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  • Jeff Holmes
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART<br/>An inkjet print by James Welling, on view at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC AND DANCE<br/>Carrie Koffman
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC AND DANCE<br/>UMass student musicians will perform works by graduate jazz composition/arranging majors Feb. 7.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC AND DANCE<br/>Bruce MacCombie

Music at UMass

A guest saxophone recital featuring Carrie Koffman will be presented Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Koffman is a professor of saxophone at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, in Connecticut. She will be joined by host Lynn Klock, a UMass professor of saxophone.

∎ “Tuesdays in Bezanson” features UMass faculty performers in concert Feb. 5 at 8 p.m.

On the program will be 20th-century music, including Bruce MacCombie’s “Anecdotes for Wind Quintet,” Aaron Copland’s “Violin Sonata” and Igor Stravinsky’s “Cantata.” MacCombie was a UMass music professor and composer who died last year.

Performers are Elizabeth Chang, violin; Fredric T. Cohen, oboe; Amy Johnson, soprano; Laura Klock, horn; Christopher Krueger, flute; Marie-Volcy Pelletier, cello; Nadine Shank, piano; Tony Thornton, choral director; Stephen Walk, bassoon; and members of the UMass Chamber Choir.

Tickets for the above shows cost $10; $3 for UMass Amherst students; $5 for other students, seniors and children under 18.

∎ A jazz composers concert will be presented Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall.

On the program: The Gradu ate Chamber Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble I will perform works by graduate jazz composition/arranging majors Emily Duff, Ben Falkoff, Kevin Grudecki, Micah Maurio, Jeff Schneider and Jared Trace.

This show is free and open to the public.

‘Made in America’

Violinist Johnny Gandelsman will perform Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto at the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s “Made in America” concert Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Greenfield High School, 1 Lenox Ave., Greenfield.

Other works in the program include selections from Copland’s “Red Pony Suite” and Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.” Gandelsman will be joined by the symphony’s music director, Paul Phillips, and the PVS for three pieces from “Schindler’s List” by John Williams.

Gandelsman has performed with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and on stages as a soloist throughout the world. He is a founding member of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and a leading interpreter of Glass’ music.

The “Made in America” program features the works of American film and concert composers of the 20th century. Copland’s “Red Pony” earned the composer an Academy Award. The 1951 MGM musical “An American in Paris,” directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, won six Oscars, including Best Picture. For the score, Gershwin brought home taxi horns from Paris for use in the percussion section.

Glass’ violin concerto was written in 1987; it is his earliest non-theatrical work for orchestra.

Since 1958, Williams has composed more than 120 scores for feature films, for which he has received 47 Academy Award nominations and five Oscars.

Tickets cost $20; $17 for students and seniors; $6 for children. For information, visit www.pvso.org.

Copeland Colloquium

“Art in Place/ the Place of Art,” the Copeland Colloquium, sponsored by the Amherst College Theater and dance department is “a year-long celebration of local and global artists, and an exploration of the way art shapes, and is shaped by, the places in which we live.” The events bring together a community of artists from students to alumni, and local artists to those internationally renown.

Coming up in February:

∎ Feb. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m.: “Arts After Amherst,” The event includes a showcase of work by alumni from the art, history of art, music, theater and dance departments at the college, and will feature diverse performances with individuals of various ages, working with a variety of mediums from video to dance, theater, music and art installation. Kirby Theater. Free.

∎ Feb. 4-22: “Core Sample,” drawings by Ellen Driscoll that explore resource consumption and material lineage, Eli Marsh Gallery.

∎ Feb. 6, 4:30 p.m.: “River Fugues,” a lecture by Margaret Cogswell, who will discuss her installation work, which explores the interdependency of people, industry and rivers. Pruyne Lecture Hall

∎ Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.: Performance by the Israeli company “Mad Siren,” led by Idan Cohen. The dances have been choreographed by Cohen, a Copeland Colloquium fellow, and have integrated new installations that include Five College students as well. Through the theme of social justice issues, the performance tells of the struggles of immigration and the trials of individuals learning to make a new home for themselves in a strange place. The piece, combining the two groups of dancers from Mad Siren and Five College students, uses the metaphor of birds working to collect the materials for building their nests. Kirby Theater.

