UMass Amherst- Saxophone Quartet travel to St. PetersburgThe University of Massachusetts Saxophone Quartet (Tobias Thomas, Kara Nye, Thomas Glassey and Mathew Schumer) and Professor Lynn Klock went on a week-long trip to St. Petersburg and Pskov, Russia in July, 2009. Each year the historic city of Pskov, founded in 903, holds Founder's Day Celebrations. The Saxophone Quartet was recognized along with other international delegations by the Mayor of Pskov. They marched in the celebratory parade and gave two all-American music concerts to an enthusiastic audience of several thousand citizens.
In July 2008, Professor Laura Klock and the University of Massachusetts Graduate Brass Quintet (Andrew Stetson, Justin Carlin, Jeanne MacDonald, Sean Mulcahey, and Adam Porter) participated in the same festival. These cultural exchanges with the University have been nurtured by Massachusetts State Senator Stan Rosenberg, and were made possible by support from the town of Pskov and the UMass Amherst Provost's Office.