Since 2011, more than 40 Amherst College students have served as music mentors in Amherst Regional Public Schools, providing guidance for children who want to learn about wind, brass, percussion and string instruments, as well as vocal performance. The program is the brainchild of Amherst Music Professor David Schneider and has been supported by the college’s Center for Community Engagement.
Ilan Stavans Pens Lyrics for Immigration-Themed “Tres Colores” Choir Concert at Amherst College
April 12, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. — Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, has chronicled aspects of his own immigrant experience from Mexico City to the United States in memoirs, poetry, books and graphic novels.
For the last several months, he’s been collaborating with a children’s chorus, renowned composers and the Amherst College Concert Choir to add music to his creative repertoire, while bringing talented children and college students together to address the theme that’s consumed much of his creative energy.
The end result will appear onstage in Buckley Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, when the college and the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation sponsor the world premiere of Tres Colores,a musical journey of immigration and hope in America. The event is free and open to the public.
Lester Hu ’13 Presents Research at American Musicological Society Meeting
By Katherine Duke ’05
While still a junior here at Amherst, Zhuqing “Lester” Hu ’13 recently earned an honor that’s usually reserved for advanced graduate students and professors: He was invited to present an original research paper at the spring meeting of the New England chapter of the 3,600-member American Musicological Society (AMS-NE). The meeting took place on April 14 at Mount Holyoke College. Hu’s paper, titled “Towards Modal Coherence: ‘Modal Chromaticism’ in Gesualdo’s Two ‘O vos omnes’ Settings,” analyzes a pair of works by a mysterious and eccentric figure in Late Renaissance music.