• Battle Trance comes to UMass Amherst Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m. Submitted photo

  • Percussion trio Tigue comes to UMass Amherst March 1 at 8 p.m. Photo by Catalina kulczar

Friday, March 01, 2019
Benefit music festival at the Immanuel Lutheran Church

On Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m., the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Amherst will be holding a gospel/jazz festival to benefit the Pioneer Valley Interfaith Refugee Action Group (PVIRAG), which works to provide support to area refugees, particularly from Syria.

The festival will feature performances by a wide range of groups and artists: The Amherst Area Gospel Choir, The UMass Gospel Choir, The Amherst College Gospel Choir, The Kitchen Sync (the Amherst Regional High school Jazz Band), an ensemble from the UMass Jazz Department, and jazz vocalists Annie Patterson and Mary Witt.

Though this event is free for students, donations are strongly encouraged for adults, beginning at $10. The festival is sponsored by the Interfaith Organization Network and Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 N. Pleasant St. For more information, contact the Rev. Randy Wilburn at (413) 549-0322.

New exhibit at the Herter Art Gallery 

Herter Art Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has opened “A/E: Body in Flux,” an exhibit that focuses on the “affected and effected states of being as experienced by the human the body over a lifetime,” according to press notes.

In the show, seven visual artists — Kate Brehm, Kathryn Fanelli, Benjamin Heller, Vick Quezada, Tony Reamer, Jessica Scott and Chaehee Yoon — draw from their own experiences in works that include photography, sculpture, video, painting and visualization. The work represents themes of race, gender, discrimination and vulnerability.

The free exhibit, curated by Jessica Scott and Chaehee Yoon, runs through March 24. Visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday (closed Saturdays).


Saxophone and percussion at the UMass Fine Arts Center

The UMass Fine Arts Center presents the saxophone quartet Battle Trance and percussion trio Tigue on Friday, March 1 in partnership with New Amsterdam Records. The 8 p.m. concert event takes place at Bowker Auditorium.

Brooklyn-based Battle Trance, founded in 2012, has toured worldwide, performing longform “meditative pieces … [that explore] the tenor saxophone’s expasnive potentila as an ensemble instrument,” according to press notes. Tigue, also from Brooklyn, is made up of thrwee percusionists wh and is composed of three percussionists. Tigue has also toured overseas; the group’s latest album, “Strange Paradise,” was released in 2018.

There will be a pre-talk show with members of New Amsterdam Records at 6:45 p.m. General admission tickets are $35 and $25; tickets for Five College Students and children 17 and under are $10. They can be ordered at 545-2511, toll free at (800) 999-UMAS, or purchased online at fineartscenter.com/NewAmsterdam.