Arts Previews: Music at UMass Amherst, Dao Strom at Amherst College, Mister G at the Eric Carle Museum

  • The UMass Amherst Opera Program presents Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” on Feb. 21 & 23 at Bowker Auditorium. Submitted photo

  • Poet and singer Dao Strom performs at Amherst College on Feb. 19. Submitted photo

Published: 2/13/2020 9:02:02 AM
Music at UMass

Included among a slate of upcoming music events at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are a performance by a faculty cellist and a pianist and the staging of Mozart’s classic opera “The Magic Flute.”

On Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass cellist Edward Arron will perform with guest pianist Jeewon Park. The husband-and-wife duo are frequent collaborators; they’re also co-artistic directors of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.

The program, which is free, will feature Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne,” Schubert’s “Sonata in A Minor” (‘Arpeggione’), Janáček’s “Pohádka (A Tale)” and Mendelssohn’s “Sonata in D Major.”

And on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m in Bowker Auditorium, the UMass Opera Program presents “The Magic Flute,” first performed in 1791. Students from the department’s Opera Workshop have worked on the piece since last fall under the supervision of faculty co-producers Jaime-Rose Guarrine and Marjorie Melnick, who has also provided the musical preparation.

The performances will be sung in the original German, but with English dialogue and supertitles projected above the auditorium’s proscenium.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors and children through age 18. UMass students are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office at (413) 545-2511 or at

Dao Strom to Perform at Amherst College

Poet and artist Dao Strom will perform Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. at the Amherst College Powerhouse in an event sponsored by the college’s Creative Writing Center and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.

The New Yorker has called Strom’s work “Quietly beautiful… hip without being ironic.” According to press notes, “she explores hybridity through melding disparate ‘voices’ — written, sung, visual — to contemplate the intersection of personal and collective histories.” Among her books are a bilingual poetry/art book, a hybrid-form memoir with a song-cycle, and a novel.

Strom is also a founding member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective project of women artists of the Vietnamese diaspora, as well as the editor of diaCRITICS.

Ben Gundersheimer, aka Mister G

Children’s singer Mister G, who also goes by the name Ben Gundersheimer, will celebrate the release of his second picture book, “Lilah Tov Good Night,” with two concerts on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Published by Penguin Random House, the bilingual book, according to publicity notes, is based on a soothing lullaby that Gundersheimer, who lives in Whately, wrote several years ago. The book’s illustrations are by Israeli artist Noar Lee Naggan.

The story features two perspectives: for children, it’s a wondrous journey celebrating the beauty of the natural world, and for adult readers, it’s the story of a refugee family fleeing their homeland in search of a better life.

Performances are at 10:30 a.m. and at noon, followed by a book signing. Reservations are recommended; tickets can be purchased by calling (413) 559-6336. More information is available at

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