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MUSIC


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UPCOMING EVENTS
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SPRING CALENDAR - Print version (pdf)
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FACULTY VACANCIES:
Music Theory, Tenure Track
Soprano Voice, Tenure Track
Jazz Pedagogy/Perf., Tenure Track

FACULTY SUCCESSES (below)

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SAX SYMPOSIUM, March 28, 2015 
 WEBPAGE

Sax Symposium 2015 logo
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J.S. BACH FESTIVAL, April 17-19
More info below
Links: Symposium  Concerts  Schedule

J.S. Bach's 330th birthdayBach's 330th birthday

J.S. Bach Festival of Concerts & Symposium,
April 17-19, 2015

CONCERTS: Faculty, Guest Artists & Advanced students; Vocal & Instrumental music
St. John Passion, Brandenburg Concertos, Cantatas & Chamber Music

SYMPOSIUM: Faculty & Guest scholars exploring Bach's music in the long 20th century

For programs, days & times: http://www.umass.edu/music/BachFestivalSchedule2015.php

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Theater Department offerings:
2014-15 Season     Auditions

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UPCOMING EVENTS: (Click for full WEB CALENDAR)

Online Ticketing page: fac.umass.edu/MusicandDance

Opera On the Air

March 23 & 24 Monday & Tuesday  8pm
Bowker Auditorium
OPERA WORKSHOP
: On the Air!
Coordinators: William Hite, Marjorie Melnick &
Dana Lynne Varga
Guest Director: Sheila Siragusa
Piano Accompanist: Lemuel Gurtowsky
Radio Announcer: Michael Carotenuto

Barber: A Hand of Bridge; Moore: Gallantry &
Menotti: Old Maid and the Thief

Online ticketing: Mon  Tues or see below


March 27  Friday  1:25-2:15pm
Fine Arts Center music wing, Rm. 44

MUSIC THEORY SPEAKERS' SERIES
Phillip Kirlin, guest speaker (UMass alum)
Asst. Professor, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

Topic: Probabilistic Modeling of Schenkerian Analysis  (Click for more detail)

Free & open to the public

Phillip Kirlin


Jonathan Hulting-Cohen
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

March 28  Saturday  8:30am-8pm  Bezanson Recital Hall
33rd Annual NEW ENGLAND SAXOPHONE SYMPOSIUM
Hosts: Jonathan Hulting-Cohen & Felipe Salles
Guests: Robert Young & Rudresh Mahanthappa

Masterclasses, performances, "talk-back" with the artists

Host Sponsors: Gerry's Music Shop, Vandoren, Yamaha, D'Addario
Other Sponsors: Conn-Selmer, Eastman, Fine Arts Center
$20 advance (received by 3/23); $25 on the day (lunch included)
Click for Registration/More info


April 7 Tuesday  8pm  
Bezanson Recital Hall

JAZZ LAB ENSEMBLE
Mike Caudill, Jeffrey W. Holmes &
Tom Giampietro, directors


Free & open to the public

Jazz Lab Ensemble


Christopher Krueger

April 8  Wednesday  8:15pm
Bezanson Recital Hall

FACULTY RECITAL
Christopher Krueger, flute
With Judith Gordon, piano

Sonatas by French composers Francis Poulenc, Philippe Gaubert & Gabriel Fauré


Online ticketing or see below


April 12 Sunday  2pm  FAC Concert Hall
CONCERT BAND
with the Amherst Regional High School
Wind Ensemble
Timothy Anderson & Kara Nye, conductors
Matthew Westgate, guest conductor

Jerry Bilik's American Civil War Fantasy & music by Mozart, Maslanka, Deemer, Sousa & others

Online ticketing or see below

Concert Band


String Chamber Music

April 12 Sunday  7pm
Bezanson Recital Hall
STRING CHAMBER MUSIC

Elizabeth Chang, faculty coordinator

Music by Schubert, Beethoven, Smetana, Debussy, others

Free & open to the public

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
Online Ticketing page: fac.umass.edu/MusicandDance

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FACULTY SUCCESSES 

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

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

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