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Carl Vigeland: UMass concerts a study in contrasts

To the editor:

Reading the report “Mullins concert kept EMTs on the move,” in the Feb. 23 Gazette, which detailed another fiasco at a UMass/Mullins Center “concert,” I was struck by the contrast with an event I attended the night before, also at UMass — a student recital at Bezanson Hall in the Fine Arts Center.

Two music majors — a percussionist and a flutist — were the excellent, featured soloists, performing (in some works with other music students) before an enthusiastic crowd of perhaps 200 other students and assorted parents and faculty (of which I was one). The quality of musicianship was high, the response of the audience was exceptional, and the overall experience reminded me that sometimes the ideal of education to which we aspire is real.

Carl Vigeland


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