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UPCOMING EVENTS
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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

April 22 Wednesday  8pm
FAC Concert Hall
WIND ENSEMBLE

Into the Unknown

Matthew Westgate, conductor
Joshua Michal,horn

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man; Michael Markowski: City Trees; James Beckel:Horn Concerto: The Glass Bead Game; Ingolf Dahl: Sinfonietta; John Williams/arr. Paul Lavender: Adventures on Earth (Music from the movie E.T.)

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April 23rd Thursday
UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra
Infinite Variation

Ng Tian Hui, conductor
Amy Yang, piano soloist

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 "Inextinguishable"
Salvatore Macchia: Verso il Tramònto
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Piano/Orchestra)
Witold Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme of Paganini (Piano/Orchestra)

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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, children, seniors; $10 general public
For more information, visit the Facebook page

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April 26 Sunday  3pm  First Congregational Church, 165 Main St., Amherst
CHORALE, RECITAL CHOIR, WOMEN'S CHOIR & MINUTEMEN'S CHORUS

Premiere performance of the MinuteMEN's Chorus

Music by Grieg, Thompson, Brahms, Stravinsky, Vivaldi, Fauré, Schubert & much more!

 Free & open to the public




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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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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