Frederick Tillis

Arts Advocate in Amherst, MA

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NEWS ABOUT DR. TILLIS


Upcoming Concerts on April 5 and 6, 2024


We are excited to announce that Dr. Tillis’ music will be featured in three upcoming concerts on April 5 and 6, 2024! The wonderful Harlem Chamber Players will include his music as a part of their two-day chamber series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the amazing Sound off! Music for Bail collective will perform the NYC premiere of Niger Symphony at the Church of the Village in Greenwich Village. Thank you to these brilliant musicians for continuing to honor Dr. Tillis’ legacy. If you are in the NYC area, we hope you can join us!

ETHEL & Friends Series at The Met Our Anthem: An Orchestral Activation


Celebrating the great Max Roach on his centennial birthday anniversary


January 10, 1924 - August 16, 2007


Dr. Tillis and Max Roach were longtime friends, artistic collaborators, and music faculty colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Pictured here from the left: Max Roach, Dr. Tillis, Dr. Horace Boyer, and Dr. Salvatore Macchia.


Happy 100th birthday anniversary with deepest admiration and thanks!

Max And The Bands


Happy 94th birthday anniversary to dr. tillis!


Many thanks to you and the continued celebrations of your wonderful legacy!

Dr.Tillis with his Saxophone


January 5, 1930 - May 3, 2020



UPCOMING WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS CONCERTS FEATURING FREDERICK TILLIS

If you are in the Western Massachusetts area, please join us for these upcoming concerts featuring music by Dr. Tillis. Thank you Harlem Chamber Players and Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus!



FOR THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF SEPTEMBER 11


On this 22nd anniversary, we share an excerpt of the opus Dr. Tillis wrote in honor of 9/11. Never forget.

FOR THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF SEPTEMBER 11

For Victims and Survivors


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY AND HAPPY JUNETEENTH!

If you are in the Galveston area, please come to the Juneteenth Festival where it all began! Celebrations include events featuring native born composer and musician Dr. Frederick Tillis. Congratulations to all of the festival arts organizers, we thank you.

 June 15

Sound of Freedom

June 18 

The Galveston Symphony Celebrates Juneteenth




Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Frederick Tillis


January 5, 1930 - May 3, 2020.
In remembrance, celebration, and gratitude.
Our deepest thanks to #umassmusic

 



 Black History Month with Harlem Chamber Players

Harlem Chamber Players Perform Dr. Tillis' work in New York City on February 10 and February 12, 2023. 

We are delighted to share that the NYC area enjoys another opportunity to hear the Harlem Chamber Players feature Dr. Tillis' work in two free concerts on Friday, February 10 and Sunday, February 12, 2023 for Black History Month. For more information, visit here.

February 10, 2023 Harlem Chamer Players  February 12,  2023 Harlem Chamer Players 



Harlem Chamber Players

Harlem Chamber Players Perform Dr. Tillis' Work in New York City on December 10. 2022. 

If you are in the NYC area, please join the Harlem Chamber Players as they feature Dr. Tillis' work in their free performance on Saturday, December 10, 2022. For more information, visit here.

Music by Walker 



 HOMAGE: CHAMBER MUSIC FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT & DIASPORA

The brilliant ensemble Castle of Our Skins released their debut album entitled Homage: Chamber Music from the African Continent and the Diaspora. Dr. Tillis' composition Spiritual Fantasy No. 12 is beautifully performed and featured in its entirety. For more about Castle of Our Skins and to purchase the CD, visit here.

Homage 



University of Massachusetts Department of Music and
Dance honors Dr. Frederick Tillis

On Sunday, February 20, 2022, the University of Massachusetts Department of Music and Dance honors Dr. Frederick Tillis with a concert of his music and other works in dedication to his legacy. For more information on attending either online or in person, visit here.

DR. TILLIS PLAYING THE Credit: Edward Cohen Photography



The Charlotte Symphony, North Carolina, Features Dr. Tillis in their 2022 Black History Month Celebrations

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Fred Tillis Credit: University of Massachusetts Amherst



University of Massachusetts Amherst Naming Ceremony Announcement

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University of Massachusetts Naming Ceremony Presentation