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Amherst is a lively college town that is home to the University of Massachusetts as well as the Amherst College and the Hampshire College. It is located in the Connecticut River Valley in Western Massachusetts just north of Springfield and south of Greenfield just to the east of the Connecticut River.

Amherst's thriving downtown is full of culture! Museums - bookstores -galleries - antique shops - restaurants and lots of entertainment make the town an exciting place to see.

Visit the historic homes and well-known buildings including the home of Emily Dickinson and the Amherst History Museum at the Strong House. The Amherst common has many year-round local events including the Farmer's Market, Taste of Amherst, movies on the common, Fourth of July Fireworks, Teddy Bear Rally and more. Spend the day strolling the shops of downtown or bike the 8 mile Norwottock Rail Trail or enjoy the gorgeous scenery of this picturesque area.

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Bach Festival Cantata & Chamber Music
UMass Amherst J.S. Bach Festival Concert

Hercules at the Crossroads: Cantata Concert plus Flute & Trio Sonatas

Cantata BWV 213, Laßt uns sorgen, laßt uns wachen - Herkules auf dem Scheidewege 

Tian Hui Ng, conductor
Shannon Rose McAuliffe, soprano; Emily Marvosh, alto; Eric C. Perry, tenor; Will Prapestis, baritone

PLUS: Flute Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034 & Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 1038

Elizabeth Chang, violin; Christopher Krueger, flute; Fredric T. Cohen, oboe; Alice Robbins, cello & Gregory Hayes, harpsichord



When: Apr 19, 2015 12 AM to Apr 19, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $3 UMass students; $5 other students, seniors & children; $10 general public (Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00 )
Bach Festival: Opus One Chamber Orchestra
Opus One Chamber Orchestra

With faculty: Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Elizabeth Chang, violin; Christopher Krueger, flute; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; Astrid Schween, cello & Salvatore Macchia, doublebass

Brandenburg Concerti #4, BWV 1049 and #6, BWV 1051; Concerto in D Minor for Keyboard, BWV 1052

Free & open to the public



When: Apr 17, 2015 12 AM to Apr 17, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00 )
Stephen Petronio Company: Locomotor / Non Locomotor
Stephen Petronio’s Locomotor / Non Locomotor is an evening-length, full-company work in two parts featuring an original score by electronic hip-hop pioneer Clams Casino. Locomotor explores extreme locomotive states, casting Petronio’s virtuoso company in a careening mix of action forward and backward through time and space, while Non Locomotor begins from the spine and its ability to initiate torque and torsion, sending movement surging throughout the body. “There's a visceral thrill to Stephen Petronio's choreography that is unlike anything offered by other contemporary choreographers…” – The New York Times Audience members are invited to a pre-show talk by Five College Dance Professor Constance Valis Hill at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (lower level of FAC) at 6:30 p.m., and to stay for a post-performance talk with Stephen Petronio immediately following the performance.

When: Apr 16, 2015 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Regular ticket prices $42, $38, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10. Tickets available by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com. (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19 )
Tennis vs. Fairleigh Dickinson
Tennis vs. Fairleigh Dickinson

When: Apr 4, 2015 12 AM to Apr 4, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Sat, 04 Apr 2015 00 )
Tennis vs. Sacred Heart
Women's Tennis vs. Sacred Heart

When: Apr 12, 2015 12 AM to Apr 12, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00 )
Friends of The Jones Library

Location: Woodbury Room

When: Mar 2, 2015 8 AM to Mar 2, 2015 9 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08 )
13th Annual Community Renaissance Festival
Sunday, May 3rd from 11:00am-4:00pm: Get your family and friends together and plan to enjoy this free festival which is brimming with entertainment and education in a beautiful outdoor setting.
We'll have theater, music, falconry, juggling, sword demonstrations from Phoenix Swords, Renaissance games, 'hobby horses' for the kids, dancing, and more! While you're here, be sure to explore our Italian Grotto, admire the apple orchard, flower, herb, and vegetable gardens. It is sure to be a fun day for the whole family. Rain or shine. Plenty of on-site free parking. Food for sale from UMass concessions. Keep checking our website for updates on the event!

