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May 2021

Sat, May 1, 2021

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Choral Society: Senior Concert

The Amherst College Department of Music presents “Choral Society: Senior Concert.” Pre-recorded from Buckley with our on-campus choirs, the Choral Society performs on Saturday, May 1 at 7 PM on the Music Department Event Live Stream page.

Singing during the pandemic has been a challenge around the globe, but we at Amherst have been lucky to make music safely and in-person. The on-campus Amherst choirs share a variety of choral works including world premieres of Grey Grant's "Voice Chant II" and Brandon Waddles' "Come, Lord Jesus." We will also feature the on-campus and remote choir members on the world premiere of Colin Britt's "Unmute Yourself." We will close the concert with our traditional Senior Song. FREE, open to the public.

Wed, May 5, 2021

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"The Confluence of Amherst, Art & Restorative Justice"

“There is a growing consensus that art can be a powerful tool in restorative justice processes. This is, in part, due to the therapeutic nature of art. Art, as an introspective and expressive endeavor, can encourage emotional processing and the kind of active and productive healing [toward which] restorative justice aims….” —from Art and Restorative Justice: Transformative Healing Through Expression

Join us for an evening of Amherst art as it intertwines around, with and through restorative justice. Music, dance, theater, spoken word, graphic design… all media of expression are welcomed!

Registration Required

Thu, May 6, 2021

Dollhouse view of the inside of the Bailey Brown House

"Inside the Bailey Brown House"

5:00 pm Virtual

Join the Arts at Amherst Initiative for our final event of the semester! Arts Coordinator Ellen Mutter '18 will unveil the new virtual tour of the Bailey Brown House, which features new works by several local artists. In the second half of the event, Ellen will be joined by Professor of Art and the History of Art Dwight Carey for a conversation about preliminary research into the history of the home.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the arts coordinator for the AAI, Ellen Mutter, at

Registration Required

Fri, May 7, 2021

Crochet & Connect at Book & Plow

Crochet & Connect at Book & Plow

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Book & Plow Farm

Join the Wellness Team and the staff of Book & Plow for a chance to learn to crochet and connect with Amherst community members at the scenic Book & Plow Farm. Participants will be provided with their choice of yarn, a crochet hook and a linen bag, and can keep all supplies. Sign up here:

Students Only
Registration Required
Composer Jen Allen sitting at a piano

Jazz Combo and Amherst College Jazz Ensemble McBride Concert

7:00 pm Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center

Members of the Jazz Performance Program at Amherst College, which includes two jazz combos and the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble (ACJE), perform. Jazz combos Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake perform starting at 7 p.m., followed by the Jazz Ensemble at 8:30 p.m. Both performances will be livestreamed through the Amherst College music department website and are FREE and open to the public. 

All three groups perform a wide array of jazz compositions and arrangements from composers such as Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Stevie Wonder and the 2021 McBride ’59 Jazz Commission Series composer, Jen Allen. The ACJE premieres her new composition “On the Precipice.”

10-Minute (Zoom) Play Festival!

Come join the Green Room for a rollicking night of short plays, all created by Amherst students specifically for the Zoom format! Featuring plays by Grace Walker '24, Julian Schauffler '23, Leah Folpe '23, Emma Ratshin '22E, Matt Vitelli '24, Bianca Sass '23, Luke Herzog '24 and Caroline Seitz '22.

Sat, May 8, 2021

African and Caribbean Student's Union Wave Your Flag

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Stage In Front of the Science Center

The African and Caribbean Students' Union presents our annual Wave Your Flag showcase. Come out to enjoy amazing performances by members of ACSU as well as amazing ACSU Dance Performances! There will be free food, great music and VIBES! Come out and enjoy!

"Continuous Replay" screenshot: five images of five dancers, each holding their hands to the sides of their head and their elbows out to the sides

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's "Continuous Replay: Come Together"

Join the Amherst College Theater & Dance Department for a Zoom performance of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s Continuous Replay: Come Together.

