Event Calendar

April 2021

Thu, Apr 1, 2021

Letter Writing Lab flyer

Letter Writing Lab with Amherst College Press and Frost Library

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

Join us in celebrating the publication of Writing in Time, Marta Werner's new edition of Emily Dickinson's "Master Letters," by writing your own letters to the world. Amherst faculty member Benigno Sánchez Eppler will be joined by archivist Rachel Jirka to introduce key concepts in the history of epistolarity and the material life of letters. Pick up your own postcard designed by Amherst College Press interns from Frost Library, sharpen your pencils, uncap your pens and get ready to write. Co-hosted by the Frost Library Program Committee. Zoom link provided below!

Registration Required

Fri, Apr 2, 2021

Scotty Hardwig performance

Artist Talk with Scotty Hardwig

The Department of Theater and Dance is excited to host an artist talk with Scotty Hardwig! He is an experimental movement artist, performer and teacher originally from southwest Virginia. His research practice stems from the confluence of sensory media and the moving body, creating movement-based artwork through live performance, installation/site-specific, and cinematic frames. He received his MFA in Dance from the University of Utah, and has served on the faculty at the University of Utah and Middlebury College, and is currently an assistant professor in movement, performance and integrated media at Virginia Tech, where he is experimenting and creating choreographic and cinematic works at the intersection of technology and the body.

Please register in advance for the Zoom link. This event is sponsored by the Amherst College Eastman Lecture Fund.

Registration Required

Tue, Apr 6, 2021

"Creative Resilience workshop series with Chelvanaya Grabriel and Mars" in purple font. Background has purple, orange, and blue paint globs. Mead, QRC, and MRC logos in bottom right.

Creative Resilience Workshop #2 (QTPOC-centered)

Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds: Dismantling White Supremacy
How does racism and white supremacy show up in our bodies? How does it inform our relationship to work? Our notions of productivity? And what is essential work? In this workshop, we explore what it means to think of self care as essential work. We explore ways to ground ourselves in the notion that self care is necessary in order to decolonize our experiences and create a world liberated from white supremacy. We will co-create a space where we can reflect about our relationship to self-care and identify ways that systems of oppression show up in our internal narratives and in our bodies. Mars & Naya will guide you in cultivating greater awareness of these impacts and identifying, in community, ways to choose more liberatory ways of moving through the world.

This workshop is designed for QTPOC students, faculty and staff at Amherst College.

This program is limited to 15 participants. Registration is required. Use the link below to sign-up.
Please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or call 413-542-5964 for accessibility concerns.

Registration Required

Fri, Apr 9, 2021

Event poster showing a tree with bright pink blossoms outside the Arms Music Center

Virtual Concert: "Choral Society: Past and Present"

The Amherst College Department of Music presents Choral Society: Past and Present, a streamed collection of new student choral compositions and highlights of past concerts on the Music Department Events Livestream page.

In light of the pandemic, the Choral Society is taking on the challenge of recreating and reclaiming our art. Students on campus and off campus have worked together in small groups to write music and create videos that showcase their virtual collaborations. We will also play never-before-seen highlights from the 2019 tour to the Baltics, as well as selections from past concerts. Students will reflect and share memories.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web:
https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events

Sat, Apr 10, 2021

Nathaniel Dett Chorale standing together and singing outdoors, wearing black dresses and suits

M@A: POSTPONED TO '22: Nathaniel Dett Chorale

This concert has been postponed until it is safe to gather.

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. The 21 classically trained outstanding vocalists of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale have shared the stage with internationally recognized artists such as Juno Award-winning jazz pianist Joe Sealy, singers Molly Johnson and Jackie Richardson, and opera star Kathleen Battle and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble has performed for such luminaries as opera singer Jessye Norman and Dance Theatre of Harlem founder Arthur Mitchell. The Chorale has performed at events honoring world leaders Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, personality Muhammad Ali and pianist Oscar Peterson, and was the only Canadian ensemble invited to perform as part of the celebrations surrounding the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama in January 2009.

