Event Calendar

Sat, May 28, 2022

"Concert Tonight" sign outside Arms Music Center

Choral Society Commencement Concert

The Amherst College Department of Music presents the Amherst College Choral Society’s annual Commencement Concert in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center.

Concerts are open to the public as follows: Visitors will be required to show proof of either full vaccination and booster or documentation of a negative test result from a PCR test or an antigen test taken within 72 hours preceding the event. All spectators must be masked at all times. KN95 masks are required.

Music by Sydney Guillaume, Sam Wright ’23, Shireen Abu-Khader, and other highlights, including Amherst songs. We will be honoring our Seniors in this performance.

For audience permissions and the most recent COVID protocols, please see this link: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/654269

Sat, Sep 3, 2022

musicians and lesson instructors Ann Maggs voice.  Joe Belmont guitar. Dave Picchi upright bass and Dave Sporny trombone Buckley Recital Hall 2019

Jazz Faculty Concert

Come find out more about the Music Department instructors and faculty! The Amherst College jazz faculty perform a free concert. For audience COVID concert protocols, please see the link below.

Performers:
Darryl Harper, Clarinet
Carl Clements, Saxophones/Flutes
Geoff Cunningham, Trumpet
David Sporny, Trombone
Jason Robinson, Saxophones/Flute
Bruce Diehl, Saxophone
Ann Maggs, Voice
Stephen Page, Piano
David Picchi, Bass
Claire Arenius, Drums

Fri, Sep 23, 2022

Jason Moran and Band in front of the film of James Reese Europe in Jason Moran James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin

M@A Presents: Presidential Scholar Jason Moran

Composer, pianist and visual artist Jason Moran reflects on the legacy of a hero of Black music in a multidisciplinary program entitled "James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin".

An iconic figure in the evolution of African American music, ragtime pioneer and World War I hero, James Reese Europe led a crack military ensemble called the Harlem Hellfighters. In addition to their achievements in combat, Europe and his Hellfighters popularized the new spirit of jazz in a war-torn French nation fascinated with Black culture. And that’s only the beginning of their story—their legacy has had an extraordinary impact on African American music over the past century of cultural and political change.

This concert is made possible by the Amherst College Music Department Music at Amherst Series and the Presidential Scholar Program.

Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below from August 1- September 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning September 9, 2022. General seating.

Tickets Required

Fri, Sep 30, 2022

Red standing 4 women instrumentalists: cello. violin, violin and viola

M@A Presents: Aizuri Quartet

The Aizuri Quartet has established a unique position within today’s musical landscape, infusing all of their music-making with infectious energy, joy and warmth; cultivating curiosity in listeners; and inviting audiences into the concert experience through their innovative programming and the depth and fire of their performances.

Emma Frucht and Miho Saegusa, Violins
Ayane Kozasa, Viola
Karen Ouzounian, Cello

Program
Clara Schumann: Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen (arr. Karen Ouzounian)
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4, Sz 91
Tanya Tagaq: Sivunittinni (2015)
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76 No. 4 in B-flat major, Sunrise

Winner of the Cleveland Quartet Award in 2022, the Aizuri Quartet took home the Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and top prizes at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The quartet’s debut album, Blueprinting, featuring new works written for them by five American composers, was released by New Amsterdam Records to critical acclaim (“In a word, stunning”—I Care If You Listen), nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award and named one of NPR Music’s Best Classical Albums of 2018.

Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below from August 1- September 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning September 16, 2022. Assigned seating.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 1, 2022

ASo conductor Mark Swanson turns out to audience  coat flying- young 22 seniors Marie Leou and Yosen Wang

ASO Concert: Welcome, Class of 2026!

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO) presents "Welcome Class of 2026!" in Buckley Recital Hall.

Thu, Oct 6, 2022

Lydia Silver sings with Jazz@Friedmann

Jazz@Friedmann Room Keefe Campus Center

The first in a series of four free Thursday evening performances in the popular Jazz@Friedmann series. The featured group is TBD. Public access pending the most current College COVID protocols. Thanks to Student Activities and Jazz @ Amherst for their continued support of the series

Thu, Oct 13, 2022

Piano, flute, drums in an Amherst sweatshirt, e-guitar and sax Combo in room 7

Jazz@Friedmann Room Keefe Campus Center

The series of four free Thursday evening performances in the popular Jazz@Friedmann series continues. The featured group is TBD. Public access pending the most current College COVID protocols. Thanks to Student Activities and Jazz @ Amherst for their continued support of the series.

Fri, Oct 14, 2022

Blue Heron singers, white men and women in formal dress, under an outdoor arbor

M@A Presents: Blue Heron

Blue Heron has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for its “expressive intensity.” The ensemble ranges over a wide repertoire from plainchant to new music, with particular specialities in 15th-century Franco-Flemish polyphony and early-16th-century English sacred music, and is committed to vivid live performance informed by the study of original source materials and historical performance practices.

Scott Metcalfe is widely recognized as one of North America’s leading specialists in music from the 15th through 17th centuries and beyond. He has been musical and artistic director of Blue Heron since its founding in 1999.

Program
Requiem by Johannes Ockeghem and music by his contemporaries and successors

Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below from August 1- September 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning September 30, 2022. General seating.

Tickets Required

Thu, Oct 20, 2022

View from the audience, blue lights, tables in front of a small stage

Jazz@Friedmann Room Keefe Campus Center

The series of four free Thursday evening performances in the popular Jazz@Friedmann series continues. The featured group is TBD. Public access pending the most current College COVID protocols. Thanks to Student Activities and Jazz @ Amherst for their continued support of the series.

Sat, Oct 22, 2022

5 Imani Windplayers with their instruments: Brandon Patrick George, Flute Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Oboe Mark Dover, Clarinet Kevin Newton, French Horn Monica Ellis, Bassoon

M@A Presents: Imani Winds with Cory Smythe, Piano

Celebrating over two decades of music-making, the twice-GRAMMYnominated Imani Winds has led both a revolution and an evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The ensemble’s playlist embraces traditional chamber music repertoire, and as a 21st-century group, Imani Winds is devoutly committed to expanding the wind quintet repertoire by commissioning music from new voices that reflect historical events and the times in which we currently live.

Imani Winds:
Brandon Patrick George, Flute
Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Oboe
Mark Dover, Clarinet
Kevin Newton, French Horn
Monica Ellis, Bassoon

Program with Cory Smythe, piano
Revolutionary aka The Civil Rights Project
Reflecting the struggles we face, the times we live in and the hope we must have.
Works by Sam Cooke, Frederic Rzewski, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran and Valerie Coleman

Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below from August 1- September 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning October 8, 2022. Assigned seating.

Tickets Required