OSTINATO (n.): a continually repeated musical phrase or rhythm
Swingin’ tap rhythms and cool jazz grooves come together for an evening of choreography and improvisation by Boston-based tap dancers Suzanne Bouffard and Ryan P. Casey, with jazz musicians Jon Hazilla, John Funkhouser, and Mark Poniatowski.
New steps, new tunes, and new collaborations make each month’s presentation a unique, dynamic experience of live dance and music that is not to be missed.
Choreographer Sidra Bell opens a door to a world of shifting psychology in her piece at the bazaar which premieres at the University Dancers’ concerts at Bowker Auditorium. Bell, choreographic artist in residence, uses 12 dancers' bodies as intricate and detailed paintbrushes. Each dancer is called on to research and play with abstract movement phrases and specific images, such as wonder, play, risk, awareness, urban grit and infant development.
TIME & LOCATION: 8pm, Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass Amherst campus
PERFORMERS: Music & Dance Department Symphony Band, James Patrick Milller, conductor, and Percussion Ensemble, Ayano Kataoka, director
Fillmore: The Klaxon; Jan Van der Roost: Suite Provencale; Grainger: The Sussex Mummer's Christmas Carol
Schuller: Nature's Way; Bernstein: Candide Suite; Nilsson: Krasch! for saxophone quartet, percussion ensemble & tape
Klatzow: Return of the Moon for six male voices and marimba; and more
EVENT: A Music Theory Talk by Jason Hooper
Schenker’s Conception of Sonata Form before the Urlinie: History, Theory, and Aesthetics
TIME & LOCATION: 3:45pm, Room 155, Music Wing, Fine Arts Center, UMass campus
TOPIC: A discussion of Heinrich Schenker’s traditional approach to sonata form from his Formenlehre provides a new context to reconsider Schenker’s late work and its relationship to more recent theories of form. Analyses of Beethoven’s late piano sonatas and Haydn’s string quartets are part of the talk.
The Five College Collegium: Seasonal music from 16th and 17th Century Portugal
TIME & LOCATION: 8:15pm, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst campus
THE DIRECTOR: Professor Robert Eisenstein
THE MUSICIANS: The Collegium Choir plus wind instruments, strings, percussion and guitar
THE PERFORMANCE: Ethereal Motets and Mass Movements by composers from the Cathedrals of Évora, Lisbon and Coimbra, Portugal. Engaging rhythmic Villançicos by Gaspar Fernandes, who began his career in Évora and worked in Guatemala and Mexico.
THE CONCERT IS FREE AND THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND.