ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS WITH JEREMY DENK

Saturday, March 28, 8 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
$40, $35, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10

His Bach performances are “a revealing journey into the soul,” states The Washington Post.  Jeremy Denk continues his exploration of Bach in a concert with the renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conducting from the keyboard, Denk presents Bach’s Second and Fourth concertos, and conducts serenades by Dvořák, and his greatest pupil (and son-in-law), Josef Suk.

Audience members are invited to a pre-performance talk by NEPR Classical Music host Walter Carroll at 7 p.m. at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (lower level of FAC).

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SONG OF THE JASMINE BY RAGAMALA DANCE COMPANY

Thursday, March 12, 7:30 pm, Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating 
With Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, Guitarist Rez Abbasi & Carnatic ensemble 
$35, $30, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10 

Guided by the rich poems of the Tamil Bhakti poet Andal, Song of the Jasmine embodies the spiritual and the sensual that are the lifeblood of the Indian psyche. Ragamala Dance collaborates with jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa as he heads a new ensemble for a live soundscape of jazz that features guitarist Rez Abbasi and the Carnatic ensemble.

Acclaimed as one of the Indian diaspora’s leading dance ensembles in the United States, Ragamala Dance seamlessly carries the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam into the 21st century. Informed by the echoing past and the fleeting present, the two artistic directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy’s create evocative choreography that renews tradition. SONG OF THE JASMINE is a new work conceived by Aparna Ramaswamy and created in collaboration with renowned jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, two first-generation Indian-American artists whose bicultural identities have influenced their artistry in different ways. Their unique artistic perspectives converge on the common ground of creating art in which universal themes are intertwined with a transformative artistic vision, and in which innovation is rooted in a profound understanding and enduring respect for tradition.

 

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Paddy Moloney: THE CHIEFTAINS & Special Guests

Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$60, $55, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $20, $15, $10

Back by popular demand! Six-time Grammy winners, The Chieftains have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. Never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries, The Chieftains have amassed a dizzyingly varied résumé. Their most recent album, “Voice of Ages,” found the band collaborating with some of modern music’s fastest-rising artists (Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Punch Brothers and the Pistol Annies among them) to reinterpret traditional songs for old and new generations alike, proving what the music means today while hinting where it might lead tomorrow.

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TAIYUAN PUPPET THEATRE FROM TAIWAN

Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
General Admission: $15; Five College, GCC, Seniors and 17 & under $10

A Sea of Puppets is a traditional Taiwanese glove puppet show with live music performed on a beautifully carved wooden stage by a professional five-member ensemble from the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company. With amazing skills, the puppeteers bring the exquisite puppets with embroidered costumes to life. They perform not only delicate gestures, but also exciting fighting scenes and acrobatics.  The story is a romantic tale in which a young man saves a girl from the hands of a villain (clown character). Audiences will see all the characters of traditional Taiwanese puppet theatre: the young lady, the scholar, as well as the clowns and the villains.  The show has been performed in over 30 countries, and provides a fascinating glimpse of one of the most beautiful theatre performances in the world. Powered by the virtuosity of the Taiwanese puppet performers and accompanied by traditional music, the show uses no dialogue and is suitable for all ages.
 
Pre-concert talk will be given by Dr. Robin Erik RuizendaalDirector of Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum in Taipei, and Managing and Artistic Director of Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company. 

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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Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra

Saturday, February 28, 8 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
$40, $35, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. With a discography that includes 36 titles, Palmieri has been awarded Nine Grammy Awards. A true powerhouse of brilliance, known for his astute arranging skills and historic compositions, Palmieri has shown that time is infinite with respect to his repertoire as he continues to thrill audiences throughout the world with his legendary style.


Audience members are invited to a pre-performance Q&A with Eddie Palmieri at 4:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. 

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Fred Hersch Trio with John Hébert and Eric Mcpherson

Thursday, February 26 at 8pm in the Bezanson Recital Hall
General Admission: $12; Students: $7

Six-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized piano skills with significant achievements as a composer and bandleader.  “If you want a working definition of the jazz piano trio, circa early 21st century, start here,” writes Neil Tesser, “Alive at the Vanguard is audacious and extravagant… “ writes JazzTimes. “The title of this album, and the vital music it contains, must be understood as his ringing, joyous, belligerent celebration of the miraculous fact that he is, in every sense, alive.”

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Grupo Corpo

Tuesday, February 24, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$42, $38, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10

The electrifying Brazilian contemporary dance company Grupo Corpo combines the sensuality of Afro-Brazilian dance forms, the liquid swing of jazz, and the technical prowess of ballet, with energy to burn. The company is renowned for its stunning physicality, dynamic ability, and rich visual finesse. The program will include one of the company’s most celebrated works, Sem Mim, inspired by the sea and the songs of medieval Galician-Portuguese troubadours.

Audience members are invited to stay for a post-performance talk with the company, moderated by Amherst College Spanish Professor Lucia Saurez, immediately following the performance.

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Billy Taylor Jazz Residency Artist: Warren Wolf & the Wolfpack

Thursday, February 5, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
$25, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10
Part of the 16th annual Billy Taylor Jazz Residency

A multi-instrumental talent, Warren Wolf has an impressive background playing the vibraphone, marimba, drums and piano. He has performed with some of the best in the business, including Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton and Christian McBride. His CD Wolfgang, released on Mack Avenue Records in 2013, prompted a JazzTimes review that stated, “Warren Wolf appears to be on a path to stardom as arguably the most exciting bop vibraphonist since Bobby Hutcherson.” Catch this rising young talent in the jazz genre.

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MUMMENSCHANZ

Sunday, December 7, 4 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$40, $30, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

In the wordless universe of Mummenschanz, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when common materials, everyday objects (like toilet paper) and colorful abstract shapes and forms spring to life. By creating a playful yet compelling experience, Mummenschanz offers timeless insight on the human condition. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.

JUST FOR FUN! Join us for a Family Fest celebration in the lobby at 3 p.m.



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CHICAGO UNDERGROUND DUO

Thursday, December 4 at 8pm in the Bezanson Recital Hall
General Admission: $10 Students: $5
 

Percussionist Chad Taylor and cornetist Rob Mazurek have logged 17 years as the Chicago Underground Duo. “Mazurek is a player of great poise and elegance,” writes The Wire, “while Taylor’s deftness, imagination and formidable technical skill always make his playing a joy to listen to… from the densest meshes to the sparsest near silent passage, each sonic cypher, beat and note seem to be leading somewhere, to have been made with a purpose.”  

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