Five College Consortium

Wind Ensemble & Concert Band: Out of This World

Fri, Dec 7 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

The Department of Music and Dance presents the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Matthew Westgate, and the Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Timothy Anderson; featuring David Waybright, guest conductor.

The program will include Joel Puckett: Shadow of Sirius with Cobus du Toit, flute; Mason Bates: Mothership; and Adam Gorb: Awayday!

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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$10/general, $5/students and seniors, UMass students FREE
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Jazz Ensemble I Holiday Concert

Tue, Dec 4 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Bowker Auditorium

The Department of Music and Dance presents Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Jeffrey W. Holmes, in a holiday concert.

The program will feature compositions/arrangements by Thad Jones, Bob Mintzer, Snarky Puppy, and students Brain Martin, Owen Ross, Haneef Nelson and Simon White

Special guests Carl Clements, flute & John Mastroianni, saxophone.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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$10 general, $5 students and seniors, UMass students - free
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Five College Early Music Collegium: The Orphic Jacob

Wed, Dec 5 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Grace Church 14 Boltwood Ave. Amherst 01002

The Department of Music and Dance presents the Five College Early Music Collegium, under the direction of Professor Robert Eisenstein.

The program will feature the music of Jacob Obrecth (c. 1457-1505).

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Other
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Visiting Writers Series Hosts Gina Apostol

Thu, Dec 6 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Memorial Hall

Gina Apostol is the author of four novels. The latest, Insurrecto, about a road trip into the heart of Duterte's Philippines and the history of the relationship between the Philippines and the United States, is also anthologized as "The Unintended" in A Kind of Compass: Stories on DistanceManila NoirGo Home!; and Massachusetts Review. A work-in-progress, William McKinley's World, like Insurrecto, uses her research on the Balangiga massacre and the Philippine-American war to cast a lens on our contemporary times. Her third book, Gun Dealers' Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Gettysburg Review, and others. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Wailing Banshees Fall Concert

Thu, Dec 13 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Earle Recital Hall

Ellen Redman, director. A rousing farewell to the end of term with an emphasis on the music of Scotland. As always, jigs, reels, and the best craic on campus!

Free and open to the public.

Campus: 
Smith College
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Gamelan Fall Concert

Wed, Dec 5 2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Earle Recital Hall

Central Javanese Gamelan Fall Concert

Maho Ishiguro, director. Darsono, guest artist. An evening of Central Javanese Gamelan music and dance performance by Five College students and community members of the ensemble.

Free and open to the public.

Campus: 
Smith College
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“The Eyes of the World on The Wormhole Town of Bisie in the Eastern DR Congo”

Tue, Nov 27 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

James Smith’s work examines the extractive economy in Congolese tantalum, tin, and tungsten, substances that make the digital devices we depend on work.  He focuses on how the global demand for, and more recent efforts to regulate, “digital minerals” shapes understanding of space-time, capitalism, conflict, and peace in the Eastern DR Congo.  Arguing that Congolese social infrastructure, the materiality of minerals, and invisible worlds help make the so called information age possible, he shows how Congolese people create and understand the process through which the animated potency of the ground comes to be turned into a resource.  At Amherst, he will tell a condensed version of this story of the digital age by providing a short history of the artisanal mine of Bisie (meaning roughly to the end, or may it never end).  Its eruption in the middle of the forest following the collapse of coltan prices and a spike in cassiterite prices created what he refers to as a “wormhole” connecting Congo to other worlds.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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"Discounting the Past" Meghan Sullivan, Professor of Philosophy & The Rev. John A. O'Brien Collegiate Chair at Notre Dame

Mon, Nov 26 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Skinner Hall 216

A Roger W. Holmes Lecture

Suppose you've been in a car accident, you've suffered painful injuries, but you are expected to recover. You intend to ask for compensation for your pain and suffering. Should you ask while you are still in the hospital, suffering from your injuries? Or wait until you have recovered? Recent work in social psychology suggests you are likely to ask for significantly less compensation if your pain has already passed. Perhaps this is unsurprising, since it seems quite natural to discount pains (and pleasures) once they are merely past.
It's natural... but is it rational?

Philosophers have been very critical of some time biases (especially our bias toward the near) but surprisingly tolerant of our propensity to discount the past. In this talk, I will explain what it is to discount the past and argue that all time biases should be treated as a uniform kind. I'll also give an argument that prudentially rational agents should not discount the past. The talk is drawn from a book I have just finished--- Time Biases: An Essay on Rational Planning and Personal Persistence (OUP). Along the way, I'll introduce you to some key themes in the larger book project defending a theory that I call temporal neutrality.

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Dickinson's Eden: A Concert by the Red Skies Music Ensemble

Sun, Nov 4 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Amherst Woman's Club
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Join the Emily Dickinson Museum for an autumnal concert with the Red Skies Music Ensemble. Co-created by George Boziwick and Trudy Williams, with support from Marta McDowell and Kirke Bent, this program illuminates the confluence of Dickinson’s engagements in home music-making with her sister Vinnie, and the life-time botanical passion that helped form her personal soundscape. The concert bridges Dickinson's musical, poetic and natural worlds. Costumed musicians share rarely-performed vocal and piano music from Dickinson's own collection of sheet music, as well as selections of the popular sentimental songs. At this program, the music will be played directly from the digitized version of the sheet music in Dickinson's own music book. Readings from correspondence illuminates and animates both the music and the musical relationship between the two sisters.

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Other
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Five College Early Music Program Painless Auditions

Wed, Sep 9 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Room 210, Pratt Hall
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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: 
Mount Holyoke College
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