"Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes,

and each one of us in every generation must do our part" John Lewis

Current Projects

The UMass Percussion Ensemble and the Dance Program presents a journey into the depths of the natural elements of our world bringing hope to our present moment through a provocation of the senses. 

Live percussion performance of compositions by Garth Neustadter & Kjell van Sice, Philip Glass, Jason Treuting and Iannis Xenakis, directed by music faculty Ayano Kataoka, accompany original choreographies by dance faculty Molly Christie González, Aston K. McCullough and Lauren Cox. The concert features UMass music and dance students along with storyteller Muriel Johnson, watercolor by Richard Yarde and lighting design by Bessie Award winner, Tuçe Yasak. Saturday’s show will also feature four-time Grammy Award winner and world-renowned percussionist Glen Velez with his fellow musicians Shane Shanahan (percussion), Yousif Sheronick (percussion), and Raman Kalyan (flute). 

Artistic Directors: Lauren Cox and Ayano Kataoka

February 4th & 5th, 2022

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