College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts November Events

November Events

Please note: Events are listed in chronological order

USM School of Music      

CARRIE

“CARRIE the musical”
The Maine Premiere!

Directed by Edward Reichert
Musical Direction by Kellie Moody

Nov. 1-3
Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

Music by Michael Gore; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by Stephen King.

This cult prom-queen musical is the perfect recipe of exciting, subversive and provocative fare for Halloween weekend. 

Sponsored by Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution

 
USM AREA Gallery

Persian Conversations

Persian Conversations

12 p.m.–1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7
AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus

Join Pamela Karimi, assistant professor of art history at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Reza Jalali, Iranian-American educator and coordinator of the USM Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, for a conversation on the politics and poetics of Iranian culture reflected in the USM Art Gallery’s “Persian Visions” exhibition.  The conversation will be moderated by Carolyn Eyler, USM director of exhibitions and programs.
This event is co-sponsored by the USM Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
The “Persian Visions” exhibition continues through Dec. 8 at the Art Gallery, Gorham campus, and AREA Gallery, Portland campus.
Free and open to the public. Click here for more info.


USM Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts

Erin Sweeney

Lecture: Mary Howe and Erin Sweeney

7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov.13
University Events Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library, Portland Campus

Renowned books artists Mary Howe and Erin Sweeney will present lectures about their work.
Free and open to the public. Click here for more info.

 

 

 


USM Art Gallery

Anna Hepler

Lecture: Anna Hepler

12 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14
Burnham Lounge, Robie Andrews Hall, Gorham Campus

Anna Hepler is a Maine artist who is intrigued by the transitions of states and the convergence of opposites. Her recent work includes plastic inflatable structures that slowly deflate and serve as a basis for prints and drawings. 
Free and open to the public. Click here for more info.

USM School of Music

USM Youth Ensembles

USM Youth Ensembles Fall Instrumental Concert 

7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14
Merrill Auditorium, Portland

This annual concert is a wonderful opportunity for Portland’s young musicians to showcase their talent in a professional venue.
This performance includes:
- Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Lehmann
- Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, conducted by Peter Martin
- Portland Youth People's String Consort, conducted by Deborah Dabczynski
- Portland Youth Junior Orchestra, conducted by Ferdinand Liva
This performance is sponsored by Macy’s.
$8/$5 suggested donation at the door; open seating. Click here for more info.

 

USM Department of Theatre

The Cripple of Inishmaan

“The Cripple of Inishmaan”
A  distinctively Irish dark comedy Martin McDonagh
Directed by Thomas Power 

Nov. 15-24
Russell Hall, Gorham Campus

Cruel yet compassionate, hilarious and heartwarming.

Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece is set on the tiny island of Inishmaan off the coast of Ireland. The arrival of a Hollywood film crew threatens to turn their idyllic life upside down and “Cripple Billy” wants to be in the film more than anyone -- if only to escape the tedium of small-town life. 

Show times:
Friday, Nov. 15 & Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16 & Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17 & Nov. 24 at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. (Special "$5 at 5 matinee" - all seats just $5)
Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15, general public; $11, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $8 students.
Go to: http://www.usm.maine.edu/theatre and select “Purchase Tickets” or call the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151. TTY 780-5646.  Click here for more info.


USM School of Music

Brent LaCasce

The New Standard
Brent LaCasce and the USM Faculty Jazz Ensemble

8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15
Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

Back in the heyday of jazz, innovative artists such as Davis, Parker and Coltrane turned to the music of Gershwin, Porter and Arlen for their inspiration. The resulting style is what is now known as "the jazz standard." Brent LaCasce, USM vocal jazz faculty artist, and the USM Faculty Jazz Ensemble will present their version of “The New Standard,” deconstructing and reimagining the music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell and Radiohead, to name a few.
Tickets: $15, general public; $10, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $5 students. Go to: http://www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice or call the USM Music Box Office at (207) 780-5555. Special accommodations: (207) 780-5142. TTY: 780-5646. Click here for more info.

USM School of Music 

Unfinished Masterpieces

Unfinished Masterpieces: Schubert's “Unfinished Symphony” and Mozart's “Requiem
High School Choral Invitational

8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16
Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Lehman, USM director of string studies and orchestral activities, and the University Chorale, conducted by Robert Russell, USM professor of music and choral activities, will host a magnificent concert featuring several area high school chorus groups. Performing with the University Chorale will be high school students from the following towns: Gorham, Westbrook, South Portland, Freeport and Newcastle’s Lincoln Academy.
This performance is sponsored by Macpage LLC and Murray, Plumb & Murray.
$15/$10 suggested donation at the door; open seating. Click here for more info.


USM School of Music

USM Jazz Ensemble

USM Jazz Ensemble

7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21
Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

The USM Jazz Ensemble is a student group that epitomizes big band sound, working under the direction of Christopher Oberholtzer, USM professor of music and director of jazz studies. The ensemble will perform traditional swing music as well as innovative compositions and arrangements. 
Tickets: $8, general admission; $5, students, seniors, USM employees and alumni
Go to: http://www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice or call the USM Music Box Office at (207) 780-5555. Special accommodations: (207) 780-5142. TTY: 780-5646. Click here for more info.

 

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USM Vocal Jazz

USM Vocal Jazz Ensembles

8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22
Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

The USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble is a chamber-sized group of students who work under the direction of Brent LaCasce, USM vocal jazz faculty artist. 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
Go to: http://www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice or call the USM Music Box Office at (207) 780-5555. Special accommodations: (207) 780-5142. TTY: 780-5646. Click here for more info.

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Opera Workshop

Opera Workshop

8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23
Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham Campus

Each semester, students studying Voice Performance or Music Education join the USM Opera Workshop and work under the direction of Ellen Chickering, USM professor of voice. This costumed performance will feature Puccini's La Rondine and Maurice Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortileges.
Tickets: $8, general admission; $5, students, seniors, USM employees and alumni
Go to: http://www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice or call the USM Music Box Office at (207) 780-5555. Special accommodations: (207) 780-5142. TTY: 780-5646. Click here for more info.

 

USM School of Music
USM Concert BandUSM Concert Band

2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24
McCormack Performing Arts Center
41 Morrill Avenue, Gorham

The USM Concert Band, a student ensemble conducted by Peter Martin, USM professor of music, will perform John Mackey’s Undertow and Frank Ticheli's Angels in the Architecture. Tim Burns, conducting associate, will the lead the band in Jack Stamp's Variations on a Bach Choral.
Tickets available at the door; open seating. $8, general admission; $5, students, seniors, USM employees and alumni
Click here for more info.