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USM School of Music Announces Spring 2017 Concert Season

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The USM School of Music has announced its spring calendar including a full slate of diverse performances featuring faculty-led student ensembles, faculty concerts, USM’s quadrennial opera, the world premiere of an interdisciplinary collaboration, an award-winning visiting artist’s concerto premiere with the USM Concert Band and more.

Alan Kaschub, director of the USM School of Music, said the upcoming spring semester "brings a wide variety of performances to our audiences. From the traditional to the brand new, we will show off our outstanding faculty and students on our own stage and on stages throughout the region.”

Portland Brass QuintetThe 2017 season and Faculty Concert Series will kick off on February 3 with the Portland Brass Quintet’s “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue,” featuring members of USM’s brass faculty. The quintet members are active brass teachers throughout New England and include Betty Rines and Dana Russian, trumpets; John Boden, horn; Mark Manduca, trombone; and Jobey Wilson, tuba. Other faculty concerts in this series include the Valentine's Day favorite, "Victorian Passions,"  with Ronald Lantz, violin and Laura Kargul, piano on February 12 at Woodford's Congregational Church. On March 17, Elisabeth Marshall, soprano and Scott Wheatley, baritone team up with Bridget Convey, piano for "Scenes From New England: Music and Texts by New England Poets and Composers." To conclude the series on April 28, trumpeter Chris Klaxton will reassemble the Faculty Jazz Ensemble for "Cookin' in the Kitchen: the Jazz Tradition of our Forefathers Blended with Popular Music of Our Day."

Merry Wives of WindsorOnce every four years, the School of Music and Department of Theatre collaborate on a full-length, fully-staged opera. This year's production is The Merry Wives of Windsor by Otto Nicolai, directed by Cary Libkin, musical direction by Scott Wheatley, accompanied by the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Lehmann. The opera is based on Shakespeare’s wonderful comedy of the same name with some of the Bard’s most immortal comic characters. The opera is sponsored by Drs. John and Elizabeth Serrage and opens on March 3 with 6 performances.

Jim BonneyOn April 28 and 30, respectively, the popular Honors Recital, sponsored by Murray, Plumb & Murray, and the Chamber Music Awards Concert will feature select student performers chosen by audition. Guest artist John McVeigh will present a voice master class on April 24 that is free and open to the public, and the USM Concert Band will feature visiting artist Jim Bonney, BAFTA award-winning composer, sound designer, and guitarist. The School of Music’s new assistant professor and director of bands, Trae Blanco, will welcome Jim to premiere his concerto, DARKlightNESS for Electric Guitar and Wind Ensemble. USM will be a consortium supporter commissioning this new work.

USM Concert BandThe backbone of the School of Music's performance season is the lineup of faculty-led student ensembles, including the USM Wind Ensemble conducted by Trae Blanco, the USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Taylor O'Donnell, the USM Jazz Ensemble directed by Barry Saunders, the Opera Scenes Concert directed by Scott Wheatley, the University Chorale with a "Cinco de Mayo Celebration" conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman and the USM Concert Band conducted by Trae Blanco with visiting artist, Jim Bonney. The USM Youth Ensembles, sponsored by Macy's, will present their instrumental concert at Merrill Auditorium on April 13 and the choral concert in Gorham on May 4. 

Molded by the Flow PosterIn April, a special world premiere of "Molded by the Flow”, the culmination of a year-long collaboration of music, theatre and art led by visiting Libra Professor Paul Dresher and visiting performance artist Rinde Eckert, will be presented in both Lewiston and Gorham with several performances running from April 13 to 30. “Molded by the Flow” is a poetic, visual and musical narrative inspired by Southern Maine’s rich natural and human history, exploring how the state’s rivers, ocean, weather, plants and animals have inspired and continue to inspire diverse groups of people to inhabit the area, and thereby shape the landscape and the history of Maine.

All performances take place in Corthell Concert Hall unless otherwise noted.

For more information on the School of Music, visit usm.maine.edu/music.

