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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