College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

USM Visual and Performing Arts April Calendar of Events

Events are listed in order by date.

USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83 Center for Book Arts

USM Book Arts Bazaar

Book Arts Bazaar

Sunday, April 6, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus

A festival with book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, writers, and all things related to the book. More than 40 vendors will be selling their work. Cash or checks are accepted.
The Book Arts Bazaar is free and open to the public.
Click here for more information.

 



USM School of Music

USM Chamber SingersUSM Chamber Singers Spring Concert
Robert Russell, conductor

Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High Street, Portland 

The USM Chamber Singers are the university’s premiere a cappella vocal ensemble. 
$12 suggested donation at the door; open seating.
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USM Youth EnsemblesUSM Youth Ensembles Spring Instrumental Concert

Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland

This annual spring concert is a wonderful showcase of the talent and skill of southern Maine’s young musicians.

This concert is sponsored by Macy’s.
$8/5 suggested donation at the door; open seating.
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Robert Lehmann, violinFaculty Concert Series
Schubert’s Trout Quintet and Other Gems


Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus

Violin artist faculty Robert Lehmann will be joined by Kimberly Lehmann, viola; Eliza Meyer, cello; George Calvert, bass; and George Lopez, piano.

The concert also features Beethoven's Spring sonata and Martinu's Three Madrigals
The concert is sponsored by the USM School of Music Advisory Board.
Tickets: $15, general public; $10, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $5 students
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University Chorale University Chorale Spring Concert
Robert Russell, conductor

Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m.
Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland

The University Chorale is a group of more than 70 singers. 
Tickets: $8, general admission; $5, students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.
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USM Honors Recital37th Annual Honors Recital

Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus

The 37th Annual Honors Recital recognizes excellence in undergraduate solo perfor­mance. A music student must be nominated and then selected by audition to perform.


Free and open to the public; reservations recommended.
This concert is sponsored by Gorham Savings Bank.
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USM Opera Scenes ConcertOpera Scenes Concert

Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus

The concert features selections from well known operas including AlcinaThe Marriage of Figaro,The Magic FluteRomeo and JulietHansel and Gretel and The Merry Wives of Windsor, along with piano accompaniment.

Tickets: $8, general admission; $5, students, seniors, USM employees and alumni
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USM Department of Theatre

In the UnderworldIn the Underworld
A darkly comic operetta by Germaine Tillion
Directed by Meghan Brodie
Musical Direction by Jonathan Marro
Translation by Annie and Karl Bortnick
Musical Arrangement and Composition by Christophe Maudot


April 18-27, 2014
Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus

Join us for a major theater event! While imprisoned in Ravensbrück concentration camp, French author Germaine Tillion secretly wrote an operetta that turned her own experiences into a powerful testament to the triumph of humanity. Satirical, searing, and altogether unexpected, “In the Underworld” is the English-language world premiere of the extraordinary operetta first produced in France in 2007.

The production has received generous support from the Dimmer-Bergstrom Fund.
Tickets: $15, general public; $11, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $8 students.
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USM Art Department and Gallery

USM BFA ExhibitionUSM BFA and BA Exhibition

April 18-May 2
12 p.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday

Opening Reception: Friday, April 18, 6-8 p.m.
USM Art Gallery, Gorham campus

This exhibition features work by graduating USM Art Department students who are obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Art or a Bachelor of Art degree.

The exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public. 
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USM Jazz Ensemble USM Jazz Ensemble
Christopher Oberholtzer, director

Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus

The USM Jazz Ensemble is a student group that epitomizes “big band” sound.

Tickets: $8, general admission; $5, students, seniors, USM employees and alumni
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USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83 Center for Book Arts
Scott McCarneyLecture: The Death of the Book has been Somewhat Exaggerated

Friday, April 25 at 4 p.m.
University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library

Presented by Scott McCarney, artist, designer and educator based in Rochester, New York.

Free and open to the public.
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USM Vocal Jazz EnsemblesUSM Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Brent LaCasce, director

Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus

The ensemble will perform intricate arrangements of jazz standards, as well as pieces written specifically for vocal jazz ensembles. Per the ensemble’s custom, the performance will include improvised vocal solos.

Tickets: $8, general admission; $5, students, seniors, USM employees and alumni
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USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83 Center for Book Arts

Round Robin Book Workshop with Scott McCarneyWorkshop: Round Robin Books – An Edition in Two Acts

Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wishcamper Center Multi-Purpose Room, USM Portland campus

For this workshop, led by Scott McCarney, artists will be the contestants matched, in turn, with circulating sheets of paper and given the opportunity to make their mark. 

Registration is required. Fee: $125. Click here for registration and more information.

 

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Southern Maine Symphony OrchestraSouthern Maine Symphony Orchestra
Featuring 2014 Concerto/Aria Competition Winners
Robert Lehmann, conductor

Saturday, April 26
2 p.m.

Gorham Middle School Auditorium, 106 Weeks Road, Gorham

The USM School of Music presents the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra in concert with the winners of the USM School of Music 2014 Concerto/Aria Competition.

Tickets: $8, general admission; $5, students, seniors, USM employees and alumni
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USM Composers EnsembleUSM Composers Showcase Concert
Daniel Sonenberg, conductor

Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m.
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus

The USM Composers Ensemble is a group of more than 30 students who work collaboratively to rehearse and debut pieces that each student individually composes. Each semester culminates with a final Showcase Concert, which features the ensemble performing wholly original work.

Free and open to the public.
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USM Concert BandUSM Concert Band
Robert Lehmann, conductor

Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m.
McCormack Performing Arts Center, Gorham High School, 41 Morrill Ave, Gorham

The USM Concert Band will perform in their annual spring concert under the direction of Robert Lehmann at Gorham High School.

Tickets: $8, general admission; $5, students, seniors, USM employees and alumni
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