Amherst College Music Department Launches Parallels Series, Featuring Jazz, New and World Music

August 26, 2009
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195


AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Department of Music announces the launch of the new Parallels Series, which will feature top-of-the-line performers in jazz, new music and world music.

Amherst Professor Debuts New Opera During Free Workshop Performance

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Daniel Kamalić as “Scarlet Professor” Newton Arvin (left), Paul LaRosa as Ned Spofford (middle) and Sarah Pelletier as Helen Bacon (right), accompanied by Professor Eric Sawyer on piano

In 1960, nationally renowned literary critic and Smith College professor Newton Arvin was arrested and tried for possessing homosexual pornography. On Sunday, June 7, his story came to the Buckley Recital Hall stage in The Scarlet Professor, a new opera by composer Eric Sawyer, professor of music at Amherst, and librettist Harley Erdman, a theater professor at UMass Amherst.

Spring Arts Festival Celebrates the Arts on Campus

Spring Arts Festival 

A 1,000-year exposure camera created by an Amherst alum. The Amherst College Glee Club's sesquicentennial. Student and faculty collaborations across artistic disciplines. All this and more is celebrated at the Spring Arts Festival, taking place at various locations on campus Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 19.

Local History, and an Unjust Execution, Take Center Stage in Professor’s New Opera

Submitted on Monday, 9/23/2013, at 10:31 AM

In Northampton, Mass., in 1806, two Irish immigrants, Dominic Daley and James Halligan, were hanged in front of 15,000 cheering spectators for a murder they did not commit. This September, Northampton’s Academy of Music staged world-premiere performances of The Garden of Martyrs, a new opera that dramatized this miscarriage of justice. The opera featured music by Amherst College’s Associate Professor Eric Sawyer and libretto by UMass Professor Harley Erdman.

Arts at Amherst: Faculty Collaborations

Second Act of Music Professor’s Opera Receives Rave Reviews

June 15, 2011

By Rebecca Ojserkis ’12

“Magic!” one audience member exclaimed after the second act of The Garden of Martyrs. Such a response was a characteristic review of the June 12 performance, a workshop of a new opera composed by Eric Sawyer, associate professor of music. (The same act will also be performed on Friday, June 17, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Robyn Newhouse Hall in the Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State Street, Springfield.)

Amherst College’s Buckley Chamber Players to Perform Brahms, Schumann and Sawyer July 21

June 30, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass. — Amherst College’s Buckley Chamber Players will present Amber Hues, a concert of music for clarinet, viola and piano, on Wednesday, July 21, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the ArmsMusicCenter.

Five College Faculty to Perform Works by Spratlan, Sawyer, Schumann and Stravinsky at Amherst College June 11

May 26, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass. –Music faculty of the Five Colleges will gather at Amherst College to perform new works by Amherst College music professors Lew Spratlan (emeritus) and Eric Sawyer, and classics by Igor Stravinsky and Robert Schumann on Friday, June 11, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center.

Amherst College Music Faculty to Perform Concert of Contemporary Works for Clarinet and Piano

August 20, 2008
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195


AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College music professors David Schneider, clarinet, and Karen Rosenak, piano, will present a concert of contemporary works on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

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