College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

USM Visual and Performing Arts March Calendar of Events

USM School of Music
Laura Kargul Ronald LantzLantz and Kargul in Concert: To Clara, with Love
8 p.m., Saturday, March 1 
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus

Violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul will explore the highly charged and intriguing relationships between Robert Schumann, Clara Wieck Schumann and Johannes Brahms by sharing their intimate letters and passionately romantic works. 

Tickets: $15, general admission; $10, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $5, students.
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USM Art Department and Art Gallery
Shawn O'Connor USM Visiting ArtistLecture: Visiting Artist Shawn O’Connor 
12 p.m., Wednesday, March 5
Burnham Lounge, Robie Andrews Hall, USM Gorham campus

Shawn O’Connor, USM art alumnus '05, is a ceramic artist known for his specialties in wheel throwing and wood firing. O’Connor currently is a resident artist and adjunct faculty member at the University of North Dakota Ceramics Department. His work has been exhibited both throughout the U.S. and internationally. O’Connor will present a lecture about his past and current work. Following his lecture, O’Connor will invite attendees to view an outdoor paper kiln that he is constructing with USM art students.

Free and open to the public.
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USM School of Music
THe SUmmer King in WinterThe Summer King in Winter Presentation and Panel
Thursday, March 6
Reception: 5 p.m., Abromson Center Mezzanine
Main Event: 5:30 p.m., Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall
USM Portland Campus

A panel discussion on integration and the demise of the Negro Baseball Leagues, moderated by Aimée M. Petrin, Portland Ovations Executive Director. Panelists: Leroy M. Rowe, USM Assistant Professor of African American History and Politics; Bob Greene, Maine Sports Journalist; Daniel Sonenberg, USM Associate Professor and Resident Composer. Special guest, Gerald Talbot, first African-American Maine State Representative. Featuring a sneak preview performance by Kenneth Kellogg!

Free and open to the public
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USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83 Center for Book Arts
USM Book Arts Rescued, Redeemed, RevivedRescued, Redeemed, Revived
March 13-May, 2014 
Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday
Pope-Cheney Art Studio, Wishcamper Center
USM Portland campus

Rescued, Redeemed, Revived is an exhibition of book art created by the Center for Book Arts Critique Group. The collection includes works depicting people, objects or at-risk ideas that have been rescued; bygone items such as air mail paper and rolodex cards that been redeemed; and historic techniques such as letterpress that have been revived. 

Free and open to the public.
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USM Art Department and Gallery
USM Student Juried Exhibition
March 13-April 6
Art Gallery, USM Gorham campus
Hours: 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday  

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 20, 6-8 p.m.
Award ceremony at 6:45 p.m.

This exhibition showcases approximately 40 works by USM students, juried by art critic Dan Kany, master printer Lisa Pixley and ceramicist Shawn O'Connor. 

Free and open to the public.
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USM Department of Theatre
USM The Mystery of Edwin DroodThe Mystery of Edwin Drood
March 14-March 23
Russell Hall, USM Gorham campus

A musical by Rupert Holmes
Directed by Wil Kilroy
Musical Direction by Edward Reichert
Choreography by Vanessa Beyland

A co-production of the USM Department of Theatre and School of Music

Charles Dickens died before he could finish his extraordinary murder novel, and that is only the beginning of the mystery. Both sinister and hilarious, this Tony Award-winning musical picks up where Dickens left off. This is like no theatre you’ve ever seen, where the audience plays detective and even votes on who the murderer is. Come see the show that is never the same twice!

Tickets: $21, general public; $15, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $10 students. Wednesday, March 19 matinee: all seats are $10. 
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USM School of Music
Anastasia Antonacos Something Old Something New USM School of MusicSomething Old, Something New
CD Pre-Release Concert

8 p.m., Saturday, March 15
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus

Piano artist faculty Anastasia Antonacos presents an evening of both classical and contemporary works, featuring compelling works by Leoš Janácek and Franz Liszt and an expressive modern piece by British composer Cecilia McDowall.

Tickets: $15, general admission; $10, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $5, students.
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USM Art Department and Gallery
Artists-in-Residence Collaborative Project Presentation
12 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 
Burnham Lounge, Robie Andrews Hall, USM Gorham campus

Following a successful previous joint project, acclaimed Maine-based artists Anna Hepler and Andrea Sulzer have been invited to explore a similar collaborative endeavor with the USM Art Department. In a shared artist residency, they are working with USM art students to create large-scale woodcuts, which will be printed on banners and displayed at Pickwick Press in Portland. In their presentation, Helper and Sulzer will discuss their collaborative process.

Free and open to the public.
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USM School of Music
USM School of Music Graduate ShowcaseGraduate Showcase Concert
8 p.m., Friday, March 21
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus

USM School of Music students poised to graduate in the spring of 2014 will display their tremendous talent and skill in this annual showcase concert. Numerous musical styles will be featured, under the direction of Ellen Chickering, USM professor of voice.

Free and open to the public.
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USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83 Center for Book Arts
USM Book Arts Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts HerePanel Discussion and Exhibition Reception for Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
4 p.m., Wednesday, March 26 
Unum Great Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library
USM Portland campus

Panelists Jesseca Ferguson, Anna Wexler and Stephanie Stigliano are each Boston-area artists who are participants in the “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” exhibition. They will discuss their experiences with this global response to the 2007 car bomb that exploded on Al-Mutanabbi Street, the ancient street of booksellers, poets and writers, in the literary and cultural heart of Baghdad, Iraq.

Free and open to the public.
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USM School of Music
USM School of Music Wren SaundersAn Evening of Chamber Music for Winds and Strings
8 p.m., Friday, March 28
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus

Bassoon artist faculty Wren Saunders presents an evening of masterworks including Saint-Saens' Sonata for Bassoon and Piano; one of Beethoven's most treasured chamber works, Septet in E-flat, Opus 20; a delightful piece for bassoon and string trio by the "French Mozart," Francois Devienne; and the fabulous and fun “Till Eulenspiegel, Einmal Anders!” ("For once differently!"). Saunders will be joined in performance by Robert Lehmann, violin; Matt Watras, viola; John Boden, horn; Tom Parchman, clarinet; William Rounds, cello; George Calvert, bass; and George Lopez, piano.

Tickets: $15, general admission; $10, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $5, students.
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