2017 African Cinema Symposium and Festival

Apr. 5, 2017 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr. 6, 2017 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Apr. 7, 2017 9:30 am – 6:15 pm
Apr. 8, 2017 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Various locations - see Schedule of Events

The 2017 African Cinema Symposium and Festival brings together filmmakers, producers, scholars, and organizers of film festivals from Africa, Europe, and the United States to explore the increasing visibility of African cinema as a form of expression through film screenings, scholarly presentations, and Q&A sessions with African filmmakers. Please see the Five Colleges Website for more information.

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Mount Holyoke Symphony 6th Annual Concerto Competition

Apr. 8, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Students present a concerto movement or its equivalent to a panel of judges to win the prize of a solo performance with the orchestra.  Larry Schipull, pianist.

Faculty Baroque Ensemble -- April in Paris

Apr. 8, 2017 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Court airs by Bataille and Sebastien le Camus, a cantata by Clérambeault, instrumental music by Leclair, Couperin and others. Featuring performances by soprano Cheryl Cobb,  Linda Laderach, violin, Larry Schipull, harpsichord, and baritone Ng Tian Hui.  Director of the Five-College Early Music Program Robert Eisenstein performs on the viola da gamba and directs this concert.

Guest Artist Eric Trudel, Pianist

Apr. 9, 2017 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium

The Department of Music presents renowned Canadian pianist Eric Trudel in a solo recital featuring signature French repertoire.  Trudel will open the concert with Pour le Piano, suite for solo piano by early 20th Century French impressionist master Claude Debussy, and continue with Debussy's Images, second series.  The program will also feature two works by one of France's most celebrated mid-20th Century composers, Maurice Ravel -- Sonatine and Gaspard de la nuit.  

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Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra - Musical Transformations

Apr. 14, 2017 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

Pianist Sara Davis Buechner’s astounding musical accomplishments have thrilled audiences around the world.  One of the most moving artists of our time, she joins the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra to explore a program on the theme of transformations.  Featuring works by Mozart, Brahms, and Franck.  Ng Tian Hui, conductor.

Five-College Collegium

Apr. 19, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

Music of Guillaum De Fay and other 15th Century masters with voices, viols and winds.  Directed by Robert Eisenstein.

Euridice Baroque Ensemble

Apr. 24, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Bezanson Hall, UMass Amherst

17th and 18th Century German music for strings.  Directed by Robert Eisenstein. Free and open to the public.

MHC Spring Jazz Concert -- "Toon UP!"

Apr. 28, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

The Jazz Ensembles of of Mount Holyoke (Big Band, Chamber and Vocal Jazz) play your favorite soundtrack tunes from cartoon/anime TV and film featuring music by Danny Elfman, Benny Goodman, Henry Mancini, Alan Menken, and Phil Collins. Mark Gionfriddo directs.  Free and open to the public.

Choral Forces Spring Concert

Apr. 30, 2017 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Abbey Chapel

The three choirs of the Choral Forces will come together to present highlights from the academic year. This concert of our favorites from the year and other lighter fare repertoire will also feature the work of a number of student apprentice conductors with the Chorale. Directed by Stephanie Council.  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

MHC Choral Forces Join up for Spring Concert

Apr. 30, 2017 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

The Choral Forces present highlights from the academic year. This concert of our favorites from the year and other lighter fare will also feature the work of a number of student apprentice conductors.  Stephanie Council directs.