Arts Previews

  • UMass Amherst composer Salvatore Macchi leads a faculty concert Jan. 22 at Bezanson Recital Hall. Image courtesy University of Massachusetts Amherst

Published: 1/9/2019 4:46:01 PM
NEPR seeks nominations for 2019 Arts & Humanities Awards

New England Public Radio is looking for candidates for its annual Arts & Humanities Awards, which recognizes a variety of people — musicians, artists, dancers, writers, teachers — whose work makes an important contribution to the Pioneer Valley’s cultural life.

The awards have been made annually since 2008, including to organizations. Last year’s recipients included The Literacy Project; Magdalena Gómez, poet and founder of Springfield’s Teatro V!da; and Carolyn Kuan, director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Also recognized was David Tebaldi, executive director of Mass Humanities, who received NEPR’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Arts & Humanities Award before his retirement.

Community members are invited to submit nominations for this year’s Arts & Humanities Awards by filling out the online form available at Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 30.

Further information is available at or by contacting Vanessa Cerillo, director of marketing and communications, at (413) 735-6605 or

UMass concert celebrates university composers

An upcoming concert at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be dedicated to music composed by faculty. The “Music of UMass Composers,” which takes place Tuesday, Jan. 22, will be led by contrabassist and composer Salvatore Macchia; joining him will be UMass musicians Ayano Kataoka, marimba; Ronald Gorevic, viola; Benjamin Tibbetts, piano, and Jazer Giles, electronics.

The free concert, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall, includes work by several former UMass professors and students, including “Spiritual Fantasy” by Frederick Tillis, “Aground on Starlake” by Robert Stern, and “Moonshine” by Charles Fussell. The program will also feature three of Macchia’s compositions, including “Remembering Bruce,” which celebrates the music of UMass composer Bruce MacCombie.

Organizers say the Jan. 22 concert will be the first in a new Bezanson Legacy Series, with the concerts of UMass composers recognizing the legacy of the former chair of the university’s Music and Dance Department, Philip Bezanson, an active and prolific composer who received numerous accolades for his music.

Reading at Smith College

Gallery of Readers will host Jonathan A. Wright and Carolyn McKeown when they read from some of their newest work as well as past writing. The reading, on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m., takes place at Room 106 in Seeyle Hall at Smith College in Northampton and is free and open to the public.

Wright, of Northampton, has had a long career in sustainable design and construction and is the author of “Season of Dreams,” a 2018 collection of poetry and photography, and the 2014 poetry collection “After the Rain.” McKeown, of Southampton, has long documented, in a variety of writing, the quirks and foibles of life around her.

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