Concerts - SPRING 2014

Ashwani Bhide


Master and Disciple: Two Generations of Vocal Music form North India
Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, assisted by Saili Oak Kalyanpur
Monday, April 7, 7:30 pm
Pre-concert talk by Dr. Peter Kvetko at 6:30 pm:
The Guru-Disciple Relationship in Indian Music

Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande is a remarkable vocalist of the famed “Jaipur-Atrauli” Khayal Gayaki tradition and is one of the leading representatives of a new generation of Indian classical  singers. Her voice is characterized by a blend of tonal sweetness coupled with vitality and emotion. She is known for her unerring grasp of the grammar of the raga and her fluency in Sanskrit. Dr. Deshpande enriches her repertoire by composing her own melodies to many sacred texts and she continues to expand the horizon of Hindustani classical music.

She has recorded extensively and presents concerts and master classes around the world. She has received many awards and citations. Notable among these are the "Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar" and the "Kumar Gandharva Samman" by the Government of Madhya Pradesh - the first female Hindustani vocalist to have been decorated with this prestigious national award

Dr. Deshpande is also a noted teacher, continuing the tradition of the guru- disciple relationship in Indian music and assuring continuity of the rich tradition of the Jaipur Gayaki. She will be assisted at this concert by one of her most distinguished disciples, Saili Oak Kalyanpur.

This unique concert event is presented in association with the New England School of Music. 

Concert tickets are $15 general/$10 students and seniors. 
Purchase tickets online: or by phone: 978.542.6365 or at the door the night of the concert. 

Free with valid Salem State student ID.


Annual Music Faculty Classical Recital
Monday, March 3, 7:30 pm
Music for Tuba? Flute? Guitar? Voice? Classical music comes in all shapes and sizes. Join the multi-talented music faculty for an evening of classical favorites and a few surprises. $10 suggested donation at the door to benefit the John Finnegan Scholarship for music majors.
RESCHEDULED to Thursday, April 3, 7:30 pm
Featuring Salem State faculty members Abe Finch, Nick Giarratani and Mike Testa, presents an evening of original, experimental, multimedia programming meant to amuse, challenge and inspire. $10 suggested donation at the door to benefit the John Finnegan Scholarship for music majors.


Bach Invasion!  - Monday, April 14, 7:30 pm

Sixty fingers. Twelve hands. One lecture-recital. Salem State piano students Edi Rovi, Alex Lauria, Christopher Bodek, Eddie Bonilla, John Minichiello, and Danielle Drucker perform Bach's fifteen Two-Part Inventions. They will also share their research about these compositions, including historical background, musical analysis and performance practice.

University Band and Chamber Orchestra  - Thursday, April 17, 7:30 pm

Percussion and World Music Ensembles - Monday, April 28, 7:30 pm

Guitar Ensemble and Women's Chorale - Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 pm  

Jazz Bands - Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 pm

Handbell Ensemble, Chamber Singers and University Chorus - Thursday, May 1, 7:30 pm

Admission to all student concerts is free. Donations are accepted at the door and benefit scholarships for music students.


The entrance to Central Campus between the university police station and the Classroom Building is closed to all traffic. This is the entrance across from the Salem Diner. All traffic must enter Central Campus from the south entrance. Concert patrons may park in spaces designated for the Enterprise Center for MOST events. There will be signs confirming this fact or directing patrons to park elsewhere. Overflow parking will be in the O'Keefe Center lot on Canal Street. 


All concerts and master classes are held in the Recital Hall, Central Campus, 71 Loring Avenue. The Recital Hall is located in the Central Campus Classroom Building. Additional information: 978.542.7890.