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FACULTY VACANCIES:
Music Theory, Tenure Track
Soprano Voice, Tenure Track
Jazz Pedagogy/Perf., Tenure Track
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UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:
HONOR BAND FESTIVAL, Feb. 7
STRING DAY
, March 1
BACH FESTIVAL CONCERTS
& BACH SYMPOSIUM,

April 17-19  Register

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UPCOMING CONCERTS: (Click for full WEB CALENDAR)

Online Ticketing page: fac.umass.edu/MusicandDance

Nov. 24 Monday  4:30-6:30pm 
Bezanson Recital Hall

GUEST ARTIST MASTERCLASS
Michelle LaCourse, viola

Chair of the String Department & Professor of Viola, Boston University

Free & open to the public to observe

Michelle LaCourse


Concert Band

Nov. 24  Monday  7:30pm
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
WIND ENSEMBLE & CONCERT BAND
Matthew Westgate & Timothy T. Anderson, conductors
With Craig Simonetti, tenor & James Shetler, graduate conductor

Music by Malcolm Arnold, Percy Grainger, Giovanni Gabrieli, Antonin Dvořák, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Steven Bryant, others

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Nov. 25  Tuesday  8pm  Bowker Auditorium
CHAPEL JAZZ & JAZZ LAB ENSEMBLES
Felipe Salles, Mara Penatzer & Wes Smith, directors

Music by Kyle Saulnier (commission for Chapel Jazz), Felipe Salles, Oliver Nelson, Miles Davis, Chick Corea & many others
Concert details here.

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Chapel Jazz Ensemble


Kathryn Lockwood, violaKathryn Lockwood

Nov. 25  Tuesday  8pm  Bezanson Recital Hall
TUESDAYS IN BEZANSON
Faculty Chamber Music

Elizabeth Chang & Joel Pitchon, violin; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; Astrid Schween, cello; Michael Sussman, clarinet & Gilles Vonsattel, piano

Mozart: Duo for Violin & Viola, Beethoven: Piano Trio Op. 11, Brahms: Piano Quintet

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Dec. 2 Tuesday  8pm  FAC Concert Hall
JAZZ ENSEMBLE I
Jeffrey W. Holmes, director

Featuring seven new compositions and/or arrangements by jazz students; also including Monk's Straight No Chaser as recorded by Buddy Rich, Bob Mintzer's Mr. Fonebone, Jeff Holmes' Manstae II, Johnny Mandel's I Never Told You & Stan Kenton's rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Jazz Ensemble I


Five College Collegium singer

Dec. 3 Wednesday  8:15pm
Bezanson Recital Hall
FIVE COLLEGE COLLEGIUM
Robert Eisenstein, director

English Christmas Music 1400-1600
With works by Dunstable, Taverner, Tallis, Byrd, and others for choir, winds, and strings.

Free & open to the public


Dec. 4  Thursday  7:30pm  FAC Concert Hall
SYMPHONY BAND & PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Matthew Westgate & Ayano Kataoka, conductors
Eduardo Leandro, guest conductor
Elizabeth Chang, violin

Music by Susato, Benson, Sousa, Wagner, Bennett, Hurel & Salvatore Macchia

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Percussion EnsemblePercussion Ensemble


University Dancers

Dec. 5 & 6 Friday & Saturday  7:30pm  
Bowker Auditorium
UNIVERSITY DANCERS: Environs
Paul Dennis, director

John Heginbotham: Manhattan Research, Leslie Frye Maietta: Body/House, Billbob Brown: Heart Light, Marilyn & Sekou Sylla’s work about Ebola, accompanied by the Bamidele Drummers; Thomas Vacanti's contemporary ballet

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Dec. 5 Friday  7:30pm 
Bezanson Recital Hall
STUDENT COMPOSERS' CONCERT
Salvatore Macchia, faculty coordinator

Free & open to the public

Student Composers' Concert

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
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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


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

 

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