Complete Listing of Events


Friday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
FACULTY CONCERT SERIES
“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” Portland Brass Quintet featuring members of the USM School of Music brass faculty

A typical program for the Portland Brass Quintet, including quintet staples by J.S. Bach, Victor Ewald and Morley Calvert, recent compositions by Kevin McKee and John Stevens, and familiar jazz standards. Learn More...

$15 adult, $10 seniors, USM employees and alumni, $5 students

 

Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m.
FACULTY CONCERT SERIES
Valentine’s Day with Lantz and Kargul “Victorian Passions”

Ronald Lantz, violin and Laura Kargul, piano

Join Ronald Lantz and Laura Kargul as they celebrate Valentine’s Day with two of the most rhapsodic and beloved works for violin and piano, the Sonata No. 1 in G Major of Brahms, and the Franck Sonata in A Major. Listeners will be transported to the dramatic world of Victorian romance, where unspoken passion found its voice in music. Learn More...

Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland

Tickets available online and at the door. $22 general public, $20 seniors, free for students and/or 21 and under.
Sponsored by PiperShores and Dr. Newell and Tenney ‘79 Augur
Co-presented with the LARK Society

 

Friday, March 3 – Sunday, March 12
The Merry Wives of Windsor by Otto Nicolai

(Fully-staged opera performed in English)

Directed by Cary Libkin
Musical Direction by Scott Wheatley
Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Robert Lehmann

- Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, March 5 at 5:00 p.m.
- Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Don’t miss USM’s quadrennial opera production! Otto Nicolai’s delightful masterpiece The Merry Wives of Windsor is full of soaring melodies and colorful orchestration. Add to that some of Shakespeare’s most iconic comedic characters, especially the bumbling buffoon Sir John Falstaff, and you are in for an enjoyable and memorable evening at the opera. Learn more...

Tickets $21 general public; $15 seniors, USM employees and alumni; $10 students
Sponsored by Drs. John ‘90 and Elizabeth Serrage

 

Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m.
FACULTY CONCERT SERIES
Scenes from New England: Music and Texts by New England Poets and Composers

Elisabeth Marshall, soprano; Scott Wheatley, baritone; Bridget Convey, piano

Voice artist faculty members Elisabeth Marshall and Scott Wheatley, with Bridget Convey on piano, present a dramatic and emotional musical program of poems and stories from Maine and New England, by such composers as Scott Wheeler and Roger Ames, author Edna St. Vincent Millay, and a world premiere of a new collection of Emily Dickinson songs by James Kallembach, as well as excerpts from the operas Merry Mount and The Crucible. Learn more...

$15 adult, $10 seniors, USM employees and alumni, $5 students

 

Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m.
USM Wind Ensemble “Fables and Story Telling”

Conducted by Trae Blanco. Learn more...

$8 adult, $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni

 

Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m.
USM Youth Ensembles Instrumental Concert

Merrill Auditorium
20 Myrtle Street, Portland

- Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Lehmann
- Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, conducted by Trae Blanco
- Portland Young People’s String Consort, conducted by Deborah Dabczynski
- Portland Youth Junior Orchestra, conducted by Ferdinand Liva

Learn more...

Suggested Donation $8/$5 at the door
Sponsored by Macy’s

 

Thursday, April 13 to Sunday, April 30
Special World Premiere: “Molded by the Flow”

A poetic, visual and musical narrative inspired by Southern Maine’s rich natural and human history, “Molded by the Flow” explores how the state’s rivers, ocean, weather, plants and animals inspire diverse groups of people to inhabit the area, and thereby shape the landscape and the history of Maine. This is a collaborative creation of theatre, music, and visual art with internationally-acclaimed artists Paul Dresher, Rinde Eckert, and USM students, faculty, and staff. Learn more...

The complete schedule of performances can be found online at the event listing.

