The Seeker of Truth: Yuval Ron Ensemble

Thursday, Feburary 23, 2017 7:30pm

General Admission: $35, $30, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & Under: $10

The Seeker of Truth unites Middle Eastern and South Asian musical traditions, blending powerful and rich music with global traditions of spirituality, healing, culture and mysticism. Featuring four musicians and Dervish Aziz, the Yuval Ron Ensemble performs music that is exhilarating, hypnotic, ecstatic and even meditative. As an educator and peace activist, Yuval Ron is dedicated to bringing cultural harmony through music.

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Jelly & George: Celebrating the Music of Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin Aaron Diehl and Cecile Mclorin Salvant

Thursday, February 16, 2017 7:30pm

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

Timeless classics are elevated by modern masters when acclaimed pianist Aaron Diehl and Grammy-winning vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant revisit and revitalize the works of jazz piano greats George Gershwin and Jelly Roll Morton. Combining lesser-known works with new arrangements, the duo’s energetic interpretations celebrate a musical lineage that spans a century. With shades of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, Salvant burst onto the scene when she won the 2010 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition at only 21.

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When Gods Mingled with Mortals: Sacred Dances & Legends of Hawai`i Michael Pili Pang and the Halau Hula Ka No’Eau Ensemble

Thursday, February 09, 2017 7:30pm

General Admission: $35, $30, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & Under: $10

Celebrating 30 years of dance, chants and traditions, Halau Hula Ka Noʻeau captivates audiences with their exquisitely artistic and culturally authentic Hawaiian dance performances. Choreographer and cultural historian Michael Pili Pang, presents a new work based on the traditional legends of Hawaiian gods who were revered as heroes and the creators of the Hawaiian Islands. Pang creates innovative choreography that combines traditional hula, music and chants into high artistic expression.

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

This enchanting musical is based on C.S. Lewis’ adventure story about four children in war-torn England, who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe. In a strange and wondrous place ruled by a cold-hearted White Witch, the children fulfill an ancient prophecy by defeating the witch, and restore peace and sunshine to the spell-bound Narnia by returning the great Lion King Aslan to his throne.

Ages: Grades 1 – 7
Running time: 60 minutes

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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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