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11/19/19 — Find the joy and light of the season at these USM December events


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Lori Arsenault, Performing Arts Operations and Concert Manager, 207-780-5142

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Find the joy and light of the season at these USM December events

Kick off the holiday season with the University of Southern Maine School of Music and Southworth Planetarium. Enjoy an evening of song with the USM Chamber Singers, or learn about the history and astronomy of the holiday season at the Planetarium. Find USM’s voice studies director and soprano, Malinda Haslett, at Merrill Auditorium late in the month for a Christmas concert with James Kennerley and Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ. 

Visit the School of Music’s calendar for their full list of events in December

Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
“Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season” 
Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High Street, Portland
Suggested donation: $12

The widely-acclaimed USM Chamber Singers present their popular concert, “Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season,” conducted by Nicolás Alberto Dosman. Besides traditional holiday favorites, this year the group will perform an eclectic program, opening the concert with "Karnaval" by Haitian-American composer, Sydney Guillaume. The music of Abbie Betinis, Andrea Ramsey and Moses Hogan Barnum will be featured, as well as the music of André Thomas, "Go Down In The Valley and Pray."

The singers in the USM Chamber Singers represent the most outstanding vocal performers at the USM and are chosen through a careful audition process; they have produced several CDs over the years, and have participated in international tours

The USM Chamber Singers students are:

Katie Oberholtzer, Cape Elizabeth, ME; Elizabeth Park, Old Orchard Beach, ME; Nicole Ponte, Dartmouth, MA; Olivia Christopher, Auburn, NH. Rachel Warren, Buckfield, ME; Ida Santos, Derry, NH. Alto I: Sarah Campbell, Canton, MA; Emma Hallundbaek, Lincolnville, ME; Emma Page, Lubec, ME; Chana Wingard, Orono, ME; Megan Mayfield, Marlborough, MA; Carly Poulton, Brunswick, ME; Vanessa Twombly, Lincoln, ME; Jonas Rimkunas, Gorham, ME; Brandon Wong, York, ME; Owen Ehrhardt, Valparaiso, IN; Ezri Donnangelo, South Portland, ME; Sabrina Gallego, Pawtucket, RI; Dylan Cao, Sanford, ME; Daniel Laverriere, Arundel, ME; Alex Ouellette, Fryeburg, ME; Louis Brechter, Bridgewater, MA;  Thomas McLaughlin, Freeport, ME; Tyler Soucy, Richmond, ME; Ryan Geary, Derry, NH


Monday, November 25 - Monday, January 6
“Season of Light”
Southworth Planetarium, USM Portland Campus

The popular holiday show "Season of Light" returns to the Southworth Planetarium in full-dome splendor. NPR'S Noah Adams narrates this omni-dome planetarium program about the history and astronomy of the holiday season. The show explores the reasons humans are fascinated with lighting up their lives during the December holiday season and includes: solstice festivals and Santa Claus, the history of Hanukkah and the "Star over Bethlehem."

Monday, December 23, 7:00 p.m.
Christmas with Kennerley "A Homecoming for the Holidays" 
Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Deck the halls with James Kennerley, the spectacular Kotzschmar Organ, and special guests including USM’s director of voice studies and soprano Malinda Haslett, and many more. Learn more and get tickets at their website:


Situated in Maine’s economic and cultural center, the University of Southern Maine (USM) is a public university with 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students taking courses online and at campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn. Known for its academic excellence, student focus and engagement with the community, USM provides students with hands-on experience that complements classroom learning and leads to employment opportunities in one of the nation’s most desirable places to live.