STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY LOCOMOTOR / NON LOCOMOTOR

Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$42, $38, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10

Stephen Petronio’s Locomotor / Non Locomotor is an evening-length, full-company work in two parts featuring an original score by electronic hip-hop pioneer Clams Casino. Locomotor explores extreme locomotive states, casting Petronio’s virtuoso company in a careening mix of action forward and backward through time and space, while Non Locomotor begins from the spine and its ability to initiate torque and torsion, sending movement surging throughout the body. “There’s a visceral thrill to Stephen Petronio’s choreography that is unlike anything offered by other contemporary choreographers…” —The New York Times

Audience members are invited to a pre-show talk by Five College Dance professor Constance Valis Hill at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (lower level of FAC) at 6:30 p.m. and to stay for a post-performance talk with Stephen Petronio immediately following the performance. 

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The Nile Project Concert

Tuesday, April 7, 7:30 pm, Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$25, $20, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10
 

A new triumphal musical collaboration bringing together 15 musicians from 11 countries along the Nile river basin -Egypt to Sudan this concert is a unique phenomenon to be experienced aurally and visually.  Music so infectious, that it will get you jumping on your feet, clapping and dancing to the incredible rhythms.  Experience a powerful pan-Nile percussion section that drives this orchestra of Ethiopian masenko , saxophone, Egyptian ney, oud, violin, sisimiya and tanbur and Ugandan adungu , bass guitar and six vocalists singing in 11 different languages. Empowering this concert is the mission to inspire and educate Nile citizens to work and collaborate together to boost the sustainability of the ecosystem.
 
Funded through New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions Fund

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NED ROTHENBERG “INNER DIASPORA” WITH SAMIR CHATTERJEE, JEROME HARRIS, MARK FELDMAN AND ERIK FRIEDLANDER

Thursday, April 2, 8 p.m., Bezanson Recital Hall
General Admission: $10; $5 students

“Woodwind/saxophone ace Ned Rothenberg has a formidable reputation as an innovator,” writes Tzadik Records. “Specifically, Rothenberg has been celebrated for his circular-breathing techniques, as well as his experiments with overtone manipulation and polyphony. He also shares the restless eclecticism of colleagues like John Zorn and Anthony Braxton. What renders Rothenberg more approachable and, in the end, more significant than many of his peers is the serenity at the heart of his fiercest playing.”

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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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