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  • Da Camera Singers
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF MEAD ART MUSEUM<br/>Andy Warhol, "Mao Tse-Tung," 1972. Silkscreen print. Gift of Kate Butler Peterson
  • PHOTO BY SUSAN WILSON<br/>Gabe Langfur
  • PHOTO BY MATT FRIED<br/>Michael Compitello
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE<br/>New Directions Ensemble

Music at UMass

“Multiple Simultaneous Times,” a faculty percussion recital by Michael Compitello, will be presented Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

On the program: “New Morse Code” a duet with Compitello and Hannah Collins, cello, as well as works by Andy Akiho, Martin Bresnick, Phillippe Manoury, Alejandro Vinao and Iannis Xenakis. Also performing will be Ayano Kataoka, percussion.

∎ A visiting jazz artists concert, featuring Earl MacDonald and the Hartford Jazz Society’s New Directions Ensemble, will be presented Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall.

UMass faculty member Jeffrey W. Holmes and 10 instrumentalists will perform fresh compositions and arrangements by pianist MacDonald.

∎ Gabe Langfur will present a trombone recital Jan. 30 at 8:15 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall. Langfur, bass trombone, is a member of the artist faculty at Boston University and the University of Rhode Island.

Tickets for all three shows cost $10; $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, seniors and children under 18. To reserve, call the UMass Fine Arts Center box office at 545-2511 or visit

Choral music

Da Camera Singers will perform “Fate: Music of Brahms” and “Debussy & Sawyer” Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College.

Featured will be the world premiere of Eric Sawyer’s “Anterooms,” the fifth piece commissioned by Da Camera as part of the group’s five-year project to add to the body of choral music by local composers. Sawyer set six poems by Richard Wilbur, the second poet laureate of the United States. Wilbur, a Pulitzer Prize winner, lives in Cummington.

Also on the program are Johannes Brahms’ settings of two poems about fate, “Gesang der Parzen” and “Schicksalslied,” and Claude Debussy’s “Trois Chansons,” settings of poems by Charles d’Orleans.

Guest artists Liz Chang, violin, and Marianne Lockwood, piano, will perform.

Da Camera Singers have been performing in the Valley for 39 years. The group is directed by Sheila Heffernon, the chair of the performing arts department and director of choral music at the Northfield Mount Hermon School.

Sawyer, a composer and pianist, is an associate professor of music at Amherst College.

Admission is free; donations are welcome.

For information, visit

Support for the Mead

The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College recently received a $35,000 grant for unrestricted operating support from the Butler Family Foundation in memory of Kate Butler Peterson. Peterson, a longtime trustee of the foundation and supporter of the Mean for more than three decades, died in 2011.

Peterson and her husband, the late Hall James Peterson, established the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund, which has provided essential funding for the museum’s exhibitions and related programs, according to information provided by the museum. In addition, the couple donated more than 20 works to the Mead between 1976 and 1985. In 2008, Peterson gave to the museum an impression of Andy Warhol’s silkscreen print of Mao Tse-Tung.

“All of us at Amherst College are deeply grateful for the Butler Family Foundation’s unwavering support,” said the Mead’s director, Elizabeth Barker, in a statement. “We feel especially honored to have received this remarkable gift, which continues Mrs. Peterson’s important legacy at the Mead.”

The grant will be used to support the Mead’s fall 2012 exhibition, “Reinventing Tokyo: Japan’s Largest City in the Artistic Imagination,” and to construct a new pedestal on which to display the museum’s ancient Roman sarcophagus.

For more information, visit or call 542-2335.

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