Concerts & Performances
Choral Society Vespers perform Dec. 3. Photo by David Le.
Amherst’s talented student musicians take the stage not once, not twice, but five times this month. On Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., student chamber musicians perform the music of Claude Debussy at the Mead Art Museum, in conjunction with the exhibition From the Picturesque to the Modern Vision: Landscape Painting in Europe Across the Centuries. On Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Joshua Ferrer ’18E presents a cello honors thesis anchored by two monumental works written from places of darkness: Bach’s Suite No. 5 in C minor and Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. The Choral Society Vespers present a festival of lessons and carols on Sunday, Dec. 3, first at 4 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble presents its Winter Concert on Friday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Finally, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra performs works by the early iconoclast Charles Ives as well as the modern minimalist master John Adams on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., also in Buckley Recital Hall.
Students perform original works Dec. 8 and Dec. 9.
Five College students and the Amherst College Dance Ensemble present new works in performance on Friday Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. in Holden Experimental Theater. The event begins with Performance Project, featuring new works created in Professor Wendy Woodson’s Performance Studio course in collaboration with Lighting Design and Costume Design. The Lens, choreographed by the Dance Ensemble and Visiting Artist Danté Brown, follows. The performances are free, but ticket reservations are recommended. Call the box office to reserve tickets: 413-542-2277.
The final Music at Amherst series concert of the year takes place Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. with the award-winning vocal ensemble The Tallis Scholars. Free student rush tickets will be available 1 hour before the performance in the Arms Music Center lobby. General admission tickets are sold out; call the Concert Office to be put on the wait list: 413-542-2195. The previous day, on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m., The Tallis Scholars’ director Peter Phillips teaches a masterclass with Amherst student musicians that is free and open to the public. Both the concert and masterclass take place in Buckley Recital Hall.