Benefit Concert for the Amherst Red Barn Music School – June 15

The Amherst Red Barn Music School announces a benefit concert by Kevin Collins, Classical Guitar and Friends on Sunday, June 15 at 2 PM, at the UU Meetinghouse, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe concert will feature flutist Emily Sapa and guitarist Ronna Erickson, playing the music of Brouwer, Bach, Loeillet, & Granados. The concert is sponsored by The Friends of the Red Barn, Catherine Sanderson, Chair, a 501c3 non-profit. A donation of $15 each is suggested, kids are free. You can find out more about the Friends at For more information, call the school at 413-256-8899 or email

Kevin Collins is known throughout New England, across the country, and around the world for his beautiful sound and sensitive, intelligent musicianship. A former New York musician, Kevin appeared regularly at Windows on the World in the World Trade Center and at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center. He made his debut in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with Akira Endo, conductor, and the Austin Symphony. A former guitar faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he founded the Amherst Red Barn Music School in 2000, where hundreds of people have shared his joy of music making.

Kevin studied guitar at the Hartt School in West Hartford, Conn., and at the Aspen Music School for ten summers under Maestro Oscar Ghiglia. He has been featured in the Boston Globe Learning Section and founded For Fun Books, LLC, a publisher of books on music. A native of the Pioneer Valley, has taught music in Amherst since 1969.

Red Barn faculty member Emily Sapa is a recent graduate of The Alexander Technique School in Amherst and is a flutist in the Minneapolis Orchestra. Ronna Erickson is a student and duo partner of Kevin. They will be performing on handmade guitars by local luthier Alan Chapman.

The Amherst Red Barn Music School is a collaboration of 18 teachers at our studios across from the Amtrak Station in Amherst. We teach all the instruments to people of all abilities and interests. The Red Barn puts on recitals and concerts throughout the year featuring students and faculty. The studio is handicapped accessible, with free parking. You can find out more about the Red Barn at our website,

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