Cameron Carpenter - International Touring Organ

Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:00PM
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall


Cameron Carpenter is smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music and garnering international fame unprecedented in his field. Carpenter’s repertoire—which includes the complete works of J. S. Bach, film scores, original compositions, and hundreds of transcriptions and arrangements—is probably the largest and most diverse of any organist. Carpenter's International Touring Organ was designed and built by a UMass Amherst alum

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Ticket Prices
$35, $25, $20; Five College Students & Youth 17 and Under $10
Please call the Box Office to see if you or someone in your party is eligible for a discount.
Accessible Seating Available by calling the Box Office at 413-545-2511




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Cameron Carpenter regularly appears as a soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras and is also a multi-album recording artist. As a keyboard prodigy, he performed Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier at age 11, before joining the American Boychoir School in 1992 as a boy soprano. During his four years at the North Carolina School of the Arts, he made his first studies in orchestration and orchestral composition and transcribed more than 100 major works, including Gustav Mahler’s complete Symphony No. 5, for the organ. He continued composing after moving to New York City in 2000 to attend The Juilliard School. During his time there, he composed art songs; the symphonic poem Child of Baghdad (2003) for orchestra, chorus, and Ondes Martenot; his first substantial works for solo organ; and numerous organ arrangements of piano works by Chopin, Godowsky, Grainger, Ives, Liszt, Medtner, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, and others. He received a master’s degree from Juilliard School in 2006.

The same year, he began his worldwide organ concert tours, giving numerous debuts at venues including Royal Albert Hall, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Melbourne Town Hall, Tschaikowsky Hall in Moscow, Davies Hall in San Francisco, and many others. His first album, Revolutionary (2008), was followed in 2010 by the Cameron Live! Edition. His most recent is All You Need Is Bach (2016). His first major work for organ and orchestra, The Scandal, Op. 3, was commissioned by the Cologne Philharmonie (KölnMusic GmbH) and premiered in 2011.

Cameron launched his International Touring Organ—a monumental digital organ of his own design—in 2014. The realization of a dream more than a decade in the making, the organ was made by Marshall & Ogletree, the Needham, Massachusetts, organ builders redefining the digital organ as an instrument of artistic significance. Whereas traditional pipe organs are each unique so that a composition played on one will sound different from how it sounds on another, this organ’s console and extensive touring sound system ensure its musical consistency from venue to venue, both as the home instrument of the artist it was built for and an ultimate acoustical experience for the listener. Traveling in a single large truck, the organ can be assembled in less than three hours; identical European and American sound systems (housed in Berlin, Germany and Needham) make it internationally mobile.

“Extravagantly talented … everything he touches turns fantastical and memorable.” The New York Times


“Last night proved to be one of the most stimulating concerts that could possibly transpire between an artist and the organ. Carpenter continues to redefine what it is to be an organist in the 21st century.” Toronto Star

“A fantastically versatile instrument with magnificent sounds sampled from Carpenter’s favorite organs around the world.” Los Angeles Times

Silk Road Ensemble
Silk Road Ensemble

Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating

Inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions along the historical Silk Road, cellist Yo-Yo Ma established Silkroad in 1998 to explore how the arts can advance global understanding. A Grammy-nominated collective of performers from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, the ensemble has been at the core of Silkroad’s work to connect the world through musical performances, learning programs, and cultural collaboration. The ensemble’s lively concert features classical music and sumptuous traditional music alongside new work

Pre-show talk in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:30 pm.

Jorge Caballero
Jorge Caballero
¡Guitarra! Classical Guitar Series

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Eric Carle Museum, Amherst

Widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, Jorge Caballero is the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the Naumburg International Competition Award, an honor comparable to the Pulitzer Prize for musicians. He is known for his dazzling virtuosity, his intense musicality, and his spellbinding performances.

The Message
The Message
Donald Harrison, Billy Pierce, Brian Lynch, Sullivan Fortner, Carl Allen and Essiet Essiet

Thursday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

The Message includes mostly former Jazz Messengers, the banner under which Art Blakey organized some of the most iconic bands in jazz history. The Message has toured occasionally over the years, when these busy jazz frontiersmen come together to revisit their hard-bop roots. The band's musical focus is arrangements of Jazz Messenger pieces composed by some of the most esteemed musical tunesmiths in the jazz canon: Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, with a sprinkling of band originals out of the Messenger's swingin', hard-bop tradition.

Pre-show talk in Bowker Auditorium at 6:30pm.

Theo Croker
Theo Croker Quintet

Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Bowker Auditorium

Theo Croker is a young trumpeter, singer, and bandleader who has earned the attention of top
musicians. “There are good, great, and nice musical players, but then there are phenomenal instrumentalists such as Theo, writes Donald Byrd. “I would place Theo in a class of musicians who will redirect the flow, change and alter the current of today’s New Jazz.” Produced by Dee Dee Bridgewater, his most recent recording, Escape Velocity, is a sprawling, genre-bending journey through bop, soul, funk, R&B, and beyond. He brings his quintet to the FAC for an evening of
inspired music.



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