Five College Consortium

Five College New Music Festival: Electronic-Acoustic Music

Sat, Sep 12 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Bezanson Recital Hall

Five College New Music Festival   

The Five College New Music Festival returns with its vibrant presentation of contemporary classical music by artists from down the road and around the world.

September 11-13, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst Campus

All concerts are free of charge and the public is invited to attend.  

Elizabeth Chang, Salvatore Macchia & Eric Sawyer, coordinators 

  • September 11 Friday 7:30pm Five College Composers’ works
  • September 12 Saturday 2pm Premiers: Young Composers’ Competition winner & Duos
  • September 12 Saturday 4pm Electronic-acoustic music
  • September 12 Saturday 7:30pm Works by Stockhausen, Kirchner & music from Singapore
  • September 13 Sunday 3pm Modern Masters Works by Martino, Schoenberg, Messiaen, Boulez

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Campus contact: 

From the Margins to the Center: How Arts and Design Can Transform Universities and Advance Public Life

Fri, Oct 2 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center, Bezanson Recital Hall

DR. STEVEN TEPPER - Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts ~ Arizona State University

Steven J. Tepper is a leading writer and speaker on U.S. cultural policy. His work has fostered national discussions around topics of cultural engagement, everyday creativity, and the transformative possibilities of a 21st century creative campus.

Dr. Tepper’s presentation and the Q & A session to follow are sponsored by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and a Five Colleges, Inc. Mini Residency.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Presents RICE

Wed, Sep 23 2015 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

“When you’re talking about Cloud Gate, magic is not too strong a word.”
-Time Out London

The UMass Asian Arts & Culture Program opens its 2015-16 season with an exclusive New England engagement of RICE by the Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Ticket holders are invited to attend a post-performance talk by Mr. Lin Hwai-min, the artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance. The performance of this internationally renowned company is made possible through a collaboration of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Five Colleges Inc. Seating is reserved and tickets are $20 to $50; Tickets for Five College and GCC students and those 17 & under are $10 to $15 and can be purchased online at: fineartscenter.com or by calling the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 1-800-999-UMAS or 413-545-2511. TTY:413-577-3190. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M.

The inspiration for Rice is drawn from the landscape and story of Chihshang in the East Rift Valley of Taiwan. Previously tainted by the use of chemical fertilizer, this farming village has now regained its title as “The Land of the Emperor’s Rice” by adopting organic farming and exporting its rice to European Union countries. On the occasion of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s 40th anniversary in 2013, choreographer Mr. Lin Hwai-min, took his dancers to Chihshang, where they joined the farmers in harvesting the rice. Out of this experience in the field, Lin has created exuberant yet powerful movements woven through Soil, Sunlight, Wind, Water and Fire, and tells the story of the land while contemplating the devastation of Earth. With dancers trained in meditation, Qi Gong, martial arts, modern dance and ballet, his company transforms traditional Taiwanese dance vocabulary into thrilling modern celebrations of motion. Mr. Lin was honored with the prestigious Samuel H. Scripps / American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement last year and is heralded as one of Dance’s original multiculturalists by drawing his inspiration from traditional Asian culture and aesthetics.

Accompanying the dance is a soundscape recorded in situ of rustling grain, soughing wind and pealing thunder that is interspersed with Hakka folksongs (the oldest among the existing Chinese dialects) drum music by LIANG Chun-mei and ISHII Maki, operatic arias by Vincenzo Bellini and Camille Saint-Saëns, and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D minor.

A cinematographer spent two years on location capturing the cultivation of rice: flooding, sprouting, harvesting and burning of the field. These video images – of clouds reflected in the water, rice swaying in the wind, and fire ravaging the fields – have become the essential visual elements of the production’s background. Immersed in this landscape, the formidable Cloud Gate dancers enact a human drama that parallels the life cycle of rice. It is a work about death and rebirth, devastation and resurrection.
Rice is an international co-production by Sadler’s Wells Theatre (London), HELLERAU European Center for the Arts Dresden (Germany), National Theater & Concert Hall, the National Performing Arts Center, R.O.C. (Taiwan), New Vision Arts Festival (Hong Kong), and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (Singapore).
 