The multifaceted vocalists of the Chorale, whose talent stretches beyond the traditional expectations of a classical chamber choir, seek to broaden their vision to include all styles and genres of music, from classical to jazz, folk, blues and popular music, as appropriate to the traditions of the African Diaspora.

Event poster featuring a photo of Jeremy Denk sitting at a small table with a laptop computer and a book of sheet music, holding a pencil

M@A Presents Jeremy Denk, Piano

MacArthur Fellow, polymath, blogger and pianist Jeremy Denk returns to Amherst for a virtual performance of his much acclaimed broadcast. He provides insights into the repertoire and his music-making during the pandemic. Be sure to join the conversation between Amherst's very own Mark Lane Swanson and Denk as they take questions in the event livestream chat.

On the program:
Robert Schumann, Papillons, Op. 2,
Clara Schumann, Three Romances, Op. 21
Missy Mazzoli, "Bolts of Loving Thunder"
Johannes Brahms, Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 119

“... a magical experience that was one of the best solo performances this year.” — The New York Times

This free broadcast was recorded at WGBH Studios, originally broadcast by Celebrity Series of Boston in fall 2020, produced by WGBH Boston.

Thu, Apr 15, 2021

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Endogenous by Christianna Mariano '21

The Department of Theater & Dance presents Christianna Mariano '21's Endogenous, an experiential and immersive installation that explores how our senses make meaning of our experiences through the use of aesthetics. What resonates with you and where?

Come experience Endogenous in the Holden Experimental Theater on April 15-17. Viewings will begin every 15 minutes starting at 5:30pm. Please sign up for a time slot in advance.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event is only open to Amherst College community members currently on campus for spring 2021.

Registration Required

Fri, Apr 16, 2021

endogenous

Endogenous by Christianna Mariano '21

The Department of Theater & Dance presents Christianna Mariano '21's Endogenous, an experiential and immersive installation that explores how our senses make meaning of our experiences through the use of aesthetics. What resonates with you and where?

Come experience Endogenous in the Holden Experimental Theater on April 15-17. Viewings will begin every 15 minutes starting at 5:30pm. Please sign up for a time slot in advance.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event is only open to Amherst College community members currently on campus for spring 2021.

Registration Required

Sat, Apr 17, 2021

endogenous

Endogenous by Christianna Mariano '21

The Department of Theater & Dance presents Christianna Mariano '21's Endogenous, an experiential and immersive installation that explores how our senses make meaning of our experiences through the use of aesthetics. What resonates with you and where?

Come experience Endogenous in the Holden Experimental Theater on April 15-17. Viewings will begin every 15 minutes starting at 5:30pm. Please sign up for a time slot in advance.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event is only open to Amherst College community members currently on campus for spring 2021.

Registration Required
ASO COVID tent

Canceled: ASO Concert: "Black Music Matters - Part One"

The Amherst College Department of Music presents "Black Music Matters - Part One," a virtual performance of unjustly neglected masterpieces by Black composers for the concert hall.

More than 50 gifted student classical instrumentalists currently in residence on the Amherst College campus showcase their talents in all-new content ranging from string quartets, brass and woodwind quintets, to small chamber orchestras. Featured composers include Scott Joplin, William Grant Still, Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, George Walker, Margaret Bonds, Nathaniel Dett, Tania Léon, Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and Harry T. Burleigh.

Mon, Apr 19, 2021

Music Thesis Concert: "To Survive," Obed Amissah '21, Organ

3:00 pm Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center

The Amherst College Department of Music presents To Survive, a senior honors organ recital by Obed Kwamena Amissah ’21. The concert is FREE and will be available on the department’s livestream website.

To Survive commemorates people who lost their lives through COVID-19 and those who face all forms of struggles in this life. It is intended as a message of hope for the future; as the famous quote goes, “'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” (Jeremiah 29:11).