Performance Locations:
- Gendron Franco Center for Heritage and the Performing Arts, 46 Cedar Street, Lewiston
- Main Stage at Russell Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Tickets $15 general public, $11 seniors, USM employees and alumni, $8 students
Sponsored by Libra Professorship at USM

 

Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
USM Vocal Jazz Ensembles

Directed by Taylor O’Donnell. Learn more...

$8 adult, $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni

 

Friday, April 21 at 8 p.m.
USM Jazz Ensemble

Directed by Barry Saunders. Learn more...

$8 adult, $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni

 

Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m.
40th Annual Honors Recital

Recognizing excellence in undergraduate solo performance, selected by audition. Learn more...

Free; reservations recommended
Sponsored by Murray, Plumb & Murray

 

Sunday, April 23 at 5 p.m.

Opera Scenes Concert

Directed by Scott Wheatley. Learn more...

$8 adult, $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni

 

Monday, April 24 from 3–6 p.m.
MASTER CLASS
Voice Master Class with John McVeigh

The world-class tenor will work with USM voice majors in a public event. Learn more...

Free
Sponsored by the Warren Memorial Foundation

 

Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.
“The Spring of Rebirth”
USM Chamber Singers

Conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman. Learn more...

Williston-Immanuel United Church
156 High Street, Portland
Suggested donation at the door, $12

 

Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m.
FACULTY CONCERT SERIES
“Cookin’ in the Kitchen” Featuring Chris Klaxton and the USM Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Cookin’ in the Kitchen: The Jazz Tradition of our forefathers blended with popular music of our day The “jazz tradition” means many things to many people, but for some it can be reduced to several hierarching principles: improvisation and swing feel. Within the world of jazz there is also a rich tradition of investigation, of adapting, of using available elements to achieve a desired result; what pianist Bill Evans has referred to as “the jazz process”. We aim to illustrate traditional elements of improvisation and swing (groove) throughout the performance, particularly as we delve into our favorite pop / radio hits and original compositions. Working with new music does not mean one must forsake the jazz tradition.

Chris Klaxton, trumpet and piano, with
Taylor O’Donnell, vocals
Barry Saunders, saxophones
Chris Oberholtzer, trombone
Gary Wittner, guitar
Bronek Suchanek, bass
Les Harris Jr., drums

Learn more...

$15 adult, $10 seniors, USM employees and alumni, $5 students

 

Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m.
Chamber Music Awards Concert

Recognizing outstanding chamber music performance, ensembles are selected by audition.
Learn more...

Free, reservations recommended

 

Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m.
USM Youth Ensembles Choral Concert

- Southern Maine Youth Chorale, Conducted by Rebecca DeWan
- Southern Maine Children’s Choir, Conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman

Learn more...

Donations accepted at the door
Sponsored by Macy’s

 

Friday, May 5 at 5 p.m.
University Chorale “Cinco de Mayo Celebration!”

Conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman. Learn more...

First Parish Church, 425 Congress Street, Portland
$8 adult, $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni

 

Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m.
VISITING ARTIST
USM Concert Band with Warren Memorial Visiting Artist Jim Bonney

Conducted by Trae Blanco

Jim Bonney is a BAFTA award-winning composer, sound designer, and guitarist. The School of Music’s new assistant professor and director of bands, Trae Blanco, will welcome Jim to premiere his concerto, DARKlightNESS for Electric Guitar and Wind Ensemble. USM will be a consortium supporter commissioning this new work.

McCormack Performing Arts Center
41 Morrell Avenue, Gorham, Maine

Sponsored by the Warren Memorial Foundation
$8 adult, $5 students, seniors, USM employees and alumni

Learn more: Complete Residency Information 

 

Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased online at www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice, in person at Corthell Hall, or by calling the Music Box Office: (207) 780-5555 // TTY: 780-5646.

Cancellations:

Changes to event listings will be noted on our website at usm.maine.edu/music.
In case of inclement weather, call the USM Storm Line at (207) 780-4800.

Concert Locations:

Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham campus at 37 College Avenue. Free parking for evening and weekend events in student or faculty lots.