Marc Ribot

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 8:00p.m., Bezanson Recital Hall

General Admission: $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & Under: $7

Over his 30-year career, guitarist Marc Ribot has explored everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban son style of Arsenio Rodríguez, while contributing to the careers of Neko Case, Diana Krall, Solomon Burke, John Lurie, Marianne Faithful, Allen Toussaint, Caetono Veloso, Allen Ginsburg, Nora Jones and The Black Keys. “He can sit down with just his gui-tar and simultaneously confound you with technique, beauty, and surprise,” writes PopMatters. The magazine picked Ribot’s most recent solo release, Silent Moves, for their Best Music of 2010 shortlist.

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Once

Thursday, December 1, 2016 7:30

General Admission: $65, $60, $25; Five College, GCC and 17 & Under: $30, $25, $20

Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go.

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Antonio Sánchez: Birdman (Film & Live Drum Score)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 7:30pm

General Admission: $30: Five College, GCC and 17 & Under: $10

Birdman, the visually stunning 2015 Oscar winner for Best Picture by maverick director Alejandro González Iñárritu, stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up action star trying to reinvent his career as a credible actor and director on the Broadway stage. For this special event, renowned jazz drummer Antonio Sánchez accompanies the film live, recreating his explosive, Golden Globe-nominated and Grammy-winning score that forms the heartbeat of the film. Film rated R.

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Anthony Davis / Jason Robinson Duo

Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 8:00pm, Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

General Admission: $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & Under: $7

Pianist Anthony Davis and saxophonist Jason Robinson use telepathic interplay, inspired improvisation, and dynamic original compositions to carry listeners to a brilliant and evocative soundscape marked by emotional subtlety, wide-ranging sounds, and poignant melodicism. Davis, author of X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X and Amistad, premieres his eighth opera, Cen-tral Park Five, in November. Robinson, Assistant Professor of Music at Amherst College, recently recorded his 15th album as a leader, Resonant Geography.

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Shanghai Acrobatics “Shanghai Nights”

Direct from Shanghai,
THE SHANGHAI ACROBATS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Performing in “Shanghai Nights”

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Breathtaking aerial silks, unicycles, teeterboards and more support dazzling displays of juggling and balancing acts. See the ancient myth of the boy and the Phoenix come alive when the company of Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China arrives on stage. The Shanghai Acrobats, one of the most influential and competitive acrobatic companies in China, has won numerous awards at the acrobatic and circus competitions worldwide.

Ages: Pre K – Grade 12
Running time: 55 minutes

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Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 7:30pm

General Admission: $40, $35, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & Under: $15, $12, $10

One of China’s most outstanding acrobatic troupes, the Shanghai Acrobats full company and its multiple performing groups give more than two thousand performances in China and hundreds of performances abroad each year. The company continues to win awards nationally and internationally for their unique acts, including Icarian umbrellas, head jumping monks, Shadow of Cards magic, the Butterfly Lovers aerial silk act, and many more. The Shanghai Acrobats will perform their brand new show, “Shanghai Nights,” at the FAC.

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In the Footsteps of the Master Alam Khan, Sarode, Nitin Mitta, Tabla

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 8:00pm

General Admission: $25; Five College, GCC and 17 & Under: $10

Alam Khan, son of the legendary Sarode Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, continues the purity of his father’s musical style while adding his own individual touch as a 21st century musician. Alam maintains the reverence given to playing classical ragas in his solo concerts around the world, but also jams occasionally with musicians in diverse genres. One of the most sought after tabla players in the world today, master percussionist Nitin Mitta boasts the rare ability to combine technical virtuosity, spontaneity, clarity of tone and sensitivity to melodic nuances.

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Marcus Roberts Trio

Thursday, November 03, 2016 7:30pm

General Admissions: $35, $25; Five College, GCC and 17 & Under: $10

While most jazz trios have the piano front and center, all members of the Marcus Roberts Trio share equally in shaping the direction of the music – changing its tempo, mood, texture, or form at any time. The long-running trio is known for having almost telepathic communication on stage. The result is a powerfully rhythmic and melodic sound that is filled with dynamic contrast. Led by “the genius of modern piano,” the Marcus Robert Trio performs both Roberts’ original compositions and familiar jazz standards.

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Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra: with Conductor Jacek Kaspszyk, & 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition Winner Seong-Jin Cho

Sunday, October 30, 2016 8:00pm

General admission: $50, $40, $20; Five College, GCC, and 17 & Under: $10

For over a century, the Warsaw Philharmonic has been one of Poland’s most distinguished musical institutions. They will be joined by the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition Winner, Seong-Jin Cho. Bachtrack hailed “Cho has an enviable ability to make every note sound distinct and clear, shaping and balancing each phrase perfectly. After only about a minute of his performance I stopped analyzing, closed my eyes and lost myself completely in the sheer musicality of the moment.” Program TBA but you can bet Chopin will be included.

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Mariza

Thursday, October 13, 2016 7:30pm

General admission: $45, $40, $20; Five College, GCC, and 17 & Under: $10

International sensation Mariza returns to the FAC with her bewitching renditions of fado – the haunting torch songs of old Portugal rooted in folk poetry, Arabic cadences, and African and Brazilian rhythms. With her majestic beauty, impassioned performances and dramatic stage presence, she is a reigning diva in world music, bringing a thrilling contemporary edge to fado’s ancient sound.

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