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The 49th Annual Multiband Pops will take place on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tills Performance Hall. Presented by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance, the event is traditionally a major highlight of the campus event calendar, and will once again coincide with Homecoming Weekend.
Produced and coordinated by Jeffrey W. Holmes, director of the department’s Jazz and African American Music Studies program, Multiband Pops serves as a showcase of the department’s top musical ensembles from the jazz, wind, vocal, orchestral, brass, and percussion studios, plus students from the UMass Dance program and the Minuteman Marching Band. The flow of the concert is choreographed so that there are no breaks (except intermission), with performances taking place in an array of locations around the Performance Hall. The result is a fast-paced tour-de-force that is sure to appeal to a variety of audiences.
The ensembles featured in this year’s event include Jazz Ensemble I, Chapel Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Chamber Choir, Chorale, and Percussion Ensemble, plus a number of smaller chamber groups. In keeping with tradition, the full UMass Minuteman Marching Band, the “Pride and Class” of New England, will perform portions of their 2023 field show during the second half of the concert.
Multiband Pops will take place in the Frederick C. Tillis Performance Hall, located in the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts, 151 Presidents Drive. Tickets are $25 general public and $18 for students and seniors, and can be purchased from the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 413-545-2511 or at fineartscenter.com/musicanddance.
Free and secure parking is available in nearby University lot 71 off Massachusetts Avenue and lot 62 via Thatcher Way or Stockbridge Road. Visit the Fine Arts Center website for more information or refer to the UMass interactive parking map.