Rice is a Spotlight Taiwan event funded in part by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China and Special patron Dr. Samuel Yin, with additional support from Five Colleges, Incorporated. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre is funded in part by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Taiwan). Other funding sponsors include: The Pioneer Valley Hotel Group, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Applewood/Loomis Retirement Communities, Five College Dance Departments and the Massachusetts Preview/Valley Advocate.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
$50, $45, $20; Five College Students, GCC Students and Youth 17 & under $15, $12, $10
Campus contact: 

Five College Early Music Program Painless Auditions

Tue, Sep 8 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Room 170, Fine Arts Center

The Five College

Early Music Program

Wants You!

We invite students, faculty, and community members to audition for one or more ensembles. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature medieval,baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. Ensemble credit available through MHC, HC, and UMass.  Come talk to us!

Tuesday, September 8:

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Room 7 Music Center, Amherst College

Wednesday, September 9:

1:00 – 4:00 PM: Room 210 Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College

4:30 – 5:30 PM, Music Lounge, Hampshire College

Thursday, September 10:

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Room 103, Sage Hall, Smith College

Friday, September 11:

11:00 AM -1:00 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass

 

 Our bands:

The Five College Early Music Collegium: for singers interested in large-scale Renaissance choral works, one-on-a-part ensembles, and/or occassional solos; historical instrumentalists of all sorts. The Collegium singers and wind players rehearse on Tuesday evenings at MHC this semester; string players TBA. The program this fall will focus on Renaissance music from Vienna and Italy.  Great fun! 

Euridice Ensembles: our umbrella organization for faculty/student chamber groups specializing in 17th and 18th century music. Modern and early string, wind, and keyboard players from all five campuses are invited to participate in these historical performance-oriented bands. Be coached and play or sing alongside recognized professionals. Violinists, violists and cellists and keyboard players especially welcome this semester. We will be playing French and Italian music for chamber and orchestra.

Voces Feminae: Our women's vocal ensemble. Limited to sixteen or fewer voices, we delve into all types and aspects of early music performable by women's voices. From the familiar to the unusual, the music is beautiful, challenging and satisfying.

Loud Band: trombonists and double reed players who would like to make the pretty easy transition to Renaissance versions are more than welcome.

Medieval Ensemble: exciting and popular- a chance to experience harps, citoles, organetto, fiddles and/or sing the powerful music of the middle ages. Gregorian Chant Choir: informal Friday morning gathering to sing chant at UMass if there is enough interest.

17th Century Song Seminar: for singers and keyboard, viol and recorder consorts, Also: group lessons in Lute, Renaissance Winds, and Viol.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Campus contact: 

Five College New Music Festival: Five College Composer's Works

Fri, Sep 11 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Bezanson Recital Hall

Five College New Music Festival   

The Five College New Music Festival returns with its vibrant presentation of contemporary classical music by artists from down the road and around the world.

September 11-13, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst Campus

All concerts are free of charge and the public is invited to attend.  

Elizabeth Chang, Salvatore Macchia & Eric Sawyer, coordinators 

  • September 11 Friday 7:30pm Five College Composers’ works
  • September 12 Saturday 2pm Premiers: Young Composers’ Competition winner & Duos
  • September 12 Saturday 4pm Electronic-acoustic music
  • September 12 Saturday 7:30pm Works by Stockhausen, Kirchner & music from Singapore
  • September 13 Sunday 3pm Modern Masters Works by Martino, Schoenberg, Messiaen, Boulez

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Campus contact: 

Five College New Music Festival: Modern Masters: Works by Martino, Schoenberg, Messiaen, Boulez

Sun, Sep 13 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Bezanson Recital Hall

Five College New Music Festival   

The Five College New Music Festival returns with its vibrant presentation of contemporary classical music by artists from down the road and around the world.

