School of Music

15th Annual Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert

October 7, 2017
1:00 PM
On the green outside of Corthell Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Free, cash only for the optional BBQ lunch beginning at noon
Outdoor Band Concert

Leonard Bernstein at 100

Join the USM Concert Band and their conductor, Dr. Trae Blanco for the 15th annual Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert. This concert kicks off the year-long celebration of America's great artist, Leonard Bernstein, in the celebration "Bernstein at 100!"

According to Bernstein biographer Humphrey Burton, “Bernstein saw Kennedy as a leader with outstanding intellectual gifts and a sympathy for the arts. Kennedy recognized Bernstein had something of his own inspirational qualities and speed at grasping issues, as well as a passion for promoting the arts.” Bernstein said of Kennedy, “Of all the political men that I have ever met, [he] was certainly the most moving and compassionate and lovable.” The newly elected President selected Bernstein to compose and conduct a fanfare for Kennedy’s Inaugural Gala. Bernstein soon became a regular presence in the Kennedy White House. In turn, the President and his wife attended the opening night of Candide. Bernstein kept a signed photograph of the President on his piano.

The celebration concert, free and open to the University and surrounding communities, begins with barbecue picnic at noon, available at old-fashioned prices! Bring the whole family, the lawn chairs, and an appetite for an old New England treasure. 

On the green outside of Corthell Hall, USM Gorham (inclement weather site: Brooks Student Center)

Concert is free, tickets not needed; BBQ is cash only

Sponsored by Sodexo

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.


Note: High school musicians should check out the morning "All State Boot Camp" on this same day!
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USM Music Box Office