Wednesday, December 22, 2021
For her outstanding research and creativity, Gerzina was named the UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar for the Fall 2021 semester. “She has had an extraordinarily productive career,” says Randall Knoper, chair of the Department of English, praising her accomplishments in research and writing. “And she shows no signs of slowing down.”
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Monday, December 13, 2021
On Saturday, December 11, Professor Eric Berlin and the Albany Symphony will perform Heimdall’s Trumpet by late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse, which will also be recorded for a later release on Naxos Records. The piece was first performed in 2012 as a commission by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for its Principal Trumpet, Christopher Martin, but has yet to be recorded until now.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
On Wednesday, December 9, 2021, the Senate confirmed Rachael Rollins '94 as U.S. attorney for Massachusetts. She will be the first Black woman to hold the office in the history of the Commonwealth. Rollins—who has a reputation as a progressive, reform-driven prosecutor—previously served as district attorney for Suffolk County, acting as the chief law inforcement officer for Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop, Mass.
Friday, December 3, 2021
On Monday, December 6 at 7:30 PM, the UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra will present their final performance of the fall semester. The program will feature Jessie Montgomery’s Coincident Dances led by graduate conductor Britney Alcine. The piece was created to capture the “frenetic energy and multicultural aural palette one hears even in a short walk through a New York City neighborhood,” and features styles such as English consort, samba, mbira dance music from Ghana, swing, and techno. Rounding out the program will be the epic Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms, conducted by Director of Orchestral Studies Morihiko Nakahara.