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FACULTY VACANCIES:
Music Theory, Tenure Track
Soprano Voice, Tenure Track

FACULTY SUCCESSES
(see below)

PIZZA AND BEYOND
A Retreat/Food Event for Music Students
Monday, Oct. 27, 4:30-6:30pm, Rm. 36
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PIANO DAY, Oct. 19  Register

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UPCOMING CONCERTS: (Click for full WEB CALENDAR)

Online Ticketing page: fac.umass.edu/MusicandDance

Oct. 16  Thursday  8pm  
Bowker Auditorium
CHAPEL JAZZ & JAZZ ENSEMBLE I
Felipe Salles & Jeffrey W. Holmes, directors

Including music by Mingus, Cole Porter, John Clayton, Gershwin & Bob Washut

Online ticketing or see below

UMass Jazz ensembles


Froydis Ree Wekre

Oct. 17  Friday  12 noon
Fine Arts Center Music wing, Room 150 
HORN MASTERCLASS

Frøydis Ree Wekre, guest artist
Famed Norwegian horn teacher & performer


Free & open to the public to observe


Oct. 17  Friday  8pm   Studio Theater,
Kendall Hall, Mt. Holyoke College
FACULTY SOLO DANCE CONCERT
Paul Dennis, dancer
Professor of Modern Dance, UMass Amherst

Choreography by José Limón, Daniel Nagrin, Pearl Primus & Reggie Wilson

Talk-Back with Prof. Dennis following the performance

Tickets available at the door only
$5 Students, seniors; $10 General public

Paul Dennis


Prof. Gilles VonsattelProf. Gilles Vonsattel

Oct. 19  Sunday  2-6pm  Bezanson Recital Hall
PIANO DAY at UMass Amherst
Profs. Gilles Vonsattel & Nadine Shank, hosts
For high school pianists, teachers, parents & piano lovers of all stripes
  (Piano Day webpage)

Includes a masterclass, performances, info about careers in piano, Q&A, and a special presentation by guest pianist Bruce Brubaker on the minimalism of Philip Glass, Steve Reich & others

Free, Registration requested


Oct. 19  Sunday  5:15pm   Bezanson Recital Hall
PIANO PERFORMANCE & TALK
Bruce Brubaker, guest, internationally-known pianist & Piano Dept. Chair at New England Conservatory

Again Minimalism Again: Performances of, and Thoughts on Music of Philip Glass, Steve Reich & others
Including music by Glass: Mad Rush, Metamorphosis 2, & Metamorphosis 4 & Alvin Curran: Hope Street Tunnel Blues III 

Free & open to the public

Bruce Brubaker


John Stevens, tuba

Oct. 25  Saturday  5:30pm  
Bezanson Recital Hall

TUBA MASTERCLASS
John Stevens, guest artist
Internationally recognized tubist & composer

Free & open to the public to observe
(Date/Time/Venue changed from Oct. 26, 2pm, Rm. 44)


Oct. 25  Saturday  7:30pm  Newman Center
Evocation of the Spirit
CHAMBER CHOIR & ILLUMINATI VOCAL ARTS ENSEMBLE
Tony Thornton, conductor

Featuring Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir, plus music by Duruflé, Miskinis, Argento & the spiritual Workin' for the Dawn of Peace

Tickets: $10 Students, seniors, children; $15 General public, available at the door

Prof. Tony Thornton


Martin & Kelly Hackleman

Oct. 27  Monday 
5pm Concert in Bezanson Recital Hall,
6:30pm Masterclass in FAC Rm. 154
HORN RECITAL & MASTERCLASS

Guests: Martin Hackleman, horn &
Kelly Ker-Hackleman, piano
Renowned teachers, performers & recording artists

Music by Barber, Rheinberger, Ravel & Wilder

Free & open to the public


Oct. 28  Tuesday  8pm  Bezanson Recital Hall

JAZZ LAB ENSEMBLE
Mara Penatzer & Wes Smith, directors

Big band performs jazz standards & new works by students, faculty & jazz composers

Free & open to the public

Jazz Lab Ensemble


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 just 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.  All of the music was written for Eric Berlin. The CD features music by Jeffrey W. Holmes, Jazz & Composition Professor at UMass, as well as James Stephenson, Stephen Paulus & 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.

Eric Berlin

 

  

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