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UMass Music & Dance to Present “Sax & Strings” Guest Artist Concert

Event Information


Fine Arts Center | Bezanson Recital Hall

Date & Time

Dec 3, 2017 | 4:30 pm

Contact Name

Matt Longhi


(413) 545-0018

Duo Montagnard

AMHERST (MA) – On Sunday, December 3 at 4:30 p.m., the University of Massachusetts Department of Music and Dance will host a guest artist concert of new music titled “Sax & Strings” featuring two talented duos.

Duo Montagnard was formed in 2002 and has performed over 300 concerts in all 50 states, 20 countries on 6 continents. The duo, which consists of saxophonist Joseph Murphy and guitarist Matthew Slotkin, has performed at festivals like the Chautauqua Institution, Scandinavian Saxophone Festival, and North-West University New Music Week (South Africa). Their portion of the December 3 program will include a world-premiere work by Gregory Wanamaker titled “Taking Turns,” along with other contemporary works by Mark Engebretson, Patrick Long, Andrew Walters, and David Crowell.

Also on the program is the Admiral Launch Duo, consisting of UMass saxophone studio professorJonathan Hulting-Cohen and harpist Jennifer R. Ellis, who will perform another world-premiere by Wanamaker titled “Meditation and Dance,” plus fifteen one-minute works from the Vox Novus Fifteen Minutes of Fame Project. Equally at home in acoustic and electroacoustic settings, the Admiral Launch Duo explores new sounds for harp and saxophone, and have developed repertoire for this unusual instrumentation through collaborations with numerous composers. Their debut album was recorded in May 2017 and is scheduled for release on Albany Records.

The December 3 concert is free and open to the public, and will take place in Bezanson Recital Hall, located in the UMass Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Dr., Amherst, MA.  Free and secure parking is available in nearby University lot 71 off Massachusetts Avenue and lot 62 via Thatcher Way or Stockbridge Road.  Visit the Fine Arts Center website for more information or refer to the UMass interactive parking map.