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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF SMITH COLLEGE DEPT OF DANCE<br/>An audition earlier this year for Ohad Naharin's "Echad Mi Yodea"
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF ECA+<br/>Dawn Howkinson Siebel's "Polar Regions"
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF HERTER GALLERY<br/>In his series "Transparent City," German photographer Michael Wolf documents Chicago's architecture and environmental context.

Smith College dance

The annual Fall Faculty Dance Concert at Smith College will be presented today through Saturday at 8 p.m. in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Green Street, Smith College in Northampton.

The evening will feature Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s “Echad Mi Yodea,” restaged by Ariel Freedman of the Batsheva Dance Company, based in Israel.

Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. He has been artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company since 1990. Freedman received a bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York City and was a member of the Batsheva Ensemble for two season and the company for three. She teaches Gaga, the movement language of Naharin.

The concert will also feature works by artist-in-residence Colleen Thomas and Smith College faculty member Angie Hauser.

Thomas has danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and the Bebe Miller Company, among others. She is artistic director of Colleen Thomas Dance. Hauser is a choreographer and dancer whose work and research is grounded in her ongoing inquiry into improvisation, performance and collaboration.

Also on the program: the premiere of “More Clearly in Dreams” created by dance department chair Rodger Blum.

Blum received a master’s degree in choreography from the University of California, Irvine, where his thesis was mentored by Donald McKayle. His choreography has been presented by companies on the East and West coasts and in Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Germany. His one-act dance, which includes text, is based on the mind and imagination of Leonardo da Vinci.

Tickets cost $9; $5 for students and seniors. To reserve, visit www.smith.edu/smitharts or call 585-2787.

At Amherst Cinema

“Five Broken Cameras,” a film by Palestinian villager Emad Burnat, will be shown today at 7:15 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst.

Acclaimed at the Sundance Film Festival, the film is a deeply personal, first-hand account of a non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. The footage contains over five years of Burnat’s life and struggle. Tickets are available at the Amherst Cinema box office or online at www.amherstcinema.org.

Music for a cause

Friday Folk Concerts at Coho Series presents the Masala “Peace to All” concert Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Valley Cohousing Great Room, 120 Pulpit Hill Road, Amherst.

Masala, which features an intergenerational mix of musicians, from a 14-year-old keyboardist to a 90-year-old jazz trumpet player, performs a fusion of musical expressions with a strong foundation in jazz and blues.

A percentage of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the Amherst Survival Center. Tickets are available at the door. There is a sliding scale from $10 to $20.

Music therapy

Six a cappella groups will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. in “A Night to Remember,” a concert to benefit of The Alzheimer’s and Music Project of Northampton Community Music Center.

Performers include the Mount Holyoke V-8s, founded in 1942 and the oldest continuously performing female a cappella group in the United States. Also on the bill are Green Street Brew, Strike a Chord, High Definition, the Smith Smiffenpoofs and the Williams Octet. The show has been designed to be accessible as “music therapy” for individuals with dementia. A live recording will be made and the CD will be sold to benefit a memorial fund.

The concert will be at John M. Greene Hall on the Smith College campus. Tickets cost $15 and are available at the Northampton Senior Center, Northampton Community Music Center, Northampton Box Office, the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley and Food for Thought Books in Amherst. A collection of used iPods and iTunes cards will be held at the event. For information, visit http://www.ncmc.net/ alzheimers.html.

Music at Smith

The Smith College Orchestra’s Annual Fall Concert will take place Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Sweeney Concert Hall at Smith College in Northampton.

Conducted by Jonathan Hirsh, senior lecturer and director of orchestral and choral activities at Smith, the orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” and “Romeo and Juliet Overture” as well as Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, the Emperor. The piano soloist will be Conor Hanik who is the Iva Dee Hiat Visiting Artist in Piano and Lecturer in Music at Smith. He is presently completing doctoral studies at the Juilliard Institute in New York City. The concert is free.

Vintage charm

“Serial Art,” an exhibit by Dawn Howkinson Siebel, will by on view through Nov. 27 at Easthampton City Arts+, 43 Main St., Easthampton.

Siebel, who using a range of media including oil painting, assemblage and collage, tells a story with a vintage, thrift-store charm. The exhibit will feature groups of paintings and sculptures that were created in exploration of a variety of series pulling from both memory and found objects/images.

Free. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. For information, visit www.easthamptoncityarts.com.

Closing moments

“Unexpected Moments,” a photography exhibit by Roger Lobdell at the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery in Southampton, will hold a closing reception Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. with an artist gallery conversation at 3 p.m. The exhibit contains color as well as black-and-white nature photography. The gallery is located at 2 East St. @ Route 10/College Highway. For information, call 529-2635.

