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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The Jack Dejohnette Trio

Featuring Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison
Friday, November 21, 8 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
$40, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA Jazz Master and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. It was twenty years ago when DeJohnette brought saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison together for the first time to perform the music of John Coltrane at The Brooklyn Museum. Representing the prestigious lineage of today’s great jazz families, the trio explores open improvisation, as well as their own compositions.

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Martha Graham Dance Company

Tuesday, November 18, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$50, $45, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10

Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe,” and by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance companies on the planet. The repertoire for the evening will include the newly commissioned work Echo by choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, based on the myth of Narcissus. Additional works to include Graham classics.

Audience members are invited to a pre-performance talk by UMass Dance Professor BillBob Brown at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club. 
 
The presentation of the Martha Graham Dance Company was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. 



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Jeremy Denk

Thursday, November 13, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
$30, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

One of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists, pianist Jeremy Denk is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, was named Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year and is the recipient of the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize for musicianship and contributions to the musical world. Hailed as the “humorist-intellectual of the classical-music world,” Denk exceeds all expectations of a brilliant 21st century musician with his compelling and intense style.

Audience members are invited to a conversation with Jeremy Denk moderated by Nadine Shank, UMass Professor of Music at 5 p.m. in the Amherst Room, UMass Campus Center.


The evenings program will include (not listed in order of performance for the first half of the program): 
 

HAYDN: Sonata in C major, H.XVI:50
JANÁČEK: No. 1 in E-flat major (Andante) from On the Overgrown Path, Book 2
No. 2. A blown-away leaf (Andante) from On the Overgrown Path, Book 1
No. 3. Come with us! (Andante) from On the Overgrown Path, Book 1
No. 4 in E-flat major (Vivo) from On the Overgrown Path, Book 2
No. 6. Words fail! (Andante) from On the Overgrown Path, Book 1
No. 5 in C minor (Allegro) from On the Overgrown Path, Book 2
SCHUBERT: Selections from Ländler, D. 366, No.s 12, 10, 11
No. 4 in C-sharp minor from Moments musicaux, D. 780
No. 5 in F minor from Moments musicaux, D. 780
No. 3 in D major from Ländler, D. 790
No. 10 in C major from Ländler & Écossaises, D. 734
Grazer Galopp, D. 925
Intermission
MOZART: Rondo in A minor, K. 511
SCHUMANN: Carnaval, Op. 9

 



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NATIONAL ACROBATS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

Thursday, November 6 7:30PM Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$40, $35, $15; $10

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China. As one of the world’s most thrilling and influential acrobatic troupes, the National Acrobats of the PRC astound audiences with acts ranging from skillful to daring, set to a beautiful combination of traditional and modern music. The troupe is renowned for their super-human physical feats and nail-biting stunts. Everything they do is striking, and beautifully embellished with bright, imaginative props and sets, and creative choreography.

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ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO

Thursday, October 30, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
$35, $30, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

Beninese Afro-pop spitfire Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning music recording artist deemed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine. She’s collaborated with Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Bono, Josh Groban, Branford Marsalis, Joss Stone, and many more. Known for her dynamic and uplifting music, she has translated her distinctive work in the arts to that of philanthropy; by promoting education for girls in Africa through her foundation, Batonga, and as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, Kidjo travels the world to inspire and empower.

Audience members are invited to a pre-performance talk by Bode Omojola, Five College Associate Professor of Music, Mount Holyoke College, 6:30 p.m. at the University Club.

Activism through Music
Wednesday, October 29, 6–7 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
Conversation with Angélique Kidjo moderated by Bode Omojola
Angélique Kidjo’s expansive career had been marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as passionate advocacy and philanthropy for her homeland of Africa. Join us as Ms. Kidjo discusses the importance of her advocacy work and the role her music has played to advance social causes. Presented in conjunction with the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series.

Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.







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MATTHEW SHIPP/DARIUS JONES DUO

Thursday, October 23, 8 p.m., Bezanson Recital Hall
General Admission: $10; $5 students

Bridging two generations of distinctly shining lights in the jazz world, veteran pianist Matthew Shipp and the gifted young alto saxophonist Darius Jones have received across-the-board critical acclaim for their 2010 recording, Cosmic Lieder. “They lock into a game of convergence and divergence that succeeds for their forceful individuality and unforced alchemy,” says BBC.

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REGINA CARTER’S SOUTHERN COMFORT

Thursday, October 9, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
$30, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10

Regina Carter is a knockout violinist who creates music that is “wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent, and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz” (Time Magazine). Carter’s Southern Comfort program will uncover the songs and music from her father’s home state of Alabama, celebrating the joyous music that infused her childhood.

Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

 

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The Ginkgo Tree: A Talk by Sir Peter Crane

Tuesday, October 7, 7 p.m., Bowker Auditorium 
General admission advance: $10; At the door: $15. Free to Five College & GCC students.

Perhaps the world’s most distinctive tree, Ginkgo has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than two hundred million years.  A living link to the age of dinosaurs, it survived the great ice ages as a relic in China, but it earned its reprieve when people first found it useful about a thousand years ago. Today Ginkgo is beloved for the elegance of its leaves, prized for its edible nuts, and revered for its longevity. Renowned botanist Peter Crane explores the history of the ginkgo from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence. Crane also highlights the cultural and social significance of the ginkgo: its medicinal and nutritional uses, its power as a source of artistic and religious inspiration, and its importance as one of the world’s most popular street trees.

Tuesday, October 7- Class visits with Students and Faculty 
Dr. Crane will meet with colleagues and student and in his conversation highlight the cultural and social significance of the ginkgo: its medicinal and nutritional uses, its power as a source of artistic and religious inspiration, and its importance as one of the world’s most popular street trees, open to the public by invitation only. 

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