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MuseFLASHES: Arts happenings this week in the Amherst area

  • The UMass All-University Orchestra will perform works by Mozart, Rossini and more March 29. UMass Amherst

  • Simon Carrington, Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting at the University of Birmingham, U.K., and co-founder of the internationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble The King’s Singers. Carrington will lead two full performances of Bach’s “Mass in B minor” April 22 and 23. Isabel Chenoweth


Thursday, March 23, 2017
Saxophone Symposium

A Friday night performance kicks off a day of classes, performances and open group instruction at UMass Friday and Saturday. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, A group coordinated by Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and Felipe Salles, with guest artists Arno Bornkamp and Steve Wilson, will perform major new works be Felipe Salles and Jeffrey W. Holmes in Bowker Auditorium. The following day at the Fine Arts Center music wing will be the saxophone symposium, including guest artist master classes and performances, open group instruction and community sax ensemble with Professor Hulting-Cohen and discounts on instruments and accessories.

UMass All-University Orchestra

March 29, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance will present a performance by the UMass All-University Orchestra. The ensemble’s members reflect the diversity of the University community, with representation from many departments as well as music. The orchestra is a valuable resource for less-experienced musicians seeking to expand their musical horizons with orchestral repertoire, and for skilled musicians who have chosen other courses of study at the University.

The March 29th program will be conducted by Ng Tian Hui, and will feature Rossini’s Overture to the Barber of Seville, Watkins’s Soul of Remembrance, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 (“Haffner”). The concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood, Amherst, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the Music and Dance office at 413-545-2227 or music@music.umass.edu.

Painting with Paper

Artist Kelia Ploof presents, “Painting with Paper,” at the Amherst Town Hall Gallery. Kelia Ploof’s work will be on display at the gallery during the months of March and April. There will be an artist reception on April 6, from 5-8 p.m.

Kelia will have on display approximately twenty-five original works that highlight her creative approach to using paper and charcoal as her medium of choice. An environmentally friendly artist, Keila uses old books and paper that is past its usefulness. Each piece of paper is torn, cut or otherwise manipulated to create a 3D quality to her work. There will be a large variety of works on display.

Bach Festival and Symposium

Today, Johann Sebastian Bach’s music is enjoyed by millions around the globe, and performances of his works attract larger audiences than ever. What’s at the root of this enduring and ever-expanding appeal? What does Bach have to say to present-day audiences, and how does that contemporary perspective impact our appreciation of his music?

The UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance will address these questions and many more during the 2017 Bach Festival and Symposium, which will include performances of over twenty of Bach’s works by students, faculty, and acclaimed guest performers along with in-depth discussions and presentations by a wide range of internationally-renowned scholars.

Highlights include two full performances of the epic “Mass in B minor” on April 22 and 23 led by renowned conductor Simon Carrington, Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting at the University of Birmingham, U.K., and co-founder of the internationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble The King’s Singers. UMass will also host a day-long scholarly Symposium on April 22 to explore Bach’s continued influence and popularity, including a keynote delivered by noted Bach scholar Michael Marissen.

Tickets for April 22 and 23 Mass in B minor performances and April 21 Opus One Concert can be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at (413) 545-2511, or online at www.fineartscenter.com/musicanddance. Registration for the April 22 academic symposium is $25 ($5 for students), and will take place in the Bezanson Recital Hall lobby beginning at 8 a.m. For complete details on the UMass Amherst Bach Festival and Symposium, please visit www.Umass.edu/music/Bach.

One-man show

Painter and printmaker Marius Sznajderman will exhibit paintings and collages at the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., through April 30. The exhibit includes early works rooted in an Latin American tradition as well as Judaicas.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.