MuseFLASHES: Warsaw Philharmonic performs at UMass and other arts happenings this week in the Amherst area


  • Violinist Elizabeth Chang will perform Friday with the UMass Symphony Orch-estra. MATT DINE

  • Gilles Vonsattel performs Sunday at UMass. COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE

  • “9-11 Memorial” is one of the works in a retrospective exhibit by G.K. Khalsa, on view at Gallery A3 in Amherst. COURTESY OF GALLERY A3

  • The Warsaw Philharmonic performs Sunday in the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. COURTESY OF UMASS FAC

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Screwball chamber music

The Wet Ink Ensemble will present the premiere of “IPSA DIXIT,” an evening-length work of theatrical chamber music, Friday at 8 p.m. at Helen Hills Hills Chapel on the Smith College campus in Northampton.

In composer and vocalist Kate Soper’s “IPSA DIXIT,” the ensemble blends elements of monodrama, Greek theater and screwball comedy. In addition to Soper, the performers will be Erin Lesser, flutes; Ian Antonio, percussion; and Josh Modney, violin. For information, visit www.smith.edu/smitharts. Free.

Music at UMass

“Fire from Heaven,” a concert by the UMass Symphony Orchestra, will be presented Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at UMass. Tian Hui Ng conducts.

On the program: Beethoven’s Overture to “The Creatures of Prometheus” and Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 51 (with Elizabeth Chang, violin soloist), and Hindemith’s symphony “Mathis der Maler.”

Tickets cost $10; $3 by UMass students; $5 for other students, children and seniors. To purchase, call 545-2511 or visit www.fineartscenter.com/musicanddance.

The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Sunday at 7 p.m. at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

With more than 140 tours on five continents, the Warsaw Philharmonic has performed for over a century with distinguished conductors and soloists. Conductor Jacek Kaspszyk leads the orchestra, joined by world-renowned piano soloist Seong-Jin Cho. They will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms and Mieczyslaw Weinberg.

The University Club will offer a pre-show Polish dinner at 5 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 545-2115.

Also, a talk with NEPR’s classical music host Walter Carroll in the Concert Hall lobby will be held at 6 p.m.

Tickets cost $50, $45 and $30; Five College student and youth tickets cost $15, $12 and $10. To reserve, call 545-2511 or visit www.fineartscenter.com.

Gilles Vonsattel, a music department professor of piano at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will present a piano concert Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Hall on the UMass campus.

Vonsattel has performed with the Boston Symphony, Tanglewood and San Francisco Symphony. He received an Avery Fisher Career Grant, won both the Naumburg and Geneva competitions and also became a Honens laureate.

On the program: music by Schumann, Brahms, George Benjamin and Webern.

Tickets cost $10; $3 by UMass students; $5 for other students, children and seniors. To purchase, call 545-2511 or visit www.fineartscenter.com/musicanddance.

UMass alumni Andrew Stetson (trumpet) and Becca Zeisler (piano) will present a free concert of works by American composers Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall.

Stetson has performed with the Albany Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Lubbock Symphony and Colorado Music Festival Orchestras. Zeisler is a staff pianist for Texas Tech University, Ballet Lubbock and Boston Ballet School.

The concert will feature the world premiere of a piece by Mark Hagerty.

For more information, visit www.umass.edu/music.

At Gallery A3

“Looking Back,” an exhibit of painting, sculpture and mixed-media art by G.K. Khalsa, will open with a reception Nov. 3 during Amherst’s “Arts Night Plus,” and will remain on view through Nov. 26 at Gallery A3, 28 Amity St. in Amherst.

In this retrospective, Khalsa looks back over 15 years of art-making. He, along with other local artists, founded Gallery A3 in the months after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. His early work reflects these circumstances, and over the next decade he continued to work with both political and spiritual attention.

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m. For information, call 256-4250 or visit www.gallery-a3.com.