UMass Music and Dance to Present Faculty Concerts in Early November

Next month, the University of Massachusetts Amherst department of music and dance will present free concerts by faculty members from the string, piano, voice and brass areas. Both performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall and are free and open to the public.

On Friday, Nov. 8, the department will present “Cobus du Toit and Friends” featuring du Toit on flute and pianist Nadine Shank along with soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine and cellist Karl Knapp. The concert, which will feature works by Poulenc, Soper, Ganne, Frühling and Uebayashi, will serve as the opening event for this year’s Western Massachusetts Flute Festival taking place at UMass Amherst, Nov. 8-9.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, the department will host a chamber ensemble concert featuring faculty members Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone; Jamie-Rose Guarrine, soprano; Edward Arron, cello; Bixby Kennedy, clarinet; Nadine Shank, piano. The program will include music by Poulenc, Zemlinsky, D'Rivera and a premiere by department chair Salvatore Macchia.

Bezanson Recital Hall is located in the UMass Fine Arts Center, 151 President’s 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.