Wednesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$38, $35, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $10
“Invigorating the stage with that elusive thing called joy” (New York Times), Spirit of Uganda presents riveting programs of music and dance for audiences of all ages. To the melodic tones of standing drums, with dramatic choreography, bright, layered rhythms, and gorgeous call-and-response vocals, a vibrant cast of 22 performers, ages 10–20, bring to life the sounds and movements of East Africa.
Pre-Concert Fireside Chat by Alexis Hefley, Founder/President, Empower African Children at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club.
Saturday, March 1, 8 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
$30, 25, 15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $10
His concerts have been called magical. As a sarod virtuoso he is a superstar in India, revered for his expressive, vocalized playing. In his hands, the sarod’s 25 strings produce a rich palette of overtones mimicking the complex tone colors and expressive range of the human voice. His two sons on tablas will add to spellbinding the audience with their musical prowess.
Thursday, February 13, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
$25, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $10
Part of the 16th annual Billy Taylor Jazz Residency
Not yet 22, Kelly has established herself as a legitimate presence on the contemporary jazz scene. Kelly’s saxophone skills recall the fitful style of Wayne Shorter while her vocal melodies put in her league with more pop-oriented artists such as Norah Jones. The Berklee-educated musician has already gigged with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and mentor Lee Konitz. Catch this rising star while you can.
Official Blog: http://www.gracekellymusic.com/default.aspx?matrix=blog&tp=1
Tuesday, February 4, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$55, $50, $20; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $30, $25, $20
The New York Times calls American Idiot “thrilling and emotionally charged, as moving as anything on Broadway!” Based on Green Day’s groundbreaking rock opera of the same name, this daring new musical tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia, and features the smash hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Holiday,” and “21 Guns.”
New date and time!
Saturday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$42, $38, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $15, $12, $10
Parsons’ internationally acclaimed, and Valley favorite, troupe blends sexy athleticism and joyous movement in a mixed repertoire that soars. For more than two decades, David Parsons has created works filled to the artistic brim with bouncy, breathtaking, and magical choreographic charm. Welcome this celebrated company back to the FAC— where they are sure to leave you, as always, breathless and absolutely smitten.
Post-show Talk-Back with the company and moderator Umass Dance Prof. Paul Dennis immediately following the performance.
Thursday, November 21, 8 p.m., Bezanson Recital Hall
$10, Five Collge/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $5
Guy Klucevsek, one of the world’s most versatile and highly-respected accordionists, performs polkas, experimental music, and everything in between, with artists as diverse as John Williams, Natalie Merchant, and Laurie Anderson. Violinist Todd Reynolds, a student of Jascha Heifetz, was a member of Bang on a Can and is co-founder of the string quartet Ethel. Imagine what they can do together.
Guy Klucevsek’s website
Todd Reynolds’ website
Friday, November 15, 10:00 a.m.,
$7 Ages: All
Running Time: 55 minutes
Yamato’s motto of “Go anywhere if invited and make the world a little more happy” works!
Be awestruck by the amazing sound of these traditional Wadaiko-drums constructed of animal skin and the wood from 400 year old trees. The athletic training for Yamato drummers is intense–they start their day with a 6 mile run to develop the stamina and strength to play drums that weigh over 1100 lbs! Yamato’s intricate drumming choreography has been seen by over 300,000 people in more than 15 countries. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this world class troupe from Japan!
Curriculum connections: World culture, Physics and sound, Musical tradition, Dance and Movement
20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Thursday, November 14, 7:30p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$40, $35, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $10
With a great sense of rhythm and superb choreography, Yamato will take you back to the very beginning of life in tamashy – when the heart beats for the first time. Precision, grace, and power mark Yamato’s acclaimed performances, connecting ancient and modern drumming traditions to create an exhilarating evening of sound and sight. So fasten your seatbelts and let your heart race with the beats!
November 9, 2013
Did you know the Newark Museum of Art has the most distinctive collection of Tibetan art in the Western Hemisphere?
Join us on a very special escorted tour to the Newark Museum of Art. The engaging art scholar and curator Katherine Anne Paul will take us through the ancient and diverse collection of Tibetan art and share exciting “behind the scenes” stories. The centerpiece of this eleven gallery tour is a Tibetan Buddhist Altar consecrated by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.
Participants will have time to explore other wonderful exhibits, enjoy lunch and other Museum spaces. Highly recommended is the upcoming Ming to Modern: Elevating the Everyday in Chinese Art exhibit. The exhibit features 175 treasures of Chinese art acquired by the museum over the past century but never before displayed to the public!
Pickup at UMass Robsham Visitor Center will be at 7:45 a.m. with an estimated return at 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 per person includes bus, driver gratuity, admission, artisan box lunch, and special curator guided tour
Reservations please call 413-577-2486. Assigned seating on bus is first come first served.
Thursday, November 7, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$40, $35, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $15, $12, $10
Sweet Honey in the Rock possesses a stunning vocal prowess rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American traditions. For this concert the Grammy Award-nominated a cappella ensemble perform their most adventurous live presentation yet in appreciation of other great female artists. Featuring a seasoned jazz trio, Sweet Honey In The Rock honors the legacies of distinct and out-spoken musical icons Odetta, Miriam Makeba, and Abbey Lincoln in an incredible program with a special segment dedicated to each artist and new arrangements of some of Sweet Honey In The Rock’s classic and most popular recordings. Premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center, a live recording was released as an album in February 2013, including Odetta’s “Freedom Suite,” and “Midnight Special,” Miriam Makeba’s “Pata Pata,” and “Sabou Maya,” and Abbey Lincoln’s “A Turtle’s Dream,” and “Down Here Below.”
Pre-Concert Fireside Chat with NEPR Jazz Safari host Kari Njiiri at 6:30 p.m. at the Rand Theater.