ZAKIR HUSSAIN with KUMARESH RAJAGOPALAN and JAYANTHI KUMARESH

Friday, October 3, 8 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
$30, $25, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

Coming this fall, Zakir Hussain, tabla, Kumaresh Rajagopalan, violin, and Jayanthi Kumaresh, veena, will tour North America offering concerts of Indian classical music. Each of these artists, renowned for their own accomplishments, bring a unique contribution and influence to the collaboration. The musical result will be a brilliant, virtuosic performance combining traditional Indian classical music with flavors of Carnatic music hailing specifically from southern India.

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THE ART OF THE GEISHA BY YUKO EGUCHI

Tuesday, September 30, Bowker Auditorium 7:30PM
General Admission: $15; $10

 
Yuko Eguchi is a scholar and performer who will perform Japanese traditional music and dance, called kouta (small songs) and koutaburi (dance of small songs), a genre uniquely created by women and primarily preserved in thegeisha artistic culture. The kouta songs describe beautiful scenes of nature, but the true message a geisha’s affection, love and despair are often hidden behind its cleverly composed words. Yuko studied kouta singing and shamisen (three-stringed lute) and koutaburi dance under two former geishas, Toyoseiyoshi Kasuga and Yoshie Asaji. The performance will include Mizu no Debana (As the Water Flows, Harusame (Spring Rain), and Uchimizu (Sprinkling the Garden).   
 
Presented in collaboration with the Five College Center for East Asian Studies.

Monday, September 29- Japanese tea Ceremony 
D’Amour Library, Clark Reading Room at Western New England University, Springfield
In conjunction with The Arts of the Geisha presentation at UMass Amherst, Ms. Eguchi will present a short talk on the philosophy and symbols of the Japanese Tea followed by the Tea ceremony.

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JAPANESE SHOMYO BUDDHIST CHANTS & SHIRABYOSHI SONGS

Tuesday, September 23, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
General Admission: $15; Five College, GCC, Seniors and 17 & under $10

A multi-faceted musician and singer Makiko Sakurai will present her adaptations of the Shomyo Buddhist chants from the Heian period (701-1192 AD) as well as ancient songs known as Shirabyoshi. Though a Tendai “outsider,” Makiko Sakurai has become famous in Japan as a chanter of Tendai shomyo.  A music graduate of Osaka University of Arts, she majored in piano and composition receiving her masters from the Tokyo College of Music. She has adapted shomyo for contemporary settings in collaboration with Japanese composers Mamoru Fujieda and Ayuo. She appears on two CDs of Ayuo and Mamoru Fujieda: “The Night Chant” and “Izutsu,” both released on the Tzadik label. She has also performed works for American composers, Peter Garland and Carl Stone. Ms. Sakurai has written the scripts for her original collaborative pieces with Noh theatre including “Bamboo Princess” (2006), “Manhattan Okina” (2007-2013), “Pirate Princess” (2009, 2013) and “Sword Mound” (2010). She has also written for a collaborative piece with the puppet theatre, Kokeshi Joruri “The Bridegroom of Hanako” (2011, 2013).

Presented in collaboration with the UMass Japanese Studies program.

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Monday, September 21- 2 Workshops
Ms. Sakurai will present workshops at Smith and Hampshire CollegesSongwriter and vocalist of the Tendai Buddhist chanting as well as a singer of Shirabyoshi ancient songs, Ms. Sakurai will present a lecture demonstration of her work derived from study of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, music of the Ryu-teki (a flute used in Gagaku orchestra) from Master Sukeyasu Shiba and ancient songs, closed to public.

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Pink Martini

Saturday, September 20, 8 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
$55, $50, $25; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $20, $15, $10

Eclectic, romantic and worldly, Pink Martini has become an international phenomenon performing its retro-hip, multilingual repertoire throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Featuring a dozen musicians, the ‘little orchestra’ from Portland, Oregon, finds inspiration in virtually every musical genre, from Baroque to disco.

“Classy, charming, sexy, elegant, sophisticated – take your pick to describe the globe-trotting eclectic mix that is Pink Martini.” – The Sun. Buy your tickets early, this concert will sell out!

Join us as we celebrate the new season @ the FAC! Enjoy a pre-show dessert party on the plaza with free desserts, live entertainment, and a cash bar featuring the signature drink, a pink martini of course. Tent opens at 6:30 p.m.

