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Guest Artist Gary Sperl Performs Clarinet Concert

Guest Artist Gary Sperl Performs Clarinet Concert

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: 
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham
Contact Name: 
Lori Arsenault
Contact Phone: 
207-780-5142
Contact Email: 
larsenault@usm.maine.edu

Gary Sperl in concertGuest artist Gary Sperl performs a solo clarinet concert assisted by Anastasia Antonacos, piano, and Thomas Parchman, clarinet. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 seniors and USM faculty/staff, $5 students. Visit the Music Box Office or call 780-5555 for information and reservations. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

About the Performers:

Gary Sperl is an Associate Professor of Clarinet in The University of Tennessee School of Music and also the Principal Clarinetist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Sperl received a Master of Music in Woodwinds Degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music Education from The University of Wisconsin - River Falls. His primary teachers have been Robert Samarotto, Russel Dagon, and Bernard Portnoy.

Mr. Sperl has been active in summer music festivals for the past 32 years. He is currently the clarinetist in the Assisi (Italy) Performing Arts Festival and is also the Principal Clarinetist in the Bear Valley Music Festival, a position he has held since 1986. From 1980 to 1997 he was a clarinetist and bass clarinetist with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in both Charleston, South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy. From 1998 to 2002, he served as the Orchestra Manager for the Spoleto Festival and from 2002 until 2004 he was the Principal Clarinetist with the Missouri Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his summer activities, he has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony, the Savannah and Charleston Symphony Orchestras.

Mr. Sperl has performed regularly with the Wild Basin Winds, a professional chamber music ensemble based in Austin, Texas. With this ensemble, he has performed in the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has recorded a Christmas CD with the Wild Basin Winds called “A Wild Basin Christmas”.

At the University of Tennessee, Mr. Sperl teaches clarinet to performance majors as well as music education majors. He also coaches the clarinet chamber ensembles at UT. In July of 2005, a clarinet quartet from his studio was selected (from an audition process) to perform at the International Clarinet Association Conference in Tokyo, Japan. The same quartet performed in Puerto Rico at a major conference the following year. In March of 2011, the UT Clarinet Choir toured The Peoples Republic of China for 12 days, including concerts in Beijing, Xian, and Chengdu.

In addition to his chamber music and orchestral experiences, Mr. Sperl regularly performs solo recitals. He has also performed theConcerto for Clarinet by John Corigliano with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Gnarly Buttons by John Adams with the Knoxville Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Sperl plays Buffet Tosca clarinets with a Pyne PK model mouthpiece and Vandoren V12 reeds.

Outside of music, Mr. Sperl enjoys two passions: cats (he has 3 Maine Coon Cats!) and long distance running. To date, he has completed 17 marathons and 4 Full Ironman Triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run).

Thomas Parchman, clarinetist and associate professor of clarinet at USM, came to Maine in 1984 as a result of a joint search between the University of Southern Maine and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. He holds the rank of Associate Professor at USM, and has been the Principal Clarinetist with the PSO since his arrival. Dr. Parchman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor's degree in both Music Education and Performance from Southern Methodist University. His principal teachers have been Clark Brody (Chicago Symphony), Larry Combs (Chicago Symphony), Robert Marcellus (Cleveland Orchestra), and Mitchell Lurie (Chicago Symphony and soloist). As a clarinetist and saxophonist, Dr. Parchman performs music in a variety of styles from concerti, sonatas, chamber music, orchestra, ballet, and opera. He has been a member of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra since 1982, regularly performing with the finest musicians in Europe and the Americas.

Dr. Parchman teaches courses for the Music Education program and music appreciation to non majors. He also teaches private clarinet and coaches chamber ensembles.


Anastasia Antonacos, artist faculty in piano at USM.

Anastasia Antonacos has given notable performances around the world as a solo recitalist and chamber musician.  She has played at venues such as the Salle Cortot, Casa Orfeo, Holland’s Alkmaar Conservatory, and Alice Tully Hall.  She has also played in Greece, Russia, France, and Belgium, as well as various places in the U.S., including Washington D.C., where she testified for funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. 

She won First Place at the International Young Artist Music Competition in Bulgaria, and she holds prizes from the Capdepera International Piano Competition in Mallorca and the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition.   In 2004 the Greek Women’s University Club of Chicago awarded her the Kanellos Award.  She attended the Holland Music Sessions, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and the Wilhelm Kempff Beethoven Course in Positano, Italy, where she was one of eight pianists selected for an intensive study of Beethoven led by John O’Conor. 

Dr. Antonacos has made solo appearances with the Northshore Philharmonic Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.  She has collaborated with violinist Joseph Silverstein, and with members of the Vermeer, Cassatt and DaPonte Quartets.  She has been a chamber music coach at Bay Chamber Concerts’ Next Generation program for many years, and she regularly serves as a masterclass teacher and adjudicator.  She holds a doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, and she was a member of the full-time piano faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for two years.  She lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, where she was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of Portland by the Phoenix.