Amidst the isolation and racial uprisings in the early summer of 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic continued its spread, 44 current and former members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company came together (while being apart) to create something as a community in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. At the center of this virtual presentation was a recreation of Arnie Zane‘s iconic work Continuous Replay. In 1991, three years after Arnie’s passing at the height of the AIDS pandemic, Bill T. Jones made Arnie’s choreography into a full company work. Continuous Replay has connected generations of company members and was, for most of them, the only way to know Arnie. Now, students from both Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College join in this legacy as they embody this seminal work in its reimagined digital rendition, Continuous Replay: Come Together, with original sound score created by Jake Meginsky and digital design and technical direction by Scotty Hardwig and Raul Mendoza.

This performance event will promote and benefit three local and remarkable Black-women-led initiatives: Sonya Clark’s The Solidarity Book Project, Shakia Barron’s Black Beauty Dance, and Shakia Barron and Jamila Umi Jackson’s Black Women’s Leadership Initiative. The evening will begin with a conversation between Jenna Riegel (repetiteur of Continuous Replay: Come Together) and Sonya Clark, Shakia Barron and Jamila Umi Jackson. The event will culminate with the Amherst College Theater and Dance Repertory class’ performance of Continuous Replay: Come Together, with a talk-back with the performing artists to follow. This event is open to all.

Registration Required

10-Minute (Zoom) Play Festival!

Come join the Green Room for a rollicking night of short plays, all created by Amherst students specifically for the Zoom format! Featuring plays by Grace Walker '24, Julian Schauffler '23, Leah Folpe '23, Emma Ratshin '22E, Matt Vitelli '24, Bianca Sass '23, Luke Herzog '24 and Caroline Seitz '22.

Sun, May 9, 2021

ASO Outside: "The King of Ragtime: A Scott Joplin Celebration"

The Amherst College Department of Music and Office of Student Activities celebrate Mother's Day by proudly presenting The King of Ragtime: A Scott Joplin Celebration. The event will be presented on the Student Activities Outdoor Stage just west of the Science Center on campus, but please note that only Amherst College students and faculty/staff approved to be on campus are allowed to attend in person.

Over 50 members of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra perform transcriptions of 18 iconic rags, in groups ranging from solo instrumentalists, string trios, quartets and quintets. The orchestra's Scott Joplin celebration is part of its Black Music Matters semester-long survey of the works of Black composers.

The event will be livestreamed on the Amherst Symphony Orchestra page at

A drummer and other members of BMOP sitting onstage with their instruments and sheet music, with the conductor standing in front of them

M@A: POSTPONED A Virtual Season Presents Boston Modern Orchestra Project

In 1996, Gil Rose set out to restore a widening disconnect between contemporary audiences and contemporary music. Today, the Grammy award-winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) remains dedicated to its mission and is the leading orchestra for commissioning, performing and recording modern orchestral music.

Scott Wheeler: "Pocket Concerto"
Martin Brody: "Prince of Cats" – World Premiere
Martin Brody: "The Trick of Singularity" – World Premiere
Eric Sawyer: "Ways of Being" – World Premiere
Lewis Spratlan: "Chamber Symphony" – World Premiere

10-Minute (Zoom) Play Festival!

Come join the Green Room for a rollicking night of short plays, all created by Amherst students specifically for the Zoom format! Featuring plays by Grace Walker '24, Julian Schauffler '23, Leah Folpe '23, Emma Ratshin '22E, Matt Vitelli '24, Bianca Sass '23, Luke Herzog '24 and Caroline Seitz '22.

Mon, May 10, 2021

Jazz Combo Hyakutake in Concert

Jazz Combo Hyakutake will present their final concert of the year TONIGHT at 8 p.m. in Arms Music Center Room 7. The performance will feature music by Jen Allen, Neil Hefti, Chick Corea and Stevie Wonder.