September 11-13, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst Campus

All concerts are free of charge and the public is invited to attend.  

Elizabeth Chang, Salvatore Macchia & Eric Sawyer, coordinators 

  • September 11 Friday 7:30pm Five College Composers’ works
  • September 12 Saturday 2pm Premiers: Young Composers’ Competition winner & Duos
  • September 12 Saturday 4pm Electronic-acoustic music
  • September 12 Saturday 7:30pm Works by Stockhausen, Kirchner & music from Singapore
  • September 13 Sunday 3pm Modern Masters Works by Martino, Schoenberg, Messiaen, Boulez

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Campus contact: 

Five College New Music Festival: Young Composers's Competition Winners & Duos

Sat, Sep 12 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Bezanson Recital Hall

Five College New Music Festival   

The Five College New Music Festival returns with its vibrant presentation of contemporary classical music by artists from down the road and around the world.

September 11-13, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst Campus

All concerts are free of charge and the public is invited to attend.  

Elizabeth Chang, Salvatore Macchia & Eric Sawyer, coordinators 

  • September 11 Friday 7:30pm Five College Composers’ works
  • September 12 Saturday 2pm Premiers: Young Composers’ Competition winner & Duos
  • September 12 Saturday 4pm Electronic-acoustic music
  • September 12 Saturday 7:30pm Works by Stockhausen, Kirchner & music from Singapore
  • September 13 Sunday 3pm Modern Masters Works by Martino, Schoenberg, Messiaen, Boulez

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Campus contact: 

Five College Early Music Program Painless Auditions

Fri, Sep 11 2015 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Location: 
Room 170, Fine Arts Center

The Five College

Early Music Program

Wants You!

We invite students, faculty, and community members to audition for one or more ensembles. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature medieval,baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. Ensemble credit available through MHC, HC, and UMass.  Come talk to us!

Tuesday, September 8:

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Room 7 Music Center, Amherst College

Wednesday, September 9:

1:00 – 4:00 PM: Room 210 Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College

4:30 – 5:30 PM, Music Lounge, Hampshire College

Thursday, September 10:

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Room 103, Sage Hall, Smith College

Friday, September 11:

11:00 AM -1:00 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass

 

 Our bands:

The Five College Early Music Collegium: for singers interested in large-scale Renaissance choral works, one-on-a-part ensembles, and/or occassional solos; historical instrumentalists of all sorts. The Collegium singers and wind players rehearse on Tuesday evenings at MHC this semester; string players TBA. The program this fall will focus on Renaissance music from Vienna and Italy.  Great fun! 

Euridice Ensembles: our umbrella organization for faculty/student chamber groups specializing in 17th and 18th century music. Modern and early string, wind, and keyboard players from all five campuses are invited to participate in these historical performance-oriented bands. Be coached and play or sing alongside recognized professionals. Violinists, violists and cellists and keyboard players especially welcome this semester. We will be playing French and Italian music for chamber and orchestra.

Voces Feminae: Our women's vocal ensemble. Limited to sixteen or fewer voices, we delve into all types and aspects of early music performable by women's voices. From the familiar to the unusual, the music is beautiful, challenging and satisfying.

Loud Band: trombonists and double reed players who would like to make the pretty easy transition to Renaissance versions are more than welcome.

Medieval Ensemble: exciting and popular- a chance to experience harps, citoles, organetto, fiddles and/or sing the powerful music of the middle ages. Gregorian Chant Choir: informal Friday morning gathering to sing chant at UMass if there is enough interest.

17th Century Song Seminar: for singers and keyboard, viol and recorder consorts, Also: group lessons in Lute, Renaissance Winds, and Viol.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Campus contact: 

Five College Early Music Program Painless Auditions

Thu, Sep 10 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Room 103, Sage Hall

The Five College

Early Music Program

Wants You!

We invite students, faculty, and community members to audition for one or more ensembles. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature medieval,baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. Ensemble credit available through MHC, HC, and UMass.  Come talk to us!

