School of Music

Anastasia Antonacos, piano: Music Inspired by Democratic Ideals, Racial Justice, and Climate Change

Anastasia Antonacos

Help us close out this year's Faculty Concert Series and USM Convocation theme of "Race & Participatory Democracy" with Anastasia Antonacos, the Portland Piano Trio, USM School of Music alumna Teresa Herold, and pianist Bridget Convey.

We'll hear music inspired by democratic ideals and political events in America and beyond over the past 150 years, including works by American composer Amy Beach, who persisted as a professional composer and pianist long before it was considered acceptable for women to do so. 

The program also includes works by Franz Liszt celebrating a marginalized ethnic group; a sonata by Czech composer Leos Janacek, who was inspired to write in reaction to an uprising that ended with police brutality; musical stories of workers' uprisings in the early 20th-century textile industry by Frederic Rzewski; responses to climate change by John Luther Adams; and some beautiful arrangements of spirituals.

The concert will be held on Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. at Corthell Concert Hall on the University of Southern Maine's Gorham campus. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10for seniors, USM employees and alumni; and $5 for students. Purchase tickets online at, by phone at (207) 780-5555, or at the door.   

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.