School of Music

Friday, April 19 the USM Composers Ensemble Performs a Composers Showcase Concert in Gorham

Composers Ensemble

Composers EnsembleOn Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. the Composers Ensemble brings another new batch of original works to the stage. The concert will be held at Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham campus

The Composers Ensemble is an interesting group, directed by Daniel Sonenberg, made up of rather unique instrumentation that varies each semester depending on who signs up for the class. Each member is a performer, and about half of the members compose as well, each writing for the full ensemble, culminating in a full evening performance of new music at the end of each semester.  Gaining in popularity, these ambassadors of contemporary music are quickly becoming something to talk about.

SriniIn addition to premieres of works by Tim Burns, Peter Campbell, Ben Fox, Roy MacNeil, Aaron Pettengill, Dalton Ringey, and Paul Thomas, the ensemble will collaborate on several numbers with Indian master percussionist Srinivas Krishnan. A frequent collaborator with the great film composer A.R. Rahman, Krishnan will work intensively with the Composers Ensemble and some special guest vocalists to prepare a thrilling set, infusing the Showcase with a an exciting global flavor. 

Admission is Free! Rounding out its eighth year of existence, the USM Composers Ensemble writes, rehearses and performs a full concert of new music each semester under the direction of founder Daniel Sonenberg. In Fall 2012, the concert was followed by recording sessions and a public release of the compositions - a new tradition that will continue this semester. The ensemble currently consists of 19 members, a small chamber orchestra; they recently made their Portland debut on the Back Cove Festival of Contemporary Music.


Members of the press, and those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, larsenault@usm.maine.edu. Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.