The Mount Holyoke College Choral Ensembles and the Chamber Jazz, Vocal Jazz and English Handbell ensembles will once again present their annual holiday-inspired performances, best known for the candlelight procession and carol singing. The theme this year is "On a Winter's Night," and musical selections include images of stars, dreams, memories, and the magic and wonder of the season.
In the Heights/In Holyoke: A Latina/o Cultural Symposium sponsored by Mount Holyoke College's Office of the Dean of Faculty, the Weissman Center for Leadership, the Spanish/Latina/o and Latin American Studies Department, La Unidad, MEcha and Holyoke Community College: One Community Holyoke
Tania León: Alegre (Cheerful) and La indígena (Indigenous)
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilieras #5
Zequinha de Abre: Tico Tico
George Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Traditional Cuban folk song: La Paloma
Traditional Afro-Cuban and agricultural worker Guajiro styles first incorporated in art music of Roldan and Caturla find their modern-day expression in the work of Cuban-born composer Tania León (b. 1943). The orchestra performs León’s boisterous and jazzy Alegre (Cheerful) as well as the chamber work La Indígena (Indigenous), a collage of melodic memories evoking the sonic environment of León's childhood in Havana.
Sandwiched between Cuban repertoires is the ravishing Bachianas Brasilieras #5 (1942/1945) for solo soprano and eight cellos, from a suite of nine works by the Brazilian master Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) as well as the whirlwind showpiece Tico Tico by Zequinha de Abreu (1880-1935).
The concert closes with Cuban Overture (1932) by the American master George Gershwin (1900-1937), a giant rumba that draws on popular hits Gershwin absorbed during a vacation in Havana in 1932, followed by the traditional Cuban folk song La Paloma.
The annual Amherst College Christmas Vespers is held on Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The festival of lessons and carols is free and no tickets are required.
The Amherst Choral Society and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life present the annual festival of lessons and carols, joined by members of the Amherst College community, the Amherst College Flute Choir, and guest musicians, Brooks Holmes, Derek Schneider and Jim Maes. Music includes familiar carols and the world premiere of choral work by Paul Salerni ’73.
The Department of Music and Dance presents a lecture by Emiliano Ricciardi as part of the Research in Music Series.
Titled Form in the Late Italian Madrigal: Torquato Tasso's Literary Theories and Their Musical Ramifications, the abstract reads: What is the relationship between poetic and musical form in late Italian madrigals? This paper seeks to answer this question by examining the work of the most important poet of late sixteenth-century Italy, Torquato Tasso (1544-1595), and its musical ramifications. In particular, I argue that through his theoretical works and poems Tasso contributed to creating a widespread taste for goal-oriented poetic forms, in which each line or section builds momentum towards a closing statement. This taste finds a musical counterpart in the emphasis that many madrigal composers placed on the endings of their compositions, as I will show focusing on select settings of Tasso's poetry.
Nikkomo is an annual Narragansett celebration started by the Nipmuc that is also celebrated by some Southern New England tribes. The gathering involves gift giving signifying the days when those who had the most gave to those who had the least so that the entire community was cared for equally.
Join the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center in collaboration with CMASS and the Native American Student Association in our celebration. All are welcome.
The Department of Music and Dance presents the Chapel Jazz and Jazz Lab ensembles under the direction of David Sporny, Brian Martin and Haneef Nelson.
This is the last concert of the semester.
The Department of Music and Dance presents the University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Morihiko Nakahara, featuring Elizabeth Chang, violin, and Kathryn Lockwood, viola.
The program will feature Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, K.364 and Shostakovich: Symphony No.5.
The Department of Music and Dance presents the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Catherine Jensen-Hole.
The program will feature small & large vocal ensembles, a cappella or backed by jazz musicians, singing popular/jazz classics & new arrangements. A treat that's not to be missed.
The Department of Music and Dance presents Marimba Bands and Ensembles, under the direction of Professor Thomas Hannum.
The program will include delightful arrangements of popular, jazz & classical favorites.