When: May 3, 2015 12 AM to May 3, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free * contact the Venue listed below for ticketing information (Sun, 03 May 2015 00 )
Mead Art Museum Gallery Talk
Focus on the delights of miniature painting in the exhibition Gods, Kings, and Lovers, with Yael Rice, visiting assistant professor of art and the history of art, and Chen Jiang, Class of 2015. Refreshments served.

When: Apr 2, 2015 12 AM to Apr 2, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00 )
Mead Art Museum Gallery Talk
Join Bradley Bailey, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter postdoctoral curatorial teaching fellow in Japanese prints, for an insider's view of Nature, Pleasure, Myth: Animals in the Art of Japan. Refreshments served.

When: May 7, 2015 12 AM to May 7, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Thu, 07 May 2015 00 )
Jazz Ensemble I/ Studio Orchestra
Wednesday, April 29th @ 8pm in Bowker Auditorium
Jazz Ensemble I & Studio Orchestra

Jeffrey W. Holmes, director
Award-winning ensembles perform new works and selected repertoire

Tickets: $3 UMass students, $5 other students, seniors & children, $10 general public; free for music majors/minors
Box Office 413-545-2511

When: Apr 29, 2015 12 AM to Apr 29, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $3 UMass students, $5 other students, seniors & children, $10 general public; free for music majors/ * contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information (Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00 )
Comic -Con

Tentative date pending speakers and vendors
Location: Woodbury Room



When: May 2, 2015 10 AM to May 2, 2015 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 May 2015 10 )
Magic Triangle Jazz Series: Ned Rothenberg's Inner Diaspora
Ned Rothenberg’s Inner Diaspora - which includes Rothenberg (clarinet, bass clarinet, shakuhachi and alto saxophone), Samir Chatterjee (tabla),  Jerome Harris (acoustic bass guitar), Mark Feldman (violin) and Erik Friedlander (cello) -  “moves beyond the confines of jazz, classical and folk genres to create something genuinely new,” writes Thom Jurek. “Inner Diaspora is a deeply moving recording, one that touches the heart with its emotional intelligence, even as it dialogues with history.”

Released on Tzadik Records as part of its Radical Jewish Culture Series, Ned Rothenberg interprets the inner Diaspora as a place of learning and growth. The music is rich in rhythmic invention, instrumental color and lyricism. Drawing upon his extensive experience in world music, Rothenberg explores the possibilities of 21st century Jewish culture through the nuances of scales, modes and feelings of alienation and belonging.

“Woodwind/saxophone ace Ned Rothenberg has a formidable reputation as an innovator,” writes Tzadik Records. “Rothenberg has been celebrated for his circular-breathing techniques, as well as his experiments with overtone manipulation and polyphony. He also shares the restless eclecticism of colleagues like John Zorn and Anthony Braxton, with a particular interest in the more painterly shades of contemporary Japanese classical music. What renders Rothenberg more approachable and, in the end, more significant than many of his peers is the serenity at the heart of his fiercest playing.”

Born in 1956 in Boston, Rothenberg graduated from Oberlin College and studied at Oberlin Conservatory, Berklee School of Music, privately with Les Scott (saxophone & clarinet), and George Coleman (jazz improvisation). However, his trademark solo technique is self-taught. Rothenberg has led his North African-influenced Double Band and the ensembles, Power Lines and Sync. He has toured in duos with the Tuvan throat singer Sainkho Namtchylak, the shakuhachi virtuoso Katsuya Yokoyama, the English saxophone improviser Evan Parker, and worked with many of the most creative musicians in New York City since moving there in 1978.

Rothenberg's musical interests are numerous and his work varies widely in its sonic, emotive and stylistic profiles. As a composer he can move from the contemporary classical setting of his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings to "Jazz-funk in cubist perspective, dizzying, yet visceral" (Jon Pareles, NY Times), to music that is "intense, slightly melancholic, rhapsodic without being sentimental” (Edward Rothstein).  His concentration on an expanded sonic language is directed towards wider possibilities of musical communication, never at technical novelty as an end in itself. 

He has received grants and commissions from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Arts Council, Mary Flagler Cary Trust, Lila Wallace Foundation, Chamber Music America, Asian Cultural Council, Roulette, Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Japan Society and ASCAP.



