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March 7, 2019 — Celebrate Spring with the USM Chamber Singers, Concert Band, and more



Press Contacts:
Danielle Vayenas, USM Director of Communications, 207-780-4150, cell 207-239-5715

Maureen Puia, PR/Event Promotions Associate, 207-780-4200

USM School of Music Contact:
Lori Arsenault, Performing Arts Operations and Concert Manager, 207-780-5142

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Celebrate Spring with the USM Chamber Singers, Concert Band, and more

USM School of Music’s spring concerts, held in Portland, Westbrook and Gorham feature a wide range of music from choral to symphonic. The USM Chamber Singers will perform a concert promoting their spring tour to Vietnam, the Southern Maine Symphony features a piece by a USM graduate conducting student, and the USM Concert Band’s “Applause for Paws” concert proceeds will go to the Portland Animal Refuge League and invites the audience to submit images of their rescue pets (more information below).

Tuesday, 3/26: USM Chamber Singers
7:30 p.m., Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High Street, Portland
$12- $15 suggested donation

Thursday, 3/28: 
Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, Robert Lehmann, Conductor
7:30 p.m., Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater, Westbrook
$8 adults, $5 students, seniors, USM employees

Sunday, 3/31: USM Concert Band: Applause for Paws, Jackie Townsend, Conductor
2:00 p.m., McCormack Performing Arts Center, 41 Morrill Avenue, Gorham
$8 adults, $5 students, seniors, USM employees

Tuesday, March 26
USM Chamber Singers

The singers in the USM Chamber Singers represent some of the most outstanding vocal performers at the USM; chosen through a rigorous audition process, the singers rehearse 150 minutes each week. The group will present their Spring concert at Williston-Immanuel United Church in Portland, on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Nicolás Alberto Dosman, conducting.

The performance will be in four parts: New Beginnings, including "Kalinda" by Sydney Guillaume; The Sacred Choral Tradition, including "Ave Maria," by Sergei Rachmaninoff; Music of the Living, including "Don’t be Surprised" by Dan Sonenberg; and a surprise closing.

All proceeds will support the USM Chamber Singers on their Spring 2019 tour to Vietnam as part of Interkultur, an organization which brings together choirs worldwide to the host city Hội An. This will be the first time the USM Chamber Singers have traveled to Asia, and this will be their first international festival experience with other choirs.

Thursday, March 28
Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, Robert Lehmann, Conductor

The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra is a full-sized symphony orchestra comprised of USM students and talented members of the community who audition for membership. The orchestra will present their spring concert at Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., under the direction of Robert Lehmann, USM professor of music and director of strings studies and orchestral activities. The evening will also feature the head of voice studies at USM, Malinda Haslett, soprano, in the exquisite work of Hector Villa Lobos, "Bachianas Brasileiras #5." The orchestra will also be performing a piece by graduate conducting student Ben David Richmond, "Symphony No. 3," as well as Mendelssohn's “Symphony No. 3."  

Sunday, March 31
USM Concert Band: Applause for Paws, Jackie Townsend, Conductor

The University Concert Band is a wind and percussion ensemble which is open to all USM students through audition. On Sunday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m., they will present "Applause for Paws," at McCormack Performing Arts Center in Gorham, celebrating music written for wind band influenced by nature and the animal kingdom. The group is conducted by USM director of bands, Dr. Jackie Townsend, who also conducts the USM Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in instrumental music education and instrumental conducting.

Works to be performed include: Mendelssohn's "Overture for Winds," conducted by USM student Justin Reyes; David Maslanka's intense and fast-paced "Mother Earth;" Charles Ive's humorous "Circus Band," conducted by USM student Liz Park; Alex Shapiro's "Beneath," featuring accompaniment of a real whale song; Gershwin's classic "Walk the Dog," featuring USM faculty member soloist Tom Parchman on clarinet; Julie Giroux's new work "Our Cast Aways," a work written specifically for rescued animals and their rescuers; and Rob Spittal's cartoon-like "Scherzo: Cat and Mouse."

Donations for the Greater Portland Animal League will be accepted at this event. ***The audience is invited to send a picture of their own rescue pet to be included in a slideshow as part of the performance of Julie Giroux's "Our Cast Aways." (Deadline: Sunday, March 24, 12:00 p.m.)   Submission link:

Learn more about the USM School of Musicon their website.

Purchase tickets online at, or by calling 207-780-5555.

Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in these programs, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.


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.