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UMass Symphony Orchestra Concert

UMass Symphony Orchestra

On Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance will present a concert by the UMass Symphony Orchestra in the Fine Arts Center, directed by Morihiko Nakahara.

UMass faculty pianist Gilles Vonsattel will be the featured soloist on Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety in honor of the composer’s 100th birthday. The piece, which was originally commissioned by longtime Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Serge Koussevitsky, was one of Bernstein’s earliest triumphs as a classical composer. Later in March, Mr. Vonsattel will perform the piece with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, widely viewed as one of the world’s top orchestral ensembles.

This program will also include Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 7, and Holy Roller by Missy Mazzoli, whom The New York Times recently described as “one of the more consistently inventive and surprising composers now working in New York."

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students, seniors & UMass Amherst employees, and free for UMass students. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 413-545-2511, or online at

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.