When: Apr 2, 2015 12 AM to Apr 2, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $12/$7 (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00 )
Magic Triangle Jazz Series: Jason Kao Hwang's "Burning Bridge"
Jason Kao Hwang’s Burning Bridge, featuring cross-cultural jazz improvisations by an octet of Chinese and Western instruments, includes his quartet EDGE: Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Andrew Drury (drums) and Ken Filiano (bass), along with Joseph Daley (tuba), Sun Li (pipa), Steve Swell (trombone) and Wang Guowei (erhu). 

“Violinist-composer Jason Kao Hwang has brought a vast array of sonic wonders to his latest genre-straddling work, Burning Bridge,” writes The Washington Post. “Hwang has his finger firmly on the racing pulse of the 21st century, where everything is interconnected and boundaries of time and geography seem hopelessly quaint. If there’s a war cry for music of the new millennium, it might well be: Burn the bridges – there’s no going back.”

He is a founding member of The Far East Side Band, an intercultural ensemble combining Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and American musical elements. He has composed the scores for numerous films and has also worked in the field of commercial music. Hwang was in the original cast of the Broadway production of M. Butterfly, performing music he co-arranged for that production; he later toured with the national productions as a music director.

“Burning Bridge is a monumental endeavor,” writes Glen Astarita, “foretelling that often unattainable synchronization within modern era avant-garde vistas where calamity, harmonious accord, and mind-altering improvisation seem to be in alignment with the heavens.”

Hwang has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, the Greenwall Foundation, the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust for his opera Immigrant of the Womb. His chamber opera The Floating Box: A Story in Chinatown premiered in 2001.

Hwang has recorded for the Axiom, Celluloid, Columbia, Enja, FMP, New World, Victo, Asian Improv and Innova labels.

 “Burning one's bridges is typically seen as a break with the past,” writes Downbeat Magazine. “The flip side of the expression, though, is the necessity of moving forward. Violinist Jason Kao Hwang stands at the crossroads of his influences - classical, jazz and traditional Chinese music - and sets the divisions between them ablaze.  The resulting palette is expansive, and Hwang explores its full range.”



When: Apr 30, 2015 12 AM to Apr 30, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $12/$7 (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00 )
Chess Club

Chess Club with Andy Morris-Friedman
Location: AMHERST ROOM



When: Mar 7, 2015 3 PM to Mar 7, 2015 5 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 07 Mar 2015 15 )
Visiting Writers Series: Eileen Myles
Eileen Myles was born in Boston and moved to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Snowflake/different streets is the latest of her 18 books. In 2010 the Poetry Society of America awarded Eileen the Shelley Prize. She is a professor emeritus of writing at UC San Diego and a 2012 Guggenheim fellow. Of her 2010 work, Inferno (a poet’s novel), Alison Bechdel said, “I think I must feel kind of like Dante felt after seeing the face of God.”

When: Mar 5, 2015 12 AM to Mar 5, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00 )
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination: Revisiting Sex Discrimination Law - See more at: http://www.masspolicy.org/events/sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-discrimination-revisiting-sex-discrimination-law#sthash.b57vSrp8.dpuf
Chai Feldblum, commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, presents a talk titled "Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination: Revisiting Sex Discrimination Law."

When: Mar 12, 2015 12 AM to Mar 12, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00 )
Kids Programs

Programs to be announced
Location: Woodbury Room



When: Jul 28, 2015 2 PM to Jul 28, 2015 3 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14 )
Kids Programs

Programs to be announced
Location: Woodbury Room



When: Jul 7, 2015 2 PM to Jul 7, 2015 3 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14 )
Kids Programs

Programs to be announced
Location: Woodbury Room



When: Jul 14, 2015 2 PM to Jul 14, 2015 3 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14 )
CPPA Faculty Colloquium: John Hird


When: Apr 6, 2015 12 AM to Apr 6, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00 )
Children's Program

Location: Woodbury Room

When: Apr 11, 2015 10 AM to Apr 11, 2015 11 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10 )
Children's Music Series

Friends of the Jones Library Children's Music series
Location: Woodbury Room



When: Mar 7, 2015 10 AM to Mar 7, 2015 11 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 07 Mar 2015 10 )
Annual Dakin Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, March 14th from 8am-Noon: The breakfast features syrup tapped from the Center's own maple trees (a tradition begun by Janet Dakin) and donated by local sugarer Richard McIntyre. This all you can eat breakfast features pancakes, sausage and bacon cooked up by volunteer chefs and served in the Reading Room. Revel in the view of the hills as you gobble up the fluffiest pancakes in the Valley! Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

