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.

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.

Shanghai Acrobatics “Shanghai Nights”

Direct from Shanghai,
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

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.

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.

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.