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Music from The Summer King to debut

Associate Professor of Music and Resident Composer Daniel Sonenberg will be presenting music from his opera The Summer King, based on the life of the Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson.  The opera was completed during his sabbatical last fall.  Two arias and two duets from the opera will be performed for the first time since its completion. These will be performed at the Portland Conservatory Festival of Contemporary Music. Sonenberg is very excited to finally hear a few bits of the new music. The event details: Portland Conservatory Festival of Contemporary Music at The Portland Conservatory at Woodfords Church - concert at 4 PM; free admission - Duets and Arias from The Summer King, by Daniel Sonenberg, performed by Josh Miller, Luette Saul, Ron Williams, Josh Witham and Bridget Convey.  Other featured composers on the concert include dean of Maine Composers Elliott Schwartz,  Beth Wiemann from the University of Maine/Orono, Joshua DeScherer, Mark Tipton, danikaGia Comoli, Richard Nelson of UMA, and recent/almost graduates of USM Paul Thomas and Josh Newton. Connecticut composer Elizabeth Austin and Amherst College composer-pianist Eric Sawyer will also be taking part. 

The full schedule for the festival is:
Saturday 4/14
1:30 PM: Student Recital
4 PM: Composer Concert #1 (w/ Daniel Sonenberg) 
7:30 PM: Composer Concert #2

Sunday 4/15
1:30 PM: Composer's Round Table Discussion
5:00 PM: Composer's Concert #3

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