Tuesday, September 8:

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Room 7 Music Center, Amherst College

Wednesday, September 9:

1:00 – 4:00 PM: Room 210 Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College

4:30 – 5:30 PM, Music Lounge, Hampshire College

Thursday, September 10:

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Room 103, Sage Hall, Smith College

Friday, September 11:

11:00 AM -1:00 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass

 

 Our bands:

The Five College Early Music Collegium: for singers interested in large-scale Renaissance choral works, one-on-a-part ensembles, and/or occassional solos; historical instrumentalists of all sorts. The Collegium singers and wind players rehearse on Tuesday evenings at MHC this semester; string players TBA. The program this fall will focus on Renaissance music from Vienna and Italy.  Great fun! 

Euridice Ensembles: our umbrella organization for faculty/student chamber groups specializing in 17th and 18th century music. Modern and early string, wind, and keyboard players from all five campuses are invited to participate in these historical performance-oriented bands. Be coached and play or sing alongside recognized professionals. Violinists, violists and cellists and keyboard players especially welcome this semester. We will be playing French and Italian music for chamber and orchestra.

Voces Feminae: Our women's vocal ensemble. Limited to sixteen or fewer voices, we delve into all types and aspects of early music performable by women's voices. From the familiar to the unusual, the music is beautiful, challenging and satisfying.

Loud Band: trombonists and double reed players who would like to make the pretty easy transition to Renaissance versions are more than welcome.

Medieval Ensemble: exciting and popular- a chance to experience harps, citoles, organetto, fiddles and/or sing the powerful music of the middle ages. Gregorian Chant Choir: informal Friday morning gathering to sing chant at UMass if there is enough interest.

17th Century Song Seminar: for singers and keyboard, viol and recorder consorts, Also: group lessons in Lute, Renaissance Winds, and Viol.

Campus: 
Smith College
Accessible location
Campus contact: 

Five College Early Music Program Painless Auditions

Wed, Sep 9 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Music Lounge

The Five College

Early Music Program

Wants You!

We invite students, faculty, and community members to audition for one or more ensembles. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature medieval,baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. Ensemble credit available through MHC, HC, and UMass.  Come talk to us!

Tuesday, September 8:

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Room 7 Music Center, Amherst College

Wednesday, September 9:

1:00 – 4:00 PM: Room 210 Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College

4:30 – 5:30 PM, Music Lounge, Hampshire College

Thursday, September 10:

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Room 103, Sage Hall, Smith College

Friday, September 11:

11:00 AM -1:00 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass

 

 Our bands:

The Five College Early Music Collegium: for singers interested in large-scale Renaissance choral works, one-on-a-part ensembles, and/or occassional solos; historical instrumentalists of all sorts. The Collegium singers and wind players rehearse on Tuesday evenings at MHC this semester; string players TBA. The program this fall will focus on Renaissance music from Vienna and Italy.  Great fun! 

Euridice Ensembles: our umbrella organization for faculty/student chamber groups specializing in 17th and 18th century music. Modern and early string, wind, and keyboard players from all five campuses are invited to participate in these historical performance-oriented bands. Be coached and play or sing alongside recognized professionals. Violinists, violists and cellists and keyboard players especially welcome this semester. We will be playing French and Italian music for chamber and orchestra.

Voces Feminae: Our women's vocal ensemble. Limited to sixteen or fewer voices, we delve into all types and aspects of early music performable by women's voices. From the familiar to the unusual, the music is beautiful, challenging and satisfying.

Loud Band: trombonists and double reed players who would like to make the pretty easy transition to Renaissance versions are more than welcome.

Medieval Ensemble: exciting and popular- a chance to experience harps, citoles, organetto, fiddles and/or sing the powerful music of the middle ages. Gregorian Chant Choir: informal Friday morning gathering to sing chant at UMass if there is enough interest.

17th Century Song Seminar: for singers and keyboard, viol and recorder consorts, Also: group lessons in Lute, Renaissance Winds, and Viol.

Campus: 
Hampshire College
Accessible location
Campus contact: 

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