When: Mar 14, 2015 8 AM in Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free * contact the Venue listed below for ticketing information (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 08 )
Annual Dakin Pancake Breakfast
The breakfast features syrup tapped from the Center’s own maple trees (a tradition begun by Janet Dakin) and donated by local sugarer Robert McIntyre. This all you can eat breakfast features pancakes, sausage and bacon cooked up by volunteer chefs and served in the Reading Room. Revel in the view of the hills as you gobble up the fluffiest pancakes in the Valley! Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

When: Mar 14, 2015 12 AM to Mar 14, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00 )
HopeFest 2015
To Write Love On Her Arms-Amherst College UChapter is ecstatic to hold their 3rd annual HopeFest. This year's benefit concert features a catered dinner and the following great acts: Spoken Word Poet Sierra DeMulder Comedian Marti MacGibbon A Moment's Worth from the Bronx, NY The Rare Occasions from Boston, MA We hope you can join us for this night of food, music, and amazing performances. 5-College and Amherst College students will be asked to present ID at the door. If a 5-College ticket is presented without valid ID, the difference must be paid at the door. This event is open to all ages but please note that content may be heavy for children under the age of 15. 100% of ticket sales and donations go to To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues and spreading hope in today's society. Doors open at 4:30 pm



When: Mar 8, 2015 5 PM to Mar 8, 2015 8 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 15 - 20 USD (Sun, 08 Mar 2015 17 )
Jazz Ensemble I & Studio Orchestra
Jazz Ensemble I & Studio Orchestra

Jeffrey W. Holmes, director

Award-winning ensembles perform new works and selected repertoire



When: Apr 29, 2015 12 AM to Apr 29, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $3 UMass students, $5 other students, seniors & children, $10 general public; free for music majors/minors (Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00 )
Music Theory Speakers' Series
MUSIC THEORY SPEAKERS' SERIES

Guest speaker: Janet Schmalfeldt, Professor of Music, Emerita, Tufts University

Topic: Beethoven's "Violation," his Cadenza for the First Movement of Mozart's D-Minor Piano Concerto.

Using formal, motivic, and dramatic content from the first movement of Mozart's concerto, Beethoven created a cadenza that is distinctly his own.



When: Apr 14, 2015 12 AM to Apr 14, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00 )
Commonwealth Honors College Scholarships and Awards Reception
Join faculty and staff of Commonwealth Honors College to celebrate our students' achievements. At our reception, students will receive well-earned scholarships and awards, many of which were made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends of the college.

We hope you will join us to connect with alumni, celebrate the accomplishments of our exceptional students and applaud the generosity of our scholarship donors!

Light refreshments will be served.

Please register by April 16.



When: Apr 24, 2015 12 AM to Apr 24, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00 )
String Chamber Music
String Chamber Music is a performance by the advanced student ensembles.

When: Apr 12, 2015 12 AM to Apr 12, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00 )
Five College Baroque Orchestra
Five College Baroque Orchestra

Laurie Rabut, conductor



When: Apr 16, 2015 12 AM to Apr 16, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00 )
Brass Fest
Eric Berlin, John Bottomley, Josh Michal & Greg Spiridopoulos, directors
Trombone, Horn & Brass Choirs; Tuba/Euphonium & Trumpet Ensembles

When: Apr 15, 2015 12 AM to Apr 15, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00 )
Symphony Band & Percussion Ensemble
Symphony Band & Percussion Ensemble

Conductors: Matthew Westgate & Ayano Kataoka, with Timothy T. Anderson & James Shetler

Music includes: Bernstein: Overture to Candide; Libby Larsen: An Introduction to the Moon; Daniel French: As One Listens to the Rain; Lewis Buckley: Sandburg Reflections; Ferde Grofé/trans. T. Anderson, "Huckleberry Finn" from The Mississippi Suite; Francis McBeth: Of Sailors & Whales



When: Apr 28, 2015 12 AM to Apr 28, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $3 UMass students; $5 other students, children, seniors; $10 general public; free for UMass music majors & minors (Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00 )
UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra
UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra

Tian Hui Ng, conductor



When: Apr 23, 2015 12 AM to Apr 23, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $3 UMass students; $5 other students, children, seniors; $10 general public; free for UMass music majors & minors (Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00 )
Chapel Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday, April 14th @ 8pm in Bowker Auditorium
Chapel Jazz Ensemble

Felipe Salles, director

 



When: Apr 14, 2015 12 AM to Apr 14, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $3 UMass students, $5 other students, seniors & children, $10 general public (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00 )
Jazz Lab Ensemble
Jazz Lab Ensemble is directed by Mara Penatzer and Wes Smith. 

