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Wren Saunders
Joining Saunders will be Robert Lehmann, violin; Matt Watras, viola; William Rounds, cello; George Calvert, bass; Tom Parchman, clarinet; John Boden, horn; and George Lopez, piano.
Anastasia Antonacos
The concert will feature compelling selections by Franz Liszt, Leoš Janácek, and Einojuhani Rautavaara and expressive modern pieces by British composer Cecilia McDowall.
The program, which will remain the same as the original concert, features several works written for and by Clara Schumann, the widely renowned pianist and composer beloved by both Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
Kargul and Lantz
"Valentine’s Day with Lantz and Kargul: To Clara, with Love,” will feature several works written for and by Clara Schumann, the widely renowned pianist and composer beloved by both Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
USM School of Music Musical Theatre Film Series
A free film series, starting this Sunday afternoon and open to the public, will highlight the history of the American musical theatre and feature some of its top productions, from vaudeville to the latest Broadway hits. The series, which includes a range of movies from the first filmed version of “Porgy and Bess” to the award-winning “Rent,” is presented as part of a unique class being offered this semester at the University of Southern Maine School of Music, under the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
Paul Wyse and Malcolm Smith
“Die Winterreise” is a cycle comprising 24 songs, which features lyrics from a Wilhelm Müller poetry collection. Schubert’s piece balances the role of the singer and the pianist equally; the lyrical interpretation and piano’s rhythm present an atmospheric story of yearning set amidst the beauty of nature cloaked in winter.
Corthell Hall
The schedule includes the popular USM Faculty Concert Series; a murder mystery musical co-produced with the USM Department of Theatre; USM Youth Ensembles; student ensembles; and the world premiere of “The Summer King, an opera by Daniel Sonenberg, USM associate professor and resident composer.
USM Youth Ensembles
Each group will sing a variety of songs, including festive holiday favorites and audience sing-alongs.
The evening includes live music reflecting the theme of “A Venetian Season of Light” from start to finish, with School of Music student ensembles featured at every turn. A backdrop of holiday music will greet attendees as they arrive; a festive banquet includes tableside serenading; there is a grand centerpiece concert featuring works by Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Scarlatti, Rossini and Monteverdi; and the night concludes with dessert, coffee and a performance by the USM String Quartet.
USM Chamber Singers
The concert, conducted by Robert Russell, USM professor of music and choral studies, will feature timeless classics, exuberant and uncommon holiday pieces, a USM School of Music student’s world premiere and the group’s signature yuletide song, “Bethelehemu,” which invites School of Music alumni to join in.

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Auditions for Community Area Musicians

Youth vocalists, Southern Maine Children's Choir (treble voices grades 4 and up) and Southern Maine Youth Chorale (middle/high school mixed voices) will hold auditions on Wednesday, September 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Schedule online.

Adult musicians, Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. More information.

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