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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.
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 )
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 )
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.
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 )
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.
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 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.”
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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!
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 )
"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
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 Terrificand Fort Red Border, both from Sarabande Books. In Petrosino’s work, says The Rumpus, “the truth is almost always a raw and bewildering thing.”
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
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 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
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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