When: Apr 7, 2015 12 AM to Apr 7, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00 )
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Vocal Jazz Ensemble includes arrangements of much-loved standards and new music/arrangements by grads & undergrads.

Catherine Jensen-Hole, conductor



When: Apr 26, 2015 12 AM to Apr 26, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $3 UMass students, $5 other students, seniors & children, $10 general public (Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00 )
Marimba Extravaganza
Saturday, April 18th @ 8pm in Bowker Auditorium
Marimba Bands & Ensembles
Marimba Extravaganza

Thom Hannum, director



When: Apr 18, 2015 12 AM to Apr 18, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00 )
Bach Symposium: Panel Discussion
BACK TO - AND FORWARD FROM - J.S. BACH

Panel Discussion

"Controversies Surrounding Bach's St. John Passion"
Michael Maul, Bach Archiv-Leipzig/ Johns Hopkins University
Daniel Melamed, Indiana University
Richard Taruskin, University of California, Berkeley



When: Apr 17, 2015 12 AM to Apr 17, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00 )
Bach Symposium: Grad Student Workshop
BACK TO - AND FORWARD FROM - J.S. BACH

Graduate Student Workshop

12noon: Special Luncheon for Graduate Students (not open to the public)
1:10-2:45pm: Paper Session I, Campus Center Rm. 804-808
3pm-4:30pm: Paper Session II, Campus Center Rm. 804-808

Graduate Student Presenters:
Andrew D'Antonio, UMass Amherst
Kristen Edwards, Boston University
Alyssa Wells, UMass Amherst
Corinne Salada, The Graduate Center, City University of New York



When: Apr 17, 2015 12 AM to Apr 17, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Paper Sessions are free and open to the public (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00 )
Visiting Writers Series: Kiki Petrosino
Kiki Petrosino “is one of the few poets I know of who regularly writes poems I would call perfect,” says poet and PEN Poetry series guest editor Shane McCrae. Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Louisville, Petrosino’s is the author of Hymn for the Black Terrific and Fort Red Border, both from Sarabande Books. In Petrosino’s work, says The Rumpus, “the truth is almost always a raw and bewildering thing.”

When: Apr 2, 2015 12 AM to Apr 2, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00 )
Faculty Recital: Christopher Krueger, Flute
Faculty Recital is starring Christopher Krueger, flute, with Judith Gordon, piano.

Bach: B Minor Sonata , BWV 1030
Schoenberg: Sonata after the Wind Quintet, Op. 26



When: Apr 8, 2015 12 AM to Apr 8, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Tickets: $3 UMass students; $5 other students, children, seniors; $10 general public (Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00 )
Back to Bach Scholarly Symposium
BACK TO - AND FORWARD FROM - J.S. BACH
Scholarly Symposium

A Symposium Exploring the Revival, Reception, and Appropriation of the Music of J.S. Bach in the Long Twentieth Century

Schedule:
Morning Refreshments: 8:30-9:00am, Bezanson Hall Lobby, Fine Arts Center
Welcome and Opening Remarks: 9:00-9:05am, Bezanson Recital Hall
Opening Paper by Christoph Wolff: 9:05-9:50am, Bezanson Recital Hall
Paper Session I: 10:00-11:45am (Bach Reception I/II)
Lunch: 12:00-1:00pm, University Club
Music by Bob Eisenstein and the Five College Early Music Collegium
Keynote Address: 1:10-2:05pm, Bezanson Recital Hall
Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley)
Paper Session II: 2:15-3:45pm (Bach and Politics I/II)
Paper Session III: 4:00-5:30pm (At the Boundaries I/II)
Evening Reception: 5:45-7:00pm, University Club

Register Online!

