Ernie Watts & Friends

Saturday, March 31, 8pm, Bowker Auditorium

Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players on the music scene. In a diverse career that has spanned more than 30 years, he has been featured on more than 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound.

In collaboration with the UMass Music Department’s 14th Annual High School Jazz Fest

Reserved Seating: $30, $15; FC, GCC, STCC and 17 & under $10

“After hearing saxophonist Ernie Watts, it’s easy to imagine that he possesses superhuman talents similar to those held by members of the fictional Fantastic Four. He breathes fire, can cool with ice, whip up a storm, and shape his sax sound in ways otherworldly. This is a powerful, yet sensitive, technically Herculean, yet human, complex yet elegantly beautiful player–no, a marvel.” Nicholas F. Mondello / All About Jazz.

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TAO: The Way of The Drum

Tuesday, March 27, 7:30pm Concert Hall

Reserved Seating: $35, 30, 15; FC, GCC, STCC and 17 & under $10

Move over KODO, here comes TAO! In this new production, athletic bodies and contemporary costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography in a show that has critics waxing lyrical about TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina. With hundreds of sold-out shows and more than a million spectators, TAO has proven that modern entertainment based on the traditional art of Japanese drumming, has massive international appeal.

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Circa is movement at its most adventurous and dangerous. The exhilarating and physically astonishing, Brisbane-based company performs its self-titled remix CIRCA —a compilation of their three most acclaimed and engaging main-stage works. Combining physical beauty, extreme circus skills, and dance, seven performers move from highly complex tumbling sequences to fast-paced flashes of great intricacy where precision and timing are everything. The result is a new kind of circus, at once poetic, sensual, and immense.

Reserved Seating: $30, $25, $15; FC, GCC, STCC and 17 & under $10
Recommended for ages 10 and up. Performance Length: 80 minutes

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