School of Music
The USM Youth Ensembles will welcome Norman Huynh, assistant conductor and community liaison of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, as guest conductor of the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, and also will celebrate the 25th anniversary year of the Portland Young People’s String Consort.
As the final presentation of the 2013-2014 Faculty Concert Series, Lehmann’s concert offers a vibrant program, opening with Beethoven’s “Spring” and closing with Schubert’s “Trout Quintet,” a piece known for its vitality and lightness.
Joining Saunders will be Robert Lehmann, violin; Matt Watras, viola; William Rounds, cello; George Calvert, bass; Tom Parchman, clarinet; John Boden, horn; and George Lopez, piano.
The concert will feature compelling selections by Franz Liszt, Leoš Janácek, and Einojuhani Rautavaara and expressive modern pieces by British composer Cecilia McDowall.
The program, which will remain the same as the original concert, features several works written for and by Clara Schumann, the widely renowned pianist and composer beloved by both Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
"Valentine’s Day with Lantz and Kargul: To Clara, with Love,” will feature several works written for and by Clara Schumann, the widely renowned pianist and composer beloved by both Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
A free film series, starting this Sunday afternoon and open to the public, will highlight the history of the American musical theatre and feature some of its top productions, from vaudeville to the latest Broadway hits. The series, which includes a range of movies from the first filmed version of “Porgy and Bess” to the award-winning “Rent,” is presented as part of a unique class being offered this semester at the University of Southern Maine School of Music, under the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
“Die Winterreise” is a cycle comprising 24 songs, which features lyrics from a Wilhelm Müller poetry collection. Schubert’s piece balances the role of the singer and the pianist equally; the lyrical interpretation and piano’s rhythm present an atmospheric story of yearning set amidst the beauty of nature cloaked in winter.
The schedule includes the popular USM Faculty Concert Series; a murder mystery musical co-produced with the USM Department of Theatre; USM Youth Ensembles; student ensembles; and the world premiere of “The Summer King, an opera by Daniel Sonenberg, USM associate professor and resident composer.
Each group will sing a variety of songs, including festive holiday favorites and audience sing-alongs.