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Saturday, April 10, 2021

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.