Koyaanisqatsi Live performed by Philip Glass and The Philip Glass Ensemble

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Sunday, September 22, 2019, 3:00 pm
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall


For this 50th anniversary tour with the Philip Glass Ensemble, the legendary composer returns to his score for the film Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance. The 1982 film is a visual poem that explores the disconnections between the natural world and our human-built environment. Screened with a live performance of the score by the Philip Glass Ensemble, the film is as relevant today as ever. It explores, in Glass's words, "the collision of two different worlds -- urban life and technology versus the environment." It reflects Glass's lifelong interest in environmental issues, and the danger of losing our connection to the natural world.

Pre-performance talk in the lobby at 2 p.m. by Shawn Shimpach, Director, Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival/Associate Professor, Department of Communication.

$65, $48, $33; Five College Students and Youth 17 & Under: $15, $12, $10
Under40TIX become available for this performance September 4, 2019

Philip Glass

In Conversation with Philip Glass: The Power of the Arts & Sciences Working Together

Saturday, September 21, 7 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
Join Philip Glass and the UMass School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) in an engaging panel discussion with prominent scholars and artists about pressing environmental issues, promising solutions, and the power of creative arts and communication to inspire collective action. Tickets are free and available to the public, but limited to two per person. To reserve your ticket(s), please visit this page for Panel Conversation tickets .

Joining Philip Glass are panelists Professor Carolina Aragón, public artist and Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department; Dr. Alison Bates, graduate program director of the MS Sustainability Science (MS3) Program and a clean energy professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation; Dr. Toni Lyn Morelli, research ecologist with the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center and an adjunct professor with Environmental Conservation; Dr. Roy Scranton, author and English Professor at the University of Notre Dame; and Mark Hamin, Senior Lecturer, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department. Moderator: Dr. Curtice Griffin, Executive Co-Director of the School of Earth & Sustainability and Department Head of Environmental Conservation.

In addition to the conversation and concert, we invite you to join us on campus for Philip Glass at UMass: Arts & Sustainability Responding to Life Out of Balance, a weekend of thought-provoking events about the threats we are facing to our natural world and how we can rise to the challenge, presented in collaboration with the School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) and the UMass MFA for Poets and Writers.

We’re Doomed. Now What? Reading & Conversation with Roy Scranton

Friday, September 20, 7:30 p.m., John W. Olver Design Building, Free
Roy Scranton is the author of several books, including Learning to Die in the Anthropocene. His latest books are Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature, and the novel I ❤ Oklahoma! He teaches at the University of Notre Dame. Q & A to follow.

Reading: Art in the Anthropocene

Sunday, September 22, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., UMass Old Chapel, Free
Join Paperbark Literary Magazine as they celebrate the fall launch of Issue 2: Resilience with selected readings from the magazine's contributors, followed by a Q & A. Paperbark’s content is motivated by a desire to trace the connections between science, culture, and sustainability. This event is hosted by the UMass MFA for Poets and Writers.



Presented with the support from the UMass Office of the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Additional funding comes from the Vidda Foundation.

In partnership with the School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) and the Umass MFA Program for Poets and Writers.


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Jen Shyu: Nine Doors 

Jen Shyu: Nine Doors

Thursday, November 7, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
Jen Shyu’s multilingual and multi-instrumental piece Nine Doors explores powerful female legends as guides to her study of the importance of empathy over humanity's destructive impulses. Sung in Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, Japanese, and English, the work is "a full length multilingual, ritual music drama."

Michael Barenboim -- West-Eastern Divan Ensemble 

Michael Barenboim -- West-Eastern Divan Ensemble

Monday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
This intimate concert features members of the renowned West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a group comprised of Arab and Israeli musicians defying fierce political divides in the Middle East and globally. The Ensemble will perform works by Schubert, Brahms, and Mendelssohn as well as new work by Benjamin Attahir.