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UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:

HONOR BAND FESTIVAL,
Feb. 7, 2015
STRING DAY
, March 1
BACH SYMPOSIUM, April 17-18  Register

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UPCOMING CONCERTS: (Click for full WEB CALENDAR)

Online Ticketing page: fac.umass.edu/MusicandDance

Nov. 16 & 17  Sunday & Monday  7pm
Bezanson Recital Hall
STRING CHAMBER MUSIC
Two Free Concerts!
Elizabeth Chang, faculty coordinator

String ensembles perform music by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich & others

Free & open to the public

String Quartet


Mass Marimba Band

Nov. 18  Tuesday  8pm  Bowker Auditorium
MARIMBA BANDS & ENSEMBLES
Thomas Hannum, director

Soloists: Andrew Armstrong & Casey Choi, xylophone; David Phipps, saxophone & Demi Staluppi, voice

Includes selections from Leonard Bernstein's Mass; Bela Fleck, arr. Olin Johannessen: Big Country; Sting, arr. Colby Kuzontkoski: Seven Days & many others

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Nov. 19  Wednesday  6pm
Bowker Auditorium
ALL-UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA
Brandon Keith Brown, conductor

Featuring members from throughout the University community as well as music majors

Free & open to the public

All-University Orchestra


Trombone Choir

Nov. 19 Wednesday  8:15pm
Bezanson Recital Hall
TROMBONE & BRASS CHOIRS
Greg Spiridopoulos, director

Featuring guest artist Ron Barron, Boston Symphony Orchestra principal trombonist (retired)

Free & open to the public


Nov. 20  Thursday  8pm  
Bezanson Recital Hall
EURIDICE BAROQUE ENSEMBLE
Robert Eisenstein, director

Henry Purcell:  Suite from Abdelazer or the Moor's Revenge
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C for two flutes and strings
Tomaso Albinoni: Sinfonia in G
Antonio Guido: L'Autumne

Free & open to the public

Euridice Baroque Orchestra


Anton Miller, violin

Nov. 21 Friday  10am - 12noon
Bezanson Recital Hall
VIOLIN MASTERCLASS
Anton Miller, guest artist

Associate Professor of Violin, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford

Free & open to the public


Nov. 21 Friday  1:25-2:15pm
Fine Arts Center Music wing, Room 44
MUSIC THEORY TALK
Frank Lehman, Tufts University, speaker

Awe in Film Music

Professor Lehman will discuss the musical elements used by composers to create a sense of awe in their film scores.

Free & open to the public

Frank Lehman


UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra

Nov. 23  Sunday  12noon   Bowker Auditorium
UMASS AMHERST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Brandon Keith Brown, conductor

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, alto saxophone

Includes Berlioz: King Lear Overture &
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor

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Nov. 23 Sunday  3pm  Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
UNIVERSITY CHAMBER CHOIR, CHORALE, RECITAL & WOMEN'S CHOIRS
Tony Thornton & Stephen A. Paparo, conductors

Much Madness: Emily Dickinson, poet & John Armstrong, composer
A Palette to Paint Us as We Are: Gerald Rich, poet & Elizabeth Alexander, composer
Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep: Mary Elizabeth Frye, poet & Laura Farnell, composer
The Ground from Sunrise Mass: Ola Gjeilo
Wangol, traditional Haitian song: arr. Sten Kallman
Where There is Light in the Soul: Elizabeth Alexander
and other works

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Chorale conductor Stephen PaparoStephen A. Paparo


Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Nov. 23 Sunday 8pm Bezanson Recital Hall
VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Catherine Jensen-Hole, director

New arrangements of Round Midnight, Speak No Evil, a jazz ballad medley of Here's That Rainy Day, In the Wee Small Hours and Early Autumn, and Some Other Time by students Doug Abrams, Anne Lindahl, Wes Smith, and Lucas Apostoleris

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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 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

 

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