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USM Pianist Anastasia Antonacos to Celebrate Classical and Contemporary Works in CD Pre-Release Concert

The concert will feature compelling selections by Franz Liszt, Leoš Janácek, and Einojuhani Rautavaara and expressive modern pieces by British composer Cecilia McDowall.

Ronald Lantz and Laura Kargul Concert, “To Clara, with Love,” Rescheduled for March 1

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.

USM School of Music to Present Violinist Ronald Lantz and Pianist Laura Kargul in Valentine’s Day Concert

"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.

USM School of Music Offers Free Musical-Theatre Film Series

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.

USM School of Music Presents Bass Malcolm Smith and Pianist Paul Wyse in Concert of Schubert’s “Die Winterreise”

“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.

USM School of Music Announces Concert Lineup for Spring 2014 Semester

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.

USM Youth Ensembles to Perform Fall Vocal Concert

Each group will sing a variety of songs, including festive holiday favorites and audience sing-alongs.

USM School of Music to Hold 23rd Annual Scholarship Gala, Featuring an Evening of Live Performances

The evening includes live music reflecting the theme of “A Venetian Season of Light” from start to finish, with School of Music student ensembles featured at every turn. A backdrop of holiday music will greet attendees as they arrive; a festive banquet includes tableside serenading; there is a grand centerpiece concert featuring works by Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Scarlatti, Rossini and Monteverdi; and the night concludes with dessert, coffee and a performance by the USM String Quartet.

USM Chamber Singers to Present Annual Holiday Concert

The concert, conducted by Robert Russell, USM professor of music and choral studies, will feature timeless classics, exuberant and uncommon holiday pieces, a USM School of Music student’s world premiere and the group’s signature yuletide song, “Bethelehemu,” which invites School of Music alumni to join in.

USM School of Music to Participate in Portland Conservatory of Music’s “College Audition Preparation” Course

Performance jitters are a given during music auditions, but local students will be able to learn exactly what to expect when applying to a top-flight music school through a unique collaboration between the University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Music and the Portland Conservatory of Music.

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