Like cheese, classical music is best enjoyed when in string form. Snack on the sounds of cultured compositions with today's GrouponLive deal to concerts presented by UMass Amherst's Department of Music & Dance. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get two tickets to the concert featuring Jazz Ensemble I and the Chapel Jazz Ensemble on Thursday, October 6, at 8 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium (up to a $20 value).
- For $10, you get two tickets to the wind-ensemble concert on Friday, October 21, at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center concert hall (up to a $20 value).
- For $10, you get two tickets to the symphonic-band concert on Monday, October 24, at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center concert hall (up to a $20 value).
UMass Amherst's Department of Music & Dance incubates budding musicians in performance-based, student-built music ensembles that perform a bouquet of styles for awaiting audiences. Upcoming performances include work from the jazz ensemble, which will showcase saxophones, trumpets, and velvet-voiced cymbals in pieces such as Ted Sullivan's Shutters and Steve Turcott's Eighty-One. Conductor James Patrick Miller flicks a wrist to summon sounds from the wind ensemble, whose music selection will celebrate the 90th birthday of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Karel Husa by reprising his composition Les Couleurs Fauves. Miller also conducts the symphony band, whose classical approach to epics such as Fantasia and Equus often incites audience members to mount grand steeds and joust down the aisles in slow motion.