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UMass Amherst Music & Dance Announces Guest Artists for April

Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 7:30pm
Monday, April 16, 2018 - 7:30pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:30pm

UMass Music & Dance to Present Guest Artist Concerts in April

AMHERST (MA) – In April, the University of Massachusetts Department of Music and Dance will host talented guest performers in a variety of musical styles. All performances are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall, the multi-faceted performance group The Fourth Wall will present their madcap variety show, “Fruit Flies Like a Banana,” which combines music, theatre, and dance. Praised for their "deft choreography" (The Wall Street Journal), conservatory-trained flutist Hilary Abigana, bass trombonist C. Neil Parsons, and percussionist Greg Jukes will perform arrangements of classical and pop favorites while dancing the tango, hanging upside-down, and even maneuvering atop fast-moving hoverboards.

Also on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, pianist Peter Klimo and percussionist Garrett Mendelow will present a concert of music inspired by alternative rock, the avant-garde, and the tango. Featured works will include Alexej Gerassimez’s prize-winning work Piazonore, Chris Cerrone’s Double Happiness, Vincent Ho’s Kickin’ It, and other music by Philippe Hurel and Chris Gendall.

On Monday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall, the Stan Kenton Legacy Big Band, directed by Mike Vax, will perform some of the well-known music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, plus fresh new material written in the innovative Kenton style. The group brings together alumni from the 1956 – 1978 Kenton Orchestras for tours, jazz cruises and festivals.

On Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall, Alan Kay, Principal of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, will present a performance of music by Denisov, Schoenfield, Mendelssohn and Ponchielli. Mr. Kay, who is also a faculty member at the Juilliard & Manhattan Schools of Music, will be joined by Jeewon Park, piano, and Romie de Guise-Langlois, newly-appointed professor of clarinet at UMass Amherst.

Bezanson Recital Hall and the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall are located at 151 Presidents 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.