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Jazz Pedagogy/Perf., Tenure Track

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Alive with Dance

April 23rd - 25th Thurs. - Sat. 8pm
Bowker Auditorium
ALIVE WITH DANCE: PART IV

Featuring live music and an opening film, consisting of dance works choreographed by UMass students and performed by dancers from the Five Colleges.

Tickets: $5 students, seniors; $10 general public
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April 26 Sunday  3pm  First Congregational Church, 165 Main St., Amherst
CHORALE, RECITAL & WOMEN'S CHOIRS & MINUTEMEN'S CHORUS
Prof. Stephen A. Paparo, Kirk Averitt, Dan Fleury & Kyle Ransom, conductors

Premiere performance of the MinuteMEN's Chorus
Music by Grieg, Thompson, Brahms, Stravinsky, Vivaldi, Fauré, Schubert & much more!

Free & open to the public

Chorale with Stephen Paparo



April 26 Sunday  8pm
Bezanson Recital Hall
VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Catherine Jensen-Hole, conductor

Arrangements of much-loved standards; new music/arrangements by grads & undergrads

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April 27 Monday  7:30pm  
Bezanson Recital Hall
STUDENT COMPOSERS' CONCERT
Salvatore Macchia, coordinator

Great new music by our young composers

Free & open to the public



Percussion Ensemble

April 28 Tuesday  7:30pm  FAC Concert Hall
SYMPHONY BAND & PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
: Written Inspiration
Conductors: Matthew Westgate & Ayano Kataoka, with Timothy T. Anderson & James Shetler

Symphony Band: Leonard Bernstein, Libby Larsen, Daniel French, Lewis Buckley & more!

Perc Ens: James Wood: Village Burial with Fire; Jason Treuting: Extremes; Paul Lansky: Threads

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April 29 Wednesday 8pm  Bowker Auditorium
JAZZ ENSEMBLE I & STUDIO ORCHESTRA
Jeffrey W. Holmes, director

Music by Thad Jones, Bela Fleck, Hoagy Carmichael, John Mastroianni, alum Chris Merz, & jazz students Christian Tremblay, Dan Thomas, Dave Skelly, Mara Penatzer, Wesley Smith & Mike Caudill

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April 30 Thursday 7pm
NEW VENUE TBA
INFORMAL DANCE CONCERT

Undergraduate choreography projects

Tickets: $5 at the door

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 

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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