Concerts & Performances
Illustration for Peer Gynt by Yana Birÿkova, Phuong-Nghi Pham ’18 and Angela Hewitt
The Department of Theater and Dance presents a contemporary adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s early play Peer Gynt, Thursday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater. Directed by Assistant Professor Yagil Eliraz, and adapted by Eliraz, Joshua Wren ’14 and the company, Peer Gynt is a phantasmagorical journey that spans over the lifetime of Peer, a young, dreamy and ambitious man who sets out on a quest to find his true self. The performances are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Call the box office to reserve tickets: (413) 542-2277
Music at Amherst welcomes Angela Hewitt, one of the world’s leading pianists, whose renditions of Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time. Hewitt performs on Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. The following day, on Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Hewitt teaches a masterclass for Amherst students that is free and open to the public.
In two events over two days, Ryan Vigil—composer, pianist, musicologist and visiting lecturer in the Amherst College Music Department—presents an emphatic defense of musical abstraction. On Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Vigil argues for the inherent power and poignancy of an unexpectedly rare musical aesthetic. The following day, on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. in Arms Music Center Room 3, Vigil gives listeners an opportunity to explore the new listening paradigm outlined in his talk, presenting a solo piano recital of original compositions.
Finally, on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m., Phuong-Nghi Pham ’18 presents “Kaleidescope,” an honors thesis in piano performance featuring works of Schubert and Chopin.