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Music Theory, Tenure Track
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Grammy Nomination for Wind Ensemble & Trumpet Professor Eric Berlin: Fantastique!

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Fantastique-Grammy Nominated CD
Professor Eric BerlinEric Berlin
Photo by Andrew T. Foster

FANTASTIQUE!

The UMass Wind Ensemble's recording of Stephen Paulus' Concerto for Two Trumpets and Band was nominated for a Grammy Award, with Eric Berlin one of the soloists! Former faculty, James Patrick Miller conducted.

Fantastique, the CD on MSR Classics, includes four other works, two by Jeffrey W. Holmes: his Continuum for Trumpet (Berlin), Trombone (Greg Spiridopoulos) and Wind Ensemble, and his Herald Emeritus Fanfare, commissioned by Berlin in memory of beloved professor Walter Chesnut.
Berlin performs Evan Hause's Trumpet Concerto and is joined by Charles Schlueter for James Stephenson's Duo Fantastique. The Wind Ensemble plays all works except the Fanfare, which is performed by the Trumpet Ensemble.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS: (Click for full WEB CALENDAR)

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Jan. 29 Thursday 8pm Bezanson Recital Hall
FACULTY JAZZ RECITAL

Robert Ferrier, Thomas Giampietro, Jeffrey W. Holmes, Catherine Jensen-Hole, Felipe Salles & guest Dave Picchi perform jazz originals & arrangements

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Catherine Jensen-HoleCatherine Jensen-Hole, jazz vocalist


 

Feb. 3 Tuesday 8pm Bezanson Recital Hall
FACULTY RECITAL
Salvatore Macchia, doublebass

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

Apologies for any inconvenience

 


Feb. 7 Saturday 7pm Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
30th Annual HIGH SCHOOL HONOR BAND

Conductors: Matthew Westgate (pictured), Timothy T. Anderson & guest Carol Hayward

250 outstanding musicians from 40 high schools in six states

Free & open to the public

Matthew Westgate


Dana SchnitzerDana Lynne Varga, soprano

Feb. 7 Saturday 8pm Bezanson Recital Hall
FACULTY RECITAL
"He loves me. She loves me. Not"
Dana Lynne Varga, soprano; William Hite, tenor & Nadine Shank, piano

Hugo Wolf: Italienesches Liederbuch

Warm up for Valentine's Day with Wolf's ruminations on love.

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Feb. 10 Tuesday 8pm Bezanson Recital Hall
An Evening of Schubert
TUESDAYS IN BEZANSON

Elizabeth Chang, violin; William Hite, tenor; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; Salvatore Macchia, doublebass; Josh Michal, horn; Dana Lynne Varga, soprano; Astrid Schween, cello; Michael Sussman, clarinet; Stephen Walt, bassoon & guest Joel Pitchon, violin

Octet in F major, D.803, a vocal duet from Der Freunde von Salamanka & other works

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Franz SchubertFranz Schubert


Jazz Composers' Recital

Feb. 12 Thursday 8pm
Bezanson Recital Hall
JAZZ COMPOSERS' RECITAL

Graduate Jazz Writing Majors Wes Smith, Mara Penatzer, George Kaye, Christian Tremblay, Mike Caudill, Dan Thomas, Jen Allen and Dave Skelly present new ensemble works, including performances by UMass' Jazz Ensemble I

Free & open to the public


Feb. 13  Friday  8pm  
Bezanson Recital Hall
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE &
ARX DUO

Ayano Kataoka, director
Garrett Arney & Mari Yoshinaga, guests (Arx Duo, pictured)

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Arx Duo

Ticketed concerts:
Free for Music/Dance majors or minors (except special events)
$3 for UMass Amherst students (except Dance concerts)
$5 for other students, seniors & children under 18
$10 for general public
Box Office 413-545-2511 or usually available at the door
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FACULTY SUCCESSES 

Professor Brandon Keith Brown won the 2014 Mendelssohn Scholarship which was awarded by the American Friends of Mendelssohn Foundation and Maestro Kurt Masur and his wife; winners are selected by Maestro Masur. The prestigious once-in-a-life time scholarship is given to young conductors of international prominence who studied primarily in the U.S. It carries a $5000 stipend, airfare and all expenses paid to Germany. The recipient studies with Masur in Leipzig, conducts research on Mendelssohn's music, and tours Germany tracing the composer’s musical contributions. Culminating events include masterclasses and a performance with Maestro Masur and the Leipzig Sinfoniker. Brandon Keith Brown

Fantastique, a CD recently released on MSR Classics, contains music for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble performed by Professor Eric Berlin, trumpet, and the UMass Wind Ensemble conducted by former Professor James Patrick Miller. One of the works on the CD, Concerto for Two Trumpets and Band by Stephen Paulus, has been nominated for a Grammy Award!  The CD also features music by Jeffrey W. Holmes, Jazz & Composition Professor at UMass, as well as James Stephenson & Evan Hause.

On the CD, Berlin performs on trumpet and flugelhorn, and is joined by guests Greg Spiridopoulos (UMass Trombone Professor) and Charles Schlueter and Richard Kelley, two of the most famous trumpeters performing today. The UMass Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Berlin, also performs. All of the music on the CD was written for Eric Berlin.

Click here to see the description of Fantastique on the MSR Classics website, and to purchase the CD.

 

 

 

Prof. Eric BerlinEric Berlin

Prof. Jeffrey W. HolmesJeffrey W. Holmes



Tuba Professor John Bottomley's brass quintet, Bala Brass, recorded a CD which was released recently on the Beauport Classical label. This recording, entitled Revealed, features works written for brass quintet by living composers, from established composers like Dana Wilson to rising stars like Clint Needham. 

Other members of the quintet are Seelan Manickam and James Ackley, trumpet; Kristen Sienkiewicz, horn & Martin Wittenberg, trombone.

Below are links to the record label and the Bala Brass website:
http://www.beauportclassical.com/#!revealed/c5x9
http://www.balabrass.org/

John Bottomley

Professor Emiliano Ricciardi received the Lauro De Bosis Fellowship in Italian Studies from Harvard University, where he will be in residence in the Spring of 2015.  As a De Bosis fellow he will be affiliated with the Departments of Music and Romance Languages, conducting research on the late-Renaissance poet Torquato Tasso and the madrigal settings of his epic poem, "Jerusalem Delivered."

Emiliano Ricciardi


Professor Ayano Kataoka, percussion, recorded Paul Lansky's Threads (2005) with her percussion quartet Time Travellers. The CD, which also includes Lansky's new work, Textures, is on Bridge Records and is available on Amazon, ArkivMusic & iTunes.
Prof. Kataoka's quartet includes Gwendolyn Burgett, Svet Stoyanov & Ian Rosenbaum, percussionists.

Ayano Kataoka



Catherine Jensen-Hole released a CD of her original instrumental compositions and songs, and her arrangements of jazz standards.  Entitled Songs of Love, Life and Loss, the CD features UMass Jazz and African American Studies Professors Jeffrey W. Holmes piano; Tom Giampetro drums; Felipe Salles saxophone; and Bob Ferrier guitarWayne Roberts is on bass and Australian accordionist Cathie Travers, a long-time musical collaborator of Jensen-Hole’s, performs on four of the tracks.  The CD is available on Amazon, CD Baby, CD Universe, and CC-Music.  Jensen-Hole directs the DOWNBEAT award-winning UMass Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Catherine Jensen-Hole

 

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