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FACULTY VACANCIES:
Jazz Pedagogy/Perf., Tenure Track

FACULTY SUCCESSES (below)

J.S. BACH FESTIVAL, April 17-19 
 Webpages: Concerts  Symposium 
Full Schedule

J.S. Bach
Bach at the organ
Concerts:
Fri 4/17, 5pm, Bezanson, free: Brandenburg & Keyboard Concertos
Sat 4/18, 7:30pm, Grace Church: St. John Passion Tickets
Sun 4/19, 11am, Rao's, free: Coffee Cantata
3pm, Bezanson: Hercules at the Crossroad Cantata & Chamber Music Tickets

Symposium:
Fri 4/17, Graduate Student Workshop
7:30pm: Panel Discussion
Sat 4/18, Scholarly Symposium
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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

Emerging Choreographers' Series

April 17-18  Friday-Saturday  8pm
Hampshire College Dance Studio Theatre
Rendered: EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHERS' SERIES


Ten student choreographers present a collaborative show with original dance works. Themes range from relationships, mental processing & philosophy to the creative spirit.

Online tickets: Fri Sat or see below


April 17-18 Friday-Saturday
J.S. BACH FESTIVAL SYMPOSIUM
Back to - and Forward from - J.S. Bach
Erinn Knyt & Ernest May, Symposium organizers

Friday (free): Graduate Student Paper Sessions, 1:30-4:15pm
Panel Discussion, 7:30-9pm

Saturday: Scholarly Symposium, 10am - 7pm    $
Presentations by renowned Bach scholars & UMass faculty
Paper Sessions, 10:15-11:45am & 2:30-5:45pm
Keynote Address (Richard Taruskin), 1:10-2:05pm
Reception, 6-7pm

Online Registration     Details

Richard TaruskinRichard Taruskin


Gilles VonsattelGilles Vonsattel

April 17 Friday  5pm  Bezanson Recital Hall
J.S. BACH FESTIVAL CONCERT
Opus One Chamber Orchestra

With faculty: Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Elizabeth Chang, violin; Christopher Krueger, flute; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; Astrid Schween, cello & Salvatore Macchia, doublebass

Bach: Brandenburg Concertos #4 and #6;
Concerto in D Minor for Keyboard

Free & open to the public


April 18 Saturday  7:30pm  Grace Episcopal Church,
14 Boltwood Ave., Amherst
J.S. BACH FESTIVAL CONCERT
ST. JOHN PASSION, BWV 245 (1725 version)

UMass Bach Festival Orchestra & Chorus
Julian Wachner, conductor
Tony Thornton, chorus master
Soloists: William Hite, Evangelist; Katherine Saik, soprano; Emily Marvosh, alto; Matthew Anderson, tenor; David Kravitz, bass; Dana Whiteside, Christus

$5 Students/ $20 General public; Box Office 413-545-2511 or https://fac.umass.edu/musicanddance

Julian WachnerJulian Wachner


Marimba player

April 18 Saturday  8pm  Bowker Auditorium
MARIMBA EXTRAVAGANZA
Marimba Bands & Ensembles
Thom Hannum, director


With Will Blazeski & Demi Staluppi, vocals; Mike Caudill, saxophones; Joey Goguen, trumpet

Music by Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Satie, Joni Mitchell, Chick Corea, Pat Methany & more!

Online Ticketing or see below


April 19 Sunday  11am  Rao's Coffee, 17 Kellogg Ave., Amherst
J.S. BACH FESTIVAL CONCERT
Coffee Cantata, BWV 211, 
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht
 
with Terpsichore, Shannon Rose McAuliffe, artistic director

Free & open to the public

Rao's Coffee


Christopher Krueger
Ng Tian Hui

April 19 Sunday  3pm  Bezanson Recital Hall
J.S. BACH FESTIVAL CONCERT
Hercules at the Crossroads Cantata &
Flute & Trio Sonatas


Cantata, Hercules at the Crossroads, BWV 213
Ng Tian Hui, conductor; Shannon Rose McAuliffe, soprano; Emily Marvosh, alto; Eric Christopher Perry, tenor; Will Prapestis, baritone

Flute Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1034
Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 1038
Christopher Krueger, flute; Elizabeth Chang, violin; Fredric T. Cohen, oboe;  Alice Robbins, cello; Gregory Hayes, harpsichord

Online Ticketing or see below

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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