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MUSIC


Charles Bestor
CHARLES L. BESTOR 1924-2016
  Dr. Bestor died on Jan. 16. Professor Emeritus of Composition and Electronic Music at UMass Amherst since 1976, he was also Music Department Chair from 1977-88.
  Bestor's compositions were performed frequently by his colleagues at UMass and elsewhere. At the time of his death he was working on a double CD set of his music entitled "The Summing Up," to be released by Albany Records later in 2016. It features local artists Estela Olevsky, Nigel Coxe, Paulina Stark, Lynn Klock, Eduardo Leandro, Astrid Schween, Jon Humphrey and Dana Lynne Varga. FULL OBITUARY

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SO MANY CONCERTS!
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NEWS & FEATURES
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Our Successes (below)

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, February 6   7pm   
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
31st Annual HONOR BAND FESTIVAL CONCERT

Matthew Westgate & Timothy T. Anderson, conductors
David Biedenbender, guest composer-in-residence

All-day Festival culminates in Band concert at 7pm, featuring nearly 300 of the best high school musicians in New England, plus the UMass Amherst Wind Ensemble.

Free & open to the public

David BiedenbenderDavid Biedenbender


Bob Ferrier, guitarRobert Ferrier

Tuesday, February 9   7:30pm
Bezanson Recital Hall
JAZZ FACULTY CONCERT

Jeffrey W. Holmes, piano/trumpet; Robert Ferrier, guitar; Tom Giampietro, drums; Felipe Salles, saxophone; Catherine Jensen-Hole, vocals & Shigefumi Tomita, bass

Tickets: $3/$5/$10 Online or 413-545-2511


Wednesday, Febuary 10   8:15pm   
Bezanson Recital Hall
CITY OF TOMORROW
Guest Woodwind Quintet

Where contemporary classical music, experimental music, environmentalism, and humanism converge.
Gold medal winner, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition & awardee of a Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America

Free & open to the public

City of Tomorrow Wind Quintet


Allison Smith

Friday, February 12   2-3pm
FAC Room 272 (Music wing)

RESEARCH IN MUSIC LECTURE SERIES
Allison Smith, speaker (UMass)

Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, and Censorship: The Effects of Religious and Political Radicalism
in John Adams's “The Death of Klinghoffer”


Free & open to the public


Friday, February 12   7:30pm   Bezanson Recital Hall
ADVANCED PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Ayano Kataoka, director

With special guests Piero Guimaraes and Josh Perry (UMass Alum, '10) from Iktus Percussion

Featuring theatrical percussion by Mark Applebaum, Stuart Saunders Smith, and Rick Burkhardt, plus
other works by Ravel, Lansky, Deane, and Piazzolla

Free & open to the public

Josh PerryJosh Perry


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OUR SUCCESSES 

The Felipe Salles Group received a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures for the performance of Salles' Ugandan Suite with workshops and master classes on the influence of African music on jazz and Brazilian music.

Felipe Salles

The Springfield Symphony, with UMass Professors Nadine Shank, Salvatore Macchia, and Michael Sussman, and alumni Romina Kostare and Bruce Diehl, performed at the New England Patriots pregame ceremonies to celebrate the team's fourth Super Bowl championship.

Romina Kostare

After submitting recordings for evaluation, the UMass Wind Ensemble, Matthew Westgate, conductor, received an invitation to perform at the 2016 College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference in New London, CT in March.
The Ensemble's Dream Music program will include Timothy Todd Anderson, guest conductor, leading Key/Sousa's Star Spangled Banner, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone soloist in Biedenbender's Dreams in the Dusk, Frank Ticheli's Rest, and works by Mendelssohn and Schmitt. The Ensemble also performs Dream Music at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on March 4 at 7:30pm, and at Foxboro (MA) High School, where it will lead clinics and masterclasses.

Matthew WestgateProf. Matthew Westgate


Scalene Scene by Michael Caudill '14, MM'17 was a winner in the Composition Competition, 360┬░ Jazz Initiative, sponsored by the Music Department of the Univ. of N. Carolina, Chapel Hill. Caudill, lead tenor sax; Lucas Apostoleris '15, drums; and Christian Tremblay MM'17, piano were selected for the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra (Cumberland, MD), the premier collegiate all-star band on the East coast. In January, the Band played at Lincoln Center in NYC.

Caudill, Sean Jones, Apostoleris, TremblayCaudill, Sean Jones (Jazz Orchestra's conductor), Apostoleris & Tremblay in Cumberland, MD

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