February 25, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—On Tuesday, March 9, at 8 p.m., the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will host a concert benefiting the victims of the December 2009 Northampton arson fires in the museum’s historic Rotherwas Room. Organized by Maxwell Suechting ’11 on behalf of student group Amherst DIY, the event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.

Performers will include Hampshire College alumnus Jack Callahan and Suechting, an Amherst junior, playing from 8 to 8:30 p.m.; Jeremy Starpoli, a.k.a. “Phloyd Rice,” from 8:40 to 9:10 p.m.; and visiting assistant professor of music and saxophonist Jason Robinson and percussionist Bob Weiner from 9:20 to 10 p.m. All donations will benefit Hampshire County Cares, an organization raising money to assist the victims of the Northampton fires, at www.hampshirecountycares.com/disaster-relief.html.

The MeadArt Museum houses the art collection of AmherstCollege, totaling more than 16,000 works. An accredited member of the American Association of Museums, the Mead participates in museums10, a regional cultural collaboration. During the academic term, the museum is open Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to midnight, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, please visit the museum’s Web site, www.amherst.edu/museums/mead, or call 413/542-2335.