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Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 5PM-7:30PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10AM – 4PM Sunday, 10AM – 1PM
Painter and printmaker Marius Sznajderman will be exhibiting paintings and collages . This exhibit includes early works rooted in a Latin American tradition as well as Judaicas. Sznajderman will also show recent works of varied subject matter in acrylics and ink on paper and collages. This exhibit is his third one-person show in Amherst. In 2005-06 his work was shown at the National Yiddish Book Center, and in 2015 he exhibited in The Garden Room at Applewood where he is a resident artist.
Sznajderman has exhibited extensively in the United States and South America. His works are in major public and private collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, The New York Public Library, The Museo Del Barrio, New York City, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela. A number of his prints are in the collection of The Smith College Museum of Art, and two of his works are in the collection of the Jewish Community of Amherst.
Sznajderman was born in Paris in 1926. In 1942 he escaped to Spain with his parents and moved to Venezuela, where he lived for seven years. He immigrated to the United States in 1949. In Venezuela he was active in art circles, illustrating and designing for the theatre. In the United States he continued his artistic career while studying at Columbia University. He has taught art, art history, and design, at New York University, the School of Visual Arts, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, as well as in federal and state grant programs in New Jersey public schools.
He has had more than 30 one-person shows and numerous group
shows in South America and the USA.
“Much of my work comes out of numerous sketches and studies in search of a final concept – a concept that I use fully, creating a series of variations on a theme. That theme might often recur in later works,” Sznajderman said, “The memories of my early years in Venezuela are seminal, they are part of my vision”
Join Dr. Cecilia Feldman, Kress Interpretive Fellow at the Mead, for an archaeologist’s perspective on a variety of works in the collection. Her focus on materials, labor, resources, technology and cultural coding represent the processes that are present, but often unacknowledged, in material culture.
Ayano Kataoka, percussion
with Elizabeth Chang, violin & Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone
Thierry de Mey: Silence Must Be, Conlon Nancarrow (arr. Dominic Murcott): Study for Player Piano No. 5, Salvatore Macchia: Ritual VIII: Foldeed Memories for Violin & Percussion, Charles Bestor: Suite for Saxophone and Percussion
How does ancient music connect the Jewish people to their roots as a Middle Eastern tribe? Where does it originate from and why is it important for Jewish identity and peace with the Arab world? Lecture-demo with live music.
Click’s new music series continues with a concert featuring individual and collaborative sets between celebrated local musicians Zoë Darrow (fiddle) & Stephen Katz (cello).
Zoë Darrow is an accomplished fiddler and musician of rare intensity and expressive range who grew up playing Cape Breton and other Celtic music on a sheep farm in Blandford, Massachusetts. She released her first recording in 2001 at the age of 12, with her band the Fiddleheads. The Valley Advocate named them “Best Celtic Band” in 2007 and Celtic Heritage Magazine acclaimed Zoë as an artist “destined to add savory spice to the global mix.”
A graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a degree in anthropology and music, Zoë has also become a much sought after collaborator, touring and recording with luminaries like banjo innovator Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck’s primary banjo guru and an instructor at the Berklee College of Music. With Tim Eriksen and percussionist Peter Irvine she has toured North America and as far abroad as Singapore. Her recent performances have showcased her hair-raising singing and songwriting, a combination not to be missed!
Cellist and award-winning composer Stephen Katz has charted new territory for the rhythmic potential of the cello with the groundbreaking approach he calls Flying Pizzicato. The results are compositions that juggle two or three voices at a time, making music that lays grooves, weaves tunes, and lifts spirits. The New York Times wrote, “With a bow and fingers as light as feathers, Stephen Katz makes a cello bring out meanings you might not have suspected were there.”
Stephen has performed his compositions at Carnegie Recital Hall and toured internationally as a soloist and with ensembles. He has been featured on American Public Media national broadcasts of Performance Today, and is a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient. He is also an award-winning film composer and an improviser and composer in the dance world.
Tickets are $10 in advance via Eventbrite (service fees apply) or $12 cash at the door.
The Seeker of Truth features the riveting and hypnotic music of Israeli-born Yuval Ron, an internationally renowned world music artist. The Yuval Ron Ensemble includes the glorious Arab vocals of Najwa Gibran, earthy woodwinds by Norik Manoukian, master percussionist Jamie Papish, and the soulful ritual of Dervish Aziz. The Yuval Ron Ensemble performs powerful and rich music that blends the global traditions of spirituality, healing, culture, and mysticism creating a sound that is exhilarating, ecstatic, and even meditative.
Audience members are invited to a preconcert talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall as well enjoy a prefixe dinner at the University Club, a five-minute walk from the Concert Hall.
Directed by Megumi Lee ‘17
TIGERS BE STILL is a comedy that follows the misadventures of Sherry Wickman, a young woman who has recently earned her masters degree in art therapy only to find herself moving back home with her family, sending out countless résumés and waiting for the job offer that never comes. Unemployed and overwhelmed, Sherry retreats to her childhood bed and remains there until an unexpected employment opportunity gives her a renewed sense of purpose and hope.
The Northampton Community Music Center, 93.9 The River, and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art present a Family Concert featuring Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam. This event is the latest in the Family Concert Series at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on 125 West Bay Road in Amherst, MA on Saturday, February 25th at 11:00 AM. General admission at the door is $5, and free for infants 0-12 months. Proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Music Center Scholarship Fund.
Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam is a band that was founded in early 2013 by parents Jason and Amy, from the inspiration brought to them by their 4 year-old daughter. By co-writing their own lyrics, Jason and Amy play a range of music from full-on rock for all ages to acoustic sets for younger audiences. In early 2014, their debut album “Everyone’s Invited”, won the Parents’ Choice Seal of Approval and became a CD Baby Editor’s Pick as it peaked at #2 on the online record store’s Children’s Music chart. Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam have been praised for their interactivity, high energy level, and educational value. To learn more about the Family Concert Series February guest artist, visit http://junglegymjam.com/
Founded in 1986, the Northampton Community Music Center is a not-for-profit arts organization whose mission is to foster the love and pursuit of music within our community through quality education, performances, and events that are accessible to all. NCMC’s programming is made possible, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (www.massculturalcouncil.org). For more information about NCMC, visit: www.ncmc.net
Boston’s HeartSoulVoice duo, on harp & violin, performs songs of love, protest & healing; music from Shakespeare’s plays and Elizabethan times; and traditional & original Celtic music; optional 6:00 pm soup supper included in admission; 7:00 pm concert followed by dessert reception.
Chausson’s Poème, originally titled Le chant de l’amour triomphant, inspires this program exploring the hand of fate and of infinite love. The MHSO is joined by the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra. With Amy Chen, ’17, violin. Jonathan Lam, Ng Tian Hui, conductors.
Biennial event with performances by choirs from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts. Featuring a combined performance of Oseh Shalom by Elaine Broad Ginsberg, conducted by Stephen Paparo.
The concert will feature the world premiere of “Two Weeks from Everywhere” by Chris Merz, with additional music by Bob Curnow, Sonny Rollins and Either Orchestra. The second half of concert features Chris Merz Quartet: Chris on saxophones, Jeff Holmes, Piano, John Nuhn on Bass and Jon Mele on Drums. The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building.
Music Worcester is proud and excited to return this amazing trio to Worcester, this year for an evening performance, by popular demand. Triple Play is the name given to three outstanding and versatile musicians, Peter Madcat Ruth (on harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, percussion & vocals), Joel Brown, (folk and classical acoustic guitar and vocals) and Chris Brubeck (electric bass, bass trombone, piano & vocals). Collectively they bring a rare level of joy, virtuosity, and American spirit to the folk, blues, jazz and classical music they perform.
Music for Missions concert series’ next recital features Amanda Stenroos, violin, and Andrew D’Antonio, piano, at Faith United Church, 52 Sumner Ave., Springfield, Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 4 p.m. The program will include chamber works by Beethoven, Debussy and Messiaen.
The concert is free of charge; however, a free-will offering will be taken to benefit Gardening the Community. Gardening The Community is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Sprinfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency
This concert will feature the exciting sounds of the oboe, oboe d’amore, English Horn, and bassoon!
Kirsten Lipkens, oboe teacher at MHC and Smith College, will host an amazing group of performers, including Fred Cohen, oboe teacher at UMass Amherst, Basil Reeves former principal oboist of the Minnesota Orchestra, Aaron Lakota master reed maker and oboe member of the Valley Winds, and bassoonist Rebecca Eldridge, of the Vermont Symphony and bassoon teacher at Smith College. With the help of Larry Schipull on harpsichord. You’ll enjoy several combinations of these incredible instruments from many time periods.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:00pm
at The Lenox Library
Touch the Air
a film with music by Alice Spatz and poetry by William Jay Smith, produced by composer, Alice Spatz and film maker, Eric Shepherd
William Jay Smith (1918-2015) America’s 19th Poet Laureate collaborated with composer Alice Spatz and filmmaker Eric Shepherd during the last years of his life to create a mixed media program of five of his poems which will be presented at a free public performance at the Lenox Library on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00pm.
US Poet Laureate and WWII veteran, Smith was appointed the nineteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1968 to 1970. He was a well-recognized international man of letters. Though he lived in Cummington, MA for many years and remained active well into his nineties, Smith was not widely known in Western Massachusetts.
Touch the Air, produced by Eric J. Shepherd and Alice Spatz, is a film of William Jay Smith reading and discussing the five poems combined with newly composed music by Alice Spatz. Shepherd and Spatz will also discuss the creative processes that led to this unusual collaboration.
Spatz and Shepherd are both Berkshire artists. This presentation is being funded by the Lenox Cultural Council and sponsored by the Lenox Library.
The Bookstore in Lenox will provide books by William Jay Smith for sale.
Performed by DOVER QUARTET
This season we fulfill a longtime dream of presenting the complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets, to be performed by the remarkably talented Dover Quartet between November and April. Composed against the turbulent backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and their aftermath, Beethoven’s complete string quartets provide deep insight into his evolution as a composer.
The Dover Quartet is “…the next Guarneri String Quartet – they’re that good.” – Chicago Tribune
PART III PROGRAM
Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132
Dr. Luca Grillo is an associate professor of classics at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In this talk, he asks “How did the ancient Romans conceive sex and sexuality? Did they have the same categories we can easily take for granted today? Could sexual inclinations elicit admiration, disparagement or disapproval?” He will address these questions by locating Roman habits in their historical and cultural context and by discussing formalist and constructivists approaches.
After earning his PhD in classics from Princeton. Dr. Grillo taught for five years at Amherst College before moving to UNC. His area of specialty is Latin prose and Roman history, and he is co-editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Caesar.
The talk will take place in Lecture Room 4, Merrill Science Center at Amherst College.