Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
$35, $30, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $10

The Idan Raichel Project burst onto Israel’s music scene in 2003, changing the face of Israeli popular music and offering a message of love and tolerance. With a captivating blend of global sounds coupled with sophisticated production and a spectacular live show, the Idan Raichel Project has become one of the hottest world music concerts on the planet, selling out wherever they go.
Idan Raichel

Connect with Idan Raichel:
Twitter:   @idanraichel





Saturday, October 26, 8 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
$50, $45, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $15, $12, $10

After singing in Robert Lepage’s Ring cycle at the Metropolitan Opera, the renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is taking a turn at touring with Les Violons du Roy to perform works by Bach, Handel, and Haydn. Les Violons du Roy has been widely acclaimed for its exceptional energy, brilliance, and vitality. Blythe is hailed for her rich, colorful performances in the world’s finest opera houses and recital halls. You can see this concert in New York for $116 or enjoy it here for $50!

Pre-Concert Fireside Chat with UMass Music Professor Marjorie Melnick at 7 p.m. at the University Club.


Les Violons


Artist’s Website:
Les Violons Du Roy
Stephanie Blythe


Thursday, October 24, 8 p.m., Bezanson Recital Hall
$10, Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $5


JD Parran plays all the saxophones, multiple clarinets and flutes. His virtuosity, and his mastery over a number of extended techniques, has made him a valued collaborator with Leroy Jenkins, Julius Hemphill, and Anthony Braxton. Writes Anthony Davis, “He combines a profound understanding of the composer’s intention with an expressive individual voice that is both nuanced and dramatic.”


JD Parran


JD Parran’s website


Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
$35, $30, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $10


In his newest work, Pavement, Abraham layers urban and classical dance influences, bold imagery, and gripping, voluptuous movement. Inspired by the Pittsburgh, PA neighborhoods of his youth, the film Boyz n the Hood, and the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, Abraham and his company of striking dancers establish a poignant and provocative world onstage. A full-evening dance, Pavement includes a wide variety of music, ranging from Bach to Sam Cooke, encompassing themes of love and pain in this “work of great subtlety and beauty” (The New Yorker).
Kyle Abraham is a dancer, choreographer, Artistic Director of, and recipient of the 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. He has worked with Bill T. Jones, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan.

Post-performance Talk-Back with Kyle Abraham and moderator Five College Dance Professor Jodi Falk immediately following the concert. 




Artist’s website
Facebook: AbrahamInMotion
Twitter: @AbrahamInMotion



Matcha Tea

October 17, Fine Arts Center Lobby (One ticket price for both events)
$10; Five College/GCC/STCC: $5

Mary Lou and Robert Heiss are adventurous tea trekkers; tea educators; and co-owners of Tea Trekker and, a nationally recognized resource for premium hand-crafted tea and unique tea wares located in Northampton, MA.

Matcha: Japan’s Elite Green Tea -Talk with Slide show 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Matcha, the powdered green tea is a focal point in the Japanese tea ceremony Chanoyu, a uniquely Japanese tea practice since the 15th and 16th centuries. The serving of “Matcha” during this formal ceremony gave the tea prestige and carved a national identity for it. Despite its long history and importance, the understanding of real Matcha is being diluted today according to Tea masters.

Enjoy a Cup of Matcha 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Sample a taste of authentic stone-ground Matcha that has been created by a Matcha specialist in Kyoto, Japan, exclusively for sale at “Tea Trekker” in Northampton.


Matcha Tea


Artist’s website


Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble


Wednesday, October 16 7:30p.m., Bowker Auditorium
$20, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $10


The ancient and imperial court music of the gagaku orchestra and dances is the oldest orchestral tradition in the world – a style of music that has remained pure and unchanged over the centuries. Elegant and ethereal the music of gagaku is nearly always experienced in an almost otherworldly way with a unique and poetic sound that washes over you as it reflects the music of the cosmos.

For ticket holders a pre-performance talk will be presented at Anne Prescott, Director, Five College Center for East Asian Studies; Koto player and teacher.




Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
$25, $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $10

A series of performed letters to an unborn son, Word Becomes Flesh (WBF) uses spoken word, dance and live music to document nine months of pregnancy from a young single father’s perspective.

Performed by an exceptionally talented cast of emerging poet-performers, WBF fuses tender stories, playful wit―and at times, purposeful rage―to give voice to complexities and contradictions surrounding race and gender in America.

With deep honesty and raw physicality, the play integrates hip-hop theatre and contemporary dance performance to deconstruct black male identity in the 21st century. WBF critically, lyrically and choreographically shares one man’s experience of fatherhood-and in doing so examines the legacy of patriarchy and male privilege, the continuum between fathers and sons, and the relationships of women and men. Together these narratives confront the intersection between the reality and the mythology of the black male body-from the cotton field to the athletic field and all spaces in between.

Written and Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Written and Performed by Dahlak Brathwaite, Daveed Diggs, Dion Decibels, Kahlil Anthony, Michael Turner and B.Yung.

Run time: 60 minutes

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.

Post- show discussion/reception with the artists in the Campus Center Reading Room immediately following the performance.


Word Becomes Flesh


Artist’s website
Twitter: @bumuthi



Herbie Hancock

Sunday, October 6, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

$75, $65, $30; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $25, $20, $15

Herbie Hancock – piano/keys
James Genus – bass
Vinnie Colaiuta – drums
Lionel Loueke – guitar

Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every jazz movement since the 1960s. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, he became one of the pioneers of the avant garde sound. His recordings during the ’70s combined electric jazz with funk and rock sounds in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. “Rockit” and “Future Shock” marked Hancock’s foray into electronic dance music and included several chart-topping hits; during the same period he continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P., which included ex-Miles Davis band mates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. For his Amherst appearance he’ll perform with a quartet, musicians to be announced.

Hancock has received an Academy Award for his Round Midnight film score and 14 Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year for “River: The Joni Letters” and two 2011 Grammy Awards for his recently released globally collaborative CD, “The Imagine Project.” Many of his compositions, including “Cantaloupe Island,” “Maiden Voyage,” “Watermelon Man,” and “Chameleon,” are modern standards that have had a profound effect on all styles of modern music.


LET US CELEBRATE YOU! Join us for a free pre-show party on the plaza with appetizers, live entertainment and cash bar. Tent opens at 6 p.m.


Herbie Hancock


Artist’s website
Facebook: HerbieHancock
Twitter: @HerbieHancock




Thursday, October 3, 7:30p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$35, $30 and $15; Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $10
On-site preconcert talk at 6:45 p.m.


Visual delight and kinetic spectacle are key elements of the Time Lapse Dance aesthetic. The company’s work features contemporary interpretations of modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller with hypnotic fabric-and-light displays combined with circus arts making for a breathtaking and sensuous experience for the audience.

For ticket holders a pre-performance talk will be presented at Billbob Brown, professor of Dance at the University of  Massachusetts.


Time Lapse Dance


Boston based Luminarium Dance, which has its roots in the Five Colleges Area Dance program, opens this evening’s concert. The company fuses innovative lighting with diverse movement styles. An ideal complement to the visual work of Time Lapse Dance.