Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet Tuesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
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Munich Symphony Orchestra
Philippe Entremont, Honorary Conductor
Pepe Romero, Guitar Soloist; The Romeros, Guitar Quartet

Thursday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating

Joining forces with renowned guitarist Pepe Romero and the timeless Romeros Quartet, the acclaimed Munich Symphony Orchestra returns to the US for the 2015-2016 tour season, conducted by Philippe Entremont. The New York Times described the Romeros as “the only classical guitar quartet of real stature in the world today.” With this superb quartet, the orchestra will perform a repertoire of Spanish and French music, including Bizet, Rodrigo and Massanet.

Audience members are invited to a pre-performance talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall lobby.

Vnessa Vân-Ánh Võ
Vanessa Vân-Ánh Võ, Vietnamese zither

Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m.
Bowker Auditorium

Marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, Vanessa Vo explores the personal and spiritual journeys of the Boat People’s escape from war as they abandoned their lives in the search for freedom with an alien and unknowable future. Utilizing new music for Vietnamese instruments such as the zither (Dan Tranh), dulcimer, monochord and others along with ambient sound, spoken word, historical objects, the music is intended to convey stories of human transformations that resonate for all, not just Vietnamese refugees.

Audience members are invited to a pre-concert introduction to the Sounds of Vietnamese Instruments at 6:30 p.m. in Bowker.

Matt Haimovitz
Matt Haimovitz, Cello

Monday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Bowker Auditorium

Join us in a new and unique concert-going experience – unparalleled in the classical music world. Acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz offers a brilliant musical variation on the concept of A Moveable Feast. Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are some of the most moving and spiritual compositions for a solo instrument. This concert, however, travels from one end of Rt. 9 to the other. On Sunday, he’ll begin the feast by performing three Bach suites in three separate locations around Hampshire County. Each suite will be accompanied by overtures, recently commissioned by Haimovitz. The feast culminates on Monday in Bowker Auditorium with a concert of the balance of the suites including overtures by Vijay Iyer, Mohammed Fairouz & Luna Pearl Woolf.

Sunday, March 6
12 p.m., Smith College Art Museum, Northampton, Free 
            Overture by Philip Glass, Bach Suite I in G Major
2 p.m., National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Free
Overture by Du Yun, Bach Suite II in d Minor
4 p.m., Esselon Café, Hadley, Free, but please purchase a beverage
            Overture by Roberto Sierra, Bach Suite IV in E-flat Major