The repertoire comprises a delightful Bach sonata inscribing nostalgic stories on our mental sheets about the better past that transitions to Hindemith’s experience with the World Wars and Nazis and Mendelssohn’s musical interpretation of the psycho-spiritual struggle and quest for humanity’s liberation from temptations and forces.

Wed, Apr 21, 2021

Portrait of Helen Sung sitting at an open piano

CHI Salon: "Finding Your Voice Through Music": A Conversation and Musical Performance with Helen Sung

Pianist/composer Helen Sung shares some of her original music, including selections from her upcoming album Quartet+, in the context of her experience as a Chinese-American growing up in a family culture that valued deference and "real jobs" and her struggle to pursue a quest for personal and artistic authenticity. This presentation, part musical and part oral testimony, touches on such themes as the implications of heritage, the impact of racial stereotypes and the role of the individual.

Helen Sung is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer. Her recent releases Sung with Words (Stricker Street, 2018), a collaborative project with internationally acclaimed poet Dana Gioia, and Anthem for a New Day (Concord Jazz, 2014), topped the jazz charts. Her band has performed at festivals/venues including Newport, Monterey, Detroit, SFJAZZ and Carnegie Hall. Her “NuGenerations" Project toured southern Africa as a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador, and recent international engagements include debuts at the London Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, Blue Note Beijing and the Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival. Sung currently performs with such fine ensembles as the Mingus Big Band and Grammy-winning Cecile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse. Sung is a Steinway Artist and has served on the jazz faculties at Berklee College of Music, the Juilliard School and Columbia University, where she was the inaugural jazz artist-in-residence at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute.

Registration Required

Fri, Apr 23, 2021

April 23 & 24 Merrill Courtyard 8pm-Midnight

Project 2020

Project 2020 is a collaborative art installation project by six current Amherst students. The Project 2020 Team has reimagined the discarded Merrill Courtyard as our canvas for interactive projection and light sculptures. The art installation surrounds the theme of quarantine and isolation. All the projections will be interactive, responding to the viewer’s movement. Sign up link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4cafad28a6f8c16-project

Registration Required

Tue, Apr 27, 2021

Image of a barefoot woman in an orange jumpsuit. A brown chandelier hangs from the ceiling and casts a shadow on a blank white wall.

"Labor, Visibility, Value: A Conversation with Arlene Dávila, Alicia Grullón and Shellyne Rodriguez"

New York University professor and director of the Latinx Project Arlene Dávila and New York-based artists Alicia Grullón and Shellyne Rodriguez will explore the theme of labor through a conversation about their cultural work. The speakers will examine intersecting themes of equity, race, class and creativity, considering the role of art in exploring visibility and value of work and workers. This conversation will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Arlene Dávila.

This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art and is aimed at providing frameworks for thinking about a forthcoming exhibition about labor at the Mead Art Museum.

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle at damodeo13@amherst.edu or (413) 542-5651.

Registration Required

Fri, Apr 30, 2021

A dancer wearing a black unitard, standing barefoot in a wide doorway, facing away from the camera and toward a balcony that overlooks buildings and trees

"Monochrome" by Maya Mizrahi '21

Join the Department of Theater and Dance for a Zoom watch party and artist talk for Monochrome, a dance-film by Maya Mizrahi '21, featuring an original sound score with interview footage from her teacher and mentor, Ilya Gaft. The film reflects on Gaft’s experience as a principal ballet dancer in the Soviet Union. Gaft graduated from the Leningrad Choreographic Academy under the direction of Alexander Pushkin and Agrippina Vaganova. He went on to become a principal dancer, primarily performing in the Mikhailovsky Theater (formerly the Maly Opera Theater), and sometimes performing in the Mariinsky Theater as well. Gaft's philosophy and artistry has been one of Maya’s biggest influences as a dancer, artist and person. The film features videography and editing by Amalia Roy '21 and sound design by MacKenzie Kugel '19, as well as the song “Palemote,” by Slow Meadow. Please register in advance for the Zoom link.

Registration Required