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Robert Russell, biography continued

Robert Russell, biography continued

The Choral Art Society has released three CDs: Windswept the Trees: The Choral Music of Dan Locklair (1996), and Christmas at the Cathedral (1999 and 2004). In 2002 CAS toured Europe, singing in Budapest, Vienna, and Salzburg.

The USM Chamber Singers have released five CDs — Wrapped in Song: A Christmas Portrait (1998), Bright Journeys (2001), In Endless Song (2004), Behold the Stars (2007), and Volare (2010) — in conjunction with five European tours. The first tour in 1999 to Vienna, Venice, and Paris featured performances in Notre Dame de Paris and the Karlskirche in Vienna. In 2002 the Chamber Singers toured Ireland, Wales, and England, and in 2005 they sang in Austria, France, and Italy, performing a noon mass at St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice and singing on the concert series of the Cavaillon Cathedral. They sang in the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, and Poland in May 2008, and the audience at the Jesuit Church in Bratislava requested seven encores. The most recent tour in May 2011 was to the Andalusian region of southern Spain. Dr. Russell made his international orchestral debut in June 2010, conducting Mozart’s Requiem and Sinfonia Concertante in the Slovak National Radio Concert Hall in Bratislava.

Dr. Russell celebrated 25 years of making music in Portland with a gala performance of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, performed with a chorus of 250 high school and adult singers accompanied by the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra with Steven Pane as pianist. For many summers he has conducted the Lincoln Festival Chorus in Boothbay Harbor, ME, leading a performance in 2005 of Mendelssohn’s Elijah to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lincoln Arts Festival.

Bob lives in Portland with his wife Linda, a piano teacher and author of numerous program notes for his choral performances. When not conducting or teaching, he enjoys exploring Acadia National Park with Linda, as well as traveling, golf, yoga, skiing, and gardening.

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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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