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New Music Concert

Fine Arts Center | Bezanson Recital Hall

Works by Eric Sawyer, Robert Morris, Gordon Green, Salvatore Macchia and others.

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On the Road Again | Faculty Recital

Fine Arts Center | Bezanson Recital Hall

Eric Berlin, trumpet & Nadine Shank, piano

Music by Robert Suderburg: Chamber Music VII, Richard Peaslee: Catalonia, Henri Senée:Concertino for Cornet, Jackson Berkey: Homage to Emily Dickinson & Clay Smith: Theme & Variations of Old Folks at Home

Tickets: $3 UMass students; $5 other students, seniors, children; $10 general public
Box Office 413-545-2511 or


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HFA Welcome Back!

Student Union Ballroom
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Mingle with fellow HFA majors and minors and find out about clubs, study abroad programs, and other extracurricular activities. Door prizes, food, and beverages provided.

Stop by the Student Union and meet your HFA academic deans, get a free t-shirt and other swag, and learn about a variety of campus offices who can assist you, support you, and engage you during your time on campus. Food is free! Staff from Career Services, Domestic Exchange, IPO, the Libraries, student-run businesses, UMass transit, student activities, the Stonewall Center, and more will be there to answer your questions. 

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Justice Albie Sachs

331S Integrative Learning Center
4:00pm to 5:45pm

Called "arguably the world's most famous judge" in The Guardian, the famed South African judge Albie Sachs will give a lecture on September 10 at Umass at 4 p.m. in the new Integrative Learning Center, room south 331. Sachs's lecture will be on "The Value of Values: Lessons from the South African Transformation" and will inaugurate this year's ISI theme, "Value."

Sachs served for many years in the anti-apartheid movement as a leading member of the ANC; he was seriously injured in a car bomb in Mozambique. But far from following the politics of vengeance, he was also a leading figure in the quest for peace and reconciliation. After 1994 he served for a number of years as Justice on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and he has now been awarded the Tang Prize for his services to human rights and the rule of law. Sachs will accept the honor at the awards reception on September 15, a week after his UMass visit. The award announcement can be found here.

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Solos and Duos Series: Mark Dresser

Fine Arts Center | Bezanson Recital Hall

Mark Dresser kicks off the Solos and Duos Series with a solo bass recital.

$10/$5 Students

"Mark Dresser is an inventor,” says Harvey Pekar. “He also may be the most important bassist to emerge since 1980 in jazz or classical music." 

Called “one of the few virtuosos of so-called avant-garde jazz,” by the Village Voice, Mark Dresser has been composing and performing solo contrabass and ensemble music professionally since 1972 throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. Emerging from the L.A. "free" jazz scene of the early 70's, Dresser performed with the "Black Music Infinity", led by Stanley Crouch, and included Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, David Murray and James Newton. Concurrently he was performing with the San Diego Symphony.

After completing B.A. and M.A. degrees at UC, San Diego where he studied with contrabass virtuoso Bertram Turetzky and a Fulbright Fellowship in Italy with maestro Franco Petracchi, Dresser relocated to New York in 1986 after being invited to join the quartet of composer/saxophonist, Anthony Braxton. Dresser played with Braxton's longest performing quartet for nine years. Once in New York, Dresser also began working with a wide variety of musicians including Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Davis, Fred Frith, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, and others. A former professor at Hampshire College, Dresser is currently a professor at UCSD.

A founding member of the Arcado String Trio, Dresser has written and performed original music for the stage (the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Henry VI), and silent films (“Un Chien Andalou” and “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”).

“You’re got to pity Dresser’s poor bass,” wrote The New Yorker, “you wouldn’t treat a dog the way he manhandles his instrument.  But the gnarled tones and vicious swing he tortures out of it are worth the abuse.”

At the core of his solo music is an artistic obsession and commitment to expanding the sonic and musical possibilities of the double bass through the use of unconventional amplification and extended techniques. His solo works include the DVD/CD/art booklet, Guts: Bass Explorations, Investigations, and Explanations(2010) and CDs Unveil (2006) and Invocation(1994). A chapter on his extended techniques, “A Personal Pedogogy,” appears in the book, ARCANA (Granary Press). Dresser has written two articles on extended techniques for The Strad magazine: “Double Bass Harmonics” (October 2008) and an “Introduction to Multiphonics” (October 2009). Dresser presented a lecture/demonstration titled “Discover, Develop, Integrate: Techniques Revealed” at the 2009 International Society of Bassists convention, where he curated a New Music Summit featuring lectures, performances, and panel discussions on improvisation and contemporary music performance.

“Mark Dresser has created a fantastic language for the double bass,” writes Bill Shoemaker, “one that rivals any created with machines in its ability to fascinate. Dresser uses his language to pull the listener into, for the lack of a mushless term, another world.”

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Concert: Paul Winter Duo

Fine Arts Center | Bezanson Recital Hall

Multi-Grammy winner Paul Winter on saxophone, with our Music & Dance faculty member Jeffrey W. Holmes on piano.

Tickets: $3 UMass students; $5 other students, seniors, children; $10 general public; free for Music majors/minors 

Location: Fine Arts Center | Bezanson Recital Hall

Contact Name: Music and Dance Department

Contact Number: (413) 545-2227

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HFA Day Trip to Stockbridge, Mass.

Stockbridge, Mass.
10:00am to 6:00pm

Join fellow HFA majors on this trip to the idyllic town of Stockbridge in the storied Berkshires of Massachusetts. Spend the morning strolling the eclectic downtown, eat lunch, and then spend the afternoon viewing a brand new play about the life and works of Edgar Allen Poe. The Berkshire Theater Group will present POE, where "the stories of the masterful wordsmith Edgar Allen Poe come to life. In a brilliant reflection by Eric Hill, we find Poe at the heart and center of his poetic and macabre tales of terror." Just in time for Halloween season! 

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HFA Advising Center Treat & Greet

Machmer E-20
3:00pm to 5:00pm

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