 

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School of Music resident composer, Dan Sonenberg, to speak in free public lecture

School of Music resident composer, Dan Sonenberg, to speak in free public lecture

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: 
Room 112 Corthell Hall, USM Gorham
Contact Name: 
Lori Arsenault
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-5142
Contact Email: 
larsenault@usm.maine.edu

Come to Room 112 Corthell Hall on Wednesday, October 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. for a free public lecture with our resident composer, Dan Sonenberg.

Due to unforseen circumstances, Sebastian Currier is not able to be with us.

In his place, Dan Sonenberg will present a new demo recording made this summer of a scene from his opera, "The Summer King." The recording features the USM Chamber Singers, several members of the School of Music Faculty, vocal soloists,  a mariachi ensemble and mariachi vocal trio in a scene taking place in Vera Cruz, Mexico.

The lecture will include a question and answer period, and is free and open to the public.

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Great Romantic Sonatas with Laura Kargul, piano

Great Romantic Sonatas with Laura Kargul, piano

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, October 19, 2012, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: 
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham
Contact Name: 
Lori Arsenault
Contact Phone: 
207-780-5142
Contact Email: 
larsenault@usm.maine.edu

Great Romantic Sonatas

Laura Kargul, Great Romantic SonatasCritically acclaimed pianist Laura Kargul, of the University of Southern Maine School of Music, will present a program of two masterpieces from the Romantic piano sonata literature on Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. in Corthell Concert Hall, College Avenue, USM Gorham.

Part of the USM School of Music’s Fall 2012 Spotlight Concert series, tickets cost $15 general public; $10 seniors/USM employees; $5 students/children. Reserve tickets at the Music Box Office: online at www.usm.maine.edu/music or by phone at 780-5555.

The concert is sponsored by Dr. Dahlia and Arthur L. Handman.

The performance will be repeated at The Opera House in Boothbay Harbor on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets and information are available through the box office at 633-5159, or online at http://www.boothbayoperahouse.com/calendar

Kargul will perform the Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960 by Franz Schubert, and the Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58, by Frédéric Chopin.  

"I have chosen these particular works because they so fully embody the mature styles of Schubert and Chopin, two composers with whom I feel an extremely strong connection," says Kargul.  "These are their last sonatas, and they were written within only 16 years of each other.  But Schubert and Chopin are so vastly different in character, culture and their use of musical language that these works seem worlds apart.  What they do share is a profound metaphysical quality, manifested in meditative, highly expressive passages, contrasting with dramatic outbursts of great exuberance and fire. 

"It’s always interesting to hear how post-Beethoven composers handled the sonata, that most classical of forms.  Beethoven’s impossibly high standard cast a shadow far into the nineteenth century. Some composers were intimidated, but not Schubert and Chopin. They embraced their innate Romantic sensibilities and made the sonata truly new and fascinating, poetic, exciting and stunningly beautiful.  Hearing these two monumental works back to back can be enlightening, inspiring, and, most of all, moving."  

Known especially for her playing of the virtuosic Romantic repertoire by composers such as Liszt and Chopin, Kargul has also garnered widespread critical acclaim for her mastery of Schubert:  

"How convincingly powerful and poetic, deeply lyrical and profound, will Kargul’s playing of Schubert's work be judged."  Wiesbadener Kurier (Wiesbaden, Germany)

"Laura Kargul performed the Schubert with great technical discipline and musical organization. She did the truly impossible: she downright sang on the piano."  Hessische/Niedersachsische Allgemeine  (Kassel, Germany)

Kargul is known as well for her informative and humorous comments from the stage.  “I love teaching as much as performing,” says Kargul.  “Audience members really seem to appreciate the opportunity to learn about this art form. Knowing more about the composers and their music vastly enhances the listening experience.”

Kargul has been the director of the keyboard program at USM since 1989.  A resident of Freeport, Maine, she has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, adjudicator, lecturer and master class technician throughout Europe and the USA, as well as in Canada and the West Indies. Her solo performances have been greeted with critical acclaim in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Schleswig-Holstein and Nordhessen Music Festivals in Germany, the Evian Music Festival in France, and the Lesvos Arts Festival in Greece.

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Rachel Schoellkopf Senior Clarinet Recital

Rachel Schoellkopf Senior Clarinet Recital

Event Date and Time: 
Sunday, October 21, 2012, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: 
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham
Contact Name: 
Lori Arsenault
Contact Phone: 
780-5142
Contact Email: 
larsenault@usm.maine.edu

Student Rachel Schoellkopf performs her Senior Clarinet Recital. Free.

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
 
 
 
 
 
Master Class: Voice with John McVeigh, tenor

Master Class: Voice with John McVeigh, tenor

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, October 26, 2012, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: 
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham
Contact Name: 
Lori Arsenault
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-5142
Contact Email: 
larsenault@usm.maine.edu

The USM School of Music is presents world class tenor John McVeigh in a master class from 1:30 - 3 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2012 in Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham campus. Tickets are $6 and will be sold at the door. The class is free to USM music and  USM Youth Ensembles members. For ticket information visit the Music Box Office at 780-5555. TTY: 780-5646.

