The UML Concert Band
The UML Concert Band

LOWELL -- Musical performances are taking center stage during the next week at UMass Lowell, with concerts ranging from rock to Rogers and Hammerstein.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.-midnight, student-run radio station WUML presents its annual Rock for Tots at University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., to benefit United Teen Equality Center. This year's concert will feature local indie rock and soul bands Bay Faction, Soft Cactus, Oldsoul and Daisy Bones. Tickets are $8 per person in advance at;storeid=543607 or $10 at the door.

Five free concerts in a variety of musical genres will showcase the talents of UMass Lowell students and community members. Performances at Durgin Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., include: UMass Lowell Opera Workshop with selections from the repertoire of American composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein under the direction of music faculty member Janice Giampa on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m.; Hawkapella, UMass Lowell's all-male, a cappella group, performing its winter concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.; Concert Band with music faculty member Blair Bettencourt conducting a program that includes selections from the musical "Carousel," Gustav Holst's "Second Suite in F" and "Choral and Shaker Dance" by American composer John Zdechlik on Monday, Dec.


5, 8 p.m.; vocalists from throughout the community joining UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff to perform as the University Choir, Chamber Singers and Choral Union, as accompanied by the University Orchestra and conducted by Brian O'Connell, director of university choirs, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; and World Music and Mixed Chamber ensembles conducted by music faculty member Charles Gabriel on Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m.

Finally, on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., Lowell public K-12 students who are learning to play classical stringed instruments through UMass Lowell's String Project will perform "Winter Magic on the Merrimack," a free concert at Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder St., celebrating the 15th anniversary of the program. The event will include the presentation of Lifetime Arts Advocate Awards to two music educators. The performance will include music from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" and a collaboration with the UMass Lowell University Choirs on selections from Mozart's "Coronation Mass" and Handel's "Judas Maccabeus."