For the second year, the Amherst Survival Center continues Music for the Soul: Sounding the World, a concert and discussion series supported by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. Commencing in September 2013, the second season of the project will feature a series of four Thursday evening dinner concerts that are followed by roundtable discussions featuring Humanities scholars in conversation with performers and audience members. The full schedule is listed below.
Each Thursday afternoon concert will feature music from different cultural traditions and will include discussion with the audience about the historical context, musical characteristics, and other elements of the performed music. The second season features jazz, Arabic music, rock and roll, and medieval music of Spain. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR CURRENT SCHEDULE AND UPCOMING PERFORMANCES.
We aim to:
- offer an uplifting and inspiring experience to the diverse communities served by the Survival Center,
- engage new musical audiences (at the Center and in the wider community),
- educate and offer new musical and cultural experiences to clients who cannot ordinarily afford to attend concerts, and
- raise awareness among musicians (especially student musicians) about community engagement and the reality of poverty in the Pioneer Valley.
LUNCH MUSIC CONCERTS:
In addition, we strive to offer music concerts at lunch time (noon-1pm) in the Center on a monthly basis.
The 2014 lunch music concert program is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Please check the Center’s monthly calendar to find out about upcoming dates.
In a challenging time for the Arts, when work opportunities have diminished for artists, we are looking to reconnect musicians with their local communities, through sharing their uplifting and enriching gifts with those in need.
Project Director: Bob Weiner
Humanities scholar: Jason Robinson, Assistant Professor of Music, Amherst College
Thursday May 1, 2014
Performance: Cantigas of Medieval Spain, Courtly and Popular Music
featuring the UMass Medieval Ensemble
Group discussion: “Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Musical Influences and Collaborations in Medieval Spain”
Moderated by Robert Eisenstein (Director, Five College Early Music Program)
Past events (current season only)
Thursday September 26, 2013
Performance: Jazz Explorations
Jason Robinson (saxophone), Paul Arslanian (piano), George Kaye (bass), Bob Weiner (drums)
Group discussion: Jazz and Race: Interracial Collaboration
Moderated by Prof. Jason Robinson (Amherst College)
Thursday November 14, 2013
Performance: Layaali Arabic Music Trio with guest vocalist Nour Bishout
Jamal Sinno (qanun), Mohammed Mejaour (nay), Michel Moushabeck (percussion), Nour Bishouty (voice)
Group discussion: Music of the Middle East and Community
Moderated by Michel Moushabeck
Thursday March 27, 2014
Performance: The History of Rock ‘n Roll with John Sheldon (guitar, vocals), Bob Weiner (drums).
Group discussion: Music of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Rolling Stones, Beatles
Moderated by Prof. Steve Waksman (Smith College)