La Causa is hosting its 22nd VOICES Spoken Word Event! VOICES is the largest free ALANA (African/Latino/Asian/Native American) spoken-word concert in the Northeast. The event is meant to expose the Amherst College campus and Five College area to the diversity, complexity and power of the national ALANA poetry scene and to combat the underrepresentation of literary examples in schools by promoting cultural literacy.
This year’s VOICES will bring together seven established poets on one stage, for an evening of poetic engagement that decolonizes the arts within the Five Colleges. This event has become a hallmark for students of color and a campus favorite, receiving 250+ guests each year. We hope that everyone will join us on Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse!
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO) presents the third of its ongoing series of works by Russian classical composers with a concert of music by Khatchaturian, Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakov.
The concert opens with the propulsive and percussive “Sabre Dance,” from Aram Khatchurian’s ballet Gayane, a wild “wedding dance” of Armenian folk melodies so popular that it topped U.S. jukebox charts in 1948. The performance continues with the Romantic violin concerto of Alexandr Glazunov, with soloist Maya Bulos '20, and closes with Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s showpiece "Scheherazade." This iconic masterpiece depicts the heroic legend of a vizier’s daughter who outwits an embittered, murderous monarch. She thus saves her own life and those of countless other women by telling captivating tales over the course of 1,001 nights.
For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, see https://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians.
Tickets may be purchased at the door only. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and free to Five College students with ID.