School of Music
Wilson’s program will include a variety of styles and works ranging from standard staples of the tuba repertoire, back to the cello music of J. S. Bach, and forward to the world premiere of a grand opus for tuba and electric guitar.
The fast-paced musical features a score of infectious, hard-driving jazz and glorious big-band sound by the dream team behind the Tony Award-winning musical, “Hairspray,” and NBC’s musical drama, “Smash.”
Award-winning violinist Ray Chen has received international praise and is known for uncompromising rhythmic integrity, rock-solid technique and lush sound.
“Valentine’s Day with Lantz and Kargul: The Secret Loves of the Great Romantics” is co-presented by the USM School of Music and The Lark Society on Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m., at Woodfords Congregational Church in Portland.
The original returning members include Scott Reeves and Mark Manduca on trombone, with Janet Reeves, piano; Jim Lyden, bass; and Les Harris Jr., drums. Christopher Oberholtzer and Thomas Michaud will join the trombone section to round out the group.
In the middle of the Fall 2014 finals week, University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Music students took time to provide a charitable performance at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
The grand centerpiece concert will feature the USM Jazz Ensemble, USM Wind Ensemble, USM Chamber Singers, students majoring in Voice Performance singing opera and students majoring in Piano Performance providing accompaniment. The USM String Quartet will perform Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik,” which translates to “A Little Night Music.”
The concert will include the Southern Maine Youth Chorale (SMYC), conducted by Rebecca Green, and the Southern Maine Children’s Choir (SMCC), conducted by Paul McGovern.
The USM Faculty Jazz Ensemble performs together just once every two years. The ensemble noted that grandfathers, and grandmothers alike, are more than welcome to attend the concert.
The Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Lehmann, will conclude the concert with two works based on some of the most well known literature of all time: William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.”