Fees for Scholarly Symposium:
Free for Presenters; $25 for Faculty/Community members; $5 for Students
Fees include morning & evening refreshments and lunch.
Please bring cash or check made out to UMass Amherst on April 18 or send a check to UMass Amherst, Back to Bach Symposium, Music & Dance Dept., FAC 273, Amherst MA 01003



When: Apr 18, 2015 12 AM to Apr 18, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free for Presenters; $25 for Faculty/Community members; $5 for Students (Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00 )
13th Annual Community Renaissance Festival
Get your family and friends together and enjoy this free festival which is brimming with entertainment and education in a beautiful outdoor setting.

We’ll have live theater and music, juggling, sword demonstrations by Phoenix Swords, interactive music making with Robie Bones, juggling with Hannah French, dancing with the Amherst Renaissance Dancers, and Renaissance games with performers from Mutton and Mead! Artisans from around the North East will be demonstrating Renaissance craftsmanship like pottery, wire jewelry making, weaving, blacksmithing, shoe making and more! You can even get your hair braided in a traditional Renaissance style! Keep an eye out for those Renaissance "buffoons" strolling the grounds! While you’re here, be sure to explore our Italian Grotto and admire the apple orchard, flower, herb, and vegetable gardens. It is sure to be a fun day for the whole family. Rain or shine. Plenty of on-site free parking. Food for sale from UMass concessions. Keep checking our website www.umass.edu/renaissance/festival2015.html for updates on the event!



When: May 3, 2015 12 AM to May 3, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Sun, 03 May 2015 00 )
Student Composers' Concert
Student Composers' Concert

Salvatore Macchia, coordinator



When: Apr 27, 2015 12 AM to Apr 27, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00 )
Black History Month 2015
To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U.S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.

The Malcolm X Cultural Center of the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success Center (CMASS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites the campus community and general public to join us in celebrating Black History Month 2015. This year’s events are hosted by the Malcolm X Cultural Center, CMASS, W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies, W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Students of Caribbean Ancestry, Commonwealth Honors College, Students of Caribbean Ancestry and the African Student Association.



When: Jan 27, 2015 12 AM to Mar 5, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00 )
Alumni Weekend 2015
Make your plans to attend:

• Career Development Workshops
• Volunteer Summit Sessions
• Special Guest Speakers
• Building and Library Tours
• Class and Affinity Reunions
• And more!

Get a feel for the fun you'll have – view photos from Alumni Weekend 2014!



When: Jun 5, 2015 12 AM to Jun 6, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00 )
USTA New England 12, 14, 16, 18 L3 Super Six Sectional Championships
Division: BG(12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,FIC-R16

Notes:

When: Jun 20, 2015 12 AM to Jun 24, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00 )
2015 Farm to Institution Summit


When: Apr 7, 2015 9 AM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 07 Apr 2015 09 )
Jones Library TRIVIA!

Harpo has offerred to be our Trivia Host on the first Thursday of each month. The Library will provide light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. After you finish the Art Walk, have supper, and join us for trivia. There will be prizes. $5 per person.
Location: Woodbury Room



When: Mar 5, 2015 7 PM to Mar 5, 2015 9 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19 )
FISHTAIL: A Decision Support Mapper for Conserving Stream Fish Habitats
The Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) region includes 22 states and over 1.2 million stream kilometers.  Some of the most densely-populated areas of the US are located in this region, and, in 2010, 40% of its streams were assessed as being at risk for habitat degradation due to urbanization, agriculture, and other human land uses. Climate change is expected to further alter the region’s stream habitats which support diverse and economically-valuable stream fishes.

Comprehensive understanding of both current and future condition of stream habitats is essential for conserving and managing fishes and their habitats, and managers require the ability to integrate such information in a spatially-continuous and scalable format to aid management decisions. To help address that need, we are developing a web-based decision support viewer named “FISHTAIL”. The FISHTAIL viewer will integrate results of both a current condition assessment of stream habitats based on fish response to human land use, water quality impairment, and fragmentation by large dams and road crossings with a future condition assessment identifying which stream habitats may change with regionally-projected future climate.

For this presentation, we will present results of the human land use and fragmentation assessments, highlighting limiting disturbances to habitats as well as species response to specific disturbances in key regions of the NECSC.  FISHTAIL will deliver the results and serve as a tool to help natural resource managers, decision-makers, and the public better protect and conserve stream fishes and their habitats now and into the future in the NE CSC region.

(Speakers: Wesley Daniel and Nick Sievert, University of Missouri)



When: Mar 11, 2015 12 AM to Mar 11, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00 )

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