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1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
 
Stuff We Dig! - Jazz Favorites

Stuff We Dig! - Jazz Favorites

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, October 26, 2012, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: 
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham
Contact Name: 
Lori Arsenault
Contact Phone: 
207-780-5142
Contact Email: 
larsenault@usm.maine.edu

Everybody has a favorite song (or two). Discover new titles to add to your list when USM School of Music’s Chris Oberholtzer and the Faculty Jazz Ensemble perform some of the jazz tunes they love most. This memorable concert features Jed Wilson, piano; Bronek Suchanek, bass; Gary Wittner, guitar; Les Harris Jr., drums; Bill Street and Barry Saunders, saxophones; Chris Oberholtzer, trombone; and Brent LaCasce, vocals.

Another in the USM School of Music's Spotlight Concert series. For event details and ticket reservations visit the Music Box Office at 780-5555. TTY: 780-5646. Tickets cost $15 general admission, $10 seniors and USM faculty/staff, $5 students. Parking on campus is free for evening and weekend events.

8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
 
Hanna Flewelling Senior Saxophone Recital

Hanna Flewelling Senior Saxophone Recital

Event Date and Time: 
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: 
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus
Contact Name: 
Lori Arsenault
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-5142
Contact Email: 
larsenault@usm.maine.edu

Hanna FlewellingHanna Flewelling is a music education major from Scarborough. Along with the heavy workload of a music education major, Hanna has placed a special emphasis on performance while here at USM. She plans to teach in public schools after graduation, and possibly abroad such as in Japan or the UK. She envisions herself teaching middle schoolers, because "they have spunk."

Hanna FlewellingThe program will include an interesting combination of modern saxophone works as well as what may be to some, an unexpected Beethoven piece. We all love the sounds of the saxophone that we hear flowing through contemporary music, but few of us have heard this distinctive sound playing solo classical music. For this program, both alto and soprano saxophones will be featured.

An avid home chocolatier, Hanna has created many of the delicacies she will serve at the reception following the recital.

Student recitals are FREE and open to the public.

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
 
Jennifer Kennedy's Senior Voice Recital

Jennifer Kennedy's Senior Voice Recital

Event Date and Time: 
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: 
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham
Contact Name: 
Lori Arsenault
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-5142
Contact Email: 
larsenault@usm.maine.edu

Jennifer KennedyJennifer Kennedy is a music education major from Gorham, Maine with a concentration in voice.

An alumna of Gorham High School, Jennifer has grown up in Gorham all her life. She will be graduating from the University of Southern Maine's School of Music in the town that she loves the most. She says it makes this senior voice recital the gift that she can give back in order to say "thank you" for all the years that the people of Gorham have supported her.

After graduation, Jennifer hopes to go into elementary general music while still maintaining an avid participation in vocal performance on the side. This program will feature both classical and musical theater selections; Jennifer has performed and loved both genres throughout her musical career. She has been seen on the stage performing in USM's opera workshop as Mary Warren in The Crucible and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, performing in the Maine and Boston Musical Theater NATS competitions, where she has won both second and third place.

Jennifer will be assisted by Jenna Guiggey, Christina Zahn, Virginia Hudak, Amanda Bottieri, Jimmy McDonald, Jesse Wakeman, Kellie Moody, and Nathaniel Gowen.

In her own words, Jennifer says "I am truly thankful and honored to be sharing the stage in some great songs with my dear friends and fellow musicians . I'm also excited about my choice for the closing number as Little Women is one of my favorite musicals." She says that people who have seen her perform in the past may recognize a certain reprise that might be familiar.

"A delicious array of food will be provided after the performance. Enjoy!"

All student recitals at USM are free and open to the public.

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USM Wind Ensemble and All That Jazz!

USM Wind Ensemble and All That Jazz!

Event Date and Time: 
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: 
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus
Contact Name: 
Lori Arsenault
Contact Phone: 
207-780-5142
Contact Email: 
larsenault@usm.maine.edu

Wind EnsembleThe USM Wind Ensemble, and All That Jazz! So, where can you go to hear jazz studies majors playing next to classical instrumental performance majors, sitting next to vocal performance majors, sitting next to composers, and with lots of music education majors in between?  The USM Wind Ensemble / Jazz Combo Concert.  PLUS you will get to hear, guitar, accordion, soprano saxophone, piano and more---plus "Mack the Knife." 

At the USM School of Music in Gorham, of course! 

The USM Wind Ensemble is directed by Peter Martin. The USM Jazz Combo will feature their coach, Barry Saunders, as a saxophone soloist.

 Tickets are $6 General, $3 seniors, students, USM alumni and employees, reservations and at the door. 

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