Free Concert to Honor 30-Year Oboe Professor Fredric T. Cohen

Fredric T. Cohen
Fredric T. Cohen

The department of music and dance will celebrate oboe professor Fredric T. Cohen’s 30 years in the music program with a special free concert program on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall.

The concert will feature Cohen performing on both oboe and oboe d’amore alongside fellow faculty members Salvatore Macchia on viola da gamba and contrabass and Ayano Kataoka on percussion.

Guests will include harpsichordist Lawrence Schipull and oboist Basil Reeve.

The program will include Macchia’s “Isónnia,” Couperin’s  “Neuvième concert intitulé Ritratto dell amore (Les Goûts réunis),” Dutilleux’s “Les Citations” and Koechlin’s “Le Repose de Tityre – Monodi.”

Beginning this fall, faculty concerts are free, allowing the public to enjoy performances by the department’s internationally renowned roster of artists.

Cohen has long been a mainstay of the music program as a performer, teacher and administrator. He joined the department in 1987 during the time that Charles Bestor was chair. Over his 30-year tenure, Cohen has performed in a multitude of concerts as a soloist and in groups like the Ancora Chamber Ensemble and the Avanti Quintet, two campus-based groups featuring music faculty.

He has also conducted and performed in a number of larger-scale events like this past spring’s UMass Amherst Bach Festival.

In the 1990s, he helped to revive the UMass Symphony Orchestra, serving as both coordinator under Mark Russell Smith and for a time as the ensemble’s interim conductor. Cohen also founded the UMass Double Reed Ensemble and the Graduate Wind Quintet, which he also coached.

As a teacher, Cohen helped launch the careers of many successful performers and educators, including Peter Hemsley Apps, Ellen Exner, Hilary Philipp, Kelly O’Dell and Catalina Arrubla.

Cohen also coached Jason Fettig, now a colonel directing the prestigious U.S. Marine Band, during Fettig’s time at UMass.

In addition to his UMass bona fides, Cohen has had an accomplished professional career, having recently retired as principal oboe of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra after a 32-year stint. He has toured Europe and the U.S. with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and has been a guest artist with the Muir Quartet, Arcadia Players, Boston Baroque, Connecticut Early Music Festival and Mohawk Trails concerts.

Cohen’s work can be heard on numerous recordings.