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UMass Amherst Symphony Band, Orchestra to Perform

Event Date: 
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:30pm

UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band to Present Late-October Concerts

Morihiko Nakahara will present his debut concert as Orchestra Director

AMHERST (MA) – In late October, the UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance will present concerts by two of their finest student ensembles.

On Monday, October 23, the UMass Symphony Band, under the direction of Matthew Westgate, will present their first concert of the fall semester. The performance, entitled “Wind Band Favorites, Op. 1, will showcase a variety of pieces that were integral in shaping the modern wind band repertory. Featured works include J.S. Bach’s Komm, susser Tod, BWV 478, Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F, Op. 28. No. 2, Aaron Copland’s Down a Country Lane, Gioachino Rossini’s La Boutique Fantastique, Clifton Williams’ Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta,” plus Dana Wilson’s Shortcut Home.

On Wednesday, October 25, the department will present the debut of Morihiko Nakahara as conductor of the UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra, the University’s top orchestral ensemble. The concert, titled “Welcome Morihiko!” will feature UMass faculty cellist Edward Arron performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor. Also on the program is Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, and Mason Bates’ Attack Decay Sustain Release. A native of Kagoshima, Japan, Nakahara holds degrees from Andrews University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  In addition to his new position as Director of Orchestral Studies at UMass Amherst, Nakahara is Music Director of the South Carolina Philharmonic and Resident Conductor with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.

Both concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, located at 151 Presidents Dr.  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 at

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.