UMass Dartmouth/Town of Dartmouth to host Labor Day fireworks and jazz concert

UMass Dartmouth/Town of Dartmouth to host Labor Day fireworks and jazz concert Community and University to join in celebration of a 40-year town/gown partnership The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Town of Dartmouth will join Sept. 6 in presenting a fireworks display and jazz concert to welcome students back to the campus and celebrate the strong partnership that exists between the community and the University.

UMass Dartmouth/Town of Dartmouth to host Labor Day fireworks and jazz concert 
Community and University to join in celebration of a 40-year town/gown partnership 

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Town of Dartmouth will join Sept. 6 in presenting a fireworks display and jazz concert to welcome students back to the campus and celebrate the strong partnership that exists between the community and the University. 

The fireworks and concert, originally scheduled for July 2, were postponed due to rain, but will now kick off the University’s “Breaking New Ground – A Tradition of Innovation” schedule of cultural events marking the 40th anniversary of the merger of New Bedford and Fall River technical colleges into a Dartmouth-based university. 

“It is fitting that we begin this academic year with a celebration of the friendship that exists between our campus and this town, and we hope people throughout the South Coast come out to enjoy the festivities,’’ said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. “The creation of the Dartmouth campus four decades ago was an innovative and bold initiative that has advanced the economy and culture of the region.We thank the townspeople of Dartmouth for their generous support of this event and look forward to another 40 years of breaking new ground in teaching, research and community engagement.” 

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a concert featuring Sounds of Ashe, a UMass Dartmouth faculty-student jazz ensemble under the direction of Prof. Santi Debriano, who is also an accomplished recording artist popular within the Latin-scene in New York City and Europe. Sounds of Ashe features a dynamic collection of Cuban, French Caribbean and African Jazz compositions. 

Headlining the jazz festival is a 6:15 p.m. performance by internationally acclaimed jazz musician and composer Karl Berger and his quartet.. Dr. Berger, who was recently appointed chair of the UMass Dartmouth Music Department, is a six-time winner of the Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll as a jazz soloist. He is known for his innovative arrangements of songs performed by Natalie Merchant, Jeff Buckley, Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, Buckethead, Bootsie Collins, Sly and Robbie, and other contemporary artists. 

The fireworks will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. 

Visitors are encouraged to bring along picnic suppers, lawn chairs, bug spray, and blankets to make themselves comfortable while enjoying this magnificent evening in the campus quadrangle area. The campus will be open all day and guests are invited to arrive anytime after 3 p.m. to find the best available seating. 

Concession stands and venders will have a variety of foods and novelty products available for sale to the public. This community celebration is presented as a family-oriented, alcohol-free event. 

Visitors are advised to check the local radio and television stations for information about cancellation because of weather-related problems. In the event of rain, the fireworks will be cancelled but the jazz festival will take place in the University’s main auditorium. Information will also be available by calling the main university telephone number 508. 999.8000 and by visiting the UMass website at www.umassd.edu. 

UMass Dartmouth is located at 285 Old Westport Rd., North Dartmouth, off interstate 195. Traffic entering and exiting the campus will move in one direction only beginning at 6 p.m. University, state and Dartmouth police will direct exiting traffic, which will be channeled to leave the campus in both directions. 

Police will close the campus to incoming cars at approximately 7:15 p.m., and parking will be banned along Old Westport Road throughout the entire evening. These precautions will be taken to protect pedestrian safety, and to expedite the flow of traffic after the event, according to public safety officials. 

The event is sponsored by the UMass Dartmouth Foundation, the Town of Dartmouth and Colonial Wholesale Beverage.


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