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UMass Marimba Bands & Ensembles

Bowker Auditorium

DIRECTOR: Thomas Hannum


Marimba Ensembles: Perform Classical transcriptions and contemporary selections designed especially for marimba choir.

Marimba Bands: With the addition of other instruments such as bass and drums, these ensembles deliver an appealing mix of Latin, jazz and contemporary arrangements.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are available online at or at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 413-545-2511.

Event Date: 
Tue, 11/22/2011 - 20:00

University Chamber Choir, Conductor: Tony Thornton

Bowker Auditorium

REPERTOIRE: Includes Eric Whitacre: Animal Crackers, Vol. 1, Mozart: Regina Coeli, Monteverdi: Madrigals (selections from books 4 & 6), Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: El Hambo, as well as folk songs and spirituals

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are available on line or at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 413-545-2511.

Tickets are $3 for UMass Amherst students; $5 for other students, senior citizens, and children under 18 years of age; $10 for the general public.

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/19/2011 - 20:00

JP CONCERTS presents A Concert To Benefit The Capital Campaign

JP Concerts presents A Concert To Benefit The Capital Campaign with featured performers Mark Richardson, violin and James Staples, piano. The program will begin with Winter, No. 4 of The Four Seasons RV297, Opus 8 (1723), by Antonio Vivaldi (4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741). Then we will hear Sonata in E (1935) by Paul Hindemith (16 November 1895 – 28 December 1963), followed by Suite Italienne (1933) by Igor Stravinsky (17 June 1882 – 6 April 1971), arranged for violin and piano in collaboration with Samuel Dushkin (December 13, 1891 – June 24, 1976).

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/05/2011 - 16:00

"Last Thursdays Jams at Vernissage".

NEW SERIES - "Last Thursdays Jams at Vernissage".

We would like to invite you to join us at the FIRST "JAM SESSION" at Vernissage. This Jam Session will start the NEW SERIES:

Jam Session is the place where music is created in front of your eyes, Where musicians come together to play in most unpredictable settings and where creativity and spontaneity reigns.

October House Band:

Maxim Lubarsky Trio w/
Tchavdar Peno - Bass
Renato Malavasi - Drums

If You Play- BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS!!!! If You Don't - Come over and have fun with us.

Event Date: 
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 20:00

“Lost Soul” Bettye Swann

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 7:00pm

The 1960s gave birth to so many great female soul singers. One of the best, who never got the acclaim she deserved was Bettye Swann. Born Betty Jean Champion in Shreveport, Louisiana, she recorded country songs for Capitol records in the 1960s and in the early 70’s recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studios. If you like Gladys Knight, Dusty Springfield or Aretha, you’ll just love Bettye Swann!
Join host Tom Shaker, starting at 7pm!!

Sunday Jazz Brunch with Harvey Finstein

No Cover

Event Date: 
Sun, 11/20/2011 - 10:00

Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen is a Great Dance band! They lay down a beat that sets your feet in motion. From soul to swing we've got you covered.

What others have to say about Soul Kitchen...

"Soul Kitchen was as sharp as that from most headliners with their tight big band sound and unique arrangements, Soul Kitchen cooks" -Jay Miller of the Patriot Ledger

"These guys played my show as if we've been working together for years! This is a fabulous band (after Soul Kitchen backed up his show for an Anheuser Busch convention)." -Las Vegas Comedian Scott Record

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/19/2011 - 21:00

Black Sea Salsa Band

Black Sea Salsa Band is a 15-piece World-Music group made up of 6 horns, 4 vocalists, and 5 rhythm, playing an original blend of Armenian music and Afro-Cuban Jazz. Led by trumpeter Dan Teager, who writes and arranges the band's repertoire, Black Sea Salsa has established itself as one of Boston's premier festival bands, playing for venues such as Sail Boston 2000, Marblehead Arts Festival, Norwood Summerfest, and the Boston Arts Festival.

Event Date: 
Fri, 11/18/2011 - 21:00

Sunday Jazz Brunch with Yoko Miwa Trio

Yoko Miwa, piano
Greg Loughman, acoustic bass
Scott Goulding, drums

"Miwa possesses a fully-formed style and shuns flamboyance for substance, making every note count, despite a formidable technique that might tempt her to overplay…She has the enviable ability to play in any context with authenticity, clarity, and spontaneity…"-- Jazz Times

No Cover

Event Date: 
Sun, 11/13/2011 - 10:00
Sun, 11/27/2011 - 10:00

John Stein Quartet

John Stein is one of the finest jazz guitarists you'll ever hear, with beautiful touch, tone, swing, detail, and emotion. He is what you might call deep mainstream, surprising at every turn with familiar material. Working with a clean, undistorted classic jazz-guitar sound, he renders maximum swing and expression. There's a wealth of detail - the dips and turns of phrases, accents falling like words - that he gets at even the fastest tempos. Jon Garelick - The Boston Phoenix

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/12/2011 - 21:00


Of Interest

Know Your Host:
Al Dean

Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

Tune in to Jazz Matinee
Sundays, 12 to 4 pm


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