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SHENG DONG: MUSIC FROM TAIWAN

https://fac.umass.edu/online/shengdong

Wednesday, September 17, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
General Admission: $15; Five College, GCC, Seniors and 17 & under $10

The world music of Sheng Dong (A Moving Sound) makes use of both Western and Chinese instruments to create songs inspired by traditional Chinese music, Taiwanese aboriginal and folk songs, and the music of Central Asia. Catching the attention of World Music critics around the globe, the modern sound is at once authentic, beautiful, and intense.

Sheng Dong a performance company based in Taipei, Taiwan and creates a new musical expression using traditional Chinese instruments such as the bowed fiddle Erhu , the Chinese guitar Zhong ruan, as well as a blend of Western instruments. Transcendent vocals and dance by lead singer Mia Hsieh, transport listeners to and beyond the Far East. Sheng Dong has attracted international attention for opening a door to this unexplored territory with a music that is both ethnic and intensely passionate and creative.

Spotlight Taiwan events are funded in part by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Special patron Dr. Samuel Yin, with additional support from Five Colleges, Incorporated.

 

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ALONZO KING LINES BALLET

Sunday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$42, $38, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $15, $12, $10

Described by The New Yorker as “hyper kinetic” and “exceptional,” the celebrated LINES Ballet of San Francisco performs exhilarating works that meld classical Western ballet with a diverse set of cultural traditions. The dancers’ flawless technique, mixed with King’s expressive choreography, creates a performance that is like no other. “Alonzo King is one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today.” –San Francisco Chronicle

Pre-Concert Fireside Chat with Mt. Holyoke Ballet Professor and Director of Mass Academy of Ballet Charles Flachs at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club.

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ERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO™

Created and performed by Erth-Visual & Physical Inc.

Sunday, April 13, 4 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$20; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $10; Family Packs (Two adults, Two Youth: $50

Be transported to the Australian outback where a rugged ranger and his trusty dino keepers introduce you to a menagerie of Mesozoic monsters from around the world. Watch and interact as the astoundingly life-like (and mostly friendly) creations―manually operated by supremely skilled puppeteers―meander, munch, and make the Concert Hall their own prehistoric playground. Enjoy a “dino” meet & greet in the lobby after the show.
Appropriate for ages 6 and up.

Family Fest: Ticket holders are invited to a free pre-show party in the lobby from 3-4 p.m.

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KENNY GARRETT QUINTET

Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
$30, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $10
The concert is presented in conjunction with the 16th Annual High School Jazz Fest
where many of New England’s most promising young jazz musicians participate in day-long performances and clinics in the Music Department.
Opening Act: Be sure to come at 7:30 p.m. to hear a selected high school ensemble perform.

Easily one of the most respected saxophonists in the world today, Kenny Garrett plays with a spiritual bent that has been known to possess audiences and a fire that leaves admirers panting for more. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra through his time spent with Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation.

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CHRISTOPHER O’RILEY / MATT HAIMOVITZ: SHUFFLE.PLAY.LISTEN

Monday, March 31, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
$40, $30, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $10

Pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz join together to explore the lyrical and virtuosic properties of their instruments in a collaboration that crosses in and out of the classical and pop music genres. The program showcases their talents as collaborators and soloists, defining what it means to be an artist in the 21st Century. Audiences will hear works of Bach and Gabrielli, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, Piazzolla and Stravinsky. A double CD recording, on Oxingale, was released in the fall of 2011 to rave reviews.

Christopher O’Riley is recognized as one of the leading American pianists of his generation, touring extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician and appearing with every major orchestra. He hosts the popular NPR music program, From the Top, and has released a set of highly regarded recordings of the music of Radiohead, Nick Drake, and others. Mr. O’Riley studied with Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Matt Haimovitz made his debut at the age of 13 as a soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. By age 17, he made his first recording for Deutsche Grammophon with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has redefined what it means to be a classical musician today, bringing concerts of Bach, Golijov, and others to clubs and coffee houses across the country while maintaining a busy schedule of international appearances.

The first half of Shuffle.Play.Listen. will be pre-arranged. The second half of the concert will be programmed from the stage, giving the artists the opportunity to share the context of the program, and allowing the music to flow seamlessly from one genre to the next.

 

Pre-Concert Fireside Chat with NEPR Afternoon Classical Music host Walter Carroll at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club.

 

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ASIF ALI KHAN AND PARTY

Saturday, March 29, 8 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall Chamber Seating
$30, 25, 15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $10

A protégé of the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Asif Ali Khan and his accompanying musicians offer a distinctive and inspiring experience. Energetic rhythms and varied tempos range from the meditative and trance-like to the suddenly thrilling and ecstatic. Experience it for yourself, the passion and exhilaration of Asif’s style of qawwali.

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