Music
Jazz in July faculty spend two weeks working with students to hone their skills as jazz musicians. Thursday night is the faculty’s time to shine, showing their chops as prominent jazz musicians.

July 11—July 18, 2019, Thursdays 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Philip Glass Ensemble, the legendary composer Philip Glass will join the Philip Glass Ensemble to perform a live film concert of his original score of Godfrey Reggio’s cinematic masterpiece, Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance.

September 22, 2019
3:00 pm

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

The cutting-edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist Makaya McCraven is one of Chicago’s savviest cultural players and will be returning to the Pioneer Valley for a concert blurring the boundaries of jazz and electronic music.

October 10, 2019
7:30 pm

Bowker Auditorium

The concert is a live performance of her critically acclaimed 2013 release Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, which made history by becoming the first album by a woman to ever win a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

October 24, 2019
7:30 pm

Bowker Auditorium

Amjad Ali Khan is one of the undisputed masters of the Indian classical music world.

October 25, 2019
8:00 pm

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Jen Shyu’s multilingual and multi-instrumental piece Nine Doors explores powerful female legends as guides to her study of the importance of empathy over humanity's destructive impulses.

November 7, 2019
7:30 pm

Bowker Auditorium

João Luiz and Douglas Lora blend traditional and Brazilian guitar works, as well as original compositions and new arrangements.

November 9, 2019
8:00 pm

Bowker Auditorium

Luiz and Lora will conduct a master class with advanced guitar students, open to observers.

November 10, 2019
9:30 am

Eric Carle Museum
Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana was the first female musician and the first South American musician to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.

November 14, 2019
7:30 pm

Bowker Auditorium

In 1619, the Dutch brought the first African slaves to Jamestown, Virginia. Acclaimed bassist and composer Avery Sharpe marks this 400th anniversary with a new original piece of music touched by spirituals, gospel, blues, jazz and classical idioms, and featuring a video component.

November 21, 2019
7:30 pm

Bowker Auditorium

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