∎ Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m.: “Matir Moina” (“The Clay Bird”), a film about director Tareque Masud’s childhood in a madrasah in rural East Pakistan during the turbulent struggle for Bangladeshi independence. Stirn Auditorium

∎ Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m.: “Strangeness and Healing,” a lecture by playwright and puppeteer Erik Ehn, who discusses experimental art practices which use strange or unknowable images and text to address trauma and recover historical memory. Pruyne Lecture Hall

For more information, including a listing of events in March and April, visit the Copeland Colloquium website at www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/copeland_colloquium/.

At the UMCA

An exhibit of work by Los Angeles-based artist James Welling, will be on view through May 5 at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The exhibit focuses on the photographer’s work in New England from 1970 to 2010.

Welling is a seminal figure in the “Picture Generation,” a group of photographers who emerged in the United States in the 1970s. His practice has addressed a range of issues and ideas: the tenets of realism and transparency; abstraction and representation; optics and description; personal and cultural memory; and the material and chemical nature of photography.

Included in the exhibit are Welling’s experiments in photography, video and watercolor; all harken back to his formative years in Connecticut. The exhibit concludes with his “Glass House” series (2006-2010). The architectural landmark designed by Philip Johnson in New Canaan, Conn., became a laboratory for Welling’s ideas about transparency, reflectivity and color. His recent videos, taken at the Glass House at different seasons, will be premiered in this exhibit.

The museum is located in the UMass Fine Arts Center. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and during spring break (March 16-25). For information, call 545-3670 or visit https://fac.umass.edu/umca.

Organ concert

“The Brick Church” music series will present an organ concert by Harry Huff Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. at the First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St. in Deerfield.

Huff is the minister of music at Boston’s Old South Church and music director and lecturer on ministry at the Harvard Divinity School. He is the winner of numerous organ competitions, and has been a guest artist at festivals in the United States and Europe.

On the program will be music by DuMage, J.S. Bach, Franck, Cooman and Mancini.

The program is a fundraiser for the church, with a suggested donation of $10 at the door. There will be a reception following the concert in the Caswell Library at Deerfield Academy. For information, call 774-2657.

CD release

Pianist/trumpet player/composer Jeff Holmes and the Jeff Holmes Quartet will celebrate the release of the new CD, “Of One’s Own,” with a performance Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton.

Holmes, a nationally published and commissioned composer/arranger, and a multiple recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Composition, Holmes is a professor of music and director of jazz and African-American music studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he directs the UMass Jazz Ensemble I and Studio Orchestra.

He earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music and has written music for John Abercrombie, Ernie Watts. Max Roach, Chris Vadala, Doc Severinsen, Paul Winter, Sheila Jordon, Yusef Lateef, Rufus Reid, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Jack’s Mannequin and the Big Apple Circus, as well as numerous works for professional, military, collegiate, high school, junior high school, concert and marching ensembles.

He has performed around the world, including in Russia, Japan and Australia, and was a featured artist on the Jazz at Kennedy Center series in Washington, D.C, with the Billy Taylor Trio. Other activities include ongoing appearances with the Paul Winter Consort, collegiate residencies, as well as headlining with his big band at the 2007 International Trumpet Guild Conference. Holmes received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Association of Jazz Educators. He is also the featured trumpet performer on the sound track to the PBS American Experience presentation “A Class Apart,” and his compositions are included as source music in the 2010 PBS series “Circus.”

“Of One’s Own” features five Holmes originals including the title track, and new takes on standards like “Poinciana” and “So Long, Farewell” from “The Sound of Music.”

This concert was rescheduled because of Hurricane Sandy.

Tickets cost $15; $18 at the door. To reserve, visit iheg.com.

The Carle honored

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst has received the 2013 Commonwealth Award for Creative Learning from the The Massachusetts Cultural Council. The honor, one of nine awarded, recognizes “an individual, school or cultural organization that has demonstrated the importance of creativity and innovation to student achievement and success,” according to information provided by The Carle.

The museum, currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, will receive the award on Feb. 19 during a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House. The 1 p.m. ceremony is free and open to the public. To register to attend, visit www.massculturalcouncil.org.

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