Student Events for Saturday, May 4, 2013


Exhibition Guatemala: In Words and Images

Exhibition Guatemala: In Words and Images

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:00 AM to Friday, May 31, 2013, 6:00 PM
6th floor Elevator Lobby, Glickman Library, USM Portland campus
Contact Name: 
Annie Chuprevich, Administrative Specialist, CAHS
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-4221
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This exhibition is in the elevator lobby on the 6th floor and may be viewed during open Glickman Library hours.

David Carey Jr.

Guatemala: In Words and Images exhibits materials from The Guatemala Collection: Government and Church Documents for Sacatepéquez: 1587-1991, and is the culmination of four years of work by USM students Chriss Sutherland and Lucas Desmond who were responsible for arranging and describing the collection. Some of the documents from this collection informed the new publication Distilling the Influence of Alcohol, edited by David Carey Jr., USM Professor of History and CAHS Associate Dean.

The Guatemala Collection: Government and Church Documents for Sacatepéquez: 1587-1991.

This collection spans an extensive historical period and comprehensively represents the demographic, social, and political reality of one of Guatemala’s most important departments. By providing evidence of the colonial and neocolonial structures of the Guatemalan government and Catholic Church, this collection shines a historic light on the present situation in Sacatepéquez and Guatemala more broadly. Guatemalan scholar and activist Christopher Lutz and two native Guatemalan archivists Eddy Gaytán and Héctor Concohá Ch’et assembled the collection throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s. The materials are photocopies of original documents from the Archivo General de Centro América, the Archivo Histórico Arquidiocesano Francisco de Paula García Pelaez, both located in Guatemala City, and the Archivo General de Indias in Seville, Spain.

Distilling the Influence of Alcohol: Aguardiente in Guatemalan History.

book cover Distilling the Influence of AlcoholSugar, coffee, corn, and chocolate have long dominated the study of Central American commerce, so much so that researchers tend to overlook one other equally significant commodity: alcohol. Often illicitly produced and consumed, aguardiente (distilled sugar cane spirits or rum) was central to Guatemalan daily life. Alcohol helped build family livelihoods, boost local economies, and forge the nation. It also shaped Guatemala's turbulent categories of ethnicity, race, class, and gender. Drawing from archival documents, oral histories, and ethnographic sources, the contributors to this volume investigate aguardiente's role from the colonial era to the twentieth century. Topics include women in the alcohol trade, taverns as places of social unrest, and tension between Maya and State authorities. By tracing Guatemala's past, people, and national development through the channel of an alcoholic beverage, Distilling the Influence of Alcohol opens new directions for Central American historical and anthropological research.

April 25, 2013 to May 31, 2013
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
6th floor Elevator Lobby, Glickman Library, USM Portland campus
Exhibition of materials from The Guatemala Collection: Government and Church Documents for Sacatepéquez: 1587-1991.

Fithian Festival Concert

Fithian Festival Concert

Event Date and Time: 
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Contact Name: 
Lori Arsenault
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-5142
Contact Email:

Bruce FithianThe Fithian Festival concert will take place on May 4 at 8 p.m. at Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham campus. This concert will be a celebration in honor of Professor Fithian for his 29 years of service to the University of Southern Maine. It will include some of his compositions, a performance by the St. Mary's Schola, and by several of his alumni students who have succeeded in opera, concert and musical theatre, such as Jennifer DeDominici '00, Jason Plourde  and Stephanie Gilbert. They will sing arias and ensembles from such operas as Carmen, Cosi fan tutte and The Pearl Fishers

Admission is Free.

The first part of the program will highlight Mr. Fithian’s vocal compositions, including settings of poems by Hildegard von Bingen and A.E. Houseman, as well as a choral work, The Beatitudes, sung by the combined choirs of the First Parish Church, Gorham and the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Falmouth.

The St Mary Schola, a professional early music ensemble directed by Mr.
Fithian will perform Monteverdi’s great work, Hor che ‘l ciel e la terra, for chorus, soloists and a baroque instrumental group of strings, harpsichord and theorbo (a baroque lute).

The evening will also feature Mr. Fithian’s former students who have gone on to successful careers in singing.

Stephanie GilbertSoprano, Stephanie Gilbert '09, who went on to the Yale Opera School, will sing a challenging Fithian song No more kissing -AIDS everywhere accompanied by graduate student Derek Herzer, piano, and she will also perform the dazzling aria from Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Jason PlourdeBaritone, Jason Plourde '02, who continued his studies at the Indiana University Opera School, and like Ms Gilbert, is performing in New York, will sing the famous aria from Faust and join Stephanie Gilbert in a passionate duet from The Pearl Fishers.

Jennifer DeDominiciMezzo-soprano, Jennifer DeDominici '00, who continued her studies at the University of Colorado, will sing the famous arias from Carmen, a role which she performed with Colorado Opera.



Chamber SingersThe evening will conclude with Fithian’s setting of Schubert’s beloved song An die Musik, performed by the USM Chamber Singers, Robert Russell conductor.

Russell, a long-time colleague of Bruce Fithian, describes the concert this way, "The excitement in this program is generated as we showcase many of the myriad talents that Bruce has developed throughout his professional life. We will hear about Bruce the composer (as we feature several of his compositions), Bruce the performer (at the piano and organ, and as a singer), Bruce as a musical entrepreneur (as he presents several compositions with his St. Mary Schola), and Bruce the teacher (as we welcome back to USM several of Bruce's students who will perform in the recital)."

Of Bruce Fithian himself, Russell adds, "Bruce Fithian is a consummate musician, a beautiful interpreter of early music, and a colleague of the highest integrity. I have been privileged to know him and to make music with him."

Members of the press, and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

May 4, 2013
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
The Fithian Festival concert will take place on May 4 at 8:00 p.m. at Corthell Concert Hall USM Gorham, featuring several accomplished alumni, the St. Mary's Schola, and the USM Chamber Singers.
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