MuseFLASHES: Arts happenings in the Amherst area

  • University Dancers will perform “Peril in Thine Eye” Dec. 1-3 at Totman Gym on the UMass campus. COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY DANCERS

  • Members of the UMass Trombone Choir Ben Barnhart

  • The Barkada Quartet performs Dec. 1 in Bezanson Recital Hall at UMass. VICTORIA CHAMBERLIN

  • Landscape paintings by Marie Welch, including this one, and Susan Paju are on view in December at the Burnett Gallery.    COURTESY OF BURNETT GALLERY


  • A scene from the film “Dark Night” COURTESY OF CINELICIOUS

  • Prints and paintings by Hillary Wilbur Ferro are no view the library in Leverett. COURTESY OF HILLARY WILBUR FERRO

  • This painting, “Reaching,” by Nancy Meagher, is one of more than 50 works that will be on sale in December at Gallery A3’s “Small Wonders.” COURTESY OF GALLERY A3

  • Xinef D’Agnos wrote “The First Connection,” which will be performed Dec. 1 by the Multi-Arts Theater Company. COURTESY OF MULT-ARTS THEATER COMPANY

  • A touring company of the Broadway musical “Once” will perform Dec. 1 in the UMass FAC Concert Hall. Joan Marcus

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

At Leverett Library

“Of Land, Sea and Sky,” an exhibit of relief prints and paintings by Hillary Wilbur Ferro, will be on view through Dec. 31 at the Leverett Library art gallery, 75 Montague Road, Leverett. There will be a reception Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Ferro, a Leverett artist and area art teacher, attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Music at UMass

“Welcome Cobus!,” a faculty flute and piano concert, will be presented Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall on the UMass campus. The concert, which features new faculty flutist Cobus du Toit and pianist Nadine Shank, was rescheduled from Oct. 25. Edward Arron, cello, will also perform.

On the program: Bohuslav Martinu’s “Trio for Flute, Cello & Piano”; Ian Clarke’s “Zoom Tube”; Joseph Schwantner’s “Black Anemones”; Albert Périlhou’s “Ballade”; Makoto Shinohara’s “Kassouga”; and Paul Taffanel’s “Grand Fantasy on Themes from ‘Mignon.’ ”

Tickets cost $10; $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, children and seniors. To reserve, call the UMass Fine Arts Center box office at 545-2511 or visit www.fineartscenter.com/musicanddance.

The UMass Brass Choir and Trombone Choir, under the direction of UMass trombone professor Gregory Spiridopoulos, will perform the first movement of Mahler’s 5th Symphony” Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall.

Also on the program: transcriptions and original music for brass and trombone choirs, including “Snapshot Variations,” an original composition by UMass alumna Renée Morgan; “Vertigo” by Greg Fritze; and “Oneida” by Allen Chase.

Free and open to the public.

The Barkada Quartet (Christopher Elchico, soprano saxophone; Shane Rathburn, alto saxophone; Steven Lawhon, tenor saxophone; and Justing Polyblank, baritone saxophone) will perform Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall. They will be joined by pianist Anastasia Antonacos.

The centerpiece of the program will be a new piece, Quintet #2 ‘Sierra Vita’ for saxophone quartet and piano by David Martynuik, an associate professor of music theory and composition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The program will also include original works for saxophone quartet by Christine Delphine Hedden, Pedro Iturralde, David Salleras Quintana and Florent Schmitt.

The musicians will present a master class at 1:10 p.m. in the recital hall, and will hold a reception following the concert.

The concert, master class and reception are free and open to the public. For more information about the quartet, visit www.barkadaquartet.com.

Early music

The Five College Early Music Collegium, directed by UMass early music professor Robert Eisenstein, will present a concert Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Church, 14 Boltwood Ave., Amherst.

On the program: “Mass for Four Voices” by William Byrd; Motets and Anthems by Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Tallis; Fantasies for Viols; Italian music for wind band; and “Rounded with a Sleep” for viols, lute and choir, by Yumiko Matsuoka. Tickets are free.

UMass Dancers

“Peril in Thine Eye,” an immersive dance experience inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” will be presented by the University by Dancers Dec. 1, 2 and 3 at Totman Gym, 30 Eastman Lane on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

Each evening’s performance will be looped in three cycles, beginning at 7:30, 8:15 and 9 p.m. Audience members are invited to attend all three loops in one evening, or to come as they please.

Under the direction of assistant professor of dance Paul Dennis, the performance, which will feature strong elements of theater, is set to contemporary arrangements of the score from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet about the star-crossed lovers.

The evening-length production, set in a moody nightclub in a city called Verona, explores themes of racial and cultural, sexual and gender, and political and economic tensions.

Tickets cost $14; $5 for seniors, students, and youth 17 and under. To reserve, visit fac.umass.edu.

Children’s theater

“The First Connection,” a production by the Mult-Arts Children’s Theater Company based in Amherst, will be presented Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. in the Goodwin Room of Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst.

In the comedy, an alien race has searched for a new planet to inhabit, and decides to target Earth. They send a representative, a female robot named Emma, to study humans in high school in preparation for world domination. Instead, the aliens find friendship and learn about human emotions.

The playwright, Xinef D’Agnos is an alumnus of Multi-Arts, and is a published author and writer. Admission is free.

There will be a second performance Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. at the Northampton Community Music Center, 139 South St., Northampton. Donations at this performance will benefit NCMC and the Northampton Parents Center. For information about the program, visit www.multi-arts.org.

At the Burnett Gallery

Landscape paintings by Susan Paju and Marie Welch will open with a reception Dec. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Dec. 31 at the Burnett Gallery at Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst.

At Gallery A3

“Small Wonders,” a holiday show and sale, will open with a reception Dec. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Dec. 31 at Gallery A328 Amity St., Amherst.

The annual exhibit of small, affordable fine art, will feature more than 50 works in painting, photography, collage and mixed media, all on panels measuring 5 inches by 7 inches.

The gallery will host “Artists in Conversation/A Night of Music” Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m. For information, visit www.gallerya3.com.

Broadway at UMass

“Once,” winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, will be presented Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

The touring company production, featuring an ensembles of actors who play their instruments onstage, tells the tale of a Dublin street musician about to give up his dream when a beautiful young woman takes an interest in his love songs.

The musical is based on the indie film of the same name.

Tickets cost $65, $60, $25; $30, $25, $20 for Five College students and youth 17 and under. To reserve, call the box office at 545-2511 or visit fineartscenter.com.

At Amherst Cinema

“Dark Night,” a film by Tim Sutton, will be shown Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst. Sutton will be at the screening.

In the film, a suburban landscape is the setting for unfolding events that culminate in a Cineplex massacre. Over the course of the day, from sunrise to midnight, six strangers — the shooter among them— share in this American nightmare.

Regular admission. To reserve, visit www.amherstcinema.org. (Tickets are free to cinema members, at the box office only.) Tickets holders are invited to a reception with the filmmaker at 6 p.m. at the cinema.