look at medieval monastic manuscripts from the ninth to 12th centuries shows that many monks were singing other songs as well, with texts that were sometimes anything but Christian.
The Sequentia trio, consisting of Benjamin Bagby (voice, harps), Norbert Rodenkirchen (flutes) and Hanna Marti (voice, harp), perform an evening of songs about Fortuna, Dido, Cleopatra, Hercules and the old gods, as they would have been enjoyed by monastic intellectuals around the turn of the first millennium. This performance features charms and incantations by unknown pagan authors, and the deeply moving poems from Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy (early sixth century, set to music in the 11th century), in reconstructions by Bagby and Marti, made together with Sam Barrett.
Sequentia is one of the world’s most respected and innovative ensembles for medieval music. It is an international group of singers and instrumentalists-- united in Paris under the direction of Bagby, a legendary performer and teacher --dedicated to the performance and recording of Western European music from the period before 1300. The size and disposition of the ensemble is determined by the repertoire being performed, and ranges from an instrumental/vocal duo to a large vocal ensemble. Based on meticulous and original research, intensive rehearsal and long gestation, Sequentia’s virtuosic performances are compelling and surprising in their immediacy and strike the listener with a timeless emotional connection to our own past musical cultures.
"This Cologne-based medieval-music ensemble adapts its performing forces to the repertoire at hand, which it performs with both scholarly insight and dramatic verve." – The New York Times
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students (with valid ID): $12
Amherst College Students: $7 in advance or free student rush