As UMass Amherst continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with orders issued by the Governor of Massachusetts, restrictions are in place for events taking place on campus.
March 12—November 20, 2020
Kimaya Diggs has created a musical lane all her own.
September 18—September 24, 2020 4:00 pm
Pamela Means, singer-songwriter, guitarist and activist presents a solo performance of original music and select soulful covers.
September 25—October 1, 2020 4:00 pm
Black Violin is led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music, often described as “classical boom," to overcome stereotypes and encourage people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. As part of their engagement, Wil and Kev offer a special live virtual concert followed by a post-show conversation on the state of Black music and art in the US today moderated by African American studies scholar Stephanie Shonekan.
October 2, 2020
For pure joy and excitement, one of Puerto Rico's premier musicians Jose Gonzalez features his spellbinding trio Criolla Clasico with Ahmed Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez.
October 9—October 15, 2020 4:00 pm
To mark the centenary of Yusef Lateef’s birth, the UMass Fine Arts Center will celebrate his life with a multi-faceted, on-line project that will include: a live virtual concert, an exhibit of his visual art, a photo gallery of images, readings of scholarly papers relating to Lateef, dramatic readings of his fiction, film excerpts about Lateef, and 100 short video responses to Lateef by a cross-section of musicians, writers, former students, friends, colleagues and family.
October 9, 2020
"Seeing and hearing Crispell play live is a stunning experience,” writes Derk Richardson, “.... she is one of the most technically brilliant, imaginative and impassioned contemporary musicians now expanding the expressive potential of the piano."
October 29, 2020
Live from the studio at Amherst Media. James Brandon Lewis is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator, who has shared stages with William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett, Hamid Drake, Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, and many others.
November 12, 2020
Performing as a septet with Wynton Marsalis, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, America's most renowned big band, present a digital concert of newly composed works and arrangements around the theme of freedom. After the streaming of the concert, audience are encouraged to stick around for a live post-show Q&A with Wynton Marsalis.