School of Music

USM School of Music to Present Three Concerts in Portland in One Week

April 2, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine – The University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Music will present three concerts at different locations in Portland next week, including the USM Chamber Singers, USM Youth Ensembles and the University Choral.

The groups will perform at Williston-Immanuel Church, the Merrill Auditorium, and Woodfords Congregational Church, which also is the home to the Portland Conservatory of Music.

The School of Music is known for presenting several concerts in Portland each season, in addition to a busy schedule of concerts, master classes and special events on the USM Gorham campus and numerous venues in Gorham. 

“The USM School of Music has a longstanding tradition of engaging with the city of Portland through collaborations and performances,” Kaschub said recently. “The mutually beneficial relationships that we continue to develop throughout the city's thriving music and arts scene offer a great opportunity for students to experience different performance venues, and we hope to meet some new audience members as well!"

Kaschub noted that Corthell Concert Hall would not be quiet next week, because three additional concerts will be presented at the School of Music's Gorham campus home.

The details of the Portland concerts are:

  • USM Chamber Singers Spring Concert 
    7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 
    Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High St., Portland 
    The USM Chamber Singers are the university’s premiere a cappella vocal ensemble. The group will present their annual spring concert, conducted by Robert Russell, USM professor of music and choral activities. The program features three selections from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “All-Night Vigil”; Murray Schafer’s atmospheric “Epitaph for Moonlight”; Eric Whitacre’s “Water Night”;the continuation of the premiere season of Matthew LaBerge’s “Guiding Light”; and spirituals from the African-American tradition.
    $12 suggested donation at the door; open seating.
  • USM Youth Ensembles Spring Instrumental Concert 
    7 p.m., Thursday, April 10 
    Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland
    This annual spring concert is a wonderful showcase of the talent and skill of southern Maine’s young musicians. The performance includes:
    - Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Lehmann;
    - Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, conducted by Norman Huynh;
    - Portland Youth Junior Orchestra, conducted by Ferdinand Liva; 
    - Portland Young People's String Consort, conducted by Deborah Dabczynski.
    $8/$5 suggested donation at the door; open seating.
    This concert is sponsored by Macy’s.
  • University Chorale Spring Concert 
    2 p.m., Saturday, April 12 
    Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland 
    The University Chorale, conducted by Robert Russell, USM professor of music and choral activities, is a group of more than 70 singers. In their annual spring concert, the chorale will perform “Jesu, der du meine Seele,” the premiere of Travis Ramsey's “Be Not Afeard” and the premiere of the revised edition of Stuart Gillespie's “Song of Freedom.”  
    Tickets: $8, general admission; $5, students, seniors, USM employees and alumni.
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