September 29, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Department of Music announces the fall 2010 Family Weekend Concert schedule. The Amherst College Choral Society will perform at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29; the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will perform at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30; and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 30. All concerts will be held in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College and require tickets, which may be purchased at the door, or reserved by calling 413/542-2195 or emailing

The Amherst College Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Glee Club, all led by director Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Nathan Olson ’10, will be joined by the Madrigal singers, directed by Dana Kaufman ’12, Walker Boyle ’13 and Joseph Taff ’13. The program features works by Charles Ives, Arthur Sullivan, Orlando di Lasso, Eric Whitacre, Moses Hogan and many more.

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Bruce Diehl, will perform music of Chuck Mangione, Jeff Lorber, Yusef Lateef, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and more. The ensemble will be joined by guest soloist Jeffrey Holmes, trumpet.

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra, directed by Mark Lane Swanson, will open its concert with the world premiere of Vim, a witty and rollicking new work for Orchestra by Associate Professor of Music, Eric Sawyer. The program will continue with Max Bruch’s first violin concerto, performed by Alicia Ciccone ’11, and Gustav Mahler’s first symphony.

The box office for all family weekend performances open on Oct. 18. Ticket prices are $10 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. Tickets are free to Five College Students with ID.