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PRE-COLLEGE/PUBLIC EVENTS:
HONOR BAND FESTIVAL, Feb. 7
H.S. JAZZ FESTIVAL, Feb. 28
STRING DAY
, March 1

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FACULTY VACANCIES:
Music Theory, Tenure Track
Soprano Voice, Tenure Track
Jazz Pedagogy/Perf., Tenure Track


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SPRING 2015 HIGHLIGHTS:

An Evening of Schubert, Feb. 10
Jazz Showcase, Feb. 19
Opera Workshop, Mar. 23-24
Emerging Choreographers, Apr. 16-18
J.S. Bach Festival, Apr. 17-19
Bach Concerts   Bach Symposium
Alive with Dance, Apr. 23-25

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FACULTY SUCCESSES (below)

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2014-15 Season     Auditions

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SPRING HIGHLIGHTS: (Click for full WEB CALENDAR)

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Feb. 10 Tuesday  8pm  Bezanson Recital Hall
An Evening of Schubert: Tuesdays in Bezanson
Faculty Chamber Music

Elizabeth Chang, violin; William Hite, tenor; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; Salvatore Macchia, contrabass; Joshua Michal, horn; Astrid Schween, cello; Michael Sussman, clarinet & Stephen Walt, bassoon
With guest artist Joel Pitchon, violin

Schubert's Octet in F major, D. 803 & Vocal Works

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Franz Schubert


Jazz Ensemble I

Feb. 19 Thursday  7:30pm
Bowker Auditorium
34th Annual Jazz Showcase
Spotlight on the Music of 1969
Jeffrey W. Holmes, producer

Jazz Ensemble I, Chapel Jazz, Jazz Lab, Vocal Jazz & Chamber Jazz ensembles

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March 23 & 24  Monday & Tuesday  8pm 
Bowker Auditorium
On the Air!
Opera Workshop
Sheila Siragusa, guest director
William Hite, Marjorie Melnick & Dana Schnitzer, coordinators

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

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Opera Workshop


Emerging Choreographers Series

April 16-18 Thurs-Sat  8pm  
Main Dance Studio Theatre, Hampshire College
Emerging Choreographers' Series

Eclectic works by UMass Dance majors

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April 17-19 Friday-Sunday 
UMass Amherst Bach Festival
Concerts & Symposium
Elizabeth Chang & Erinn Knyt, coordinators

Friday, April 17:
Symposium - Graduate Student Paper Sessions, 1-4:30pm & Panel Discussion, 7:30pm, free
Concert: Opus One Chamber Orchestra plays Brandenburg Concertos, 5pm, Bezanson, free

Saturday, April 18:
Scholarly Symposium, 8:30am - 7pm, $
Concert: St. John Passion, 7:30pm, Grace Church $

Sunday, April 19:
Concerts: Coffee Cantata, 11am, Rao's Coffee, free
Hercules at the Crossroads Cantata & Flute and Trio Sonatas, 3pm, Bezanson $

Visit Bach Festival website for details:
Full Schedule       Symposium      Concerts

J.S. Bach
Bach at Keyboard


Alive With Dance

April 23-25 Thurs-Sat  8pm  
Bowker Auditorium
Alive With Dance

Works choreographed and produced by UMass Dance students

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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 

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.

Eric BerlinEric Berlin


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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