AMHERST (Mass.) – On Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m., the UMass Department of Music & Dance will present the first performance of the fall semester by the UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra. Led by director Morihiko Nakahara, the orchestra will perform Amy Beach’s Symphony in E minor (“Gaelic”) and James Lee III’s Amer’ican. As the concert’s featured soloist, faculty cello professor Edward Arron will perform Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor.
Later that same week, the department’s two primary wind bands (Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band) will present a combined program entitled “Upward” on Friday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. The UMass Symphony Band, directed by Lindsay Bronnenkant, will present a varied program of works including Adam Schoenberg’s Rise: (Mvt. I. Beginnings), Gordon Jacob’s William Byrd Suite, and John Paynter’s transcription of Malcolm Arnold’s Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo (conducted by Richard Sargent, graduate conductor), plus music by Anthony Barfield and Simon Dobson. The evening’s program will also feature the UMass Wind Ensemble, directed by Department Chair Matthew Westgate, performing Paul Hindemith’s Symphony in B-flat and Leonard Bernstein’s Slava! (conducted by graduate conductor Madeline Wight), plus music by Oscar Navarro and Kathryn Salfelder. The department is also pleased to welcome world-renowned educator and band conductor Frank Battisti to lead the Wind Ensemble in a performance of Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune From County Derry. Battisti, Conductor Emeritus and founder of the acclaimed New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, is donating his manuscripts, scores, research, and correspondence to
the W.E.B. Du Bois Library’s Special Collections this fall. The October 21 concert will also be live streamed to the department’s YouTube channel, @umassmusicdance.
Both concerts will take place in the Frederick C. Tillis Performance Hall in the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts, located at 151 Presidents Drive. Ticket prices 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. 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. All visitors must follow established safety protocols set forth by UMass and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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