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Fall 2014Alex-Case

AES Award bestowed upon UMass Lowell SRT Faculty member. Associate Professor of Sound Recording Technology Alex U. Case was awarded Fellowship in the Audio Engineering Society at the Opening Ceremonies of the 137th International Convention in Los Angeles, CA on October 9, 2014.  The award reads, "In recognition of your service to the Audio Engineering Society and excellence in audio education." 

Spring 2014

U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Ensemble
The Greater Lowell community will get a rare chance to hear some of the world’s most accomplished musicians when the U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Ensemble performs at UMass Lowell on Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Comprised of Marine musicians stationed all over the country, the jazz group is part of the Marine Corps Music Program, which consists of 10 bands throughout the world. Known as “the President’s Own,” Marine bands and ensembles perform for heads of state, foreign dignitaries, military leaders and the American public. The jazz ensemble asked to perform at UMass Lowell as part of the septet’s one-time tour of the Northeast.

The free concert – to be held at 7:30 p.m. at UMass Lowell’s Durgin Concert Hall – will pay tribute to jazz as an American art form. Musical selections will include some of the genre’s standards, original compositions and a work commissioned for the group that was written by award-winning composer Anita Brown. The venue is located at 35 Wilder St. on UMass Lowell’s South Campus and free parking is located nearby in the Wilder lot. Tickets are not required for admission to the event, which is presented by the university’s Music Department.  For the full story, see Press Release.

Fall 2013Howard-Levy

Howard Levy
The UMass Lowell Music Department is proud to host multiple Grammy award winning pianist/composer/harmonica player Howard Levy for three days of workshops and a special concert. Mr. Levy is a founding member of the Flecktones and has played on over 250 albums and numerous movie soundtracks. The workshops begin Friday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. with "A World of Possibilities: Patterns in Music and Improvisation," which is open to the public and free of charge. There will be a sign-up sheet available during this first workshop for four following workshops occurring on Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27.

Howard Levy's visit to campus will culminate in a concert on Monday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Durgin Concert Hall.  He will be performing solo pieces from various genres as well as in a duo with UMass Lowell piano faculty member, Meg Ruby. Mr. Levy will also be performing the world premiere of a new piece for digitally processed harmonica by UMass Lowell Music Department Chairman, Dr. John Shirley. This concert is free and open to the public.

For more information call the Music Department at 978-934-3850 or contact us via email.

For more upcoming events download our Concert Calendar (pdf)

Previous Events

JordanRudess

Jordan Rudess, February 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Durgin Concert Hall 
Renowned keyboardist for Dream Theater and experimental musician Jordan Rudess came to UMass Lowell to present a concert to benefit the Music Department’s Scholarship Fund.

Howard Levy & Chris Siebold 
Harmonica, keyboard, guitar & percussion - Nov. 2012 

Howard Levy is a world-renowned pianist and harmonica virtuoso. He is a founding member of the Flecktones and won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition in 2012 with Bela Fleck for their co-written Life in Eleven. Chris Seibold is a multifaceted musician and educator who plays in many styles and with many different ensembles in the Chicago area. He has been playing guitar, mandolin and percussion with Howard for many years.


WIRED.TO.THE.EDGE 
Experimental Music Ensemble - Nov. 2012 

Drawing from such diverse influences as Milton Babbit, Steve Reich, and So Percussion, WIRED.TO.THE.EDGE is an experimental music ensemble that combines traditional acoustic instruments, electronic instruments, computer programming, found audio, and video clips to create original musical soundscapes. 

WIRED.TO.THE.EDGE is comprised of UMass Lowell alum Abe Finch, Percussionist and faculty member at Salem State University and Indian Hill Music School; Nick Giarratani, Audio Engineer, performer and Salem State University faculty member; and Mike Testa, Audio Engineer, Keyboardist and faculty member at UMass Lowell and Salem State University.


Nacho Arimany & Trio
 
Nov. 2012 

World renowned Flamenco percussionist and composer Nacho Arimany presents his vision of the power of music and how it relates to the human body and spirit.


Billy Joel
Dec. 2011

Billy Joel graced the UMass Lowell campus with a concert and Q&A. See full story.