School of Music

Don Pride, graduate composition recital

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Sunday, February 3, 2013, 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
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Lori Arsenault
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On Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8 p.m., The USM School of Music presents graduate student Don Pride in an evening of his own compositions at Corthell Hall at the USM campus in Gorham, Maine. This recital partially fulfills his requirement for a Masters in Music degree at the University of Southern Maine. There will be a wide variety of music and styles, reflecting the many styles of Pride's music, including two pieces for a small chamber ensemble, a duet for flute and classical guitar, a piece for a small jazz combo and a song featuring his band Pride and Joy.

There will be several world premieres in the concert including The Seven Deadly Sins for bass and standard flute, B-flat and bass clarinet, bassoon and classical guitar. Each movement describes the famous list of sins including a sexy Lust, a very funny Sloth and ferocious Anger. Considering Pride is one of the seven deadly sins, it seemed inevitable for him to write a piece like this. Another world premiere is The Leatherstocking Tales, based on the series of novels by James Fennimore Cooper for flute and classical guitar. This will also mark the premiere performance for the new Don Pride and Nicole Rawding duo as well. Forest Avenue at 5pm for small jazz combo describes that familiar weekday experience for any regular Portland commuter. The program also features Pride’s critically acclaimed setting of The Declaration of Independence for tenor soloist, flute, bassoon and piano as well as The Seven Year Blues a blues with a twist written for Pride and Joy, Pride’s four piece band, who play throughout the New England area.

This recital features some of the finest musicians in the area, including bassoonist Ardith Keef (of the Portland Symphony Orchestra), clarinetist Maria Wagner, flautist Nicole Rawding, tenor Jesse Wakeman, pianists Derek Herzer and Michael Beiling, saxophonist Jon Schomaker, bassists Steve Footer and Kinnon Church, and drummers Carl Menard and Nathaniel Gowen, as well as Pride on classical and electric guitars, and vocals.

Student recitals are free and open to the public.


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