The concert will be presented on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 916 1048 5236
Passcode: 305442

Wed, May 12, 2021

Stearns Steeple in front of the Mead Art Museum

Acquisitions Proposals for the Mead: Student Presentations from Professor Odo’s Spring Course "WWII and Japanese Americans"

Join Mead staff and students as we consider art acquisition proposals from students in Professor Odo’s course "WWII and Japanese Americans." The presenters have been researching artists Toyo Miyakate, Roger Shimomura, Kristine Aono and Lynne Yamamoto and their work, as it reflects Japanese American experience during and since WWII and whose inclusion into the Mead collection would advance the curriculum and speak to silences within the museum’s collection of American art.

Registration Required

Jazz Combo Hale-Bopp in Concert

Jazz Combo Hale-Bopp will present a concert. They will perform music of Camuel Hart '23, Cameron Chandler '20, McCoy Tyner and Takuya Kuroda.

This will be a Zoom event:
Meeting ID: 977 0483 4884
Passcode: 533802

Fri, May 14, 2021

Photo of a man leaning back in the driver's seat in a theater set designed to look like a car

"I Met God (and the Devil) in an Uber" by Daniel Rendon '21

The Department of Theater and Dance presents I Met God (and the Devil) in an Uber, an original drama by Daniel Rendon '21. How much pain and suffering can we take as human beings before we reach the end of the line? What is the price of being good? What is the price of being bad? In Daniel Rendon’s new play, Santiago, a down-on-his-luck Uber driver, is pushed to find the answers, but will he?

I Met God (and the Devil) in an Uber will be released for streaming on May 14, 2021.

Natural Tie Dye Workshop

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Book and Plow Farm

Book & Plow is partnering with Student Activities and Arts at Amherst to expand our natural dye workshops this year. We’ll be hosting natural dye workshops once a month till October. Available to both in person and remote Amherst students. Spaces are limited. Remote participants will be sent their naturally dyed t-shirt after the workshop.

This is a slow process, so please sign up only if you can commit to the entire length of the workshop. Please come ready to get a little messy!

Students Only
Registration Required

Sun, May 16, 2021

ASO Black Music Matters Poster

ASO Concert : "Black Music Matters"

The Amherst College Department of Music presents "Black Music Matters Marathon," a virtual performance by members of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra showcasing a multitude of unjustly neglected masterpieces by Black composers for the concert hall.

Fifty-five Amherst College classical musicians will perform numerous solo works as well as works for string quartet, woodwind and brass quintet. Composers featured include Scott Joplin, William Grant Still, Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, George Walker, Margaret Bonds, Nathaniel Dett, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Harry T. Burleigh, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Valerie Coleman, Frederick Tillis, Clarence Cameron White and many others. FREE. View on the livestream.

Wed, May 19, 2021

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"Solo Performance": An Evening of Original Student Works

The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance presents Solo Performance, a Zoom event featuring original works created by students in course THDA 355, taught by Professor Wendy Woodson.

Alistair Edwards '22 presents Deadline, an introspective journey through the mind of an average college student. What starts as a simple request for an extension descends into a deep look at one's insecurities, flaws and resolve for self-improvement.

Charmolypi’ by Nick Govus '22 is a story-driven autobiographical work exploring the questions of childhood and adulthood, love and loss, good and evil, fear and joy. It is an exploration into what it means to be human in a world filled with chaos, a question as much as it is an answer.

No Door is an electric poem made by Rebecca Schrader '21 in collaboration with Elizabeth Green and Isabela Haye. The work features entirely original audiovisual material which happens in a place where one plus one is not two, where there is no such thing as "being awake," and pleasure is no different than pain.

Open to all. Please register in advance for Zoom link.

Registration Required

Fri, May 21, 2021

Film & Media Studies Seniors Celebration

4:00 pm Virtual

Amherst College students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends, and family are invited to join us for a virtual gathering for our FAMS graduating seniors! We will be celebrating their accomplishments as well as presenting some of their work.

Please register in advance for a Zoom link.

Registration Required