School of Music

SMSO goes Baroque

Event Date and Time: 
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham
Contact Name: 
Lori Arsenault
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SMSOOn Saturday, April 27th at 2 p.m., the USM School of Music presents members of the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra in a concert of Baroque period music. The concert will take place in Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham campus under the direction of Robert Lehmann.

Admission is $6 for the general public, and $3 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumn. Reservations can be made by calling the USM Music Box Office at (207) 780-5555, or reserving online at

About the program

The program will feature several soloists, along with the thirty-plus members of SMSO's string section.

First on the program will be Concerto in D minor, for two violins, BWV 1043, by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) featuring concertmaster Aaron Pettengill and conductor Robert Lehmann.

Student guest conductor Samuel Lyons will lead the orchestra in Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No 3, in C minor by Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), featuring soloists Samuel Schuth, Aban Zirikli and Daniel Rand.

Concerto Op. 3, No. 6, in A minor for two violins by Antonio Vivaldi (1675-174) will be performed by Robert Lehmann and Victoria Hurlburt, led by student guest conductor Aban Zirikli.

The program will conclude with Concerto Grosso No. 1, for strings orchestra and piano obbligato by Ernest Bloch (b. 1959) featuring pianist Amanda Raymond.

The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra is a full-sized symphony orchestra comprised of USM students and talented members of the community who audition for membership. The orchestra performs challenging, professional level repertoire from all periods, most recently Johann Strauss' opera, Die Fledermaus. Highlights of the upcoming 2013-2014 season include a fall concert featuring Mozart's Requiem and Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony at Merrill Auditorium, and a spring concert featuring winners of the 2014 concerto/aria competition.


About the conductor:

Robert Lehmann is associate professor of music and director of strings and orchestral activities at the USM School of Music. In addition to his duties at USM, he is music director of the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra and the White Mountain Bach Festival in New Hampshire and conductor of the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra.

He holds degrees in Violin Performance from the University of the Pacific, the Eastman School and Boston University and has been a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Festival and at the Conductors Institute at Bard College.

Dr. Lehmann has concertized as violinist and conductor, in his native Mexico, throughout the US, Puerto Rico and in Europe and Ukraine. He has been a frequent guest conductor with the Portland Symphony and has conducted All State and Festival Orchestras from Maine to California and Hawaii.

Prior to his appointment at USM, Dr. Lehmann was music director of the Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard, and on the conducting staff of the Greater Boston and the Empire State Youth Orchestras. He is first violinist of the Meliora Quartet and concertmaster of the PORTOpera and Choral Art Society. He is in demand as a performer, conductor, teacher and adjudicator and is listed in Who's Who in American Music. His new CD, “Chamber Music for String by Manuel M. Ponce” has just been issued by Centaur Records. He recently conducted the world premiere of Portland Ballet’s newly commissioned “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. Dr. Lehmann resides in Scarborough with his wife Kim, a violist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and his two sons, Eric and Alex.


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.