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Sat, Nov 6, 2021

Green Poster with spiral text "The Antidote is Optimism" and " Vertigo"

Student Theses: William Fishell '21 and Elijah Quastler '21

The performances take place Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7 and 8:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. The concert is FREE and open to those in the Amherst College testing pool; seating is by general admission. For those unable to attend in person, we recommend tuning in to the FREE Music Department Event Livestream: amherst.edu/go/musicstream

7 p.m.: Vertigo, by William Fishell '22E
The technological advancements of the 20th century have given composers new tools with which to create music. From the Beatles’ use of the Mellotron on "Strawberry Fields Forever" to Public Enemy’s use of the SP1200 on It Takes a Nation of Millions..., new technologies have changed the soundscapes of all genres. What happens when new technologies are used in the composition process itself? Vertigo is a composition thesis that attempts to explore this question. Vertigo uses Long Short Term Memory neural networks to create melodic and harmonic ideas as points of inspiration throughout the composition process, while also blending different genres such as salsa and hip-hop, and influences from composers like Wayne Shorter and Claude Debussy.

Performers:
MC: Kiiren Aamer
Vocalist: Diana Daniels
Flute: Robin Kong
Trumpet: William Fishell
Tenor Saxophone: Dean Gordon
Trombone: Connor Barnes
Piano: Matthew Mueller
Bass: Anna Dietrich
Drumset: Camuel Hart
Violin 1: Hannah Kim
Violin 2: Hasun Noh
Viola: Grace Geeganage
Cello: Liam Tanglao

PROGRAM:
"Lights": Robin Kong, William Fishell, Dean Gordon, Connor Barnes, Matthew Mueller, Anna Dietrich, Camuel Hart, Hannah Kim, Hasun Noh, Grace Geeganage, Liam Tanglao

"City Streets": Robin Kong, William Fishell, Dean Gordon, Connor Barnes, Matthew Mueller, Anna Dietrich, Camuel Hart

"Woland’s Ball": Robin Kong, William Fishell, Dean Gordon, Connor Barnes, Matthew Mueller, Anna Dietrich, Camuel Hart

"Ennadai": William Fishell, Dean Gordon, Connor Barnes, Matthew Mueller, Anna Dietrich, Camuel Hart

"A Song For Lori": Robin Kong, William Fishell, Dean Gordon, Connor Barnes, Matthew Mueller, Anna Dietrich, Camuel Hart

"Don’t Wanna Leave": Diana Daniels, Kiiren Aamer,Robin Kong, William Fishell, Dean Gordon, Connor Barnes, Matthew Mueller, Anna Dietrich, Camuel Hart

8:30 p.m. The Antidote Is Optimism, by Eli Quastler
Eli’s work is the culmination of over a year of songwriting and arranging that explores various facets of his life since the coronavirus pandemic began. Eli chooses to take a positive, optimistic approach to life through his music: the lyrics are uplifting, and the music is upbeat and fun to listen to. He blends pop-inspired lyrics with jazz-and-funk-inspired harmony and arrangement in his nine-song live album premiere. He hopes it will be easy to dance or sing along to his joy-filled music, and that it will be accessible to all listeners, regardless of musical preference.

PROGRAM:
"Introduction"
"Michael"
"Be Careful What You Wish For"
"Home"
"Rollerblade"
"2009 Sedona"
"Simply Who Speaks First"
"Optimism"
"New Kid in Town"

PERFORMERS:
Emma Ratshin - Voice, Piano
Dean Gordon - Tenor Saxophone
Masahiro Nishikawa - Trombone
Gabriel Proia - Trumpet
Eli Quastler - Guitar
Quentin Jeyaretnam - Bass
Adrian Friedman - Drums

Thu, Nov 11, 2021

Russian Film Screening: "Piter FM" • Питер FM

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

In this romantic comedy, directed by Oksana Bychkova and released in 2006, a young man with an architecture degree who works part-time as a street sweeper picks up a cell phone dropped by someone in a crowd and attempts to return it to its owner, a young woman working for a popular St. Petersburg radio station as a DJ. But each time they try to meet, their attempts are thwarted by fate.

Mon, Nov 15, 2021

Student Thesis: Seohyun Hong '22, Flute: “ASSEMBLAGE”

The Amherst College Department of Music presents ASSEMBLAGE, a flute performance thesis by Seohyun (Cece) Hong ’22 on Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center.

Seohyun Hong '22, a flutist for 15 years, takes the stage in her first full solo recital. Featuring important works from Baroque, Romantic, and 20th-century flute repertoire, this recital serves as a brief tasting menu of flute repertoire. It is also a reflection and collection of the past 20 months Cece spent in quarantine, the past four years of how her love for music has grown at Amherst, and the past 15 years she has spent hopelessly and irrevocably in love with music.

Arts at Amherst Fall Soiree

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

Faculty and staff only: Join the Arts at Amherst Initiative in conversation with Professors Jude Sandy and Jeffers Engelhardt on the intersections of history, culture and art.

Jude Sandy is an actor, director, teacher and movement artist, born in Trinidad and Tobago, who has worked on and off Broadway and around the United States. He is joining us as a visiting professor this year in the theater and dance department.

Jeffers Engelhardt is an ethnomusicologist and professor of music at Amherst College, where he is affiliated with programs in film and media studies, European studies, and the Five College Certificate in Ethnomusicology. His research deals with the relationship of music, religion, secularity and media, and music in Estonian culture and society.

Both presenters will explore their work, and the theme of how history, culture and art shape each other. Complimentary wine and cheese will be provided to the first 10 respondents. Please RSVP below to receive the Zoom invitation and your complimentary refreshments.

For questions or accessibility information, please contact arts@amherst.edu.

Registration Required

Wed, Feb 2, 2022

Musicians Eric Sawyer and James Demler performing

CHI Salon: "A Winter's Ramble: A New Song Cycle"

Bass-baritone James Demler and composer/pianist Eric Sawyer will introduce and perform a new 30-minute song cycle on original texts exploring disharmony among the individual, nature and technology. The point of departure is to imagine the speaker of Schubert's landmark cycle Winterreise in a 21st-century landscape.

Fri, Mar 25, 2022

Headshot of Stewart Goodyear, seated and wearing a blue sweater

M@A Presents: Stewart Goodyear, Piano

Proclaimed “a phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times and “one of the best pianists of his generation” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer.

Mr. Goodyear has performed with major orchestras of the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, MDR Symphony Orchestra (Leipzig), Montreal Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Program
Jennifer Higdon: Secret and Glass Gardens
Anthony Davis: Middle Passage
Stewart Goodyear: Phoenix
Debussy: La Cathedral Engloutie; Masques, L'Isle Joyeuse Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Mr. Goodyear appears in Buckley Recital Hall in a FREE performance, which, due to COVID protocols, is for on-campus audiences only.

Fri, Apr 1, 2022

Nathaniel Dett Chorale standing close together on a patch of green grass and singing

M@A Presents: Nathaniel Dett Chorale

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 the 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.

The artists appear in Buckley Recital Hall in a FREE performance, which, due to COVID protocols, is for on-campus audiences only.