Beacons Showcase Musical Talents with Free Shows in December

Office of Communications | December 01, 2015
Beacons Showcase Musical Talents with Free Shows in December

UMass Boston’s Performing Arts Department will host a number of free concerts, recitals, and performances this month showcasing the talent of students, faculty, and guest artists. Whether you’re a fan of the jazz trumpet or you love holiday fanfare, there’s something for everyone as UMass Boston celebrates the culmination of its fall 2015 semester.

This week, Associate Professor of Music Mary Oleskiewicz, and acclaimed baroque flutist, will perform a free concert featuring famous sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, with harpsichordist Andrus Madsen and Doug Kelley on the viola da gamba. The show begins at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday in the Harbor Gallery.

On Saturday, the UMass Boston Jazz Band will take the Snowden Auditorium back to the days of Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Tom Jobim, John Coltrane, and others with Saturday Night Jazz, another free show that begins at 7:30 p.m.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, 35 area student performers, including students of Associate Lecturer Chaerin Kim, will present a studio piano recital that is open to the public and entitled Winter Escape.

As ‘tis the season for holiday carols, the 130 voices of the University Chorus and Chamber Singers will perform Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza songs as part of their fall 2015 choral concert in the Campus Center Ballroom starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 7.

Selections include medieval chant, Renaissance polyphony, and contemporary gospel music, by Hildegard, William Byrd, Giovanni Croce, and more. Senior Lecturer in Music David Giessow, who is director of choral ensembles and head of the vocal and choral area at UMass Boston, will conduct the show, accompanied by Kim playing the harp and Terry Halco, lecturer in music and staff piano accompanist, on the piano.

The following Monday, December 14, Chancellor J. Keith Motley joins the UMass Boston Chamber Singers for a presentation of holiday music and hot chocolate on the Campus Center Terrace from 3-3:30 p.m.. and then in the upper level of the Clark Center Lobby from 3:30-4 p.m. That night, starting at 7, voice studio students will also put on their fall 2015 voice recital in the Alumni Lounge.

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