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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Billy Taylor Jazz Residency Artist: Warren Wolf & the Wolfpack

Thursday, February 5, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
$25, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10
Part of the 16th annual Billy Taylor Jazz Residency

A multi-instrumental talent, Warren Wolf has an impressive background playing the vibraphone, marimba, drums and piano. He has performed with some of the best in the business, including Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton and Christian McBride. His CD Wolfgang, released on Mack Avenue Records in 2013, prompted a JazzTimes review that stated, “Warren Wolf appears to be on a path to stardom as arguably the most exciting bop vibraphonist since Bobby Hutcherson.” Catch this rising young talent in the jazz genre.

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