Calling young actors

Actors ages 9 to 15 are invited to audition for a youth production, “The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr.,” that will be performed in the spring at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

The musical play is based on the book “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Amherst author Norton Juster, who also wrote the script with Sheldon Harnick (“Fiddler on the Roof,” “She Loves Me”). Music is by Arnold Black, with lyrics by Harnick.

The stage version, like the book, is filled with fun and witty wordplay about the travels of a boy named Milo who must save the princesses Rhyme and Reason and reunite the brother kings who rule over the cities of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis. Aided by his time-keeping dog, Tock, Milo successfully brings harmony to the Land of Wisdom and learns many things about words and numbers along his journey.

Rehearsals, which begin Jan. 8, 2013, will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. The show, directed by Martha Poryrala and Dan Monte, opens March 8.

No experience is necessary to participate. Registration forms, due in mid-December, are available at www.academyofmusictheatre.com or by calling 584-9032, ext. 102.

Call for artists

Easthampton City Arts+ is accepting applications from artist who would like to participate in the 4th annual Small Works Show and Sale, which will be held at 43 Main St. in Easthampton from Dec. 6 to Jan. 5, 2013. The exhibit will coincide with the Light Up the Arts Holiday Bash.

Applications are due Nov. 23 and may be found at www.easthamptoncityarts.com. Submissions may be no larger than 10 inches by 10 inches and must be ready to hang. For information, call 527-8278.

Call for photographs

Eastmont Art Fund is seeking submissions for photographic entries for its first annual Easthampton calendar. The call is open to anyone and the proceeds from the sale of the calendars will benefit the Pascommuck Conservation Trust’s Open Space Campaign. For information, call 529-9265 or visit www.eastmontgallery.net.

UMass musicians

The “Low Brass Fest” concert will be presented Friday at 8 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

On the program: Music from the Horn, Trombone & Tuba/Euphonium studios, including the entire group performing an arrangement of Gustav Holst’s “Mars: The Bringer of War” from “The Planets.” Directed by Laura Klock, Greg Spiridopoulos and John Bottomley.

The concert is free and open to the public. For information, call 545-0018.

∎ Saturday, 4 p.m.: The Graduate Woodwind Quintet will perform in the Bezanson Recital Hall at UMass.

On the program: Katherine Dolan (flute), Cassie Loges (oboe), Leslie Kahler (clarinet), Dave Bon-Keen (bassoon) and Kevin Martins (horn) perform Irving Fine’s “Partita for Wind Quintet,” Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music” and Paquito D’Rivera’s “Aires Tropicales.” Free and open to the public. For information, call 545-0018.

∎ Saturday, 8 p.m.: The UMass Chamber Choir will perform at St. Johns Episcopal Church on Elm Street in Northampton. The repertoire includes selections by Pinkham, Henson, Ravel, Badings, Mozart, and Matamoros, and arrangements of spirituals by Dawson, Paulsson and Hairston. The choir will be conducted by Tony Thornton. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to assist in fundraising for the Chamber Choir tour to Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague in May 2013. For information, call 545-0018

∎ Sunday, 4 p.m.: “Jazz Ensemble I Concert performs in Bowker Auditorium on the UMass campus. The repertoire includes a tribute to the music of Billy May and will be directed by Jeffrey W. Holmes. There will be a special guest appearance by Rob Zappulla (voice).

Tickets cost $10; $3 for UMass Amherst students; $5 for other students, senior citizens and children under 18. To reserve, call 545-2511 or visit www.umasstix.com/musicanddance.

∎ Monday, 7:30 p.m.: The String Chamber Ensemble will perform in Bezanson Recital Hall. On the program: includes “Beethoven String Quartet Op. 18/4 and String Quartet Op. 74 “Harp, Brahms’ “Clarinet Trio,” Britten’s “Phantasy for Oboe Quartet,” Dvorák’s “Dumky” Trio, Schumann’s “Piano Quartet” and Shostakovich’s “Piano Trio.” This event is free. For information, call 545-0018.

∎ Tuesday, 8 p.m.: “Tuesdays in Bezanson: Faculty Performers” will be in Bezanson Recital Hall. The repertoire includes Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio,” Op. 97 and Jan Dismiss Zelenka’s “Trio Sonata for Two Oboes, Bassoon & Continuo.” Performing will be Elizabeth Chang (violin), Frederic T. Cohen and Aaron Lakota (oboe), Salvatore Macchia (continuo bass), Astrid Schween (cello), Nadine Shank (piano) and Stephen Walk (bassoon).

Tickets cost $10; $3 for UMass Amherst students; $5 for other students, senior citizens and children under 18. To reserve, call 545-2511 or visit www.umasstix.com/musicanddance.

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